2008 Nissan Rogue Interior
Reviews generally find the five-seat interior of the 2008 Nissan Rogue to be comfortable, functional and upscale, and it ranks near the top of its class. Cars.com calls the interior "one of the Rogue's highpoints" and MSN argues, "If the CR-V sets the standard for lavish interiors in this segment, the Rogue matches it."
The cabin features relatively high-quality materials. Automobile Magazine notes, "The judicious use of padded surfaces and some nice graining on the dash and door panels offset the cheap plastic on the console. Overall, the interior is not a bad place to be." The Car Connection adds, "In a vast step up from the Sentra, the Rogue's cabin is filled with classy textured plastics that elevate it above its price class." About.com finds the interior "clean and functional," but also thinks it's "maybe a little plain."
Several reviewers have good things to say about the Rogue's dashboard controls. Consumer Guide points out that gauges are "clear, large, and well laid out." Cars.com similarly says, "Visually, it all starts with the gauges, which are clear and easy to read."
The Rogue seats five, but most feel it's better suited for four passengers. With 126.4 cubic feet of passenger volume (without the optional moonroof), the Consumer Guide says they "remain comfortable during long drives," and notes that there's "plenty of leg and headroom for the average sized tester."says it features "good room for four adults or two adults and a couple rug rats." The front seats get good marks.
The rear seats do even better, with most finding them surprisingly large for a compact crossover. The The Car Connection adds, "Five-passenger seating realistically means four-adult seating, but even in the second row, those adults will find enough leg and head room to ride for a few hours." The Rogue's second row may fare so well because, unlike much of its competition, it doesn't cram in an extra third-row bench. MSN explains, "The Rogue is bigger than its competitors and there's no available third row of seats, such as in the RAV4, so there's plenty of room for a spacious second row."says that "rear-seat leg and especially head room are a pleasant surprise."
The Rogue is well equipped with the basic necessities. Though thepoints out that the base model is "aimed at the price-sensitive consumer," Nissan has still packed in standard features such as air conditioning, power accessories (windows, mirrors and door locks) and keyless entry. A major drawback to the base model, however, is that no options are available.
The more upscale SL model adds a few features including rear heater ducts, but the main advantage it enjoys over the S is availability of options. Consumer Reports points out that the Rogue "has more available upscale features than most small SUVs, such as a Bluetooth-compatible Bose stereo with XM satellite radio, Xenon HID headlights, and heated leather seats." However, as noted above, buyers will have to shell out for the SL model for a chance at these package options, since they aren't even available on the base S. Also on the downside, no navigation system is offered -- or planned, according to The Car Connection, which also adds that the "dash doesn't have the space for it, and Nissan hopes people will up for the larger Murano if the lack of a navigation system is a deal breaker."
Garmin teamed up with Nissan to offer the nuvi 750 with touch-screen, turn-by-turn voice guidance and 3D mapping as an extra for Rogue drivers. But if you're looking for more or less features, there are numerous Garmin GPS systems that fit in a variety of budgets. Check out our GPS reviews for more information on the best system for you.
Stereo and Entertainment
Both Rogue trims come standard with a basic AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers and an auxiliary audio input jack. For the base S, there's no available upgrade, but SL buyers can add a more upscale six-CD system with eight speakers as part of the Premium Package. The Car Connection notes that the "optional Bose audio system offers Bluetooth connectivity, and can be operated with voice commands and offers up a voice recorder."
Many auto writers are impressed with the Rogue's versatile cargo space. MSN describes it as "rather large when compared to those of its peers" and The Car Connection says, "Functionally the interior does about everything you'd ask of a city shuttle."
The crossover features 28.9 cubic feet of cargo space with both rows of seats in use, which Car and Driver notes is "a few six-packs shy of the space in the CR-V and RAV4 and, again, about the same size as a Vue." With the second row folded down, cargo capacity expands to 57.9 cubic feet. Consumer Reports says, "We were relatively impressed ... with the wide, flat cargo area with no intruding strut towers; this is made possible by the independent rear suspension."
What really shines about the Rogue's cargo capabilities is its number of innovative storage spaces. The rear cargo area features an optional one-touch pop-up storage system with three removable dividers. Cars.com calls it "one of the most skilled, simple innovations I've seen in a small SUV," and adds, "I'd hazard a guess that you could get about 10 lightly packed plastic grocery bags in this pop-up cubby." However, as nice as it is, the option is only available on the SL model. The same goes for the fold-down front passenger seat, so base-model buyers may want to think about trading up if they care about cargo versatility.
Both the S and SL feature a pull-down hook on the front seatback for hanging garments or a purse. But Cars.com says it's not as functional as it looks: "[I]t's a nice thought, but only the skinniest of straps will fit on it. One of my wife's behemoth bags would be resigned to the rear floor. Similar hooks reside in the cargo area for grocery bags, which makes more sense." There's also a very large glove box -- more than a foot deep -- described by The Car Connection as "a gargantuan affair with its own sliding partition, though it's mounted low in front of the front passenger's shins." Cars.com also complains about the glove box's positioning as "one oversight in an otherwise perfectly executed interior." They explain, "The door of the glove box is so low it's nearly impossible for it not to bang the passenger in the shins. If you scoot the seat back so it doesn't bang your legs, it's impossible to reach into the box itself."