2008 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Nissan Rogue - Road Test Specs

2008 Nissan Rogue SUV

(2.5L 4-cyl. AWD CVT Automatic)


Model year2008
StyleSL AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$25,500 (est)
As-tested MSRP$28,000 (est)


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2488cc (152 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)175 @ 4,400
Transmission typeContinuously variable automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist power steering
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelGrandTrek
Tire typeall season
Tire size, front225/60R17 98H
Tire size, rear225/60R17 98H
Wheel materialsteel
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc
Brakes, rearventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.9
0-60 mph (sec.)9.2
0-75 mph (sec.)13.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.9 @ 83.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)123
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.79
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.4
@ Full throttle (dB)81
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsYet another I-4 paired with a CVT, but unlike the Mitsu Lancer's underpowered setup, this one doesn't sound as if it's about to self-destruct. The relatively large displacement (2.5L) engine doesn't feel as labored in the upper revs. Still, if CVTs are so tuneable, why doesn't it reach redline until after 60 mph? Why can't the software tell it to ramp up quicker?
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsWhile the Rogue isn't the smoothest stopping from 60 mph (it hopped a little, bobbed its nose a couple times) but it certainly stops short at 123 feet.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsWith so much suspension travel, it looks and feels pretty awkward around the skid pad, yet it maintains decent grip until understeer sets in. It doesn't feel very precise and requires periodic steering adjustments all the way around. In the slalom, the Rogues doesn't particularly enjoy rapid transitions. All that suspension travel eats up its ability to change direction rapidly. That and the disconnect with the CVT (even held in "gear" with manual mode) makes it difficult to find a rhythm through the cones. I spent quite a lot of time getting what I'd consider a good run out of the Rogue.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)93
Wind (mph, direction)2

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 City / 26Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)22 combined (27 best, 19 worst)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,460 (3,544 as tested)
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,544
Length (in.)182.9
Width (in.)70.9
Height (in.)65.3
Wheelbase (in.)105.9
Track, front (in.)60.6
Track, rear (in.)61.0
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.5
Legroom, rear (in.)35.3
Headroom, front (in.)39.3 (with moonroof)
Headroom, rear (in.)37.6 (with moonroof)
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)28.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)57.9


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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