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2008 Nissan Rogue Comfort & Quality

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TheCarConnection.com researched reviews from around the Web and found that road testers rated the 2008 Nissan Rogue highly for interior space and quality construction.

The 2008 Nissan Rogue has its beginnings in the Nissan Sentra, the four-door sedan on which it’s based. Nissan stretches the Sentra more than 3 inches and raises its roof more than 5 inches, while giving the Rogue a body like the larger Nissan Murano, Car and Driver says. The result is a crossover sized like the Saturn Vue, but “significantly smaller” than the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, Edmunds says.

The 2008 Nissan Rogue sits at the smaller end of the class, but its useful and tightly built cabin is a pleasure.

ConsumerGuide reports that legroom is “acceptable,” and headroom for six-footers is “tight.” But Cars.com finds “plenty of headroom, hip room and legroom, especially in the rear seat.” Car and Driver feels the legroom in back is just “decent,” and recommends against seating three adults back there while it praised the “high roofline.” Edmunds points out that the rear seat doesn’t recline or slide forward, and both Edmunds and Consumer Reports note the styling limits visibility to the rear. But MSN Autos thinks the rear doors open wide for easy access.

Consumer Reports called the cargo area “modest,” and Cars.com concurred, dubbing it “unimpressive” and finding fault with rear seats that fold--but not entirely flat, cutting into its utility. Edmunds liked its large center console and an “enormous” glove box that’s “more useful than some convertibles' trunks,” but ConsumerGuide said the glove box was made of “flimsy plastic.”

Consumer Reports said the “fit and finish is impressive,” while Edmunds added that it is “well-constructed with excellent materials” and praised its logically placed controls. MSN Autos deemed the interior “good-looking,” quiet, and well laid out.

In TheCarConnection.com’s experience with the Rogue, Nissan’s cabin is a little narrow at the knees for large passengers. Five-passenger seating realistically means four-adult seating, but even in the second row, those adults will find enough leg- and headroom to ride for a few hours comfortably. For all, the ride height and seating position are perfect for darting in and out of highway traffic, as well as avoiding motion sickness.

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