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Best & Worst Years of Nissan Rogue – Graphs & Owner Surveys

The best years of the Nissan Rogue are 2020-2021, 2016-2019, 2015, and 2013. The years you should absolutely avoid are 2008-2010, 2011-2012, and 2014. Most issues are related to bad catalytic converters or a worn-out Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor. 

2020 Nissan Rogue SV AWD in Moab, Utah, United States.

Ever since the Nissan Rogue hit the compact crossover scene in 2008, it has thrived on delivering car-like driving dynamics and rare-for-the-segment features like third-row seating and a hybrid powertrain. Though these options vary by year, one thing that hasn’t changed of late is the Rogue’s best-seller status within Nissan’s lineup.  

Given that popularity, it’s important for potential buyers – and current owners – to know where the Rogue excels and where it comes up short. So, we’ve reviewed 14 years of FIXD data to determine the best and worst model years of the Nissan Rogue. 

Best Years



Well-executed launch of 3rd-gen Rogue


Hybrid released without a hitch, below-average maintenance costs


Strong reliability, safety  scores, and market values move up


FIXD Reliability Score steps up along with fuel economy & market value

Worst Years



1st-gen reliability struggles


FIXD Reliability Score drops, safety ratings decline


Difficult 2nd-gen Rogue launch

Nissan Rogue Engine Reliability Score, Safety Ratings, MPG, and Value v.s. Maintenance & Repair Costs Year by Year

The first chart below, Nissan Rogue Reliability Score, carries the biggest sway in our ranking of the best and worst model years. It illustrates both objective FIXD device data and subjective owner-reported information that gives us a balanced picture of the Rogue’s reliability from one year to the next. 

Typically, the first year of a new generation will struggle with reliability as the automaker works through production kinks. An example of this would be 2008 when the Rogue debuted. It’s a theme common to the automotive industry including competition like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape.

From here, we review published government safety scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and fuel efficiency figures per fueleconomy.gov. We also factor in current market values from Kelley Blue Book (KBB), annual maintenance costs per owner-submitted survey responses, commonly encountered Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), and notable safety recalls issued by the NHTSA.

The goal is to help buyers make informed decisions when looking to buy a Nissan Rogue. On that note, if you’re in the market for a car, take a look at our article on the USA’s most reliable and cheapest to repair cars in the U.S. Don’t get stuck with a lemon, use our data to help you shop.

Engine Reliability Score – Over The Years

Nissan Rogue's Engine Reliability Score

Looking at the above Nissan Rogue Reliability Score chart, the FIXD Reliability score (green line) is based on the number of CELs thrown by each model year that have been recorded by customer-installed FIXD devices. After tallying them up, we weigh this objective score by mileage and convert it into a 1-10 scale where 10 is the best and 1 is the worst. 

As part of our customer surveys, we ask Rogue owners, “How reliable would you say your car is?” with answer options ranging from “Just Point A to Point B driving” to “I could take a cross-country trip, no problem.” After converting the response into a 1-10 scale, we create the Owner Reliability Score (gray line) on the chart above as a subjective counterpoint to the objective FIXD data. 

The graph illustrates that the objective and subjective reliability scores generally move in the same direction. But occasionally, like in 2008, there is a notable divergence. This tends to happen in older model years and ends up being an interesting example of how data can differ dramatically from positive owner sentiment. 

That’s why including both datasets in our analysis is important as we look at them closely in the relevant sections below. You can find out more about our reliability scoring process at the bottom of this article and learn about some of the most common CELs to expect from Nissan.

NHTSA Safety Score – Over The Years

Nissan Rogue's Safety Rating from NHTSA

This Nissan Rogue NHTSA Safety Rating chart above displays Rogue safety scores each year – by averaging all available trim levels per published NHTSA data – against the safety score of the automotive industry as a whole. It helps inform our rankings of the best and worst model year Rogues below, but in this case is also somewhat troubling.

The troubling aspect is that the Nissan Rogue mostly underperforms the industry on safety ratings over a 14-year span aside from a few years when it meets or marginally exceeds those ratings. 

Though 2011 is known for being the year that the NHTSA instituted a stricter crash-test protocol which drove an industry-wide decline in safety scores, there is no obvious reason for the significant drop in this metric for the 2014 Rogue. 

