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Nissan Rogue vs Honda CR-V vs Toyota RAV4

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  • Rogue is also Real Time All Wheel Drive (they probably call it something different though), i.e. you drive around as normal and it adjusts the front back ratio as needed. As with the CRV, this means it is normally operating as front wheel drive.
  • aclionaclion Posts: 2
    what did you end up buying? I am so concerned about the rear visibility on the rogue?
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I am so concerned about the rear visibility on the rogue?

    Why not drive it and see for yourself! :confuse: :shades: A blind spot for one person won't be for another.
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    I've been doing a lot of reading on Edmunds and other sites comparing the Nissan Rogue to the Honda CR-V and Toyota Rav 4. Between the three cars, I like the look of the Rogue. There seem to be advantages and disavantages between all three. I'm leaning towards purchasing the Rogue in the near future. I haven't had any problems with any of my Nissans. If there is anyone out there who bought a Rogue, I would love to hear from you about the pros and cons. I appreciate any input. Thanks!!

    Steve (NJ)
  • mlmcgaheemlmcgahee Posts: 102
    I have a 2008 Nissan Rogue SL FWD base model that I bought in November 2007. I now have 40000 miles on it and have had no problems. I work out of my Rogue and drive it every day. I'm getting 23 - 26 mpg. :)
    Mike
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    Thanks, Mike, for your reply. How do you find the blind spot that I've read so much about lately?? Do you find it drives smooth at highway speeds? The Rogue is on the top of my list as of now. I will probably look for an '08 SL when I'm ready to buy. Any other info you can give about the car will be appreciated. Thanks again.

    Steve
  • mlmcgaheemlmcgahee Posts: 102
    How do you find the blind spot that I've read so much about lately??
    I have no problem with the "so called" blind spot. If you have all three mirrors adjusted correctly there are no issues.

    Do you find it drives smooth at highway speeds?
    Very much so... The CVT transmission is great.

    As I stated I work out of my Rogue and drive it 300 - 500 miles a week. At 40,000 miles I have had no issues at all.... Great vehicle..

    Mike
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    Hi. I've been doing some research online about the Nissan Rogue and Murano. I like the Murano a little better style wise, even though they are similar. I know the Rogue is a lot less money than the Murano. However, I would be looking at a 2008 loaded Rogue versus a 2007 loaded Murano. The '07 Murano is around $2,000 more than the '98 Rogue. The Murano is a bigger SUV with more power. If anyone out there has an opinions on which way they would go, I would love to hear from you. It's almost a toss up at this point for me. From what I've seen, the only thing the '07 Murano SL didn't offer at that time was bluetooth, which I have now on my other car and love. The '08 Rogue offers it on their top model. I appreciate any comments. Thanks!!!

    Steve (NJ)
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    What are you using the cars for? Commuting? Large or small family? Do a lot of high-speed highway driving or more in-town scooting around?
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    I would be using the car mainly for going back and forth to work and also on weekend trips. I know the Murano is bigger than the Rogue. Either one would be fine size wise. I like the looks of both, but I give the edge to the Murano. However, I'm not sure if it's worth the extra money. Thanks for your reply. Any other input you have would be appreciated.
  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    Check out the gas mileage differential - believe it is rather substantial in favor of the Rogue. BTW, have you checked out the insurance rates?

    I love the CVT on my '08 Altima and am seriously considering a Rogue.....
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    Your're right about the Rogue having better gas mileage. I haven't checked the insurance out yet. I would probably look for a 2008 SL model if I can find one for around $21,000 or so. Thanks again for your replies. Any other info would be appreciated!!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    If you do a lot of highway running the extra power the V6 Murano will provide may be worth the mileage penalty to you. Test drive them both on the highway, and don't be afraid to give it the boot to pass, and see how each performs. Around town both will feel plenty quick, but on the highway, the Rogue may lack power noticeably compared to the bigger-engined Murano.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I've been doing a lot of reading on Edmunds and other sites comparing the Nissan Rogue to the Honda CR-V and Toyota Rav 4. Between the three cars, I like the look of the Rogue. There seem to be advantages and disavantages between all three. I'm leaning towards purchasing the Rogue in the near future. I haven't had any problems with any of my Nissans. If there is anyone out there who bought a Rogue, I would love to hear from you about the pros and cons. I appreciate any input. Thanks!!

