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The Rogue is compact and pleasant, with secure, responsive handling and a nice ride. It nicely balances economy and acceleration. Interior quality is very good, but the cargo area is very modest. Poor rear visibility is a demerit.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

The Rogue is compact and pleasant, with secure, responsive handling and a nice ride. It nicely balances economy and acceleration. Interior quality is very good, but the cargo area is very modest. Poor rear visibility is a demerit.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Nissan Rogue owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Transmission went out about 1000 miles after warrantee. Coat over $3000 for a rebuilt one, new ones are not available, with only a one year warranty from Nissan”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The whole transmission failed, for the second time in the history of the vehicle. Previous owerr teplaced original transmission, and I replaced this one when failed”

Theodoros K., MA (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission went out on the vehicle after 130,000 miles. I had a new transmission installed”

Marchand C., CA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission catastrophic failure left my wife on the side of the road”

Bradley C., ON (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission issue required complete replacement of transmission at 100,000 miles covered by warranty”

Justin H., AR (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission had to be replaced”

James L., NJ (2008 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My 2008 was the first year for the 'new' transmission and Nissan had problems with it. It was replaced about 7 years ago at no charge and now it has been replaced again. When they replaced the first transmission they gave me a warranty for up to 100,000 miles, just in case I had to replace it again. So it went bad before the 100,000 miles so they honored the warranty and I didn't pay for the new transmission. There were other problems, though - one of the ball joints needed replacing and the CV”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Whining noise from the CVT transmission. Dealer replaced. Covered under special Nissan extended warranty for early CVT transmissions”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission was making noise, took in and they just said it needed to be replaced.Was still under warranty, so was replaced free of charge”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission became more and more noisy. Nissan replaced, at no charge to me, even though beyond warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Unit was warrantied up to 60,000 miles, the transmission needed replacing at 60,250 miles, Nissan replaced it for free”

Sherry H., FL (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After transmission service by dealership, my transmission kept slipping. They ended up having to replace the entire transmission - took over 2 weeks to get authorization from Nissan”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Nissan warrants these transmissions for up to 120000 miles. It was replaced at no cost”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CVT completely failed while travelling at 100km on busy highway. Engine ran fine but no transfer of power. Nissan confirmed CVT issue and replaced under extended warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After 129000 kilometers the transmission failed and was replaced on warranty”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Covered by Extended Warranty. While driving noticed an unusual sound I thought was coming from Transmission. My wife did not notice it. Under inspection by the dealer it was found defective”

John S., VA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle failed to move beyond a crawl. Dealer (3 hours away), I was able to get vehicle to shop, repair was inadequate, had to return, full transmission replacement after second visit, also brake signal device contributing to transmission problem”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“switch gears between 1 and 2 is not smooth”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission completely failed at approximately 128,000 miles. 8000 miles after the Factory-extended 120,000 transmission warranty extension due to CVT reliability issues. Replacement with a remanufactured transmission was approximately $3500 with 12”

James L., MA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“Loud clunk going over bumps. Both front ball joints and tie rods replaced and problem was fixed”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace both ball joints at a cost of about $1000.00”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“failure on right front side”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“We paid $2100 to change the front suspension member, L & R steering links & stabilizer connecting rods. the dealer said this repair was common on this model”

Thomas Z., VI (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“overly worn or failed”

Anonymous, PR (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“ONLY when accelerating, the steering wheel vibrates. When I reach a speed, the vibrating stops”

Theodoros K., MA (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I had the front passenger axle and ball joints under warranty. Then needed the driver side front wheel done. Had another problem with the passenger front again.. now it's happening again and I have to take it in for service”

Kathy M., OK (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

“Front tires wear more quickly than the rear tires due to AWD”

Anonymous, VI (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Had to replace axles and wheel bearings”

Anonymous, KY (2008 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I spent $1300 dollars on front end work. Ball joints, bearings and tie rods. The parts are all interconnected and their failure is related to each other,”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“I paid $1,800.00 to change only the two front shocks and all parts related. I have a Volvo that i replace the 4 shocks and parts related and cost me $700.00. Nissan is expensive”

Anonymous, PR (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced all--original equipment”

Anonymous, PR (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Fluid leak when comes on only”

Vincent C., PA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Left rear brake seized and had to be replaced. Previously a few years ago, another brake was seized and ABS had to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“don't know”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

“Rusted”

Bruce P., NJ (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“general maintence - fixed brake linings/rotors”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brake pads wore down to wear indicators and made appropriate noise at 86000 miles (first brake job). The slide pin on right rear brake was rusty and needed replacing. I replaced pads and rotors myself”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very surprised on how long the original brakes lasted”