Though we can’t say with certainty why the 2014 Rogue has a relatively low safety score, we can say with certainty that it played a part in the decision to give it a thumbs down in the model year rankings. And you’ll want to keep these safety ratings in mind as they are an integral aspect of obtaining cheap auto insurance

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MPG – Over The Years

Nissan Rogue Average MPG

Though the Nissan Rogue may not be a safety star, it certainly shows up strong in the fuel efficiency chart. As seen on the above Nissan Rogue Average MPG chart, this compact crossover has only gotten better at stretching a gallon of gas over the years as technologies improve and powertrains become more efficient. 

These data points are based on the average fuel economy of all gas-powered trim lines for each model year Rogue per figures published on fueleconomy.gov

Highlights include the 2nd-gen Rogue hybrid that knocked fuel economy out of the park and the relatively big uptick that occurred in 2021. This latter point marked the launch of the 3rd-gen Rogue and its all-new direct-injected 2.5L inline-4 engine.

Current Market Value of All Nissan Rogue Years & Cost Per Year to Repair and Maintain Each

Nissan Rogue's Cost of Repairs

The Nissan Rogue Value vs. Cost of Repairs chart plots current Rogue market values per Kelley Blue Book against average annual maintenance costs per owner surveys. It’s one more useful set of data in helping inform our rankings of best and worst model years. 

For example, in 2009 the market value trended downward – which nobody who owns these Rogues wants to see – and the average annual maintenance costs began trending upward to an all-time high in 2010. It’s part of the reason these early Rogues earned the title “Worst of the Worst”. 

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Important Features Timeline

Nissan Rogue's Timeline of Important Features

2008 – 1st-gen Rogue debuts with a 170-hp 2.5L inline-4 and CVT

2009 – Bluetooth connectivity and Intelligent Key added to Premium package

2010 – New Krom Edition with aggressive design and center-exit dual exhaust

2011 – Mid-cycle refresh applied to exterior and interior

2012 – Sport mode added to transmission on all models

2013 – Premium Edition package brings Bose audio, moonroof, and navigation 

2014 – 2nd-gen Rogue arrives with 3-row seating, revised CVT, and more cargo space

2015 – Heated front seats more widely available, new Eco mode for transmission

2016 – Emergency assistance telematics system added to lineup

2017 – Hybrid variant introduced along with facelifted exterior and more amenities 

2018 – Apple and Android smartphone mirroring made standard

2019 – Standard list of driver aids expanded to include forward collision mitigation 

2020 – Carryover year with no major changes

2021 – 3rd-gen Rogue debuts with revised powertrain and focus on cabin comfort

2022 – All-new more powerful turbocharged 3-cylinder engine introduced

The Best Years of the Nissan Rogue

Gray Nissan Rogue car moving on the street;

Taking into account FIXD and Owner reliability, government safety scores, fuel efficiency, and Rogue owner survey responses, we’ve come up with this list of the best Nissan Rogues. Pertinent recall information and notes about common DTCs are included as well.

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport on display at a show room

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 10/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 7-10/10

KBB Value: $18,318-$22,396

Fuel Economy: 28-31 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $375-$421

Safety Rating: 4.0-4.2/5 

When an automaker releases the latest generation of a vehicle, it is typically followed by a slew of production gremlins that put a dent in reliability. Not so with the 3rd-gen Nissan Rogue that arrived in 2021. Following a perfect 10/10 FIXD Reliability Score for the 2020 model, the all-new Rogue stayed on top, marking the only period of the best reliability scores.

This is the main reason the 2020 and 2021 Nissan Rogue earn “Best of the Best” honors, but it’s bolstered by solid safety scores even with a dip in 2021, annual maintenance costs that remain hundreds of dollars below the $611 average, and market values that push up strongly into 2021. 

Additionally, the average fuel economy shows a marked improvement from 28 mpg in 2020 to 31 mpg in 2021. This can be chalked up to the debut of an all-new 2.5L inline-4 engine with direct injection and a re-tuned transmission. 

Both model years earn high praise from owners on seat comfort though the 2021 Rogue is likely even better on this front as Nissan brought its lauded Zero Gravity seats to the middle row for the 3rd-gen crossover. The newly enlarged cabin was also noticed as 2021 owners largely agree that there is plenty of storage space inside the Rogue. 

