• Aug 26th 2007 at 2:34PM
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When Nissan's small CUV, the Rogue, goes on sale in just a couple of weeks, it'll carry a sub-$20,000 base MSRP. That just undercuts the popular Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, which are right in the Rogue's crosshairs.

Based on the Sentra platform, the Rogue is a few inches longer than both the Toyota and Honda, but offers less interior room. Rogue's 2.5 liter 4-cylinder will be paired with a CVT to counter the CR-V's 2.4 liter and RAV4's 2.4 liter base engine. No 6-cylinder is planned, Automotive News reports.

[Source: Automotive News via Winding Road]

Check out the first review we found of the 2008 Nissan Rogue over at Cars.com.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      That interior is awful! Talk about cheap shiny plastic! The grille is hideous as well as the vehicle...oh wait thats all Nissan's in general.

      Brian I agree...they are the Japanese Chrysler, however, at least the real Chrysler has some impressive and gotta have designs...exterior wise at least!

      Verdict: No threat to anyone as usual.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh well a baby murano. SHould be mildly interesting to see on the roads, better then their xtrail..

      As for the article itself, that autonews reporter is a 4 dollar douche.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw an ad for this in this month's issue of Automobile magazine. I guess I didn't read the copy closely enough as I never noticed a mention of the engine (as in size) and therefore assumed it was either a new CUV for Nissan or a replacement for the Murano, and that it had an optional V6.

      I'm also not too sure I care for the idea of a vehicle longer than a CR-V, but with less interior space. Not that most of it's intended buyers will need the room as it's main target customer will be young single men and women.

      As far as manufacturers "getting back to producing wagons", I'd take this over the last Sentra station wagon sold by Nissan in this country.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the design of the gear shifter, though it looks like it tapers down to a pencil-thin thickness (?). Maybe it's me, but the door handles look liked they were phoned in.

      Otherwise, overall nice design and of course the timing is right for this type of vehicle.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Rogue has two versions: the he Rogue S, which is considered to be the base, and the second one is more lavish – Rogue SL. The customer has a chance to choice the car which suits and answers the needs in the best way

      • 8 Years Ago
      Considering how many "looks like..." comments there ALWAYS are here, I'm surprised no one has said how much this looks like a Santa Fe. But then again, no one ever accuses anyone of copying Hyundai, it's always vice versa.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Looks more like a Subaru Tribeca than anything else. The Santa Fe is beautiful next to this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Forgot to mention something. Does it really needed two options to manually shift gear??? There's two paddles behind the wheel and theres the option to shift on the lever also.

      Pointless IMHO.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks good to me! I just wish they'd put the 3.5 VQ in it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A vechicle with elegant upscale looks in the CUV arena?
      I can't stand the X-Trail, the Rav4 is pretty cool but way to common, the CR-V is better then ever but still.
      If I was in the market for a CUV (like if i got hit in the head really hard and got lame) I'd definatly go for the Rogue.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wish companies would stop this fake SUV BS and just start making station wagons again...

      I'm still saving for my Volvo V50.
        • 8 Years Ago

        Save yourself a few bucks and get a loaded Mazda3 wagon for under 20k. It handles better than the V50 and shares the European Focus' architecture. Hell, for less money than a decently equipped V50 you could have a MazdaSpeed3!
        • 8 Years Ago
        I can back that up, my 05 S40 is a hunk of crap. The newest problem is the seatbelts are wearing out the leather seats and scratching them. Volvo's response? "Ordinary wear and tear" BTW my car only has 25,000 miles.
        • 8 Years Ago
        The S40 reminds me of the Focus...both were pieces of unreliable junk out the door.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Do yourself a favor and skip that V50. Although it is a great looking car, its reliability record is horrible. Checkout the S40/V50 forums on swedespeed.com and you will think different. I just dumped my 05 V50. It was a royal P.O.S.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mark: when VW offered only a lever you pulled when the engine started to cough from fuel starvation, folks thought it "cute", or "one of those quirks that gives VW its unique personality". No need for a light, for heaven sake!

      So, how about cutting Nissan some slack about the missing coolant gauge?

      • 8 Years Ago
      The CVT sucks!!!!! It is so boring and slow you might just die waiting to get on the highway. After getting a CVT for my son I feel bad everytime I look at his car and wish I got him a 5 speed.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I was also intrigued untill I saw the falure rates and the lack of support from most other car makers! If you want shift points on a CVT then there are no real savings and it adds stress points that lead to early ware. Also Nissian hasn't had the best repair record with most of their current cars. I guess time will tell but with all the other drive trains hitting the markets it wont really be that big of deal.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I'd take a manual over a CVT any day, but I'd definitely take a CVT over any automatic. I've had a chance to drive the Sentra and Altima with the CVT and they are great in those cars. It definitely isn't slow. All you do is floor it and the engine just stays right in the powerband and goes like a bat out of hell. The Sentra I drove was a rental, and I beat on that thing and still got 33 mpg. It's an awesome transmission.
        • 8 Years Ago
        For some odd reason, Nissan's managed to put pretty good CVT's in their cars, something no other manufacturer's managed to do.

        I'm intrigued.

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