2011 Nissan Rogue

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I didn’t know the Rogue was due for an update, but here it is.

And the small changes do improve the car a lot. Not just the chrome bits.
The small changes up front make the car look more solid and upscale than before.
A good thing, since I think the Rogue is a really good choice for a small SUV.

Here is what it looks now.
The front end always had a rubbery look to me, for some strange reason…

Conversation 14 comments

  1. If by rubbery, you mean a used condom – yes, that is about as good as the Rogue has ever looked.

    An Nissan has the dependability of a $1 condom that is sold in mens washrooms and is about 15 years old

    The next time you catch me in a Nissan lot – please someone, come kick me in the nads, repeatedly – as THAT would be a smarter move then buying one.

  2. Well… At least it has some 'character' now, though I find it very difficult to understand why anyone would buy this over Mazda's exponentially better looking/handling/performing CX7.

    To Each Their Own…

  3. NISSAN has a lot of really good designs right now. This isn't one of them. Too generic-blah "Hondota-Kia-like. Give me a Nitro, SRX, MKX, Liberty, Flex, Patriot, Commander, Equinox, Enclave, Explorer, LR3, LR4, ANYTHING with a little EXCITEMENT! This is just as dull as a jacked-up Camry.

  4. Funny comment, 11:02a.

    What struck me is the greatly upgraded interior.

    What I don't like about this car, and what I don't like in most Nissan SUVs, is that they got carried away w/ the exterior styling. Form trumps function. Because they declined to go w/ a boxy design the rear windows only open halfway and you can fit much less in the cargo area.

    Also, the rear spoiler seems a bit excessive – will that interfere w/ rear view vision, as the thick C pillars will?

  5. I like the new front end, particularly the lower bumper area. I think the grille looks ok in a smaller picture, but when you see it larger it is a little too much. I am glad they did not boomerang the head lights like the Maxima or the Z.

  6. Okay.

    Anonymous #1: I don't understand your beef with Nissan. My 2000 Altima has over 150,000 miles and hasn't given me problems. It's been rock solid.

  7. Good luck to anyone who buys one with the CVT.

    Failures happen too often, check out the threads on Edmunds and talk to any Nissan tech.

    I was in a Nissan dealership about two years ago with a friend, and they had two black transport cases for the CVT transmissions, a tech told me that they fail more often than they should. No wonder why techs don't sell cars.

    "Dav said…

    Well… At least it has some 'character' now, though I find it very difficult to understand why anyone would buy this over Mazda's exponentially better looking/handling/performing CX7.

    To Each Their Own…

    July 30, 2010 12:00 PM"

    I couldn't agree any more with you.

    The CX-7 is an AWESOME deal and it is a much superior vehicle for around the same price.

    No brainer.

  8. Nissan is still having problems findind a common theme for its front end/grille designs. The grille on the Rogue is certainly not a breakthrough. Looks like an assemblage of leftover spare parts.

    The rest of the vehicle looks good.

  9. I dunno. Still looks like an inflamed Sentra. And Nissans quality is still very iffy in my experience. This would have to be pretty cheap to make me consider it over an Equinox or even a Santa Fe.

  10. Anonymous #1: I don't understand your beef with Nissan. My 2000 Altima has over 150,000 miles and hasn't given me problems. It's been rock solid.

    July 30, 2010 1:56 PM

    Good. I'm glad! Unfortunately my experiences with Nissan have been abject failures. A 2000 Pathfinder that completely fell apart at 130,000km's and a Murano that degraded starting 120,000. Ironically, there wasn't a single issue w/ the CVT on the Murano, however 3 O2 sensors, one rad (which was over $700 itself), drive shaft that habitually rattled under any acceleration, AC failure and the straw that broke the camels back – the engine burned oil. All my KM's are exclusively highway.

    Then – when I complained to Nissan about their products – I never received any acknowledgement beyond being put on their mailing list asking me to buy another product.

    Speaking of service – going to a Nissan dealership is easily the worst experience I've ever had..over charge, liars (told me the timing belt in my Murano needed replacing – however Murano's don't have timing belts).

    So – ya, I'm a little biased against Nissan.

  11. I find myself agreeing with the majority who saw this is one cheesy looking faux Suv. The front exterior, although improved over what it replaces is beginning to look stale. The styling was and is generic and frigged.

    I would rather get a Santa Fe over this sloppily looking sud.

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