Another high point of the 2021 Rogue was the introduction of a new top-spec Platinum model with features like quilted leather upholstery, heated rear outboard seats, and a head-up display.

Across 14 years of survey data, an average of 5% of Rogue owners say they use their vehicle primarily for luxurious driving. But three times that many owners agree with this sentiment in 2021, no doubt driven by the new upscale Platinum trim line. 

Of course, no vehicle is perfect and the 2020-2021 Nissan Rogues will have issues. The most common is a malfunctioning speed sensor that is indicated by DTC P0500. If DTC P0780 pops up, it means there is an abnormality with how the transmission is shifting as outlined in this Technical Service Bulletin. 

Somewhat related is DTC P0914. This one will show up when there is an electrical issue within the gear shift position system that can be caused by a blown fuse.

Both DTC U0284 and P059F are related to the active front grille shutter system not operating as it should. A good first step to address these codes is to check the grille for anything that may be jammed in the way. 

One of the most prevalent causes of a CEL across all Rogue model years – including 2020 to 2021 – is DTC P0101. It means the MAF sensor is acting up, which tends to cause an increase in fuel consumption. Cleaning the MAF sensor may fix the issue or you can have it replaced at a shop for between $170 and $300.

There was just 1 recall issued for the 2020 Rogue that was related to the “jackknife” key collapsing and inadvertently shutting off the engine. 712,000 Rogues were impacted. However, the 2021 Rogue saw 8 recalls including a problem with improper 2nd-row seat welds that affected 47,000 Rogues. 

Any Nissan dealership should fix recall-related work at no charge on a Nissan vehicle up to 15 model years old. You can use this NHTSA VIN tool to find out if your vehicle has any outstanding recalls. 

2019 charcoal grey colored Nissan Rogue compact crossover SUV car is parked on the beach

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 9/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 8-9/10

KBB Value: $10,797-$18,507

Fuel Economy: 28 mpg (gas), 34 mpg (hybrid)

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $375-$600

Safety Rating: 4.2/5 

Between 2016 and 2019, the Nissan Rogue was in 2nd-generation production with no changes to its standard powertrain. However, in 2017 a hybrid variant was introduced, which would seem like a sure-fire cause of reliability problems. And yet, for these 4 model years, the FIXD Reliability Score was steady at 9/10. Impressive. 

And that hybrid powertrain – which was available in 2017, 2018, and 2019 – brought with it the opportunity for far better fuel economy. Not only that, the standard gas-powered Rogues saw a step up of 2 mpg over the 2015 model. It’s the kind of “win-win” that helps push a vehicle onto the “best of” list. 

Guaranteeing these 4 years made that list are the steady safety scores, KBB market values that march up nicely, and average annual maintenance costs that stay anywhere from just below average to several hundred dollars below. 

Surveying owners of these 2016 to 2019 Rogues, we found universal praise for the driver visibility. That correlates with the work Nissan did when releasing the 2nd-gen Rogue in 2014 to address this very area by optimizing the front headrest shape, lowering the front seat shoulder height, and lowering the door trim height. 

During this period, the Rogue came standard with 4 speakers or 6 on upper-level trims. There was also an optional Bose audio system featuring 7 speakers and a pair of subwoofers. That helps explain the higher-than-average sentiment of 2019 owners who think the sound system rocks. 

And one more note regarding the hybrid Rogue. Owners of the 2017 to 2019 Rogue note that they primarily use their SUV for lots of driving whether that be for traveling or commuting to the tune of between 27 and 39%. These are high figures for this metric and make sense given the availability of the hybrid over this stretch and its fuel-sipping ways. 

Across all model years, the Nissan Rogue averages 1.4 days in the shop annually. Between 2016 and 2019, the Rogue was at or below that average for all four years. It’s just one more reason we put these 2nd-gen Rogues on our list of best model years. 

But when these Rogues act up, don’t be surprised if it’s related to DTC P0456 as it’s the most common cause of a CEL on a Rogue. Triggered by a small leak in the Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) system – and by small we mean less than 0.02” in diameter – it typically just means the gas cap is loose. 

If DTC P0101 lights up, you’re likely in for some more work as this one is related to a malfunctioning MAF sensor. We cover how to clean an MAF sensor for those looking to go the DIY route, but if you end up at a shop expect to pay between $170 and $300. 

