Although it exudes a rugged and adventuresome persona, the 2023 Nissan Rogue is actually a reliable and gentle crossover that’s better suited for errands and road trips than off-roading. Its cabin is spacious and modern, similar to those of its chief competitors like Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Though the Rogue is powered by a unique turbocharged three-cylinder engine, we haven’t found Nissan’s road manners to be as delightful. The Rogue does have a generous list of standard technology and convenience features going for it, and its fuel-economy estimates are higher than those of many other compact SUVs.
The Rogue has two rows of comfortable seating, but the Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a set of third-row jump seats – which may be better for families with more than two kids.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All 2023 Rogue models come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder that makes 201 horsepower. The inline-three is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive; all – wheel drive is optional . When it was launched as a redesigned model in 2021, the old , non –turbo 2.5 liter four cylinder from the previous SUV generation was carried over by the Rogue.
We criticized the 2021 Rogue for its lackadaisical acceleration but during our brief test drive of the new turbo three, the compact crossover felt perkier, but at our test track, its acceleration wasn’t much quicker than the 2021 we tested with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The turbocharged three-cylinder managed to coax the Rogue to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, only a 0.4 second improvement over the 2021 model.
When driving, the Rogue provides a comfortable experience whether you’re commuting or taking a long road trip. However, its apathetic attitude when cornering hasn’t made it popular among our staff. We’ll update this story once we have had the chance to take the Rogue with the new engine out on our test track.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Rogue is equipped with a turbocharged three-cylinder engine that achieves an estimated 30 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive lowers those estimates to 28 mpg city and 35 mgp highway, while choosing the top-spec Platinum trim reduces highway efficiency slightly further, to 34 mpg.
The all-wheel-drive Platinum test vehicle delivered a disappointing 31 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route. To learn more about the Rogue’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Rogue’s interior combines aspects of the Altima family sedan and Sentra compact sedan. The design elements, such as storage cubbies, a bi-level dashboard, and a squared-off shift knob are practical and stylish.
The standard model features cloth seats, but the midrange SV trim level comes with optional faux-leather upholstery; while the upscale SL and Platinum Rogues include genuine leather–the latter being a semi-aniline hide with quilted stitching. Available features also include three=zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
Is Nissan Rogue a reliable car?
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.
Does the Nissan Rogue have transmission problems?
A common customer complaint stems from the Rogue’s continuously variable transmission (CVT). As a result of a design failure, Nissan was forced to increase its initial drivetrain warranty on early CVT-equipped Rogues from five years/60,000 mile to 10 years/120,000 miles.
Do Nissan Rogues last long?
You can expect a Nissan Rogue to last 200,000 miles or more. An average American drives 15,000 miles per year. Following this standard, this translates to about 13 to 15 years of problem-free performance with regular and recommended maintenance.