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2008 Nissan RogueThe 2008 Nissan Rogue doesn't rate highly as a tech car because of its lack of any major cabin gadgets, but we like its general usability and its continuously variable transmission.
>> What if Nissan made a central that was really tall? Well, they do, and this is it, the Rogue SL. >> Let's go inside, and check this [inaudible]. ^M00:00:08 [ Music ] ^M00:00:11 >> Here's the advance head unit, this is as good as it gets. >> Notice, there's no LCD, there's no nav available on this car, but we do have Bose branded audio, seven speakers around the cabin including what they call a ND rich based woofer [assumed spelling]. It's an okay sounding system, not great, the seven speakers, [inaudible] normally when you see an odd number, that means surround sound, not in this case, it's just 246, and a woofer. We've got sources here that are pretty routine, compact disc, in-dash 6, radio, it means AM, FM, and Satellite radio. And of course, Auxiliary jack button here, and there's the jack right over there. Now, here's where things get interesting, I would tell you about bluetooth except we have a front wheel drive car, the two wheel drive rouge SL with the premium audio package doesn't come with bluetooth. The all wheel drive rough SL with the premium package does include bluetooth, that's weird. Now, it's a little bit of technology in the power train that kind of boost our spirits, the available transmission, the only one in this SL, is the CVT, continuously variable transmission, but even though it doesn't really have gears, the premium package coupled with that gives you pedal shifters, as if you do have gears. Power plant in this car is similarly straight forward, two and a half liters, inline four sitting sides settler [assumed spelling], 170 horsepower, 175 foot pounds, that's encouraging, I like to see torque a littler higher then horsepower, and this guy does that. And, of course, the key is, it delivers good mileage, 22, 27 are the EPA numbers on this front wheel drive with the CVT transmission. I also can give a very special car tech award today. To this part, the award for the ugliest casting in a modern engine; what is that thing? I think when I toured Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, I saw something like that, but they used it to beat horseshoes. Let's price our Rogue SL, a pretty simple operation. 21, 4 based with destination for this two-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, if you want to get the all wheel drive that's about twelve hundred dollars more. Then there's the package, the premium package brings you all the goodies, I showed you, and it's nineteen hundred dollars for the front wheel drive car because it doesn't include bluetooth. It's a little bit more for the all wheel car, twenty-two hundred dollars, because it does include bluetooth on that vehicle. >> About the only toy you can consider beyond that is a moon roof for eight hundred bucks. ^M00:02:35 [ Music ]