DTC P0776 is another common offender on these 2nd-gen Rogues that has to do with a wonky pressure control solenoid on the automatic transmission. Now, it can be stressful to think you’ll be on the hook for a $3,000 transmission bill when this code shows up as that is the going rate. But looking over the data paints a different picture. 

Since DTC P0776 was recorded 303 times between 2016 and 2019, but only 44 times over the other 10 Rogue model years we have data for, you might expect these Rogues to be littered with huge transmission repair bills. 

And yet the chance of an expensive transmission-related bill occurring during this stretch is only as high as 6% in 2018 and a big zero in 2016. What gives?

Well, according to the flow chart on this Technical Service Bulletin from Nissan, DTC P0776 has two solutions. One is the big scary CVT assembly replacement. The other just requires a new valve body. Based on what customers are telling us, it would seem the latter scenario is the more frequent outcome of this particular trouble code. 

On the recall front, there were 7 recalls for the 2016 Rogue and 5 recalls for the 2017 model. The most significant issue in both years was a problem with corrosion on electrical connectors due to water leaking into the cabin. 

There were 3 recalls issued on both the 2018 and 2019 Rogue and one of them, for a missing backup camera display image, was common to both model years. It impacted some 1.2 million vehicles. 

2015 Orange Nissan Rogue car moving on the street

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 8/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 8/10

KBB Value: $9,989

Fuel Economy: 26 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $529

Safety Rating: 4.2/5

The 2015 Nissan Rogue stands out from a reliability perspective by posting a strong 8/10 for both the FIXD and Owner Reliability Score. Considering these Rogues average 92,000 miles and have a sub-$10,000 market value – even with a strong improvement per KBB for 2015 – the 2015 Rogue is also an excellent value for anyone in the market. 

Other notable aspects include annual service costs that drop under the average for 2015 and safety scores that go the other way, moving four-tenths of a point higher than in 2014, which is relatively significant. The fuel economy for these 2015 Rogues is respectable at 26 mpg on average, but for this particular model year, there’s more to the story.

When the 2nd-gen Rogue debuted in 2014, Nissan continued to sell the 1st-gen model under the name Rogue Select. Designed as a “value” model, the Rogue Select had fewer frills and was sold until 2015.  

These Select models had combined fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg in FWD guise and 24 mpg with AWD. However, the new generation came in at 28 and 27 mpg, respectively, for these metrics, so make sure to pay attention if you’re considering a 2014 or 2015 Rogue purchase. 

That being said, we only recommend the 2015 Rogue as the 2014 model lands on our list of worst model years. This is bolstered by the higher-than-average 2015 owner contingent that expects their Rogue to crack 200,000 miles. 

These owners also like the level of storage space, which correlates to the larger cargo bay and trick “Divide-N-Hide” cargo management system that arrived with the new 2nd-generation model. 

What those owners surely don’t like is that the most common cause of a CEL on these Rogues is DTC P0420. It’s triggered when there is a problem with the catalytic converter. This repair can run as high as $2,000 at a shop or you can go the DIY route with our DTC P0420 guide to save some money.

DTC P0456, on the other hand, can usually be fixed by tightening the gas cap as it pops up when there is a small leak in the EVAP system. If you come across DTC U1002, you may also see the ABS light as this issue is related to a faulty ABS actuator – replacement of which runs between $900 and $1,000.

There were 9 recalls issued by the NHTSA for the 2015 Rogue and of those, a problem related to corroded rear liftgate struts was the most significant. It affected about 108,000 Rogues. 

2013 Nissan Rogue in the city street. Side view of dark blue crossover car riding on the road on high speed

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 8/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 7/10

KBB Value: $6,221

Fuel Economy: 25 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $621

Safety Rating: 4.2/5 

For the final year of 1st-gen production, the 2013 Rogue stood tall with improvements on the FIXD Reliability Score, fuel economy, and market values. Safety scores remained steady as did annual repair bills – which hovered right around the average – all of which helped these 10-year-old Rogues earn a “best of” nod. 

Though a far cry from the fancy Platinum trim offered on current Rogues, these 2013 models offered an SL package with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof, and automatic climate control. Owners have enjoyed this uptick in niceties as a relatively large group say they use their Rogue for luxurious driving. 

Excellent driver visibility and an expectation that they’ll see 200,000 miles are other notable aspects gleaned from owner survey responses. The odometer optimism is all the more impressive when you consider these 2013 Rogues only average 109,000 miles. 

