2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2WD Road Tests Specs | Edmunds

2009 Nissan Rogue - Road Test Specs

2009 Nissan Rogue SUV

(2.5L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)


Model year2009
StyleSL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$22,590
Options on test vehicleMoonroof Package ($950 -- includes sunroof); Floor Mats and Cargo Mat ($180); Splash Guards ($125).
As-tested MSRP$23,845


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,488cc (152 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.6
Redline (rpm)6,100
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)175 @ 4,400
Transmission typeContinuously variable


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17:1
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelGrand Track
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP225/60R17 H
Tire size, rearP225/60R17 H
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.6
0-60 mph (sec.)8.6
0-75 mph (sec.)12.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.4 @ 85.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)121
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g).78
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.4
@ Full throttle (dB)81
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWhy the CVT takes sooo long to reach redline (or close at 5,500) is a mystery. Not until 80 mph was the engine spinning near redline. Obviously, no distinct shifting here, just a slow ratio change throughout the quarter-mile.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsVery strange ABS program in this Rogue. From 60 to 30 mph, things seem on track, then from 30 to zero, brakes grab and release, causing bucking and skidding and some directional instability. Somehow, it manages to stop in an adequate distance despite the wild ride.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsWith better steering feel than some in this class, the Rogue isn't a standout, but also isn't forgettable. Balance, as expected, leans heavily toward understeer. The Rogue is soft and tall, as expected, but is a reasonably well-mannered machine in the slalom. Key to a good run is making smooth, confident inputs.

Testing Conditions

Test date9/23/2008
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)77
Wind (mph, direction)1.25

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 city/27 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)23.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,354
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,355
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.2/39.8
Length (in.)182.9
Width (in.)70.9
Height (in.)66.3
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.)40.4
Headroom, rear (in.)38.3
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
Powertrain3 years/36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard dual front
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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