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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 3 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 2009 Nissan Rogue owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“ABS/Traction/Stability control module failed during winter storm making car almost impossible to drive in snow/ice. Took over a week to obtain replacement module”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One rear caliper was defective and caused premature pad wear at 40,000 K and again at 73000K .After replacement at my expense seems OK”

Anonymous, QC (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace front brakes”

Kevin B., NS (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“The rear brakes wore out after just 13000 miles of mixed driving”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Uneven rotor wear”

Duncan S., UT (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“2 sets of front rotors have warped”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors had to be replaced”

Nikita M., NY (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“Master cylinder had to be replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Rogue S 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

Coolers and lines

“on long trips transmission would overheat, slow down, and loose power. Wuld have to shut car off for a while before being able to continue trip”

Clifton T., VA (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission kept overheating”

Anonymous, UT (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

“Shift lever won't shift out of park without depressing shift unlock with screwdriver”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

“after about 3 hours of steady interstate driving the transmission seemed to be slipping going up hills. speed fell off. I stopped and let it cool down for about 30 minutes it seemed fine. dealer could not replicate the problem driving around town”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission housing leaks - still needs to be fixed”

Thomas O., CO (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“when u stepped on the brake the transmission would disconnect”

Edward R., AZ (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission cooler failed. There were no indicator lights showing a problem. There is potential damage to the transmission that will not be covered by the warranty if the transmission fails. Total repair cost was $1900”

Anonymous, MI (2009 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

“Ball joints were loose and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced both ball joints”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

“See tie rod answer”

Elliot L., FL (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“wear and tear and needed replacement”

Anonymous, NS (2009 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“Dealer says control arms worn; scared my wife. Other independent repairers said it was not a significant issue and didn't need to be done”

Elliot L., FL (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced both tie rods and control arms”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My front driver and passenger wheel bearings went around 90k miles”

Anonymous, NH (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission started making a whining noise which we thought was a bad bearing but tuned out to be internal to the Transmission which was then replaced under extended warranty”

Brian M., VA (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission failed at 80,000 miles. Fortunately, it was covered by a warranty extension and the transmission was replaced with a factory rebuild”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the cvt transmission had to be replaced twice”

Edward R., AZ (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It completely stopped working”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leaking in very cold wheatear . Dealer replaced trans under warranty”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This is our 2d Nissan that has had to have the transmission replaced! No more Nissans for us”

Julie S., IL (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Tran went in safe mod 3times had to be towed 1 time Nissan replaced on warranty but not that ez to get”

Walter K., PA (2009 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

“It sounds as though something is coming apart under the car. It's most noticeable when I hit a bump, but my dealership (Auto Nation Nissan on Arapahoe Road in Centennial, CO) can't find it and shows little interest in trying”

Anonymous, CO (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The overall fit and quality of internal components cause several creaks and rattles that are annoying”

Anthony M., NY (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“squeaks a lot with turns and bumps”

Anonymous, LA (2009 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeak comes from under dash since new, never was fixed by dealer”

Richard R., WA (2009 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Between 2700 and 300 RPM there is a distinct rattle that may be transmission related but the dealership cannot help since there are no error codes showing in the diagnosis”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

“Window washer pump needed replacing”

Greg G., PA (2009 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

“Front right axle needed to be replaced due to oil leak. The axle seal was leaking”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rubber guards wore out”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front Wheel bearing failure”

Duncan S., UT (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Front left wheel bearing failure”

Anonymous, LA (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CV Joint boot was reported by Nissan Dealer Service department as cracked/leaking and needed replacement. Labor cost for job was very expensive in my opinion”

Paul M., VA (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 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

Doors or sliding doors

“The front passage door would not open from outside of the car. Something was wrong with the catch in the lock and had to have it replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Do to strong wind and rain/ice blowing into the doors - both front door wouldn't work and had to be fixed despite that I already had a "kit" that would supposedly fix it. Cost over $400.00 in all. This is an issue that I saw many other people have,”

Teresa J., KS (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“Door won't open from the outside”

Anonymous, IN (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“Automatic sliding glass sunroof not opening or closing . Must be done a step at a time”

R P., AZ (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

CD player

“quit working”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“CD player just quit at about 60k miles. Not fixable and not covered by any warranty”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Never worked!”

Greg G., PA (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Calls not being connected”

Nikita M., NY (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 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

“Moonroof stopped working and would not close or open fully. Correction involved reflash of computer module”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Gas gauge not reading accurate. Showing sometimes more or sometimes less than the gas I have”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“right rear tire pressure monitor caused tire to leak”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“faulty reads, blinking, inaccurate tire pressure warning light especially at high speeds”

Anonymous, LA (2009 Nissan Rogue Unsure 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)

“Paint began to chip and peel off the front bumper in corner a few years ago and continues to slowly peel”

R P., AZ (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Notices paint chipping on the side view mirrors”

Anonymous, CO (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint faded, clear coat thin”

Anonymous, CA (2009 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

“Loose connection made fuel quantity not work”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Sensors quit working and cost about 400 to have fixed. Could not put fuel in the car without the sensor working and had to get a rental car while mine was in the shop”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

“I rarely see a full gauge after refueling to the max”

Anthony M., NY (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“recall adjustment”

Anonymous, MA (2009 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

A/C compressor

“Failed”

Mark F., NB (2009 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“have had to replace the battery twice since owning the car. All batteries were nissan”

Clifton T., VA (2009 Nissan Rogue SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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