Jefffrey S., MA (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Just needed brake pads replaced due to mileage”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“this is the second replacement of brakes on this car”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusted 3 months after replaced brakes, dealer says due to salt on road and I live by ocean”

Bruce P., NJ (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Goof suv”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed new rotors”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“Warn cable boot”

Gary A., BC (2008 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Unable to shift out of park, whole system was replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2008 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“the seal on the transmission failed, part was cheap but the labor to get to it wasn't... have to drop the axle to reach the place the seal is... the replacement from Nissan was faulty, so it had to be done twice”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coolers and lines

“transmission overheats on long highway trips with hills, and loses power. Dealer claims to be unaware of any issues like this, although there are numerous similar cases described on internet. This is a serious safety issue due to loss of power”

Drew M., ON (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“transmission whines and slips intermittently. This experience has made me very leery of CVT's”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“transmission slips on occasion, usually after going from a freeway situation to a stop, then trying to move again. Gears will not engage when I try to accelerate - last time it happened, I was almost broadsided because the car wouldn't move”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Well known problem with this vehicle's CVT, dealer yet to resolve problem”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Steering wheel has a moaning noise when turned. Front dash squeaks and vibrates with bumps and stereo sounds”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaky noises from plastic dash components that sound like mice in the dash. This occurs in both warm weather and especially cold weather. Irritating, but I'm used to it. It's an old car that's been around the block over the last 7 years”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Annoying rattle when driving, service says its nothing, but it is bothersome”

Anonymous, IL (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The car has a rattle at 2600 rpm and at no other rpms”

Bradley C., ON (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“It is either wind noise or engine noise when I step on the accelerator”

David T., CA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise is pretty common with this car. The cabin is comfortable in general, but on the highway the wind noise can be annoying, enough so that it can muffle the sound of the radio or CD player”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

“Intermittently does not function and estate was about 600 to repair. We have not had this repaired and it mostly works until it gets very hot or very cold and I need it to work”

Anonymous, VA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash had to be taken apart to replace/repair after several attempts to refill with coolant”

Sherry H., FL (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Very expensive, over $900”

Gregory H., PA (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“WHo design the Rougue do not have a clue what pain is to fix the air conditioning. You have to take all the dash apart and replace all the Ac because you don't want to deal with ageing. The labor only cost 650.00 and parts less than $300.00 For other”

Anonymous, PR (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blower motor and resistor failed due to excessive buildup of foreign material buildup against cabin air filter and mashed against the squirrel-cage fan on the blower motor. This was due to neglect by previous owner/dealer. They refused to cover cost”

David H., NY (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

“Needed to replace the driver side remote door lock actuator”

Anonymous, UT (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“keyless entry only works occasionally. Also. cannot start engine, thus requiring the use of a key. Most of the time it does not work. Batteries not the problem. Dealer said a new system is required that will open the car and start the engine without”

Floriana K., IA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Tire pressure warning light comes on often. I fix tire issue and it happens again. When I take care to get service they take care of it. If this an easy solution, I have not been informed”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both map lights have misfunctioned. Work fine some days, will not turn on in others. Interior dome light doesn't work always either (i.e. switch to 'on' or 'door' but it will not function)”

Karl S., VA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“I had to get a new catalytic converter as the light came on and if reset, would come on again in 100 miles”

Anonymous, MD (2008 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

“Welds broke on two different heat shields in the muffler system. Rattling was loud enough to be very annoying”

Vincent C., PA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

“exhaust system needed replacement”

Anonymous, NH (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Both the left and the right axle had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Have had to have the axle replaced and wheel bearings replaced more than once”

Anonymous, WV (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I was told there was a pinhole in the axle and the bearings were bad”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“Front driver's side door lock froze during a winter weather event resulting in the door handle being non-operational from the outside. The problem was fixed and then repeated itself one year later”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Door openers - driver once, passenger twice failed to operate - problem noted by owners on the internet but denied by Nissan - costly repair that was clearly a manufacturer's problem - despite many exchanges with Nissan - stonewalled”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

“Fuel gage will not show full with fill up”

Anonymous H., HI (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Sensor issue produced intermittent service engine soon warning”

Justin H., AR (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The paint is very bad on this car. It's red, but it began to chip almost immediately, and it has faded around the front windshield as well. I can understand the fading a bit. I live in Hawaii and the sun is brutal, but the chipping was inexcusable”

Richard R., HI (2008 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint chips on rearview mirrors and front of car”

David T., CA (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

“On acceleration, the transmission would make a loud whine and the car would start to wobble slightly from side to side...this came and went for a while. Finally, it returned as a jerking that was so violent the car could not be driven. Problem was d”

Anonymous, SC (2008 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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