Nissan has a strong design language, and nobody will mistake the 2009 Rogue for anything but a Nissan. In fact, many think it looks very similar to its older relative, the Murano. Some reviewers consider its shape unimaginative. Automobile says the Rogue is the “somewhat dorky younger sibling” of the Murano, while Cars.com declares it a “hackneyed design” and deems its styling “bland.” Most reviews consulted by TheCarConnection.com think that being a “mini-Murano” works in the Rogue’s favor. Edmunds calls it a “stylish little crossover,” while Car and Driver proclaims it “good-looking.”
Inside the 2009 Nissan Rogue, there's little dissent on the attractiveness of its design.
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.” “The interior is one of the Rogue's highpoints,” Cars.com declares. “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.”
TheCarConnection.com has driven the Rogue several times now and is pleased with its style; it is among the best-looking, best-proportioned vehicles in its class, though the upright grille and odd air intake are a little fussy. The cabin is filled with classy textured plastics that elevate it above its price class; its gauges are clear and its controls logically arranged.