What Changed for 2008:
- The Nissan Rogue is an all-new model for 2008
- 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine
- Continuously variable transmission
- Optional all-wheel drive (AWD)
- Optional high-intensity-discharge headlamps
- Optional one-touch-open cargo organizer
- Electric power steering
- Active head restraints
- Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control with traction control
Nissan calls the Rogue a crossover vehicle. Smaller than Nissan's Murano midsize utility offering, the Rogue targets buyers in their early 30s who need function and versatility, but aren't yet willing to give up a fun ride, the maker explains. The Rogue was first seen in sketch at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2007.
The 5-passenger Rogue is available in two trim levels: S and SL. They will share one engine and one transmission, but have different levels of standard equipment. Both trims will be offered in either 2- or all-wheel drive.
Standard features on both include Nissan's Vehicle Dynamic Control stability program, which includes traction control; manual tilt steering column; tow hooks; tire-pressure-monitoring system; power mirrors; body-colored bumpers/door handles/grille; halogen headlamps; fabric seats; 60/40 split/fold rear bench seat; AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary input jack and MP3 CD playback capability; power windows; power door locks; cruise control with redundant controls on the steering wheel; remote keyless entry; and an anti-theft system.
Standard features included on the SL that are optional on the S are body-colored sideview mirrors, black privacy glass, roof rails, seatback pockets, and sun visors with vanity mirrors and covers.
Four optional packages are offered: a Premium package available on both models includes a Bose audio system, paddle shifters, outside temperature display, and other niceties. A Moonroof package is optional on SL models, as is a Leather package that's offered on the SL AWD model only.
The S also gets standard 16-inch steel wheels with full covers standard, while the SL steps up to 17-inch alloy wheels with lower-profile tires.
Both trim levels on the 2008 Rogue use Nissan's 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. The numbers change slightly, to 167 hp and 170 lb.-ft. of torque, with the California emissions rules. EPA mileage numbers are 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway in AWD, or 22 mpg city/27 mpg highway for the 2-wheel mode. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission, which provides smooth forward movement since no actual shifting takes place, the manufacturer explains.
The braking is done through vented discs front and rear, along with standard anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution.
Steering is electric power rack-and-pinion. Because of the Rogue's 105.9-inch wheelbase, turning diameter is 37.4 feet. The 4-wheel independent suspension with stabilizer bars is tuned to provide sporty ride and handling characteristics, Nissan says.
The 2008 Nissan Rogue incorporates Nissan's Zone Body construction, designed to provide plenty of protection in the front and rear crumple-zone areas, according to the manufacturer. Standard air bag lineup includes dual front-stage, front seat-mounted side-impact, and side curtain air bags with rollover detection. Front-seat active head restraints and 3-point seat belts with load limiters and pre-tensioners are also standard. The Rogue includes a standard engine immobilizer system as well as a perimeter anti-theft system.
Nissan makes available on the 2008 Rogue features like the Intelligent Key system that allows the driver to unlock, lock, and start the car with the key in a pocket or purse. Bluetooth hands-free phone operation is optional, as is the unique cargo organizer that stays hidden below the cargo floor, but pops up with a one-touch open system. A portion of the cargo floor snaps into a vertical position, revealing a flat, recessed space with removable vertical cargo nets.