2012 Nissan Rogue
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just put my Rogue through the wringer...

by from Grand Junction, Colorad on September 14, 2012

owned it for about a month (4 cy. SV). Drove it loaded with camping equipment and two bikes on a rear rack to Idaho and Nevada. Never seemed to struggle on up-grades and showed plenty of pep in heavy ...
owned it for about a month (4 cy. SV). Drove it loaded with camping equipment and two bikes on a rear rack to Idaho and Nevada. Never seemed to struggle on up-grades and showed plenty of pep in heavy traffic. Fun to drive, and I really like the continous variable transmission. Only noticeable drone was during climbing, but usually quiet as a mouse. At 65 mph, seems to be going 50. Gas mileage pretty good, even with all the added weight. My only wish was that, since we do travel some rough dirt roads into canyon country, it would be better if the lowest gearing was "lower" than it is. Still, I knew I wasn't buying a 4-Runner (which I had) and the Rogue clearance above ground is very sufficient for those off-road excursions. Also, rear storage is less than Rav4 and others, but unless you need a lot, and need it often, there is enough space. My wife and I love the keyless entry, and the rear vision monitor is very helpful, but sometimes hard to see (and trust) during daylight hours, so don't just back up blindly. It's meant to be an aid, not relieve one of the responsibility to be careful. I'm very happy with my Rogue. Peppy, fund to drive, good mileage, relaxing interior with moveable driver's seat to fit my near 6 ft length or my wife's 5'2", great turning wheelbase, and sufficient clearance for crossover suv. I would recommend testing one before buying any of the crossovers. You might be surprised... and pleased!
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Best Purchase EVER

by from Bel Air, MD on March 30, 2012

I bought my Rogue just a few weeks ago and all I have to say is I LOVE IT! The gas mileage is fantastic, I'm averaging 25MPG with a mix of highway and intown driving. The vehicle is super comfortable ...
I bought my Rogue just a few weeks ago and all I have to say is I LOVE IT! The gas mileage is fantastic, I'm averaging 25MPG with a mix of highway and intown driving. The vehicle is super comfortable for both the driver and passengers. I've had no complaints and the backseat being too small for an average size adult. The cargo area is a nice size, it's not terribly large, so I dont have to worry about packing it full of junk. The back seats and the front passenger seat all fold down, so I have plenty of room in case I need to transport anything pretty large. I love that the dash and front panel are not cluttered with unnecessary gadgets. It gives the Rogue a nice clean look. My bluetooth works great, I havent had any strange voice dialing incidents, and it's really easy to use. The USB and AUX hookups work great, they work great with my MP3 player (Sony Walkman) and are also very easy to use. What is also fantastic about this car is all of the storage space. The glove compart is HUGE. Apparently it was designed to fit a laptop and it locks, which is great. The console it pretty large too. All in all, this was a great buy and I recommend everyone interested in a cross-over to check it out.
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A Happy Rogue Driver

by from Germantown MD on July 31, 2012

After test-driving and looking around for about 2 months, we finally decided to go for the Rogue S Spec Ed. for two reasons. Size and Value. Though it looks kind of tiny little SUV, it has lots of sp...
After test-driving and looking around for about 2 months, we finally decided to go for the Rogue S Spec Ed. for two reasons. Size and Value. Though it looks kind of tiny little SUV, it has lots of space in side. Both for passenger and for cargo to haul around. The leg room in the back is superb. And the price is just right. We were able to get the Spec Ed for less than 21k OTD. Even base Hyundai Tucson was costing us more than that, and that too with a 2.0 liter engine. The ride quality is great, the built is fantastic. It has enough power to move around and zip through the lanes and the CVT is very smooth. Gas mileage is a bit disappointing for a 2.5 liter engine, but then again, its an SUV. You cant compare it to a Civic or a Sentra or a Corolla. This is our second Nissan in the family and we are very happy with our purchase. If you are in the market for a small SUV, I will definitely recommend the Rogue. At least give it a spin. I am pretty sure it will make it on your list of cars too.
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Rogue 2012

by from Houston, TX on January 9, 2012

I've only had it for 2 months, and only used it to drive to the Metro Park and Ride near the house for my daily commute to work, so have not had a chance to get it out on the open road yet. So far, it...
I've only had it for 2 months, and only used it to drive to the Metro Park and Ride near the house for my daily commute to work, so have not had a chance to get it out on the open road yet. So far, it performs well, which I expected. Only concern is that the engine, when cold starting and accelerating, makes a clicking noise similar to engine knocking due to low quality gas. However, when the engine warms up the noise goes away. I find the suspension a bit stiff and the interior amenities are not as useful as my Toyotas. Preliminary gasoline usage indicates about 19+ mpg, all city driving.
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Safe Vehicle

by from San Antonio, Texas on December 29, 2013

This automobile has been a life saver for my wife and myself. We got rear ended and very little damage was done to my Rogue, the other auto was almost totaled.. Our seat belts saved us from being kill...
This automobile has been a life saver for my wife and myself. We got rear ended and very little damage was done to my Rogue, the other auto was almost totaled.. Our seat belts saved us from being killed. The car that hit us went under us and hit my back tires. The 2012 Nissan Rogue is by far One of the safest SUV'S on the road. I highly recommend this Nissan Products
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Nice Styling!! Excellent value for small families

