2012 Nissan rogue reviews

2012 Nissan Rogue

2012 Nissan Rogue Overview

Powering the 2012 Nissan Rogue is a four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Critics said that while the engine provides decent acceleration around town, the Rogue lacks vigor when passing and hill climbing. They also noted that its CVT is noisy, though some said that it makes good use of the engine’s power. With 23/28 mpg city/highway, the front-wheel drive 2012 Rogue earns good fuel economy estimates for the class. Most members of the automotive press found the Rogue’s handling to be car-like and well-composed. They also liked its responsive steering, though some said the Rogue’s ride could be more poised over imperfect roads.

Reviewers said the 2012 Nissan Rogue’s interior materials are of fairly good quality, including numerous soft-touch materials throughout the cabin. The Rogue’s front and rear seats are comfortable and supportive, according to test drivers, though some noted that rear visibility is limited due to large roof pillars. Standard features on the Nissan Rogue include a CD/MP3 stereo with an auxiliary input, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted controls. Available features include satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth and an Around View 360-degree monitor to ease parking maneuvers. Reviewers said the Rogue features clear gauges and controls that are easy to use. The Rogue doesn’t have the most cargo space in the class, but reviewers were pleased with its 57.9 cubic feet of space with the second row folded. Additionally, test drivers noted the Rogue’s numerous convenient small-storage spaces, including a large glove box and center console.

Other SUVs to Consider

The base 2012 GMC Terrain gets good fuel economy for the class, and it comes with a generous offering of standard features. Additionally, test drivers were pleased with its hushed, roomy cabin and composed handling.

Reviewers said the 2012 Mazda CX-7’s available turbocharged engine produces plenty of power, which makes it fun to drive. They also liked its stylish interior, comfortable seats and intuitive climate controls.

Compare the Rogue, Terrain and CX-7 “


  • Very quiet ride
  • Good fuel economy
  • Neat “Around View” monitor system
  • Great trunk organization


  • Tough to fold second row seats
  • Limited passenger storage space
  • Difficult to set up Bluetooth
  • Relatively cramped seating

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Track Performance: B-

Road Performance: B-

Ease of Use: B

Comfort and Roominess: C+

The Nissan Rogue, now in its fourth model year, is still a relatively new player in the crossover market. It is worthy of consideration as it is a well-packaged and moderately-priced smaller crossover SUV, with some very unique features. One such feature is the “Around View” monitor, which uses four wide-angle cameras to give a virtual 360-degree view around the car, helping you to maneuver into parking spaces more easily. Even without this feature, this vehicle was easy to park and maneuver, providing many amenities of a larger SUV.

Like its competitors, it offers four-cylinder engines in both FWD and AWD platforms. It differentiates itself by offering the relatively unique continuously variable transmission (CVT), one of only three CVT vehicles in our test field (the others being the Nissan Murano and the Jeep Compass). The Rogue offers the CVT with a switchable sport mode, which allows for improved efficiency and more responsive acceleration.

Driving Experience

The test model we drove rated middle of the pack in terms of acceleration, braking performance, and road holding. It was able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds — but was much less noisy under these harsh conditions, thanks to the CVT. The only two cars that were comparable in terms of reduced noise were its sibling Murano and the Ford Edge.

The Nissan Rogue did well for fuel economy, with a combined 24 mpg (4th best in our test). Visibility on the other hand wasn’t stellar, a common problem amongst crossovers. However, thanks to its tight turning radius and relatively small footprint, parking and turning radius were not compromised. And the innovative “Around View” monitoring system that was included in our optional SL package was likewise a big help for maneuverability.

Driving took a bit of getting used to with the CVT, but the car handled decently on the road. However, our test engineers agreed that it was not as agile or maneuverable as others tested — faring middle of the road in terms of handling.

Infotainment System & Controls

Unlike the other Nissan we tested, the Murano, the Rogue was not as refined or easy to use. The infotainment system was okay, but the Bluetooth could only be set up through voice prompts, and the GPS offered limited POI (points of interest) options when searching for nearby locales.

The Rogue did have a nice array of driver controls though, as well as simple and effective controls for HVAC (heating, venting, and air condition). We also particularly liked the gauge display thanks to a unique instantaneous MPG display you can select.

