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2008 Nissan Rogue

Starting A Discussion on the new 2008 Nissan Rouge.

What do you like & dislike about this SUV ??
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  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    First of all its spelled the Nissan Rogue, not Nissan Rouge. If a host could fix that it would be great.

    I like how Nissan is offering a similar sized alternative to the Xterra and from whatever I see the Rogue has everything it needs to compete. I'd choose it over everything in its class except maybe for the RAV4 and Equinox/Torrent because of their powerful engines and performance. Just gotta say I don't like the name Rogue much.

    Some Rogue links.

    http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/12/28/2008-nissan-rogue/

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=118987
  • The Rogue looks like a definite contender. The styling seems quite nice, it's made by a manu with a great track record, and apparently it will have all the same available options (nav, high-end sound system, leather interior, etc.) as the Murano.

    One thing I don't like? The estimated pricing. From what I've read, it's likely to start at $27K for a base, 2WD (ouch!) and go up to $38K for one that is fully-loaded. Is Nissan joking? With new contenders from Mitsubishi and Hyundai, Nissan needs more competitive pricing if it wants this truck to become a strong seller.
  • jblaze13jblaze13 Posts: 152
    This vehicle is ugly. I guess thats in the eye of the beholder but it is my opinion. It looks like a Hyundai. I'm sure those prices are wrong as that is exactly where the Murano plays. I don't think the CR-V is an attractive vehicle either but it is much better looking than this thing. The Rav4 seems to have the right combination of performance, looks, and quality.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    that it will be priced right, especially as it is only being offered with the 2.5 engine. The CR-V only comes with a 4 cylinder and stickers for anywhere between $21 and $28K, and if Nissan is going to start at $27K and go from there, people will either a) just buy a Murano or b) go straight to the Honda or Toyota dealer and pick up a CR-V or RAV4.

    It doesn't help that the Hyundai Tuscon can be had for less than $27K either...
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    From what I've read, the Rogue will start at about 20k and go to 25k loaded. It's a good choice for those who like the Murano but want something a little smaller, cheaper and with better MPG.
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    After reading about the 2007 Altima, I'm feeling good about the Rogue. The Altima with the 2.5 4cyl and the CVT is rated 26/34 mpg. Given the Rogue's extra weight, if it can manage 22/30, I'll be happy. About the only other non-hybrid small crossover to hit the 30 mark is the Honda CRV.

    And the 2.5 is a good performer. The Rogue may turn out to be a strong entry in the small crossover field.
  • spinzspinz Posts: 8
    Regarding the price, I've read everywhere that the price will start at $20K. That would be a joke if it starts at $27K. But I wonder if it will actually have a nav available. There was no mention of it from what I read.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    sounds more reasonable, especially if it'll only carry the 2.5 engine... That'll make it closer to the CR-V than RAV4, considering that the RAV4 offers a V6 and a third row while the Rogue and CR-V do not...
  • Looks like Nissan is positioning the Rogue as direct competition against the CR-V & the 4Cyl RAV4.

    I like the style of the Rogue, Not that crazy with the CR-V front end, & Hate the back door with tire on the Rav4 :mad: !
  • Although I am not crazy about the styling and I think they could have found a better name the Rogue,it is something we are going to consider as we are going to replace my wifes car later this year.The other contender is the new Jeep Patriot.I have had 7 Nissan products going back to a 1974 Datsun B210 and each one was almost indestructable.I just dont know what took Nissan so long to enter the small SUV field
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    My wife may get a new CUV this year too. She prefers a V6 while I like the economy of a 4cyl. Our candidates are the Edge, the new Vue, the CRV and maybe the Rogue.

    I like the Patriot but she'd never accept the cheap interior. And I'd have durability issues with the Jeep.
  • Right now we have a Mazda Tribute with the V6.When we bought it in 2001 gas prices were not an issue.I can see why she would want a 6 because of the performance.But I guess the days of low gas prices are gone.My old Chrysler van was a 4 with 100 (maybe) horsepower.It got us where we wanted to go.I agree with you also about the reliability issues of the Jeep.She likes the style of the Patriot and because it looks like it may be roomier.
  • Is the Rogue engine the same one thats in the Altima?
  • Does anyone know where Nissan is going to build the Rogue ?

    USA, Mexico or Japan ? & What Plant ?
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    I would rule out Smyrna, as Symrna is already overflowing with product.

    My best guess would either be Mexico or Canton, Mississippi.

    Japan is doubtful; Honda and Toyota both build their small CUVs in North America now.
  • That's good to hear. They must have mistakenly printed Murano pricing in the article I had read about the Rogue. High 20's fully loaded seems competitive with others in its class. I've been reading conflicing info regarding such things as an available Nav system. One source says that it will be offered, while another says it will not.

    Personally, I like the looks of this vehicle. To my eyes it looks a lot like the new Santa Fe, which I also like quite a bit. It's a pity that Nissan still offers a pultry warranty, though. Competing brands such as Mitsu and Hyundai offer much better warranties on their vehicles.
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    I like the looks too. It's a clean design and flows nicely. One gripe about the new Vue is the design is too busy. Too much clutter.

    From what I read, the 2.5 is a strong engine that gets good mpg. And the CVT works well in the Altima. The 3.5 would kick butt but it would steal thunder from the Murano.

    IMO, the Rogue will be a direct competitor to the Honda CRV.
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,523
    Living here in PHX, I was sitting at a light and this small SUV pulled up and I knew it was a test mule, it had lots of wires all over it. When they got in front of me, they had Nissan, Rouge blacked out with black tape, I followed the guy until the next red light, I got a good look at it, I really like it, and I think I'll have to check it out. I have a 07 Versa, that I love, but the Rouge is about the size of Xover Im looking for, My lease is up in July of 08.
  • repoman1repoman1 Posts: 64
    You missed a great photo opportunity. Your photo of the Rogue could have been on all of the spyshot websites. If you see it agin be sure to get a photo.
  • flightnurseflightnurse at 35K feetPosts: 1,523
    I have taken many a spy shot, but lately I have had a lot on my plate to think about this stuff, Hopefully next time I'll just use my phone and take a video of it..

    Tony/PHX,AZ
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