Shopping for a new Nissan Rogue?
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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
“well-constructed with excellent materials”
“keeps the noise to a murmur”
Car and Driver
“plenty of headroom, hip room and legroom, especially in the rear seat”
The 2010 Rogue has enough space to accommodate four adults along with their luggage, along with a good ride and reasonably quiet interior.
Edmunds assesses that the Rogue is “significantly smaller” than the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. Even though the Rogue is based on the smaller Nissan Sentra, it has a body similar to that of the larger Nissan Murano, according to Car and Driver.
The backseat, which folds forward flat, can fit three adults across, but they’ll have problems if they’re broad-shouldered or large; the seatback adjusts for rake, though all of the seats feel thinly padded and not long-distance comfortable. The front passenger seat will also fold flat to fit especially long pieces of cargo. 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.”
Cars.com notes that the rear seats don't fold entirely flat, cutting into its utility. Edmunds points out that the rear seat doesn’t recline or slide forward either, as in some other vehicles in this class, but MSN Autos does note that the rear doors open wide for easy access.
Edmunds likes the large center console in the 2010 Rogue, along with the “enormous” glove box that’s “more useful than some convertibles' trunks.” Consumer Reports calls the cargo area “modest,” and Cars.com concurs, dubbing it “unimpressive.”
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. However ConsumerGuide says the glove box is made of “flimsy plastic.”
Consumer Reports says the engine “gets a bit raspy at high revs.” Car and Driver mentions the "inevitable engine drone" that occurs under acceleration with almost any CVT, but says the Rogue “keeps the noise to a murmur.”
Ride quality is quite good, which will make most sensibly minded buyers happy, though road noise can be an issue on some surfaces. Cars.com reports that the “suspension provided a soft ride, which many 'sporty' SUVs abandon for a firmer one.” However, ConsumerGuide notes that “washboard freeway surfaces can bring about annoying pitching and bobbing.”
There's little to complain about here; the 2010 Nissan Rogue is a functional and comfortable, but not luxurious, way to transport the family.