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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five-star driver safety, frontal crash tests; four stars, passenger
Five-star side impact protection rating
Four-star rollover rating
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The 2009 Nissan Rogue earns very good marks with regard to crash-test protection.
NHTSA—the agency that administers the federal government’s crash tests—gives the Rogue five stars in protecting drivers from harm in front crashes, and four stars for protecting passengers in head-on crashes. The Rogue earns five stars for its side-impact protection and a four-star rating for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an insurance industry-funded research group, gives the Rogue its Top Safety Pick award, for “good” crash-test ratings in the front, side, and rear tests.
MSN Autos likes the brake pedal’s firmness and says the system “assure[s] steady stopping.” Consumer Reports notes that the Rogue has a long list of standard safety equipment, including stability control, active head restraints, and side curtain airbags. Edmunds adds that the curtain airbags are full-length and its anti-lock brakes include brake assist, which activates braking to a higher degree in panic stops.
The 2009 Nissan Rogue is safe and secure, with good occupant protection and all the most-recommended safety features.