The 2008 Nissan Rogue bears a strong resemblance to its larger sibling, the Nissan Murano. Most reviews consulted by TheCarConnection.com thought that was a point in the Rogue’s favor. Edmunds called it a “stylish little crossover,” while Car and Driver called it “good-looking.” Others thought its shape was unimaginative. Automobile thinks the Rogue is the “somewhat dorky younger sibling” of the Murano, while Cars.com says it’s a “hackneyed design” and deems its styling “bland.”
Inside the Rogue, Nissan’s talents in styling seem to rise more strongly to the surface.
“The interior is one of the Rogue's highpoints,” Cars.com says. “It's almost up to the level of the Honda CR-V, and that's saying a lot,” notes Cars.com, commenting on the amber interior lighting and easily read gauges. Kelley Blue Book concurs, calling the interior “simple yet effective, with most of the necessary controls within easy reach of the driver.” ConsumerGuide says that the “gauges are clear, large, and well laid out,” and complements the compact crossover for “faux metal plastic trim” that’s “stylish rather than tacky.”
TheCarConnection.com spent a long day in the 2008 Nissan Rogue recently and came away with more admiration for its style. One of the best-looking, best-proportioned vehicles in its class, the Rogue's busy nose is probably the sole target for anyone picking nits. The upright grille is a little fussy. From the rear three-quarters, though, it's a dead ringer for the handsome Murano. The cabin is filled with classy textured plastics that elevate it above its price class; its gauges are clear and its controls logically arranged.