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STYLING | 7 out of 10
At a glance, one may confuse the 2011 Nissan Rogue for its bigger and fancier brother, the Nissan Murano.
We prefer the standard Rogue's handsome mix of chiseled edges and curvaceous lines.
The grille has a perforated, hole-punched look.
the styling is sparse, but the not in the decidedly understated way that VWs and Audis manage to pull off. Instead, the Rogue's cabin is just dull.
Cute, friendly, likable
Mildly redesigned for the 2011 model year, the Nissan Rogue continues into 2012 with no changes to its sleek, rakish design. Three years into its current generation, it's still pleasing to the eye, inside and out.
The Rogue looks fresh in the same way as Hyundai's latest Tucson, and the upcoming 2013 Ford Escape. Very few design cues call it out as an SUV: it's all crossover in its lines and language, all soft curves and bright trim, all the way back to its sloping roofline. If you instantly compare it to the bigger Murano, you're on the right track--and like the Murano, the Rogue's grille strikes us as too busy, but the rear end is drawn to a tight conclusion. The Rogue's proportions entirely disguise the fact that it's based on the Sentra sedan.Inside, the five-passenger Rogue gets a chunky interior design that borrows a bit from all of Nissan's cars and crossovers. With cues like an aggressively hooded gauge cluster, the interior feels sporty and a little more cockpit-like than those of other crossovers. However the materials can still feel a bit drab up close.
The Nissan Rogue is pleasing to the eye, inside and out.