Auto Review: 2010 Nissan Rogue SL

Starting at $22,050 MSRP, the 2010 Nissan Rogue SL is a good family sedan with all the right features in all the right places.

2010 Nissan Rogue SL

For starters, the engine block is comprised of a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 175 pound feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. It also includes continuously variable valve timing control, platinum-tipped spark plugs along with the patented Nissan Direct Ignition System and engine balancer system.

The drivetrain is front wheel drive, however, all wheel drive is an option you can upgrade to. You also get 2- or 4-wheel Active Brake Limited Slip as a standard feature.

The suspension is independent strut on the front and independent multi-link on the rear with stabilizer bars on both the front and rear.

For wheels and tires, the SL trim comes with 17″ X 7″ 5-spoke aluminum alloy with P225/60R17 all-season tires compared to 16″ X 6.5″ steel wheels and P215/70R16 on the S trim.

Another feature you’ll find on the SL trim that isn’t on the S trim are the roof rails, great for traveling or carrying your skis or other sporting equipment. You also get rear privacy glass not available on the lower end S trim. As an option you can add a power sliding glass moonroof.

Inside, the upper class SL trim has several features not included in the S trim standard package, such as:

  • Rear heater ducts
  • A drive computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Interior accent lights
  • Driver seatback pocket
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Two 12-volt DC power outlets
  • Cargo light
  • 6-way manual adjustable driver’s seat
  • Fold-down front passenger’s seat

The 2010 Nissan Rogue SL has an available leather package that can make the interior even nicer with leather seats, lumbar support for the driver, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and heated front seats.

Fuel economy for the vehicle boasts 22/27 for front wheel drive and 21/26 for the all wheel drive version.

Compared to other vehicles in its class, the 2010 Nissan Rogue SL is a classy ride and very affordable.