Her and His Reviews

June 2010

2010 Nissan Rogue AWD
2010 Nissan Rogue AWDE

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate,women-drivers.com
His: Chuck Kerber, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

Anne Chuck
MSRP:$23,245 as Tested MSRP:$23,245 as Tested
The 2010 Nissan Rogue is a very strong contender into the smaller SUV class. Topping off at 170 horsepower, the 2.5 liter engine can rev up and carry a good amount of power. The handling on this vehicle is quick and responsive.

Like most Nissans, its built with CVT, Continuously Variable Transmission. Conventional transmission systems control the ratio between engine speed and wheel speed using a fixed number of metal gears. Rather than using gears, the Rogue uses a pair of variable-diameter pulleys connected by a belt or chain that can produce an infinite number of engine/wheel speed ratios. While there remains debate about CVT, the Nissan engineers and executives say the advantages of it include: Smooth, seamless acceleration without the jerk or jolt from changing gears, elimination of frequent downshifting on hills and up to $1500 in gas savings over life of the car due to better fuel efficiency.

The 2010 Nissan Rogue has good pick-up, and drives very comfortably. This smaller SUV is very easy to handle on most surfaces, and the ride is stable with exceptional handling. Because this is a smaller scale SUV, the turning radius is tighter, and navigating small parking spaces is done with ease. 4-wheel disc brakes ensure stopping power in all situations. A 2.5 liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower and 175 ft. lbs. of torque with CVT-- Continuously Variable Transmission.
Fuel Economy
21 MPG City, 26 MPG Highway 21 MPG City, 26 MPG Highway
The Car
Priced attractively, the Rogue is a good looking vehicle. With leather, heated seats and a clean interior, the vehicle takes very little to like about it. Storage areas, pockets, cup holders and even a three-way compartment underneath the trunk allows for maximizing your organization.

Attractive again will be used to describe the instrument panel. Easy to read buttons and knobs allow for quick adjustments on the road. Leather wrapped steering wheel is easy to hold on to. Excellent reliability and a quiet ride.

The new Nissan Rogue is an easy car to get used to. Slide into the comfortable leather (optional) seats and you're ready to roll. There are plenty of cup holders for your drinks, and storage areas for food or other items.

The dash is laid out in such a manner that the driver can easily access all the important buttons in a snap.

Rear passengers will be equally comfortable with roomy seats and more than ample leg and head room.

The interior is handsome and functional. The AC works well, as does the heat.

Advanced Air Bag System with Front Seat mounted side impact supplemental air bag system. Also included are roof-mounted Side Curtain Air Bags, roll over supplemental air bags for outboard occupant head protection, and active head restraints. The body construction includes front and rear crumple zones. Four wheel antilock brakes are standard. Nissan Advanced Air Bag System

Front Seat Mounted Side Impact Supplemental Air Bag System

Roof-Mounted Side Curtain Air Bags, Roll over supplemental air bags for outboard occupant head protection

Energy Absorbing Steering Column

Zone body construction with front and rear crumple zones

Electronic Brake Force Distribution

4-Wheel ABS

Bose Premium Sound System with 7 speakers and bass woofer maximize listening pleasure. Add in the AM/FM 6-CD player with MP-3 and I-Pod interface and Radio Data System, as well as XM Satellite Radio. Bluetooth Hand-Free System for safe connectivity. Keyless entry is standard. Bose Premium Sound System with 7 speakers and ND Rich Bass Woofer

AM/FM 6-CD Player with MP-3 and I-Pod interface and Radio Data System

XM Satellite Radio

Bluetooth Hand-Free System

Speed Sensitive Sound Adjustment

Nissan Intelligent Key

High-Intensity Discharge Light with Manual Levelizer

Aesthetics & Styling
This vehicle gets solid top grades in all areas of styling. Outside in and inside out. The attractive lines and grill provide universal appeal. Inside the eggshell leather and charcoal and chrome color combination are clean and crisp. Tinted rear windows. The 2010 Nissan Rogue has interesting style cues. It's smaller than full-size SUVs, and similar to Toyota's Rav 4, the Hyundai Tucson, and Honda CRV.

What makes these SUV's attractive, especially the Rogue, is the smaller engine (resulting in better gas mileage) and enhanced maneuverability.

The overall shape and design can best be described as "rounded" or "smooth." The lines and edges of the exterior are unremarkable, but not distasteful.

The front of the new Rogue is pleasant enough, with rounded headlights and a smooth, curved bumper. The rear of the vehicle mirrors much of the same, with few carry-over design elements from the larger, Nissan Murano.

Basic Bumper to Bumper: 3 years-36,000

Drive train: 5 years, 60,000

Roadside Assistance: 3 years, 36,000 miles

Basic: 3 years-36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper

Drivetrain: 5 years, 60,000

Roadside Assistance: 3 years, 36,000 miles

Non-tangibles / Other
Assembled in Japan. The small size SUZ market is increasing with popularity. Drivers are interested in leaving smaller "carbon footprints" but still want the versatility and roominess of a SUV. The Nissan Rogue fit those needs to a tee. Not only is it easy on the petrol, it's stylish, cool, and fun to drive.