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2008 Nissan Rogue: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions July 2015

The 2008 Nissan Rogue blends compact-car efficiency and agility with sport-utility practicality and versatility. All-independent suspension imparts a nimble, fun-to-drive feel to the 5-passenger Rogue, belying its generous 29 cu ft. of cargo room -- 58 cu ft. with the rear seat folded down. A 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine provides more-than-ample acceleration, although a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the only one available, sometimes makes the Rogue's forward progress feel disconnected from the engine. Both front- and all-wheel-drive systems are available. Unique features include an available pop-up cargo organizer and a fold-flat front passenger seat that allows owners to stow ladders and lumber up to 8 feet long inside the vehicle with the rear hatch closed.

The Nissan Rogue is a good choice for young families looking for a versatile compact crossover that will fit in the garage and won't strain the fuel budget. Standard safety gear includes stability and traction control, dual front airbags, front-seat side airbags, overhead airbags and anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes.

What We Like

Ample power and torque; good interior room for five; compliant ride quality; optional fold-down front passenger seat for carrying long items; available cargo organizer

What We Don't

No navigation system; no manual-transmission choice; engine drones under acceleration with CVT automatic; limited rearward visibility

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2008 Rogue is equipped with a 2.5-liter double-overhead-camshaft 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, developing an ample-for-the-class 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. It burns regular unleaded gas and has an Environmental Protection Agency rating of 22 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with standard front-wheel drive and a 21 mpg city/26 mpg hwy rating with optional all-wheel drive. The Nissan XTRONIC CVT automatic is standard.

Standard Features & Options

The 2008 Rogue is available in S and SL trims. Both the Rogue S and SL come well equipped, but the SL is available with a greater number of options.

The Rogue S offers standard cloth seats, air conditioning, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, cruise control, variable intermittent wipers, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, 16-inch steel wheels, a split folding rear seat, and power windows, mirrors and door locks.

The Rogue SL adds standard 17-in alloy wheels and options including leather upholstery, a power moonroof, a 7-speaker Bose stereo with steering-wheel audio controls, SiriusXM radio and Bluetooth phone integration, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trip computer, fog lamps, a sequential sport shifter with a leather shift knob, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, a cargo organizer, a cargo security shade and a garage-door transmitter.

Pricing

The Rogue is Nissan's best-selling crossover SUV and, along with the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, has ranked among the top-selling compact crossovers for several years, so you can expect Nissan dealers to have a good supply of clean examples to choose from.

For a better idea of the 2008 Rogue's price range, check out KBB.com, then search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recalls for the 2008 Rogue:

Snow and road salt saturating the driver's footwell carpet may cause a short circuit in the electrical harness underneath, creating a fire risk.

Batteries in the Garmin nuvi GPS can overheat, creating a fire risk.

A loose screw in the steering gear housing may lead to a partial or complete loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Road salt may corrode one or more of the tire-pressure monitor's sensors, causing the dashboard's low-pressure warning light to illuminate even if inflation pressure is OK. If the warning lamp is disregarded and there is a subsequent inflation-pressure drop, crash risk increases.

An out-of-spec front-passenger-seat airbag sensor may reduce airbag inflation force in a crash, even when full-airbag deployment force is required, increasing injury risk.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car for free.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2008 Nissan Rogue a 5-star rating for the driver in front impacts, four stars for the front passenger in front impacts, five stars for side-impact protection and four for rollovers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2008 Rogue a Good rating for side impacts, head-restraint and seat crash performance and moderate-overlap front impacts but a Moderate rating for small-overlap front impacts and a Marginal score for roof strength.

The 2008 Rogue came with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.

No certified pre-owned (CPO) 2008 Rogues are available because Nissan CPO vehicles must be 6 years old or less.

Other Cars to Consider

2008 Toyota RAV4 -- The RAV4 is available as a 5-passenger or 7-passenger (with a tiny third-row seat) vehicle, with options for front- or all-wheel drive and a 166-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or a hot-rod 269-hp 3.5-liter V6 (the same V6 as offered in the Camry). Cargo room is an impressive 73 cu ft. with the rear seat (or seats) folded.

2008 Honda CR-V -- Redesigned for 2007, the compact CR-V continues with a 166-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. No V6 is offered. The CR-V offers a nicely designed, quiet interior, and navigation and a backup camera are available. Max cargo room with the rear seat folded is 72.9 cu ft.

Autotrader's Advice

The Rogue is a roomy, fun-to-drive compact crossover in a class not known for excitement. We'd recommend the Rogue SL over the S because the optional features on the S are limited to a handful. All Rogues come with Nissan's fuel-saving XTRONIC CVT automatic. The CVT takes some getting used to the first time you drive one because of the disconnected feel between the engine and road speed, which is normal and nothing to worry about. The SL comes with steering-wheel paddle shifters, which the driver can use to manually simulate shifts and gain control for sporty or mountainous driving. Make sure the Rogue you're thinking of buying has seen obvious care and maintenance and has had all applicable safety recalls performed.

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