How Many Miles Will a Nissan Rogue Last?

The Nissan Rogue, like most modern vehicles, is designed to last for more than 200,000 miles if properly maintained. But the question is not only about that number of miles alone, but a question about Nissan Rogue’s reliability. First introduced on January 7, 2007, with the model year of 2008, it has become Nissan’s best-selling vehicle in the United States. If we look at the history of Nissan Rogue, we can see its gradual improvement through the years, and now it has come to the third generation.

Before we get to a brief summary of the previous generation and what has changed in the newest 2021 model, you have to know what factors can affect a car’s reliability. First of all, it comes from the brand. How much effort they have put into designing the car, the quality of materials, the technology they develop, and finally the attention to detail when the car is built in a factory. 

When the car is bought, though, now how the owner treats their car comes into the equation. The reliability and longevity of a car are closely linked to how the owner cares for their vehicle with a maintenance schedule, conservative or reckless driving habits, and whether or not they live in climates where extreme weather could affect the car’s construction. Preemptive maintenance such as regular oil changes, fluid flushes, tire rotation, and fuel system cleaners, as well as keeping the exterior and underside of the vehicle clean, will all increase its life expectancy. 

The First Generation – S35 (2007 – 2013)

In 2007, the Honda CR-V had already been on the market for ten years, and the Toyota Rav 4 was a serious competitor. Nissan introduced its competitor in the segment, the Rogue, in late 2007. The Rogue was based on the successful Sentra sedan model, which had proven its market worthiness. There was only one engine option under the hood, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit. It was mated to a standard CVT transmission (continuously variable transmission). The Rogue was available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Generally, it is a comfortable car to drive in: practical interior, good fuel economy, comfortable seats, car-like handling and compliant ride, much rear-seat space, and five-stars side-impact protection. But it also has some flaws: the engine is a bit noisy, not very good rear visibility, plain interior styling, cargo space could be increased, the liftgate glass doesn’t open separately, and the issues with CVT are frequently reported, comes the costly CVT replacement.

The top 5 problems of Rogue’s first generation are: 

  • CVT transmission problems: The car doesn’t move after startup, vibration under acceleration, acceleration problems—slow acceleration or lack of power. Problems with the CVT transmission on the 07-13 Nissan Rogue usually stems from internal parts failure
  • Axle and driveshaft problems: Boots can rip and spread grease all over, vibration under acceleration, clicking noise while driving. The axles’ joints can bind, causing vibrations. Bound u-joints and defective carrier bearings on the driveshaft can also cause vibrations.
  • Failed blower motor: Squeaking, rumbling or clicking sound underneath the dash, and heat does not work
  • EVAP problems: The evaporative emission control system (EVAP) helps the vehicle keep fuel vapor from entering the atmosphere. Sometimes the EVAP vent valve sticks open or won’t move, and it’s common to have to replace them on the 07-13 Nissan Rogue. This makes the engine lights keep turning on.
  • Crankshaft position sensor problems: Usually if the 1st gen Nissan Rogue has starting problems, it’s the crankshaft position sensor. The symptoms, in this case, can be the car not starting, or it started but stall and the engine light is on.


The Second Generation – T32 (2014-2019)

The Rogue’s second generation was released in the United States in 2014. While based on the Nissan X-Trail model sold elsewhere in the world, the 2014 Rogue was completely redesigned from the first generation and is now manufactured at Nissan’s Tennessee facility. A sleek new body, an increase in cargo volume of ten cubic feet for a total of 70 cubic feet, reclining second-row seats with 40/20/40 split-folding, and an option for the third row of seating, an unusual feature among compact SUVs, were among the significant changes to this new generation. All of these changes were accomplished without significant increases in the Rogue’s size or weight.

Another premiere for the Rogue in the US was the fact that it was the first car to use Renault-Nissan’s Common Module Family platform that was accountable for a couple of the group’s models. In terms of under-the-hood technology, the new cars featured an Xtronic CVT transmission that was even more efficient than the previous generation. Because this car was only intended for the United States, it only had one engine available, a 2.5-liter engine with 182 HP that could be connected to either an all-wheel-drive or a four-wheel-drive system.

