2012 Nissan Rogue

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Nissan Rogue. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2012 Nissan Rogue

  • Newly available Special Edition trim
  • Four-cylinder and CVT automatic
  • Seats five
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

2012 Nissan Rogue Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

This car is very reliable.

by Realshawn from Atlanta, Ga on October 16, 2018

I really like my car and comfort it brings to my family and me. I enjoy that it?s reliable and comfortable. I would recommend this car to anyone that like SUV?s. Read full review

(4.0)

High quality vehicle for the price.

by PatrickSTL from St. Louis, MO on October 10, 2018

It drives and handles very well. Feels more like a sports car than a crossover. The interior is very comfortable and roomy for 5 people. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Nissan Rogue currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Nissan Rogue has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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 warranty

    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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