Tallying up the various diagnostic trouble codes recorded on 2013 Rogues shows that DTC P0420 – for a replacement catalytic converter – is the most common. Another popular pain point is DTC P0303, which means a misfire has been detected and you should stop driving immediately. 

We go into more detail with this DTC P0303 explainer video, but the short version is that you’re likely going to need new spark plugs. You can handle this yourself for about $130 or you can go to a shop where you’ll likely pay closer to $350 for replacement spark plugs.

Just 1 recall was issued for the 2013 Nissan Rogue. It was due to an electrical short issue caused by water seeping into the cabin and impacting 469,000 Rogues.  

The Worst Years of the Nissan Rogue

2008 Nissan Rogue in the city street.

Working with the same information to determine the best Nissan Rogues, we’ve compiled a list of model years to avoid. You can expect more issues with reliability, higher maintenance bills, and sometimes lower safety ratings with these poor-performing Rogues. We are starting from the absolute worst and progressing to the “best of the worst”.

2008 Nissan Rogue in the city street.

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 4-8/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 5-8/10

KBB Value: $3,695-$4,609

Fuel Economy: 24 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $750-$917

Safety Rating: 4.3-4.5/5 

In some respects, it’s not surprising that the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Nissan Rogue take home the “worst of the worst” title. These are the earliest model years with 2008 marking the start of 1st-gen production. Additionally, all models show odometer readings over 100,000 miles with the 2009 and 2010 Rogues pushing beyond 150,000 miles. 

So, they’re well-worn. But, they’re also not very reliable with the 2008 model sporting an all-time FIXD Reliability Score low. This metric does move up over the following 2 years, but the Owner Reliability Score moves the other way, and safety scores steadily decline over this period.

Making matters worse, annual maintenance costs move up over this 3-year span to hit a high of $917, which is $300 more than average. KBB market values dropped into 2009 and these early Rogues have some of the lowest fuel economy ratings of any model year. In case it’s not clear, we do not recommend buying a 2008, 2009, or 2010 Rogue. 

The 2008 Rogue, in particular, offers unique insight into why it’s important to consider objective and subjective reliability data. As seen on the reliability chart at the top of this article, there is a 4-point gap between the FIXD and Owner Reliability Score in 2008.

Analyzing the data reveals that there were 13% more DTCs tallied for the 2008 Rogue than the average over 14 years. Weighted for mileage, this translates to a FIXD Reliability Score of 4/10, which is the lowest of any model year. In other words, the 2008 Rogue is objectively less reliable than its stablemates. 

And yet, owners of these Rogues give it a score of 8/10 on surveys, which is relatively high. These owners may have owned their Rogue for a long time and have, over the years, become sentimentally attached to it while simultaneously becoming less concerned with reliability issues. This dichotomy illustrates the importance of looking at the whole reliability picture when considering a purchase. 

Further highlighting this subjective nature of owner assessments is that 25% of 2010 Rogue owners say repairs are cheap, far higher than the 8% average for this metric and flying in the face of the fact that these Rogues post an all-time high for annual service bills. 

It’s not all bad news. On a more lighthearted note, owners of the 2010 Rogue report using their SUV for sporty driving at a rate 9 times higher than average. To be clear, the Rogue has never been a performance machine, but in 2010 it did offer the Krom Edition with aggressive exterior bodywork and a center-exit dual exhaust that certainly looked sporty. 

Common causes of CELs on the 2008 to 2010 Rogue range from DTC P0455, usually caused by a loose gas cap, to the potentially pricer hassle of DTC P0420. This latter code pops up when the catalytic converter is on the fritz. Replacing a catalytic converter can cost upwards of $2,000, so consider going the DIY route with our DTC P0420 guide.

If you see DTC P0300, it means there have been multiple misfires detected and you should stop driving immediately. The fix usually requires replacement ignition coils, a job that runs between $150 and $270. We cover this issue in more detail with our DTC P0300 explainer video.

Of the 5 recalls for the 2008 Rogue, an issue with water seepage causing electrical problems was the most significant as it impacted over 450,000 Rogues. The 2009 Rogue had 3 recalls, including one for a steering gear malfunction, and of the 2 recalls for the 2010 model, the most problematic was the same electrical issue as noted for the 2008 Rogue.

