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.
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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 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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 2012 Nissan Rogue owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Radio

"When radio is off back screen light continues to come on have to turn radio on and then off to resolve this problem"

Daniel P., IL (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio will not turn off at times- must just turn down the volume"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"XM Radio often "freezes" and the word "Loading" is displayed on the screen. When this occurs, the XM Radio will not work until the car's ignition is turned off and restarted. FM and AM continues to work"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio on this model has inoperative pre-set station memory. Separately & possibly related (as with back-up camera), radio often inoperative in cold climate, only to correct itself after vehicle warmed-up"

John G., IL (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"If you stopped under roadway withe the XM Radio on it would naturally loose it signal. When driving out from the obstruction the XM would not come back on unless you shut the car off, removed the key and opened and shut the door. Restarting the vehic"

William S., NJ (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In cold weather radio screen displays weird information and doesn't go on for a few minutes. Unfortunately, Nissan is unable to duplicate problem and I have to live with it"

Stephen H., NY (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The sirius satellite radio sometimes freezes and stops playing"

Timothy H., PA (2012 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"Back-up camera display (and radio) inoperative particularly in cold climate. Issues corrected itself only after vehicle warmed-up"

John G., IL (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Pairing will be spotty. Sometimes we can go several days and the car and phone will not pair"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"It's so unreliable that I don't even try to use it"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Rogue Unsure 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

"After a bit over four years of ownership, the driver's seat developed a squeak that we could neither find nor extinguish. It's not too loud and tends to only act up over choppier roads"

John H., CA (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"weather stripping on doors . steering wheel very noisy"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in front end of car- possibly a loose piece of sheet metal-- cannot find the source"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had driver's side seat repaired twice in last six months for creaking"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"License plates rattles"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Belts"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Sounds like a thirty year old truck going down the road"

Anthony L., NJ (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"front driver side window wind noise, dealer not able to fix"

Eppie C., AB (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Unreasonable wind noise"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 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)

"50 cent sized area of paint peeled off of driver's side front quarter panel"

Marilyn S., MS (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The white paint on the Rogue seemed to crack. It has been resolved at our expense"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust starting to show on tailgate near rear brake lights. This vehicle is garaged every evening and should not have been showing signs of rust bumps. Even out of warranty, Nissan provided $500 towards repair. Nice gesture"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust staining the rear hatchback door, apparently from some metal parts rusting inside the door. Source appears to be above license plate light"

David S., PA (2012 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust stains observed in two spots on the vehicle"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rust developed around hatchback lift, was repaired though dealer warranty. 6 months later more rust developed around rear taillights. Was also repaired by dealer no charge"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tailgate has had rust come through 2x since we've had the vehicle, takes 3 days to get repaired"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 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

"2012 Rogue did not come with a transmission cooler. So they had to replace with a newer transmission with a cooler"

Robert C., FL (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

"Had to replace shift linkage"

Alan C., NY (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In warm weather transmission seems to slip and power is lost and fuel mileage drops to approximately 18 miles a gallon must pull over and let transmission cool they tell me it needs a transmission cooler and Nissan will not stand behind it"

Daniel P., IL (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"REPLACED TRANSMISSION ON WARRANTY"

Ricky P., PA (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission wouldn't shift out. Had an oil leak, so the level was low. Seal on transmission was replaced 2X to stop the leaked. Problem ceased at this point"

Steven M., UT (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Repaired under warranty"

David N., FL (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 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

"within 36000 mile warranty but just outside timeframe compressor diagnosed as being bad and needed replacement"

Suzanne D., VA (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"does not blow cold. nissan said it has too much freon from the factory"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle does not cool very well"

Mark K., MN (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This compressor was replaced 3 times with after market products and in the South, the AC just doesn't cut it! Warranty work every time... not recommending this car in the heat"

Neil P., NC (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"On cold Montana winters, it takes it forever to heat up. While driving it still doesn't feel that it is all that warm. Even with the fan on high, it still doesn't warm you up"

Will H., MT (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"some seals needed replacement which apparently caused leak"

Suzanne D., VA (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Car completely stopped"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission overheated several times. Dealer put new transmission in with a cooler"

Robert C., FL (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"no power on merging in traffic also when making left turn in oncoming traffic it would lose or bog down causing a dangerous situation"

Peter P., NY (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"HAD TO REPLACE ENTIRE TRANSMISSION AFTER 35000 MILES"

Ricky P., PA (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I discovered a CVT Fluid Leak from a weep hole during a routine Oil Change"

David H., NV (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 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

Wiper motor or washer

"Rear window washer pump failed"

Bruce C., NY (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear window washer quit working after a short time. I had it repaired, but it quit again. Sometimes the rear window wiper doesn't stop where it should"

Vicki F., LA (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Sensor often does not recognize daylight and leaves headlights on when they should go off"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Engine has an intermittent hesitation problem. Dealers are unable to find and fix the problem. When it hesitates is at the worst times like when I need a little extra power, or to get through an intersection or just avoid an accident. Vehicle won't m"

James D., ID (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not start in cold weather and not a lot of heat in cabin in cold weather"

George D., NB (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"engine nnoise when first started"

Anthony M., NJ (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 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)

"Capteur ABS roue arri¿"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Nissan Rogue S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle had to have back brakes redone with only 38000 miles"

Mark K., MN (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Just normal ware"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 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

Alternator

"Had to replace entire alternator because the belt pulley (alternator "clutch"?) was falling a part and the belt was flapping. Mechanic said "we see this all the time with Nissan Rogues""

Jonathan S., LA (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine harness

"Had to be towed to the dealership 4 times before they fixed it ----pure and simple a major piece of junk should have been replaced after 3rd attempt to fix it ---complained to Nissan US ---- no satisfactory results ---never buy a Nissan again"

Anthony L., NJ (2012 Nissan Rogue S 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

"Topped off tank, but fuel gauge did not register full as expected. However, after driven a few miles the gauge did seem to correct itself"

Daniel S., HI (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Fuel Pump failed, replaced under original Manuf warranty"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Nissan Rogue)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Ceramic honeycomb inside catalytic converter was coming apart and rattling like crazy. It basically fell apart. The mechanic said "we see this all the time on Nissan Rogues". That and alternator clutch pulley. Both supposedly "common" according to the mechanic"

Jonathan S., LA (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shield cracks and rattles, dealer known problem, poorly engineered"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 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

"shocks were leaking at 30000 same as my 2012 altima"

James G., NY (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"related to shocks"

James G., NY (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 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

Electrical failure

"On several occasions I was unable to get the vehicle out of park. It was necessary to manually use a screw driver to release the shift control from the park gear. After 2 visits to the dealer repair shop it was finally fixed and was determined to b"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Nissan Rogue Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

"seals replaced three times by nissan"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 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

"I had the power door lock switch replaced on front passenger door after a electrical "whine" noise occurred after locking the door"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

""Smart key" works intemittently. First diagnosedcas wrong battery in key fob, but new,,proper battery did not cure the problem"

John D., NC (2012 Nissan Rogue SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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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