Dictionary.com defines rogue as the following:
Have you ever noticed that when you become even mildly obsessed with a vehicle, you begin to see them all over the place? That very thing happened to me the other day on my way to work in our 2009 Nissan Rogue tester. Traveling along the highway, it occurred to me that I had just noticed 5 Rogues within as many minutes. On the way home that day, I saw another 4. I had taken a different route, so no they weren’t the same ones I saw in the morning. Since that day, it feels like I’ve spotted at least a half dozen a day. I’m not going out of my way trying to find them, they just keep popping up all over the place. The funny thing is that prior to picking up our tester, I had the feeling that I hadn’t seen too many on the roads around Toronto.
The most common comment made by folks who saw me driving the Rogue was some variation of ” Hey, you’re driving a mini Murano!”. Now that’s a pretty big compliment, seeing as just about everyone loves the shape of the Rogue’s big brother. The comparison isn’t all that far off visually, as the shape is reminiscent of the Murano. Perhaps a fun ad campaign could be “Honey, I shrunk the Murano.” I must admit that I prefer the smaller Rogue’s shape more than the larger sibling.
The cute ute class originators, Honda’s CRV and Toyota’s RAV4 both seem to have lost a bit of their distinctive style with their latest redesigns. That’s not to say that they aren’t great vehicles, but they seem to have lost a bit of personality as they’ve matured. Even still, any newcomer to this market is fighting a bit of an uphill battle as brand loyalty runs deep with owners of these vehicles.
While the old standbys may be having a bit of an identity crisis happening, Nissan’s first entry into the segment is unquestionably a Nissan. Perhaps you could call it the Rogue child of the Murano, as the 2008 Nissan Rogue shares so many styling cues and tech details with it’s older brother.