The Worst Nissan Rogue Model Years You Should Never Buy

The Nissan Rogue is one of the most popular SUVs, especially since its recent redesign. Nevertheless, several model years have had reliability problems that might make you think twice about purchasing this compact crossover. So, read up on what to expect from a used Nissan Rogue if you’re thinking of plunking down your hard-earned money on one. 

The best Nissan Rogue years have the fewest issues

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The 2020 Nissan Rogue is among the best model years | Mike Ditz Photo via Nissan Motor Corporation

The Nissan Rogue has had some of its best years recently. WVDOT lists 2020 as the best year for the crossover, not least because it was the first year of what turned out to be a successful vehicle redesign. The automotive site also places the 2020 Rogue first for its many standard safety features. 

In addition, WVDOT gives a shoutout to the 2019 Rogue, which ranks second on the list of best model years, thanks to the vehicle’s reliability and safety. The 2019 model also boasts a high-quality interior. 

The worst Nissan Rogue model years suffer from reliability problems

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The 2013 Nissan Rogue is one of the worst model years | Nissan Motor Corporation

Recent Nissan Rogue models have generally gotten good reviews, but earlier model years have received more complaints from consumers. For example, CoPilot says to steer clear of 2008 through 2016 and 2018 models. Meanwhile, CarComplaints.com singles out the 2013 Rogue as the absolute worst. 

The main reason consumers should avoid these model years is that the transmission has been unreliable. That creates a safety risk because the driver could lose control of the vehicle.

In addition, repair costs and the average mileage when problems occur also contribute to specific Rogue model years’ low ratings. CarComplaint.com also lists acceleration problems and unreliable heating and air conditioning as frequent complaints for some model years. 

So before you purchase a used Nissan Rogue from one of these riskier model years, get a trusted mechanic to inspect it. 

A look at the latest model

If you’re worried about an older Nissan Rogue’s reliability issues, consider a new model. So, what can you expect from a 2022 Nissan Rogue?

Unfortunately, Consumer Reports doesn’t rate the 2022 Rogue highly. It scored an overall 63 out of 100. A predicted reliability score of 2 out of 5 and a predicted owner satisfaction score of 3 out of 5 also indicate the 2022 model isn’t the best. 

Ironically, the category where the 2022 Rogue scores best is its transmission. It earned a perfect 5 out of 5 from CR. Nissan appears to have taken earlier complaints about the transmission seriously. 

However, Car and Driver gave the 2022 Nissan Rogue a higher overall score of 8 out of 10. The site praises the SUV’s rugged design, modern interior tech, and comfortable ride. But the Rogue gets lower marks for its price (for the more desirable trims), warranty, and handling. 

Starting at $27,875, the 2022 model packs a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine producing 201 hp. Its combined EPA-estimated gas mileage of 25 mpg isn’t bad.

Overall, the Nissan Rogue can be a solid choice. Just be aware of any potential pitfalls, and do your research before buying. 

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