While folding of the second row seats was particularly difficult, the layout of trunk space was tops. While it wasn’t a particularly large cargo area, it was well organized to maximize space.

Interior & Design

The Rogue is a compact crossover, but even so offered a comfortable amount of room for the driver and front passenger — even for our 6’2″ test engineer. The second row seating proved to be even more cramped. In general, again due to its small size, there was limited passenger storage space.

Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined): 22/26/24

Size Class: Crossover

Base Price: $21,840

Reviewed: September 2012

Price When Reviewed: $30.00

Used 2012 Nissan Rogue

Favorite Features

Sizeable Glove Box
The 2012 Nissan Rogue’s glove compartment is generously sized and can fit up to 34 CDs, a nice feature for those who can’t travel without large music collections. Additionally, a removable partition allows you to customize the space to fit myriad items.

Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Nissan is one of the few automakers to still embrace and refine CVT technology, and this second-generation transmission is incredibly smooth and gives the Rogue decent performance as well as good fuel economy.

Used 2012 Nissan Rogue Interior

The 2012 Rogue crossover’s interior is typically Nissan, with simple and straightforward instruments, subtle seating fabric and lots of soft-touch finishes. There is a circular theme that carries over in the dash vents, instrument cluster and HVAC controls. Upper-level models feature steering-wheel controls for the audio and cruise that are logically arranged for quick and easy operation. The 2012 Rogue has a terrific set of comfortable contour-forming front seats that on SL trim are heated and covered in quality leather. Front-seat legroom is good for tall drivers, as is headroom. Unfortunately, the rear-seat passengers don’t have the same luxury, especially when the front seats are pushed all the way back. Storage space is ample in the little Nissan Rogue and includes an oversized glove compartment as well as a hidden cargo area behind the rear seat. The Rogue’s cargo hold includes mesh dividers and a plastic tub liner ideal for carrying wet or soiled clothing. If we have one gripe with the Rogue’s design, it’s the large D-pillar that, while creating a cool and sporty exterior look, creates a big blind spot for the driver.

Used 2012 Nissan Rogue Exterior

Sharing its platform with the Nissan Sentra Sedan gives the 2012 Nissan Rogue the ride and handling of a car in the body of small SUV. With a front grille and lower air intakes vaguely reminiscent of the Murano CUV, and alloy wheels and chrome door skirts akin to Nissan’s performance-oriented Maxima and 370Z, the Rogue appears to display the best styling elements of the Nissan lineup without favoring any single theme. The Rogue’s exterior work continues with flush-fitting wraparound headlight and taillight assemblies, as well as color-coordinated door handles, bumpers and mirrors. SV trims get bigger wheel and tire packages, as well as more exterior enhancements including chrome exhaust finishers, roof rails and rear privacy glass.

Used 2012 Nissan Rogue Standard Features

The base 2012 Nissan Rogue S has numerous convenient standard features, including steering-wheel-mounted buttons for cruise control, 4-way manually adjustable front seats, an auxiliary input jack and power windows, locks and mirrors. The SV trim adds a 6-way power driver’s seat, driver’s-seat power lumbar support, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, and Nissan Intelligent Key. Storage space in both models is abundant, with a cavernous glove compartment and removable partition to help organize random stuff, and a large center console that could swallow a tissue box or small purse. For occupant protection, the 2012 Nissan Rogue CUV has front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, along with a rollover sensor. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and electronic traction control are also standard.

Used 2012 Nissan Rogue Options

Stand-alone options for the base car include all-wheel drive and some dealer-installed items. The S Special Edition Package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, premium audio with 4.3-inch color display, foglights, satellite radio and the RearView Monitor. The SV has its options bundled into two well-equipped packages. The SV Premium Package adds automatic air conditioning, power sunroof, auto on/off headlights and Bosch navigation with touch-control screen and XM NavTraffic, while the SL Package includes foglights, HID headlights, Around View monitor, dual heated power mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and Bose audio with seven speakers and separate Nd Richbass subwoofer.

Used 2012 Nissan Rogue Engine

The 2012 Nissan Rogue CUV is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine matched to an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that is well-suited for everyday driving. For those who need a vehicle that can tackle a variety of driving conditions and road surfaces, choosing all-wheel drive results in only minimal reductions in fuel economy.

