Nissan Rogue 2008-2013 / Rogue Select 2014-2105: problems, fuel economy, engine

Updated: January 13, 2020

The first-generation Nissan Rogue is a practical fuel-efficient 5-seater SUV. After the second-generation 2014 Rogue went on sale, the first-generation Rogue continued to be sold in the U.S. through 2014 and 2015 as Nissan Rogue Select.

2013 Nissan Rogue
2013 Nissan Rogue.

The Rogue (and Rogue Select) has a 4-cylinder engine and comes with front- or all-wheel drive. The only transmission choice is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Rogue/Rogue Select is one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive vehicles on the used car market.

The interior is functional and comfortable. The steering tilts but doesn't telescope. The rear seat space is good and the access is easy. The rear seats fold flat for extra cargo space. The Rogue drives like a car and has a compliant, quiet ride. What are the reported problems and trouble spots to watch out for?

Nissan Rogue Problems: A bad wheel bearing can cause a humming noise that becomes louder when driving at higher speeds. The wheel bearing replacement will cost from $320 to $460.
The fuel level sensor in the sending unit can fail, causing inaccurate fuel gauge reading.

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Tire pressure sensors are also known to fail. Replacing one tire pressure sensor will cost from $120 to $170. A bad EVAP vent control valve can cause the Check Engine light with the code P0455.

Nissan Rogue interior
2011 Nissan Rogue interior.

An updated vent control valve can be purchased from a Nissan dealer. The repair is not very expensive. Read more about this code.
The TSB AT16-013 for the 2011-2013 Rogue and 2014-2015 Rogue Select (S35) describes a problem where the CVT might enter the fail-safe mode (reduced vehicle speed). Possible solutions include replacing the control valve assembly and (or) installing the external CVT fluid cooler kit.
To address CVT issues, Nissan has extended the CVT warranty to 10 years/120,000 miles on all 2003-2010 models.
According to the bulletin NTB10-029e, a vibration/judder feeling and/or noise from the rear of the vehicle in the AWD Nissan Rogue when making slow turns on dry roads could be caused by a problem with the Electric Controlled Coupling for the rear final drive. If the part is confirmed to be bad following the diagnostic steps, the bulletin advises to replace the coupling and perform "Unit Characteristics Writing." The part is quite expensive if out of warranty.
The service bulletin NTB11-015a describes the problem with the QR25DE where a bad oil cooler gasket can cause an oil leak from the upper end of the engine oil cooler. As per the bulletin, the gasket must be replaced, which is a fairly simple repair.

Engine: The only choice is the 170-hp 2.5L DOHC inline-4 QR25 engine. It's a pretty good engine; it has been used on many Nissan vehicles for several years. With proper maintenance, this engine shouldn't have too many problems.

Timing belt or timing chain? The QR25 engine has a timing chain; there is no timing belt. The chain doesn't need to be replaced at regular intervals.

Fuel Economy: The 2008-2010 AWD Rogue is rated at 21/26 mpg city/highway by the EPA. The front-wheel drive 2008-2010 models get 22/27 mpg on regular gasoline. The 2010 FWD Rogue can drive up to 343 miles (553 km) on a 15.9-gallon (60 L) tank. The EPA rating for the 2012-2013 FWD Rogue is 23/28 mpg. The 2011-2013 AWD Rogue gets 22 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway.

Pros: Practical interior, fuel economy, comfortable seats, car-like handling, compliant ride, rear seat space, five-stars side-impact protection.

Cons: The engine is a bit noisy, rear visibility, plain interior styling, cargo space could be better, the liftgate glass doesn't open separately, CVT issues.

Owner reviews: We looked through hundreds of owner reviews on various forums and other websites. Reviews are mixed.

Nissan Rogue seats folded
Rear seats fold down.

Many owners like the fuel economy, handling and ride comfort, good front visibility and easy access. Poor rear visibility and blind spots in the rear corners are the commonly-mentioned drawbacks. A number of owners have experienced issues with the keyless entry system and the CVT transmission. Motorists from southern states often mention that the air conditioner is weak.

Overall: The Nissan Rogue is a practical fuel-efficient crossover, however it's more suitable for city driving; we would not recommend it for towing or other heavy duty use. As of January 2020, Consumer Reports rates only the 2013 Rogue above average for reliability; other model years are rated 'average' or 'below average.' One of the areas where the Rogue scored poorly is the CVT transmission. Replacing the CVT transmission that is out of warranty is expensive. Used car buyers that want to buy the Nissan Rogue should consider getting a good extended warranty, at least for the powertrain.

Similar vehicles: Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are more reliable, but they are priced higher. The front-wheel drive Mazda CX-7 with the 2.5L non-turbo engine is worth considering if you need more space. The Nissan Murano is a more upscale V6-powered SUV with more power and an excellent driving experience.

What to look for when buying a used Nissan Rogue: Check the rear visibility when backing up and changing lanes. Test all electrical accessories. Does the blower motor work in all speed settings? Does the fuel gauge show different readings when the car is just started and after the test drive?


Test the air conditioner: Is it strong enough? During the test drive, pay attention to the way the CVT transmission works. Are there any whining noises, vibrations, jerks or delays or loss of power? Test drive for as long as you can, because some CVT issues may only be obvious when the transmission is warmed up. If something doesn't feel right, test drive another Rogue to compare. Does the vehicle accelerate smoothly from a stop? Are there any noises when turning or when driving slow over bumps? Is the vehicle quiet at highway speeds? Read more: How to inspect a used car - illustrated guide. Before buying, have the vehicle properly inspected.

Maintenance: Nissan recommends changing your engine oil and filter every 3,750 miles or 3 months; 5W-30 is the recommended viscosity. You can find the maintenance schedule in the Service and Maintenance Guide, which can be downloaded from the U.S. Nissan Owners website.
To see if the CVT fluid needs to be replaced, ask the dealer to check the fluid deterioration data with a scan tool. According to Nissan Service and Maintenance Guide for the 2010-2013 Rogue, if the deterioration data is more than 210,000, change the CVT fluid. A cabin air filter is recommended to be replaced every 15,000 miles.

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