by from Philadelphia on September 7, 2012

Bought Nissan Rogue 2012 Special Edition AWD after selling my 2006 Corolla S. Requirement - Looking for a crossover which could address the city-highway driving requirements for small family (couple ...
Bought Nissan Rogue 2012 Special Edition AWD after selling my 2006 Corolla S. Requirement - Looking for a crossover which could address the city-highway driving requirements for small family (couple and an infant) with decent looks, good MPG and good value. And it fit the bill perfectly. - AWD - We get lot of snow here in Phily and AWD became a necessity. Pros - Special Edition provided very good value esp with the reverse parking monitor, decent audio system and fog lamps; a must for this SUV which huge D Pillars which limits visibility. - Great styling and performance are top notch with ever reliable Nissan quality. Its a looker !! - iPod/iPhone Integration is good. Ability to stream audio from Radio Apps is good. - Good MPG. I have been getting 21.0 MPG in summer with A/C in typical city driving conditions which is pretty… good although Corolla numbers are history. Cons - Lacks auto-headlights in base S trim. At times you may not realize that headlights are not turned on esp night time. - Limited cargo space although it fits the bill for all usual travel requirements. - Slightly underpowered for quick passing at highways. For expereinced drivers it should not be an issue after initial acclimitization. - Rear bench seats. Suggestions - Parking monitor is a must have with huge D Pillors. - Bumper protector is a must have to avoid damage because of the distinctive styling. - Take test drive on a highway to get used to feel of CVT with high acceleration. - Like other compact crossovers its offroad capabilities are strictly pavement only.
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Good price if you bargin a lot

by from Houston on October 5, 2012

I bought this for Drive out price $21000. I feel it is a pretty good deal to spend on a mini SUV with a car price. the rogue feels good, looks good. I will recommend it. But I don't know why I always ...
I bought this for Drive out price $21000. I feel it is a pretty good deal to spend on a mini SUV with a car price. the rogue feels good, looks good. I will recommend it. But I don't know why I always feel it's weak. Maybe because just in one week of purchase, my rogue suffered a tire damage by neils on road. Well, this is a Japanese car made in Japan, I cannot compare it to American heavy & strong SUV, right? anyway, it worth the price, as for now.
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Love My Rogue!

by from Chester, Virginia on September 14, 2014

Bought this 2012 Rogue SV new and love it. Great value, performance and styling. The one complaint is the view through the back is limited because of the large strut. I put stick-on fisheye mirrors on...
Bought this 2012 Rogue SV new and love it. Great value, performance and styling. The one complaint is the view through the back is limited because of the large strut. I put stick-on fisheye mirrors on the outside mirrors and that helps a great deal, expect at night when headlights make it all blurry. Took it on a cross country trip over the Rockies and still got 30 MPG. On trips between Virginia and Florida we get almost 34 MPG on a regular basis, but I admit to driving at the speed limit most of the time. We get about 26.5 MPG around town. Some say it is underpowered and the transmission is weird, but I have no complaints at all. We got the SV with the SL package, navigation system, moon roof, backup camera, etc., love it all. Tons of room for our golf clubs when we travel and with the back seats down the visibility is much improved. You can always get a bad one, but I've had nothing but Nissans since 1981 and never had a mechanical issue with any of them. No exaggeration at all. You can spend more money and get a better ride and so forth, but you won't get a better value for your hard earned money.
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Getting from A to B with some perks

by from Gilbert, AZ on September 7, 2014

I purchased this vehicle with 16k miles. This is the perfect sized vehicle. 8 miles to work, then running my daughter & her friends to practice, and short weekend trips for 4. I love the interior layo...
I purchased this vehicle with 16k miles. This is the perfect sized vehicle. 8 miles to work, then running my daughter & her friends to practice, and short weekend trips for 4. I love the interior layout & bluetooth / technology package. That's a 4 star due to small rear windshield, and back seat belt placement - adults usually end up sitting on the belt receiver. All good up front, though, and the back is big enough for groceries & hardware store trips. It runs great, I get about 24 MPG in the city. Smooth ride. I've never had the "doesn't know what gear its in" issue with the transmission, but since it is a Continuously Variable Transmission WITH NO GEARS AT ALL, that makes sense. It runs smooth. Corners are sometimes an issue ... the suspension is fine, but the steering does not return to neutral position after a turn in a natural way. That's about it for gripes - it is easy to drive & park, feels bigger than it is, and runs great.
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Awesome Car !!!! Very Comfortable for long drive

by from chicago, il on November 29, 2012

I bought 2012 model year ago AWD with special edition, there are plenty of additions in SE, the drive is pretty good specially when you are taking it for long ride and obviously for Chicago weather th...
I bought 2012 model year ago AWD with special edition, there are plenty of additions in SE, the drive is pretty good specially when you are taking it for long ride and obviously for Chicago weather the AWD is needed. as a standard the rear spoiler/chrome door handles/chrome molding are superb and gives appealing looks to the exterior...
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