2.5-liter in-line 4
170 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 (FWD), 22/26 (AWD)

How Much Does the Used 2012 Nissan Rogue Cost?

A base front-wheel-drive 2012 Nissan Rogue S has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $22,500, while an SV with all-wheel drive, leather, moonroof, premium sound and all the bells and whistles will easily exceed $30,000. A comparably equipped Hyundai Tucson with navigation costs a bit less, but a similar 2012 Toyota RAV4 Limited or Honda CR-V EX costs about the same as the 2012 Nissan Rogue crossover. To get the best price on your Rogue, be sure to check its Fair Purchase Price, which will give you an idea of what consumers in your area are currently paying for the Nissan Rogue. Over time, the Rogue is expected to retain better resale values than the Ford Escape, but lag behind the Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V.

2012 Nissan Rogue Press Kit

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2012 Nissan Rogue Press Kit: Overview

After being named the 2008 AJAC Car-of-the-Year in the SUV/CUV Under $35,000 category, the Nissan Rogue crossover SUV enters the 2012 model year with a new refreshed exterior appearance, refined interior, added technology and convenience features and a new model available – all of which designed to provide the high-value, high-fun attitude that has made Rogue one of the most popular compact crossover SUVs in class since its introduction five years ago.
“There are many ways to look at ‘value’ in a vehicle these days and the new Nissan Rogue delivers by every measure – affordability, fuel efficiency, quality and versatility,” said Judy Wheeler, Director, Marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. ”For 2012, Rogue was updated with the same themes in mind when it was named – aggressive styling, functionality and fun-to drive.”
For 2012, Rogue will be available in three models. The Rogue S, Rogue SV, and the new Rogue SL, which is available in AWD only (S and SV are available in FWD and AWD).
Each 2012 Rogue comes with the new standard sport mode switch, a standard 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine, Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS) and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Rogue also offers a long list of standard safety features including front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags.
“The 2012 Rogue has again raised the bar for style and ‘on-road’ performance in the Small Crossover market”, said Wheeler. “It was designed, and has succeeded in being an over-achiever in all aspects – appearance, utility, quality, attention to detail and value.”
Aggressive Design and Attitude
For 2012, the Rogue features a Chrome License Plate Finisher and a rear spoiler, adding to the exterior that was designed to present an image of modern sophistication – both aggressive and sporty. Its sleek, bold styling includes dynamically arched forms and powerful rear shoulder lines.
“Unlike many SUVs in the market, Rogue’s design invokes an immediate emotional response with its power, style and sophistication,” said Wheeler. “Then once you get inside, you’re pleasantly reminded that all the utility and functionality is there as well.”
Rogue features an available power sliding glass moonroof with dark tinted glass, and an available roof rails with detachable cross bars (accessory). Now included in the Premium & Tech package plus on the 2.5 SL model is the Around View Monitor™, which utilizes four small super-wide-angle cameras – mounted on the front, side and rear of the vehicle – to provide a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle, helping to manoeuvre it in tight spotsBuilt on Nissan’s “C” platform, Rogue provides high body stiffness with extensive use of high-strength steel utilized to reduce body weight. Rogue features a 105.9-inch (2,690 mm) wheelbase and 183.3-inch (4,655 mm) overall length – among the longest in class, compared with leading small crossover competitors – providing ample rear seat proportions and one of the longest interior lengths. The body also features large front door openings for easy ingress and egress.
A Driver-Oriented, Ultra-Functional Interior
Like its exterior, Rogue’s interior is designed to stand out in class with its sophisticated integration of a cockpit-like driver’s space and exceptional utility. The driver’s seat position offers excellent visibility, enhanced by a standard 6-way manual adjust driver’s seat with manual seat lifter with up to two inches of seat height adjustability. Rogue’s instrument panel layout and steering wheel are designed for easy readability and operation while also providing a sporty look and feel, with white illumination and silver gauge surround rings.
A trip computer includes displays for distance-to-empty, average fuel consumption, average speed, elapsed time and outside temperature. Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System is standard on all models. Cruise control and steering wheel controls are also standard on all Rogues.