Nissan logo on front grill with warm soft tones

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 7/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 7-8/10

KBB Value: $4,409-$5,128

Fuel Economy: 24 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $614-$839

Safety Rating: 4.2/5 

When the FIXD Reliability Score drops, and stays flat, you can bet we’ll be considering a vehicle for our “worst of” rankings. When that’s combined with a decline in safety ratings, an increase in maintenance costs – the 2011 Rogue comes in more than $200 above average for this metric – and an average of 2.5 days in the shop each year, it’s a done deal.

Such is the fate of the 2011 and 2012 Nissan Rogue, which no doubt can attribute some of these reliability gremlins to an update in 2012 that saw a new Sport mode added to the transmission. Whenever an automaker monkeys with the powertrain, there’s a good chance reliability will suffer. 

Interestingly, even though Nissan added low-rolling resistance tires and an under-body cover in the name of improved aerodynamics, the average fuel economy figure didn’t move. Though not necessarily a bad thing, it certainly doesn’t help the case here.

Reinforcing this reasoning are the 31% of 2012 owners who say their Rogue won’t last for 200,00 miles. That’s a big contingent of pessimism. Those same owners agree with the high repair costs noted above as over 40% in 2011 and 2012 think their Rogues are expensive to fix. 

Two of the most common Nissan Rogue DTCs are P0420 and P0456, both of which show up with frequency in 2011 and 2012. DTC P0420 will likely result in a new catalytic converter to the tune of between $1,500 and $2,000. Thankfully, DTC P0456, which indicates an EVAP system leak, is usually remedied by simply tightening the gas cap.

DTC P0101 is also on the list of the most common causes of a CEL on a Rogue which means the MAF sensor is acting up. Repair will cost you between $170 and $300 or you can try cleaning the MAF sensor first to see if that solves the issue. 

There were just 2 recalls issued for the 2011 Rogue with one for failure of the electrical power-steering system. Of the 2 recalls in 2012, an issue with a non-active Tire Pressure Monitoring System affected about 3,000 vehicles. 

Black 2014 Nissan Rogue car moving on the street

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 8/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 8/10

KBB Value: $6,687

Fuel Economy: 26 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $763

Safety Rating: 3.8/5 

Nissan launched the 2nd-gen Rogue in 2014, an occasion normally fraught with reliability headaches. However, reliability was solid for both the FIXD and owner-reported scores on the 2014 model. But a host of other issues were significant enough for us to give the 2014 Rogue a thumbs down. 

For starters, the safety score inexplicably fell dramatically to an all-time low of 3.8/5. As well, the market values for 2014 went flat, and annual maintenance costs went up. Finally, the 2014 Rogue has the unfortunate honor of posting the highest recall count of 10.

Looking through the recall details makes matters worse as the majority paint a picture of poor build quality. The list includes issues with the steering assembly, lug nuts, and wheel hub bolts all coming loose as well as improper fuel pump plating and failing rear liftgate struts. Not good. 

This mixed bag of good reliability, poor safety, and questionable built quality is why the 2014 Rogue is our “best of the worst” model. It straddles the line between best and worst, so keep that in mind if you’re in the market for one. 

On the repair front, it’s the usual suspects with DTC P0456 leading the list of the most common causes of a CEL. Triggered by a small leak in the EVAP system, this issue is normally associated with a loose gas cap. So try tightening it to see if the issue goes away. 

DTC P0420 is a much bigger ticket headache. It usually means you’re on the hook for a new catalytic converter, which costs between $1,500 and $2,000 at a shop. 

And if the combustion chamber is taking in too much air or not enough fuel, you may come across DTC P0171. This issue with the MAF sensor shouldn’t cost you more than about $300 to have fixed by a mechanic. You can learn more with our DTC P0171 explainer video.


The 2010 Nissan Rogue has a 43% chance that an expensive repair ($500 or more) is related to the engine. This is more than 4 times higher than average across all model years and is part of the reason we don’t recommend the 2010 Rogue. 

As for transmission problems, watch out for the 2009 Rogue – which also gets a thumbs-down from us – as it has a 25% chance of the CVT being responsible for a pricey repair. Staying on top of your automatic transmission service is a good way to avoid this scenario.

