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in 2010 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,438 - $15,072
Original MSRP: $20,460 - $23,300
MPG: 22 City / 27 Hwy
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2010 Nissan Rogue Interior

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Reviews generally find the 2010 Nissan Rogue's five-seat interior to be comfortable, functional and upscale. The cabin features high-quality materials for its roughly $20,000 price.

  • "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." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The cabin is filled with hard- and soft-touch surfaces. They don't impart a cheap feeling, but they're not pace-setting either." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Nissan refers to the interior as having Stealth Ultra functionality; when you figure out what that means, let us know. We think it looks clean and functional, but maybe a little plain." -- About.com
  • "The interior is one of the Rogue's highpoints. It's almost up to the level of the Honda CR-V, and that's saying a lot." -- Cars.com

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Seating

The Rogue technically seats five, but most feel it's better suited for four passengers -- a typical comment about compact SUVs. Leather-appointed seats and heated front seats are optional on the SL model as part of the Leather Package. However, it'll cost you $1,950 and requires the addition of the Premium Package, which is another $1,930.

  • "The [rear] cabin is not wide enough for comfortable three-abreast seating. Legroom is acceptable for the class, but headroom is tight for six-footers, even without the sunroof. Wide opening doors ease entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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." -- MSN
  • "The cloth seats are surprisingly supportive, made of a sturdy material that I don't imagine will wear much over the first few years of ownership." -- Cars.com
  • "Unfortunately, the Rogue's seats are upholstered with padding that, while fine for short stints, just wasn't up to the job of cushioning our rumps for long journeys." -- CNET

Interior Features

Overall, the Rogue is well equipped with the basic necessities. Though the base model is a bit sparse, Nissan has still packed in standard features such as air conditioning, an auxiliary audio input jack, power accessories and keyless entry.

A major drawback is that no interior options packages are available on the base S trim (though Nissan sells a portable Garmin nüvi 750 Navigation System for $485). However, if you trade up to the SL, you can add the available Premium Package ($1,930 for FWD models). This adds luxury items such as a Bose audio system with six-CD changer, Bluetooth capability, Intelligent Key keyless entry and a retractable cargo cover.

  • "The gauges are clear, large, and well laid out. ... Nissan offers a factory-installed navigation system from Garmin that sits atop the dashboard. It works well, but similar models can be purchased by customers for less money." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Nissan's Intelligent Key system is a favorite option, but, again, you must get the Premium Package if you want it. Intelligent Key lets you keep the key fob in your pocket and still unlock, lock, and start the car." -- About.com
  • "Visually, it all starts with the gauges, which are clear and easy to read. Between the two main gauges is a digital readout for fuel, the trip computer and other information, which is a nice touch. The subtle amber hue of the readouts is repeated throughout the cabin on the gauges and stereo." -- Cars.com
  • "Cabin tech is virtually nonexistent. There are no digital-audio inputs for iPods or MP3 players. The Garmin Nuvi GPS option is overpriced and not at all integrated into the audio system. Seating is uncomfortable for long trips." -- CNET

Cargo

Many auto writers are impressed with the Rogue's 28.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 57.9 cubic feet with the second row folded down. What really shines though about the Rogue's cargo capabilities is its sheer number of innovative storage spaces. The SL model's one-touch pop-up cargo system, part of the optional Premium Package ($1,930 for FWD models), allows for the separation of cargo in the rear of the Rogue with removable nets and plastic bins

  • "Above average small item storage space. Front cabin features a large center console but lacks usable door pockets. Cavernous glovebox is useful but constructed of flimsy plastic. Second row features deep map pockets and large in-door storage bins." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Rogue's cargo space is also rather large when compared to those of its peers and Nissan accounts for this by pointing out a nifty pop-up organizer built into the floor that's designed to keep grocery bags in place while the driver tests that curvy road handling." -- MSN
  • "Another nifty feature in the cargo area is a little divider that pops up from the carpeted floor. This is one of the most skilled, simple innovations I've seen in a small SUV. The hidden compartment has three dividers that can easily be removed, so a quick trip to the grocery store won't result in eggplants and onions rolling all over the place." -- Cars.com
  • "We were relatively impressed ... with the wide, flat cargo area with no intruding strut towers; this is made possible by the independent rear suspension. The front passenger seat also folds flat for longer cargo." -- Consumer Reports

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