Nissan Rogue 2014-2017: problems and fixes, fuel economy, lineup, interior photos

Overall rating:4 Star Rating: Recommended
August 19, 2018
2016 Nissan Rogue
2016 Nissan Rogue (T32)

The second-generation 2014-plus Rogue is taller, roomier and more upscale than its predecessor. It also offers an optional third-row seating. Nissan designates this model as T32 (T2 at 5-th and 6-th digits of the VIN).

The Rogue comes as a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The US lineup includes the base S, mid-level SV and top SL trim levels. The more common Rogue S and SV come with 17" wheels. The SL comes with leather seats, premium Bose audio system and 18" rims. The third-row seating is only available in S and SV trims. The rare Rogue Hybrid was offered starting from 2017. The 2017 also saw the addition of the Nissan Rogue Sport. It's a different vehicle known as Nissan Qashqai in other markets and is not covered in this review. Nissan also sold the previous generation Rogue as Nissan Rogue Select through 2014 and 2015. We covered the first generation Rogue in a separate review.

Inside, the Rogue offers great visibility and plenty of headroom and second-row legroom.

Nissan Rogue interior
Nissan Rogue
2016 Nissan Rogue cargo area
2016 Nissan Rogue

The split rear seats slide and recline. One of the most interesting features is the Around View Monitor. It shows the view from above which is a great help when parking or navigating through tight corners. The Around View Monitor is standard in SL and is available in SV as a part of Premium Package. Bluetooth hands-free phone system is standard on all trims.
The Rogue is widely available on the used car market, but is it reliable? What are the reported problems? We have done our research, read further.

Engine: The Rogue's 2.5L QR25DE motor has been used in many Nissan vehicles for more than a decade. It's a simple and for the most part reliable engine.

Fuel Economy: Nissan Rogue is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs. The 2016-2017 front-wheel drive Rogue is rated at 26/32 MPG. The all-wheel drive model is not far behind at 25/31 MPG. The 2.0L AWD Rogue Hybrid available from 2017 is very rare, but it gets 31 MPG city, 34 MPG highway.

2016 Nissan Rogue 2.5L QR25DE  engine
2016 Nissan Rogue 2.5L engine

Mechanical: The Rogue has MacPherson struts in the front suspension. The rear suspension uses an independent multi-link layout. All 4 wheels have vented disc brakes. Anti-lock Brake System and Stability control are standard. The steering is electrically-assisted. The only transmission choice is a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Timing belt or chain: The 2.5L QR25DE engine comes with a timing chain. There is no timing belt.

4WD System: The Rogue's 4WD system features a simple design similar to most modern SUVs: the front wheels are powered at all times. The transfer assembly is mounted to the transmission case and powers the rear axle via the propeller shaft. The amount of torque sent to rear wheels is varied and controlled by an electrical coupling installed in front of the rear differential. This system is not designed for heavy off-roading, but will help maintain control in slippery conditions.

Driving Experience: The Rogue is one of the few SUVs that offer good handling and comfortable quiet ride. The 2.5L engine offers reasonable power around town and on the highway.

Nissan Rogue NHTSA crash tests
Overall rating Frontal crash Side crash Rollover
2014 Rogue 4 Star 3 Star 5 Star 4 Star
2015 Rogue 4 Star 4 Star 5 Star 4 Star
2016 Rogue 4 Star 4 Star 5 Star 4 Star
2017 Rogue non-hybrid 4 Star 4 Star 5 Star 4 Star
2018 Rogue non-hybrid 4 Star 4 Star 5 Star 4 Star

Safety: The NHTSA rates the 2014-2018 Nissan Rogue with 4 stars overall. See details in the table.

Pros: Exterior style, roomy interior, second-row space, good visibility, cargo space, available third-row seating, fuel economy, comfortable ride.

Cons: Models with third-row seating don't have spare tire and come with more expensive run-flat tires, small towing capacity

2016 Nissan Rogue rear seat
2016 Nissan Rogue rear seat

Nissan Rogue problems: According to the bulletin NTB15-062, to repair a popping noise from the front coil springs when turning, both front coil springs and strut bearings need to be replaced. If out of warranty, the repair could cost between $450 and $750.

We found several complaints about the navigation, Bluetooth and audio system issues. There are a few reports that some of the problems are fixed after a firmware update.
Since Nissan introduced the CVT transmission in the 2003 Murano, there are still complaints about it, although not as many as in the previous generation. The Nissan Service Bulletin NTB15-084b for the 2014-2016 Rogue (T32) advises to replace the valve body (part of the CVT transmission) or the CVT unit if the vehicle exhibits a transmission judder or vibration and the trouble code P17F0 or P17F1 is stored in the transmission control module (TCM).

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A number of owners mentioned various issues with the climate control system not working properly. For example read this discussion. Some owners say the A/C stops working after driving for some time, but starts working again after the car is parked for a while. Several owners suggested that the issue is caused by the icing up of the A/C evaporator. In other cars, the icing of the A/C evaporator is often caused by issues with the evaporator temperature sensor or its placement. As of yet, we haven't come across the definitive fix for this issue in the Nissan Rogue. Please let us know what fixed the problem in your Nissan, so we can share with other owners.
The sunvisors that won't stay in place might need to replaced. The repair is not expensive.

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Overall: The Rogue is a comfortable spacious SUV with some good features. The CVT reliability is still not perfect, but so far there are less complaints than in the previous model. As of August 2018, Consumer Reports rates the 2014-2017 Rogue as 'Average' although the engine and transmission reliability is rated above 'Above Average'. Fuel System, Climate System, Body Integrity and In-car Electronics are mentioned as trouble spots. If you consider buying a used Nissan Rogue, we would recommend to get an extended warranty for the powertrain (engine and transmission) unless Nissan extends the warranty for the CVT. The CVT is also not very suitable for towing. That said, we test drove the 2014 and 2016 Rogue and neither had any problems. There are also plenty of positive owner reviews on sites like Cars.com or Edmunds. Many Rogue owners praise the style, interior space, easy driving experience, fuel economy and cargo space. Nissan issued several recalls for the Rogue, check at the NHTSA website.

Among competitors, Mazda CX-5 is also good on gas, reliable and has a conventional automatic transmission. Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 have a good reputation and are rated well overall.

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Resources:
Recalls: Safety Recalls - NHTSA or Transport Canada - Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls.
US Nissan Owners website - Check maintenance schedule, download an electronic owner's manual.
Nissan Assist - read about CVT warranty and other issues.

2014 Nissan Rogue specifications

Dimensions:
Overall length:
Overall width:
Overall height:
Ground clearance:
Wheelbase:
182.8 inches (4,643 mm)
72.0 inches (1,830 mm)
67.5 inches (1,714 mm) - with roof rack
7.4 inches (188 mm)
106.5 inches (2,706 mm)
Towing Capacity: 1,000 lbs
Turning circle: 37.4 ft
Cargo space: 32 cu. ft. (2nd row seat upright) / 70 cu. ft. (2nd row seats folded)
Engine: 2.5L QR25DE 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC
170 hp @ 6,000 rpm
175 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Fuel Requirements:
Regular unleaded
Fuel Tank Capacity:

14-1/2 US gallons (55 L)

Engine oil capacity (with filter): 5-1/8 qt (4.6 liters)