    Steve (NJ)


    Before you make any kind of decision, test drive both, preferably one after the other. We did a few weeks ago, and if you drive the Rogue and CR-V back to back, you will notice how much cruder and less refined Rogue is. CR-V is akin to a luxury vehicle, while Rogue clearly shows its economy base car roots.

    With some negotiations, you may be able to erase the price differential between the Rogue and the CR-V.

    We drove Rogue 360 and CR-V EX, both in AWD trim.
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    Thanks for your reply. I appreciate it. My driving will be mixed pretty much. However, quite a bit of highway driving, too. I would think the Murano would be more comfortable but I really don't know that. But better gas mileage the Rogue gets is a big plus, too. I guess I will have to test drive both and see if the extra money is worth it on the Murano. Comfort is a big thing with me, too, on long trips.
    Right now I have an '08 Sentra SL fully loaded which has been a nice car. No problems in the two plus years I've had it. I just miss the SUV I used to have for hauling things and more space in general. My lease will be up in about 8 months so I have some time yet. Thanks again.
  • sanishsanish Posts: 66
    The 2011 Nissan Rogue is scheduled to go on sale in September 2010.

    Revisions for 2011 include:
    New front fascia and grille, front spoiler, rear spoiler, chrome license plate finisher, door side guard molding with chrome accent trim
    New front and rear tire deflectors, underbody cover and lower rolling-resistance 17-inch tires
    New center cluster, meters and drive computer on all models
    New seat cloth (Rogue S models)
    Mood lighting, rear heater ducts, outside temperature display, driver’s seat manual lifter, additional 12-volt power outlet (now two), driver’s seatback pocket, cargo light and illuminated visor vanity mirror added to Rogue S
    One-touch auto up power function added to Rogue S driver’s window
    New 4.3-inch color display audio system with USB interface added to Rogue SV
    New Navigation Package with 5-inch color touch screen and XM NavTraffic® capability (SD card-based) available on Rogue SV Packages
    New USP port in center console on Rogue SV
    Rogue S adds new 2DIN audio, iPod® connection, MP3/auxiliary/RDS and speed-sensitive volume control
    RearView Monitor added to Rogue SV
    Rogue SV model replaces the previous Rogue SL
    New SL Package added, with leather-appointed seats, heated front seats and outside mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, navigation system with 5-inch color touch screen display, Bose® audio system with seven speakers and subwoofer, automatic auto on/off headlights, power glass moonroof, automatic air conditioning system and front fog lights
    Premium Package available for SV model, with navigation system, power glass moonroof, automatic air conditioning system and automatic on/off headlights
    18-inch chrome wheels added to Krom™ Edition
    Four new exterior colors: Pearl White, Cayenne Red, Frosted Steel and Black Amethyst
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    Well, after a lot of researching online and test driving a few SUV's, we finally purchased a 2011 Nissan Rogue SL with the premium package. We've only had it a few days so I realize posting a review now is a little premature. But I just wanted to mention a few things about the Rogue. I understand they call it a compact SUV but as far as I'm concerned i,t looks and drives like a midsize SUV. I initially wanted to buy the Murano but I didn't feel the extra $8,000 or so was worth it. We got a loaded SL with leather, heated seats, sunroof, Bose radio, bluetooth, rearview camera, navigation, AWD. I don't know what else we could want in a car. This SUV drives smooth on any road conditions. If you aren't used to the CVT engine, it will take a little time to get used to it. We traded our '08 Sentra which had the CVT, so we were familiar with it. Overall, for the money (even though the top of the line Rogue is around $29,000) I feel I picked the right SUV. It looks like a much more expensive SUV.
    So if you are looking at a Rav4 or a Honda CRV, I would suggest test driving the Rogue first. I don't think you will reget it. The only cons I have are the cargo space could be a little larger. Also, I think they could have made the rear passenger leg room a little larger. Other than those two things, I can't think of anything else at this time. Thanks for reading this post!

    Gary (NJ)
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