The Nissan Rogue is a solid SUV choice, so why isn’t it as popular as rivals like the Honda CR-V? Many avoided the 2020 model because of its underpowered engine, which has thankfully been fixed for 2021. However, the Rogue still doesn’t have great warranty coverage, and it’s more expensive than other compact SUVs.
In spite of its flaws, the Nissan Rogue has shown itself to be dependable throughout its lifetime. What’s the most reliable Rogue model to buy and how long can you expect it to last?
The Nissan Rogue’s history of reliability
According to Consumer Reports, the Nissan Rogue is usually very reliable. The 2021 model sports an average overall reliability score, but J.D. Power gave it a higher rating. Still, all the major drivetrain components received perfect ratings, though the climate system and power equipment might fail prematurely.
Most used Nissan Rogues also seem to hold up over time. Models from 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2014 all have nearly perfect reliability ratings. However, models from 2011 and earlier had more problems, as well as the 2019 Nissan Rogue.
Model years to avoid
While the 2019 model didn’t have any major problems, drivers were very annoyed with the A/C system. Consumer Reports surveys showed that there was a temperature regulation issue and sometimes the fan only worked on the lowest setting. Many drivers also had problems with the rear backup camera, which Nissan later addressed in a recall.
We’d recommend avoiding a Nissan Rogue from either 2009 or 2010. These models had a serious transmission issue: some reported on Consumer Reports that it would fail after just 80,000 miles. Some even had to get the transmission replaced twice, which can easily cost upwards of $4,000 each time.
We’ve seen the most problems from drivers of 2013 Nissan Rogues. These cars also suffered from a faulty transmission, sometimes accompanied by engine acceleration issues.
This model is also prone to developing unsightly exterior damage, like peeling and cracked paint. Some drivers also reported seeing excessive rust as soon as 36,000 miles. Unexplained squeaks and rattles are sometimes heard throughout the interior, especially on the highway.
The 2015 Nissan Rogue also has A/C problems, plus a transmission that vibrates at idle. While most drivers didn’t have to rebuild the transmission, mechanics sent them away, saying it was “normal”. This model’s engine is also jarringly loud, especially when starting or accelerating the car.
Typical maintenance costs
Thankfully, most Nissan Rogues from later model years won’t rack up terribly high repair costs. According to RepairPal, most drivers report spending below $500 per year servicing a Rogue out of warranty. Most vehicles in the Rogue’s segment cost around $521 in yearly maintenance.
RepairPal also found that, while the Rogue doesn’t require more repairs than the average SUV, they’re more likely to be severe. While still an uncommon occurrence, the biggest problem reported by users was an inaccurate fuel gauge. It happens to even the most reliable models and costs between $1,000-$1,200 to fix.
Is buying a Nissan Rogue worth it?
According to The Drive, the Nissan Rogue should have no problems lasting around 200,000 miles or longer. However, that’s only if you have your vehicle serviced regularly and catch potential problems in a timely manner. The Drive found that CVT failures and suspension noise were the most prevalent issues.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue is vastly improved compared to previous models. It now has sharper handling, a quieter engine, and some nifty new tech to complement its updated interior. While it still has a high base price, it’s offset somewhat by low repair costs and great gas mileage.