Thanks especially to the fuel price spike of last year, the Nissan Rogue was a welcome addition to Nissan's lineup for '08. With a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, a responsible, compact size, and a sleek silhouette that looks much a high-riding wagon, the Rogue fits the times.
Little has changed since the Rogue's original introduction, but new for 2010 is a so-called 360 Value Package for the base S, wrapping together a chrome grille, rear spoiler, 16-inch alloy wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated rearview monitor, and privacy glass. The package costs $1,040, which Nissan says saves $1,000 versus purchasing those items individually.
Just as for 2009, the 2010 Nissan Rogue is offered in S and SL trims. Both have a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and Xtronic CVT automatic. All-wheel drive can be had instead of front-wheel drive for about $1,600 extra on either model, but electronic stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and six airbags are standard on all Rogue models.
TheCarConnection.com drove the Nissan Rogue earlier this summer and judged it to be "a package that most small families will love." The four-cylinder engine and CVT are a perky, mostly unobtrusive pair, provided you don't drive with your right foot pegged. The Rogue comes with EPA ratings of 22 mpg city, 27 highway, and we judge that you'll likely do as well or better in real-world driving.
In that same driving experience with the Rogue, TheCarConnection.com had just a few cautions: The Rogue has a bit more road noise than you might expect, and the back seat doesn't slide or recline like most other models in its class.
The price is definitely right, as the 2010 Nissan Rogue comes well equipped, with MSRP well below segment mainstays like the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, or even the new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. Base prices on the Rogue are up just $120 through the range. A base, front-wheel drive Rogue now starts at $20,220 while the premium SL trim, with all-wheel drive and an expanded options list, runs $23,010, or about $29k when fully loaded with a moonroof plus the Premium Package and Leather Package, which include features like Bose premium audio and a Richbass woofer, plus Bluetooth hands-free calling, xenon headlamps, Intelligent Key, heated leather seats, heated mirrors, and leather trim.
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