Leather-appointed seating surfaces are available in the new SL AWD model and heated front seats (cloth and leather) are also available in the SV and SL models. An available fold-flat front passenger seat allows over 8.5 feet of front-to-rear cargo space for carrying long items such as wood or ladders. A rear 60/40 split-fold bench seat and oversize glove box with partition that measures over half a cubic foot in volume are standard. Also available is a rear tonneau cover to keep luggage and other items out of sight.
“Rogue’s innovative storage solutions are designed to accommodate the active daily lives of its owners,” said Wheeler. “Just because a vehicle is smaller on the outside doesn’t mean you have to compromise storage or utility space – all it takes is innovation and creative thinking.”
Standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and iPod® connectivity are among the advanced technology features available on the 2012 RogueAlso available is Automatic Climate Control, Nissan Intelligent Key® ,a powerful Bose®-developed audio system with 8 speakers and subwoofer with MP3 capability, XM™ satellite radio and the all new Around View™ Monitor .
Engaging Performance
While maintaining its functionality as a family vehicle, Rogue’s creators also recognized the target buyers’ desires for a higher level of acceleration, handling and fun-to-drive attributes than offered by traditional small crossover SUVs. Rogue delivers on this promise with an advanced drivetrain anchored by its powerful 2.5-litre engine, 4-wheel independent suspension and refined all-wheel drive system.
“We picture the typical Rogue driver after they drop the kids off at school, lowering the windows, turning up the Bose® audio and thinking about escaping to the wild – their briefcase and gear tucked securely in the back – before turning back towards the office,” said Wheeler. “Rogue not only makes such a scenario possible, but encourages such adventures.”
Rogue’s standard QR25DE 2.5-litre DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder is rated at 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft torque, tuned to provide ample torque in the low-to-mid rpm range for smooth, powerful acceleration and quick initial response from a standing start.
The engine features an aluminum block, reduced piston and piston ring friction and increased thermal efficiency (over the previous generation 2.5-litre engine design), 9.6:1 compression ratio, and large diameter intake port and exhaust manifold.
Despite its impressive performance credentials, the 2012 Rogue is extremely fuel efficient. FWD Rogue models get an impressive 9.0L /100 km (31 MPG) in the City and a fuel sipping 7.0 L /100 km (40 MPG) on the highway. The popular AWD Rogue models achieve 9.6 L /100 km (30 MPG) in the City and 7.7 L /100 km (37 MPG) on the Highway. For residents in Ontario, both Rogue FWD and AWD units are also exempt from the provincial “gas guzzler” charge that is applicable to all SUVs with a Highway fuel consumption of 8.0L /100 km or more.
Every Rogue comes with a standard Nissan Xtronic CVT™, combining smooth, linear and responsive acceleration with high-efficiency operation. Rogue’s CVT utilizes adaptive logic control and a high-speed central processing unit. Its advanced shift control offers the optimal shift pattern according to the driving situation and driver’s demands, using input from driver operation, vehicle speed, road gradient, turning condition and acceleration force to adjust shifting patterns accordingly.
Rogue is available with front-wheel drive or an advanced intuitive all-wheel drive system with yaw moment control. The system provides stable starts on dry or slippery roads and excellent all-weather performance and traction. Every Rogue also features standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS).
Rogue’s standard 4-wheel independent suspension provides a balance of ride comfort and driving stability. The front suspension includes subframe-mounted independent struts with coil springs, high-performance shock absorbers with rebound springs and a stabilizer bar.
The rear independent multi-link suspension includes aluminum-alloy upper links and high-performance shock absorbers with rebound springs. The rear suspension design provides maximum luggage space (versus a rear strut design), as well as driving stability.
Responsive steering is provided by an electric power-assisted steering (EPS) system. Every Rogue also comes equipped with standard power-assisted front and rear vented disc brakes with standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). “S” Rogue models come with 16-inch steel wheels and 215/70R16 tires, while redesigned 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/60R17 tires are standard on the SV trims. Drivers can also upgrade to an 18-inch alloy wheel with the SV’s premium package.
Standard safety features for the new Rogue include Zone Body Construction, Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage front air bags and occupant classification system for the front passenger seat, and front seat Active Head Restraints. Front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags (for front and rear outboard occupant head protection) with rollover sensor are also standard.

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