What to Look Out for When Buying a Used Nissan Rogue


The Nissan Rogue is the Japanese automaker’s biggest-selling vehicle in the United States, so what do potential buyers need to know when it comes to buying a used Nissan Rogue? Here I’m going to address some of the questions you might have before deciding whether to buy a used Rogue, as well as helping you decide which version of the Rogue is right for you if you do eventually decide to buy one.

2021 Nissan Rogue

How long has the Nissan Rogue been in production?

The Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover SUV that went into production in 2007 as a 2008 model year offering. The majority of Rogue models are produced at the Nissan Smyrna assembly plant in Tennessee, although some versions of the Rogue have been built at the Shatai’s Kyushu Plant in Fukuoka, Japan as well as at the Samsung Motors plant in Busan, South Korea owned by French manufacturer Renault.

Why is the Nissan Rogue so Popular?

The Nissan Rogue is popular because it’s an attractive compact crossover SUV that offers great value for money to both new and used buyers. Even in its higher trim levels the Rogue is an affordable SUV, and every version comes very well equipped with standard features and equipment.

How Popular is the Nissan Rogue?

When the Rogue was launched in 2007 its sales figures were relatively modest, but by 2017 Nissan was selling more than 400,000 units of the Rogue each year in America and a further 40,000+ per year in Canada. The Nissan Rogue is a bigger seller in North America than the Chevrolet Equinox, but it isn’t quite as popular as the market-leading Toyota RAV4.

How many generations of Nissan Rogue are there?

2020 Nissan Rogue

There have been three different generations of the Nissan Rogue. The first-generation was available from 2007 until 2015, the second-generation was on sale between 2013 and 2020, and an all-new third-generation went into production in September 2020 as a 2021 model year. You may have noticed an overlap of the first and second generations, and that’s because Nissan continued to produce the first-generation as the Rogue Select alongside the new second-generation Rogue.

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How well does the Nissan Rogue hold its value?

Like many vehicles, the value of the Nissan Rogue positively plummets in the first two years, but the decline in residual value tends to flatten off after that initial two-year nosedive. If you buy a Rogue that’s two years old or older you shouldn’t feel too much pain when you eventually come to resell.

Is the Nissan Rogue reliable?

I know it’s a bit of a cliché to say that Japanese vehicles tend to be reliable, but clichés often come about because they begin with a strong element of truth and that’s definitely the case here. While you will always be able to find individual reliability horror stories with any vehicle, on the whole, the Nissan Rogue is a very reliable car and even has a higher predicted reliability rating than the Toyota RAV4.

Does the Nissan Rogue have transmission problems?

Among the more common issues, the Nissan Rogue is known to suffer from are transmission problems. The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) certainly isn’t everyone’s favorite type of transmission by any means, but it’s especially disliked when it fails like it’s known to from time to time with the Nissan Rogue. A common symptom is the Rogue refusing to go beyond the 3,000 rpm mark due to a lack of power, especially when going up an incline. It tends to be an overheating problem, and a replacement transmission will cost between $1,000 and $6,000 if not covered by a warranty.

Which Nissan Rogue model years should you avoid?

The Rogue has got better and better over the years and you shouldn’t have a great deal to be concerned about with later models. According to the website nissanproblems.com, the worst year for the Rogue was 2013. That was the first year of the second-generation so it looks as though Nissan hadn’t quite got things together when that model first went on sale. The following year saw almost as many faults as the first, so you might want to steer clear of 2013 and 2014 models as well as the now-aged first-generation altogether.

2014 Nissan Rogue

What’s the fuel economy of the Nissan Rogue?

The Nissan Rogue has always been known as a fairly fuel-efficient model, and if fuel economy is something that concerns you there are even hybrid versions out there in the used market. If you’re looking at something like a 2016 second-generation model without all-wheel-drive you can expect to get something like 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined.

How many seats in a Nissan Rogue?

In its standard form, the Nissan Rogue is essentially a five-seat vehicle, but you will find models that have an optional third-row that increase the seating capacity to seven. It’s almost unheard of for a compact to offer seven-seat capacity, but you can probably imagine how small those extra two seats are and who they are designed to accommodate, can’t you?

Is the Nissan Rogue AWD?

Nissan Rogue is a front-wheel-drive model in its standard form but all-wheel-drive is available at every trim level. Second-generation models use an intelligent AWD system that automatically senses when there’s a loss of traction for any wheel and adjusts the traction it sends to the other wheels as necessary. The system is designed to give you confidence in less-than-ideal driving conditions or when towing a trailer, but there’s no low-ratio and it’s not really suitable for serious off-roading.

How safe is the Nissan Rogue?

The safety ratings for the Nissan Rogue are something of a mix. While the NHTSA only gives the second-generation Nissan Rogue a pretty rare four-star rating for overall safety, the independent IIHS has awarded the Rogue its coveted Top Safety Pick status. The Rogue has always had a good amount of standard safety features, and later models get standard automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and high-beam assist at every trim level. Rogue SV and Rogue SL models go even further with an expanded suite of safety features that includes the likes of rear automatic emergency braking.

Is the Nissan Rogue fast?

The Nissan Rogue isn’t a fast crossover, but it’s not so slow that its performance should put you off. Vehicles like this and at this price point are never rocket ship fast, but you can still get a speeding ticket a lot easier than you’d probably like. The top speed of a 2019 Nissan Rogue is 125 mph and you can get from 0 to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds.

2014 Nissan Rogue Interior

Is the Nissan Rogue comfortable?

As long as you’re not sitting in the optional third-row seats of a Nissan Rogue, you’ll find these SUVs to be pretty spacious and comfortable for up to five adults. The seats are not overly padded and that helps the spacious feel inside the cabin, but they’re not lacking in padding either and they’re surprisingly comfortable. There’s a decent 38 inches of legroom in the second-row seats and the generous headroom means even taller passengers won’t have too much to complain about. If you don’t have the optional third-row – which most used Rogues on lots won’t have – there’s an impressive 39.3 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind the second-row seats.

What’s the highest level of Nissan Rogue?

In the last year of the second-generation Nissan Rogue, there were three trim levels available and the highest of the three was the Rogue SL. The base model was the Rogue S and the mid-range version of the Nissan was the Rogue SV. Standard Rogue SL features include keyless ignition, power-adjustable heated front seats, and more available options such as adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, leather upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, plenty of driver-assistance features and a premium Bose audio system. There’s also an excellent infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Is the Nissan Rogue a good used buy?

The Nissan Rogue is a good, solid, reliable and comfortable compact crossover SUV that won’t break the bank to buy. The styling of the second-generation is smart and contemporary without being in any way polarizing, but the looks and performance won’t exactly blow you away either. There are an awful lot of them on the road so you won’t be buying a particularly interesting or unique vehicle, but the Rogue is great value for money as a second-hand buy and it’s a solid family vehicle you can rely on. As long as you’re not looking for a vehicle to get your pulse racing, the Nissan Rogue is a sound used buy.

Sean Cooper

Former retail auto industry professional for almost a decade and now an automotive writer and journalist for the last 7 years

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