The Rogue is one of the few SUVs that offer good handling and a comfortable, quiet ride. The 2.5L engine offers reasonable power around town and on the highway. The pros are good fuel economy, stylish exterior, and roomy interior, wide second-row space, good visibility, more cargo space, available third-row seating, solid engine, comfortable ride, available Around View Monitor. However, there are a lot of cons too.

Rogue owners have made 431 complaints about the 2014–2019 model years, together with many recalls. These problems are: 

  • Problems with CVT again: Nissan owners say their vehicle’s continuously variable transmission is slow to respond, shutters during acceleration, overheats easily and vibrates excessively, whines very loud, and may fail at low mileage. Nissan has extended their CVT warranty in the past, but only for certain vehicles, leading to a few lawsuits.
  • Automatic emergency braking (AEB) problems: Malfunctions in Nissan’s AEB are causing vehicles to suddenly brake even when there are no obstructions on the road ahead. The sensor also frequently deactivates itself which is usually accompanied by the warning message “front radar unavailable due to obstruction.”
  • Sunroof rattles and explodes: Nissan owners are concerned about an uptick in complaints about rattling and randomly exploding sunroofs. Lawsuits accuse the automaker of using a flawed tempering process for their glass.
  • OCS Warning and Airbag Problems: Errors in the Occupant Classification System (OCS) can cause the airbag to deploy when it shouldn’t, or not deploy when it should. Owners often first notice this problem because of an always-on or flashing airbag “disabled” warning light.
  • EVAP System Clogs and Gas Spills Out: EVAP stands for the evaporative emission control system. A clogged EVAP system can cause gas to splash back while filling up and will almost certainly cause your car to fail its next inspection.

The Third Generation – T33 (2020 – now)

The third generation Rogue was unveiled in North America on June 15, 2020. Production in the United States started on September 22, 2020, and the vehicle arrived at Nissan dealerships in the United States in late October. At this time the 2021 model would soon come out so not much change had been made. There were some outstanding advantages of Rogue 2020 that are the standard Safety Shield 360 and available ProPilot Assist ADAS as well as the roomy cargo area and Divide-N-Hide storage system. It had good looking compact crossover available in a variety of colors.

Then came the model of 2021. Nissan’s Rogue compact SUV received a much-needed redesign for the 2021 model year and offered more attractive styling, modernized interior tech, improved performance, and more adept ride-and-handling. With this redesign, Nissan’s moneymaker turned up the charm in an attempt to shake off its history of mediocrity–something, which had been relatively successful. 

The 2021 model year marked the start of a new generation for the Nissan Rogue. The compact SUV received a ground-up redesign, and its new, boxier styling gave it a more handsome and truck-like appearance. The Rogue’s new interior borrowed styling cues from both the Altima family sedan and the recently redesigned Sentra compact sedan. Thoughtful storage cubbies, a bi-level dashboard, and a squared-off shift knob were rich-looking design elements that improved usability and give the interior a modern flair. The 2021 Nissan Rogue broke the interior into three different zones, serviced by their own climate control. Known as Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, this feature keeps drivers and passengers comfortable while running errands or out on the open road. 

Like the previous generation Rogue, the 2021 model was powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine but it’s received a slight power bump to 181-hp. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive were standard; the all-wheel-drive was optional. The last generations of Rogue had been criticized for their lackadaisical acceleration and clumsy handling; the 2021 model had improved in both categories. It was recorded as having quicker and more confident handling and a quieter interior when cruising at the test track. Nissan had also said it would be introducing a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine as an option in the future.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had performed crash tests on the 2021 Rogue. However, the 2021 Rogue came with a host of standard driver-assistance features to help it compete with well-equipped rivals, such as the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode

By all measures, the 2021 Nissan Rogue is better than the outgoing model. Though it doesn’t claim the top spot in our small SUV rankings, the new Rogue is much more competitive with class leaders that include the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Tucson.

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