2009 Nissan Rogue: No surprises here

The Rogue just barely manages to meet our performance expectations for a crossover SUV in its price range, and falls short when it comes to cabin tech.

2009 Nissan Rogue SL
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The Nissan Rogue may go down in history as one of the most inaccurately named cars of all time. It's not mysterious. It's not particularly quick. It is relatively quiet, but you won't be catching anyone off guard in this tubby little CUV. Instead of delivering a vehicle that breaks from convention and actually "goes rogue," Nissan has given us a decidedly average, small, crossover SUV. No surprises here.

Almost everything about the Rogue can be described as good but not great, whether it's power and handling or styling and cabin tech. In fact, the only aspect of the Rogue that is mildly surprising is Nissan's decision slap a Garmin on the dash instead of using its OEM package for navigation duties.

Check out the full review of the 2009 Nissan Rogue SL FWD.

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