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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
“plenty of headroom, hip room and legroom, especially in the rear seat”
“well-constructed with excellent materials”
“fit and finish is impressive”
After looking at a myriad of reviews of the 2009 Nissan Rogue, TheCarConnection.com concludes that most testers give the Rogue high marks for comfort and quality.
The 2009 Nissan Rogue is based on the Nissan Sentra. Nissan stretches the Sentra more than three inches and raises its roof more than five inches, resulting in a Rogue body similar to that of the larger Nissan Murano, according to Car and Driver. The result is a crossover sized like the Saturn Vue, but “significantly smaller” than the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, Edmunds says.
“Roomy” is a relative term, as can be seen from conflicting opinions about the interior space of the Nissan Rogue. Cars.com finds “plenty of headroom, hip room and legroom, especially in the rear seat,” but ConsumerGuide reports that legroom is “acceptable,” and headroom for six-footers is “tight.” Car and Driver feels the rear legroom is “decent” and recommends against seating three adults back there, though it praises 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 backward visibility. But MSN Autos thinks the rear doors open wide for easy access.
Edmunds likes its large center console and “enormous” glove box that’s “more useful than some convertibles' trunks,” but ConsumerGuide says the glove box is made of “flimsy plastic.” Consumer Reports calls the cargo area “modest,” and Cars.com concurs, dubbing it “unimpressive” and faulting rear seats that don't fold entirely flat, cutting into its utility.
MSN Autos deems the interior “good-looking,” quiet, and well laid out. Consumer Reports says the “fit and finish is impressive,” while Edmunds adds that it is “well-constructed with excellent materials” and praises its logically placed controls.
In TheCarConnection.com’s experience with the Rogue, the ride height and seating position are perfect for darting in and out of highway traffic, as well as avoiding motion sickness. Our feeling is that the Rogue’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 pleasantly. Ride comfort is excellent, with good damping and an easy, comfortable feel no matter the road surface; road and wind noise are well damped, too.
The 2009 Nissan Rogue is a bit smaller than some of its competitors, but a versatile design and comfortable ride make it very appealing.