2009 Nissan Rogue

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What Changed for 2009:
  • New speed-sensing auto power door locks
  • Upgrades to the standard model
  • Rogue SL models add driver computer and temperature display
  • Rogue FWD SL models offer Leather package
  • Rogue FWD Premium package adds Bluetooth
Launched as a 2008 model, the Nissan Rogue is a compact, 5-passenger, crossover sport utility vehicle. Smaller than its look-alike sibling, the midsize Nissan Murano, 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 and debuted at the end of the year. In just its second model year, Nissan has only made minor option changes to the Rogue lineup for 2009. These include standard auto power door locks across the model range, and equipment changes to several of the option packages.

Nissan's New Vehicle Limited Warranty covers the 2009 Nissan Rogue during the first 3 years/36,000 miles. A powertrain warranty extends to 5 years/60,000 miles. There is no deductible on either warranty, and towing may be reimbursed if the vehicle is less than 36 months old.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Nissan Rogue is available in four models: Rogue FWD S, Rogue AWD S, Rogue FWD SL and Rogue AWD SL. All variants share the same 4-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT). The S and SL trim designations differentiate the equipment levels while the front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) labels refer to the drivetrain. Standard features on both FWD and AWD models 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. Nissan added standard speed-sensing power door locks to all models for 2009.

Standard features included on the Rogue SL that are optional on the S are body-colored side-view mirrors, black privacy glass, roof rails, seatback pockets, and sun visors with vanity mirrors and covers. The Leather package is available in 2009 on FWD SL models. The S also gets standard 16-inch steel wheels with full covers, while the SL steps up to 17-inch alloy wheels with lower-profile tires.

Four options packages are offered: a Premium package available on both models includes a Bose audio system, paddle shifters, outside-temperature display, Bluetooth hands-free phone communication, and other niceties. A Moonroof package is optional on SL models.

All 2009 Rogue models use Nissan's 2.5-liter, dual-overhead cam, 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, when the vehicle conforms to 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 2009 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-stage front, 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.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Nissan Rogue received 5 stars (the agency's highest rating) in frontal crash testing for the driver and 4 stars for the front passenger. In side-impact testing, the Rogue earned 5-star scores for both front- and rear-seat occupants. The Rogue also received 4 stars for rollover resistance. When crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2008-09 Nissan Rogue received a \"Good\" rating (the Institute's highest score) in both frontal offset crash testing and side-impact testing.

Nissan's Intelligent Key is an option on the 2009 Rogue. The wireless system allows the driver to unlock, lock and start the car without removing the key from pocket or purse. Bluetooth hands-free phone operation is also 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.

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  • Name S (FWD 4dr) Transmission Continuously Variable MSRP 20220.00 Engine 2.5L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 22/27
  • Name SL (FWD 4dr) Transmission Continuously Variable MSRP 21810.00 Engine 2.5L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 22/27
  • Name S (AWD 4dr) Transmission Continuously Variable MSRP 21420.00 Engine 2.5L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 21/26
  • Name SL (AWD 4dr) Transmission Continuously Variable MSRP 23010.00 Engine 2.5L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 21/26
  • Front bucket seats -inc: 4-way manual driver seat, 4-way manual passenger seat w/seatback pocket, adjustable active head restraints
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear bench seat
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front center console w/covered storage
  • Full floor carpeting
  • Manual tilt steering column
  • Pwr windows w/driver one-touch auto-down
  • Pwr door locks w/auto lock, selective unlock feature
  • Remote keyless entry w/integrated key
  • Cruise control w/steering wheel controls
  • Security alarm system
  • Immobilizer key system
  • Front air conditioning
  • Rear window defogger
  • Dual front/rear cup holders
  • (1) 12-volt pwr outlet
  • Front door map pockets
  • Manual day/night rearview mirror
  • Dual front map lights
  • (3) assist grips
  • (2) coat hooks
  • Cargo area under-floor storage tray
  • (4) cargo area tie-down hooks
  • Front bucket seats -inc: 6-way manual driver seat w/height adjuster & seatback pocket, fold-down 4-way manual passenger seat w/seatback pocket, adjustable active head restraints
  • Uplevel cloth seat trim
  • Dual level tray for center console
  • Outside temp display
  • Trip computer
  • Rear seat heater ducts
  • (2) 12-volt pwr outlets
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors w/covers
  • Mood lighting
  • Cargo area light
  • (2) cargo area retractable luggage side hooks
  • 16" steel wheels w/covers
  • P215/70HR16 all-season tires
  • Temporary spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Body-color front/rear bumpers
  • Body-color grille
  • Halogen headlights
  • Folding black pwr outside mirrors
  • Fixed rear liftgate glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Fixed intermittent rear wiper
  • Body-color door handles
  • 17" aluminum wheels
  • P225/60HR17 all-season tires
  • Roof rails w/silver accent
  • Folding body-color pwr outside mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • 2.5L DOHC SMPI 16-valve I4 engine
  • Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • Front wheel drive
  • Front tow hook
  • Independent strut front suspension
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes
  • Stainless steel exhaust
  • Tailpipe finisher
  • All wheel drive
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
    • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD) & brake assist (BA)
    • Traction control system (TCS)
    • Vehicle dynamic control system (VDC) -inc: 2-wheel limited slip (ABLS)
    • Zone body construction w/front/rear crumple zones
    • Dual stage driver & front passenger airbags w/occupant sensor
    • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
    • Roof-mounted side curtain airbags for all rows w/rollover sensor
    • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions
    • Front seat belts w/load limiters, pretensioners & adjustable upper anchors
    • Active front head restraints
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Energy absorbing steering column
    • Vehicle dynamic control system (VDC) -inc: 4-wheel limited slip (ABLS)
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: auxiliary audio input jack, (4) speakers

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