On average, the Nissan Rogue has 98,000 miles per our 14 years of owner-reported odometer readings. The 2010 model comes in the highest with 158,000 miles. So, 108,000 miles can be considered high mileage for a Nissan Rogue. 

This leaves you about 50,000 miles to work with before the powertrain is ready to give up the ghost. Considering only 14% of Rogue owners on average expect to see 200,000 miles and only one other model year – 2009 – shows more than 150,000 miles, the 108,000-mile figure seems that much more reasonable.

Nissan only produced a hybrid Rogue for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 model years. All three of those Rogues are on our list of best models and each one posted a FIXD Reliability Score of 9/10. As far as we know, there are no Rogue hybrids that you should avoid.

The compact crossover segment is full of options, but some of our favorites include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, and Chevy Equinox. If you want to stay in the Nissan family but need something bigger, be sure to check out the Murano.

What do owners of the Nissan Rogue like to use their car for?

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A Note About Data and Information Sources

This article has many details about the Nissan Rogue’s reliability; here’s what we used for our assumptions and recommendations.

  • FIXD Reliability Score & Data: Engine reliability information is captured via the FIXD App

The FIXD Reliability Score is calculated using the number of DTCs per year, weighted by mileage. This is then turned into a scale of 1-10 for easy graphing. 

This is an objective score.

  • Owner Reliability Score & Data: This data is the result of surveying Nissan Rogue owners who use FIXD. 

The Owner Reliability Score comes straight from owners of the Nissan Rogue.  

This is a subjective score.

To determine the Owner Reliability Score we ask each car owner:

How reliable would you say your Nissan Rogue is?

a. Just point A to point B driving

b. A Daily Commuter

c. Good for a 100-mile road trip

d. Good for a 500-mile road trip

e. I could take a cross-country road trip, no problem

From here we translate their answers into the Owner Reliability Score:

a. = 2

b. = 4

c. = 6

d. = 8

e. = 10

Keep in mind, owners may think their car is more or less reliable than it actually is. 

One potential problem is that people often buy the same make or model they are used to when they go car shopping, just a newer year.

Ford, for instance, has a number of consumer loyalty awards for the Ford F-Series, Ford Mustang, and Ford Expedition.

Car owners may be so loyal to the make or model they currently own that they would have trouble accurately comparing their cars’ reliability to others. 

It’s for this reason that we ask car owners a question that is relative to mileage rather than relative to other cars. 

Still, be mindful of the accuracy of these Owner Reliability Scores, people’s perceptions and unconscious blindspots can skew data. 

We suggest looking at both the FIXD Reliability Score and the Owner Reliability Score for this reason.

  • KBB Value: Average private-seller valuations as supplied by Kelley Blue Book (KBB), based on a Nissan Rogue with typical mileage for that respective model year.
  • Fuel Economy: Mileage-per-gallon estimates according to the EPA MPG on Fueleconomy.gov
  • Annual Maintenance/Repair: Upkeep expenses as reported by surveyed Nissan Rogue owners
  • Safety Rating: Crash test data collected and reported by NHTSA. We average all ratings for each year to come up with a simplified, average safety score. This makes it easier to look at on a graph.


  1. Nissan Rogue model-specific information. Retrieved September 5, 2023, from https://www.edmunds.com/  
  2. Nissan Rogue model-specific recall information. Retrieved September 5, 2023, from https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls    
  3. Nissan Rogue model-specific information. Retrieved September 5, 2023, from https://www.auto-brochures.com   
  4. Nissan Rogue model-specific information. Retrieved September 5, 2023, from https://usa.nissannews.com/en-US 
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Niel Stender grew up doing replacement work on his old Cherokee and sweet Mitsubishi Starion, which led to a degree in mechanical engineering and a job at Ford as a vehicle dynamics engineer. His writing infuses that automotive background with sales and marketing experience. Writing about cars for close to a decade now, he enjoys digging into some of the more technical mechanical systems under the hood and throughout a vehicle.

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Niel Stender

Niel Stender

Niel Stender grew up doing replacement work on his old Cherokee and sweet Mitsubishi Starion, which led to a degree in mechanical engineering and a job at Ford as a vehicle dynamics engineer. His writing infuses that automotive background with sales and marketing experience. Writing about cars for close to a decade now, he enjoys digging into some of the more technical mechanical systems under the hood and throughout a vehicle.

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