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2012 Nissan Rogue

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$5,672 — $15,416 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
24-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Large storage areas
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Inexpensive navigation option
  • Available fold-flat passenger seat
  • Affordable AWD option

The Bad

  • Rear visibility
  • Uninspired cabin styling
  • Short backseat cushions
  • Road noise
  • Grabby brakes
2012 Nissan Rogue exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Nissan Rogue
  • Newly available Special Edition trim
  • Four-cylinder and CVT automatic
  • Seats five
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

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Vehicle Overview

The Rogue is a compact crossover that's powered by a four-cylinder engine and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. Competition includes the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The Rogue seats five people.

New for 2012
All models gain a Sport mode switch, and a new Special Edition Package is available. The value-oriented package includes steering-wheel stereo controls, a backup camera, a USB port, satellite radio and fog lights. Meanwhile, the SL Package gains Nissan's Around View Monitor.

Exterior
Last year, the Rogue got a mild face-lift that included a new front grille and front and rear spoilers. It still resembles its larger corporate sibling, the Nissan Murano. Exterior features include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Available 17- or 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Standard power mirrors, optional heated mirrors
  • Standard chrome door handles
  • Optional front fog lamps
  • Optional xenon headlights


Interior
There's room for five in the Rogue's cabin. The driver and front passenger sit on bucket seats and face a fairly minimalist dashboard. Dash vents and control knobs are accented with silver-colored surrounds, and the instrument panel is dominated by two large gauges with orange lighting. An available flat-folding front passenger seat allows longer items to be carried inside the crossover, and the second row features a 60/40-split folding bench seat. Interior features include:

  • Available cloth, two-tone cloth or leather seating
  • Available automatic climat...
Vehicle Overview

The Rogue is a compact crossover that's powered by a four-cylinder engine and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. Competition includes the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The Rogue seats five people.

New for 2012
All models gain a Sport mode switch, and a new Special Edition Package is available. The value-oriented package includes steering-wheel stereo controls, a backup camera, a USB port, satellite radio and fog lights. Meanwhile, the SL Package gains Nissan's Around View Monitor.

Exterior
Last year, the Rogue got a mild face-lift that included a new front grille and front and rear spoilers. It still resembles its larger corporate sibling, the Nissan Murano. Exterior features include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Available 17- or 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Standard power mirrors, optional heated mirrors
  • Standard chrome door handles
  • Optional front fog lamps
  • Optional xenon headlights


Interior
There's room for five in the Rogue's cabin. The driver and front passenger sit on bucket seats and face a fairly minimalist dashboard. Dash vents and control knobs are accented with silver-colored surrounds, and the instrument panel is dominated by two large gauges with orange lighting. An available flat-folding front passenger seat allows longer items to be carried inside the crossover, and the second row features a 60/40-split folding bench seat. Interior features include:

  • Available cloth, two-tone cloth or leather seating
  • Available automatic climate control
  • Optional 4.3-inch color display
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Optional Bose stereo
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optional keyless entry and ignition system


Under the Hood

The Rogue is available with front- or all-wheel drive. Steering-wheel paddle shifters are available. Mechanical features include:

  • 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 175 pounds-feet of torque
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission


Safety

Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability and traction control
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Active front head restraints
  • Standard smart key that immobilizes the engine in an attempted theft

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
107 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Loved this car until I NEEDED to upgrade

by Professor X from Grand Forks, ND on December 1, 2018

When we bought this car, we were a single couple and it exceeded our needs. I loved, and still love my Rogue but it is no longer what is best for our growing family. Great for road trips, its been a ... Read full review

(4.0)

Beautiful looking car.

by Enceladus21 from Buffalo, NY on November 18, 2018

I wanted a SUV with backup camera and a sunroof...thats was all! I thought i would end up with a 2008 or something but nissan rogue is in the price range of about 12000 which was perfect! Beautiful ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Nissan Rogue currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Nissan Rogue has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rogue received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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