2011 Nissan Rogue S 2.5 4-cylinder from North America

Summary:

An awesome compromise between room, mileage, acceleration, and handling!

Faults:

Only the expected battery and tires.

General Comments:

I bought this car to give myself and my two rapidly growing sons a little more room - both for us and our sports gear. Being spoiled by the EXCELLENT mileage of my 1993 Honda Civic (33/40 MPG), I wanted something that would still get good gas mileage.

After looking at the Honda Fit, Honda Element, Nissan Juke, and a few others, I found a great deal on this 2011 model, with a few miles left on the warranty. Within a month, I had to replace the battery and tires, but with 3 years/60k miles, that was expected - I typically replace batteries with a DieHard and mismatched tires with new ones, anyway, so no complaints. With the CVT, it took a bit of getting used to, but it gives surprisingly good acceleration when you step on it, but still gets a very respectable 23-25 MPG around town, and 27-31 MPG highway - depending on how much the Florida heat compels me to use the air conditioning.

I'm 6'3" and 225 lbs, and feel very comfortable in this vehicle, even on a couple of 9+ hour road trips. Set the cruise control. And the CVT does a remarkable job keeping a steady speed up and down hills. The AWD makes me feel safe in the frequent rain here in Florida, and the suspension is firm enough so that it doesn't feel as mushy in turns as many similarly sized SUVs.

I have enjoyed my first few months in this vehicle. Many fellow Rogue owners say great things about these vehicles, as does the garage that changes my oil. I look forward to many more years and miles in mine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2014

2010 Nissan Rogue Base from North America

Summary:

Good SUV for the money, with poor visibility around

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Pros:

- Acceleration is good enough.

- Handles well.

- Good front seats.

- Good rear room.

- Very cheap and efficient little SUV.

Cons:

- Bad rear and side visibility when driving, hard to change lanes.

- Fuel consumption is higher than announced (2WD).

Neutral:

- The engine is somehow 'spirited'. If you like a touch of sportiness, you will enjoy it, but if you like things to be quiet all day long, the engine is quite noisy under hard acceleration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2013

2008 Nissan Rogue SL Premium 2.4 from North America

Summary:

Excellent vehicle choice overall

Faults:

Shaking in rear end when braking at 50,000 km. Rear rotors required machining.

Pulsation in front when braking at 72,000. Rotors and pads replaced.

Shaking in rear end when braking at 105,000 km. Rear rotors replaced.

Seems like a lot of braking issues for a woman driver who is not hard on her vehicle, and most of the mileage is hwy.

Regular maintenance only otherwise.

General Comments:

Vehicle is adequately powered for the average driver.

AWD is excellent in the snow and rain.

CVT takes getting used to for loudness and driveability.

The weatherstrip on the bottom of the door is made from plastic instead of rubber, and catches and traps dirt in it from winter driving. This caused the paint under it to get severely scratched. The dealer repaired this for free at 45,000 km. Nissan does not offer any assistance that I know of for this. I put a strip of 3M invisible bra where it rubs, and no more problems.

Driving position is comfortable, and visibility is excellent.

Rear visibility is terrible.

All controls are easy to use. Everything works very well with the exception of the rear wiper, which is always streaky, even when newly replaced.

No noises, no squeaks, no issues. The vehicle runs and drives as it did the first day.

We do not track fuel consumption, but it seems to be fairly good for a vehicle of this size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2011

14th Jan 2012, 14:36

I know cars, and literally just started working for a chumpy Nissan dealer. I'll tell you right now that your brake issue has nothing to do with factory rotors or mechanical defects. Your driving habits are likely responsible. I'd assume with such heavy and abrupt braking, that you'd also run your car pretty hard, so I am happy to hear that the vehicle holds up well. I will use that as a key selling point.

Hard braking causes valleys in the otherwise perfectly straight rotor.