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2013 Nissan Rogue

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2013 Nissan Rogue Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

Based on Nissan’s popular Sentra sedan, the 2013 Nissan Rogue is a compact SUV designed to stand out from the competition by way of its curvaceous carlike styling and class-exclusive in-vehicle technology. Similar to the venerable Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, the Nissan Rogue is powered by a thrifty 4-cylinder engine, offers an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and starts under $24,000. The 2013 Rogue is also one of the only vehicles in the segment to feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which bolsters both fuel economy and power output. By incorporating a satisfying blend SUV, sedan and wagon DNA, the versatile 5-passenger Nissan Rogue can accommodate a wide variety of unique uses.

You'll Like This Car If...

If the boxy look of traditional SUVs leaves you uninspired, the Nissan Rogue’s shapely, sculpted exterior might be the answer you are looking for. Admirable fuel economy, affordable pricing and premium options combine to make the Nissan Rogue one of the most appealing small SUVs on the market.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you believe practicality and power should never be mutually exclusive, the V6 Toyota RAV4 or EcoBoost-equipped Ford Escape will get your heart racing. And while the Rogue’s comparatively low starting price appears attractive on the surface, most competitors offer additional standard equipment for a marginal price increase.

What's New for 2013

With an all-new model scheduled to hit showrooms in mid-2013, the Nissan Rogue gets only a handful of updates for the 2013 model year. A new Premium Edition package replaces last year’s Premium Package, while the carryover Special Edition Package now includes Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker audio system.

Driving the Rogue
Driving Impressions

After spending the better part of a week in a 2013 Nissan Rogue SV with all-wheel drive, we came away with mixed feelings. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine felt adequately peppy,...

... but when we needed that extra burst of power for passing or climbing elevations, it just wasn’t there. Nissan’s Xtronic CVT transmission proved smooth and consistent, and definitely made the most of the little engine’s powerband while returning good fuel economy. Although the CVT is a gearless transmission, Nissan engineered artificial shift points that mimic a conventional transmission. The only time the CVT’s true nature is revealed is during wide-open throttle. In this condition, the CVT holds the engine’s rpm steady as the vehicle accelerates, creating a loud and somewhat harsh engine note. On winding back-country roads we found the 2013 Nissan Rogue quite happy to play, with good feedback through its electric power-assisted steering. Body lean and bounce were also quite carlike, an attribute we chalk up to the Rogue’s Nissan Sentra underpinnings.

AROUND VIEW MONITOR
Until recently, keeping your head on a swivel was the best way to successfully parallel park a car. By utilizing a series of external cameras to create a composite view of the vehicle’s surroundings, the Nissan Rogue’s available Around View Monitor gives you eyes on the back – and side – of your head.

XTRONIC CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION (CVT)
Nissan is one of the few automakers to still embrace and refine CVT technology, and this 2nd-generation transmission is incredibly smooth and provides the 2013 Rogue with decent performance as well as laudable fuel economy.

2013 Nissan Rogue Details
Interior

The 2013 Rogue’s interior is characteristically Nissan, with simple and straightforward instruments, subtle seating fabric and lots of soft-touch finishes. The Rogue has a terrific set of comfortable contour-forming front seats, which are heated and covered in quality leather on SL models. 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 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 sizable blind spot for the driver.

Exterior

Sharing its platform with the Nissan Sentra Sedan gives the 2013 Nissan Rogue the ride and handling of a car in the body of small SUV. The distinctive front grille and lower air intakes bear a slight resemblance to the larger Nissan Murano, and the alloy wheels and chrome door skirts seem to take after Nissan’s performance-oriented Maxima and 370Z. SV trims get bigger wheels and tires, as well as additional exterior enhancements including chrome exhaust outlets, roof rails and rear privacy glass.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base form, the 2013 Nissan Rogue S includes a multi-information display, 60/40-split rear seatbacks, a handy under-floor storage compartment, and a 4-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio port. SV models add a power-adjustable driver’s seat, premium fabric seating surfaces and a 6-speaker audio system with a 4.3-inch full color display and a USB port for portable music players. As is the case with most Nissan models, the Rogue’s steering wheel does not include a telescoping function. Standard safety equipment is comparable to most other small SUVs, but not exceptional.

Optional Equipment

With the majority of feature content bundled into packages, Bluetooth and all-wheel drive are the only individual options available for the 2013 Nissan Rogue. S models offer a Special Edition Package comprised of 16-inch alloy wheels, a mid-grade audio system a 4.3-inch color display, and a rear backup camera. Available on SV trims, the SL Package includes 18-inch alloys, navigation, a Bose premium audio system, Nissan’s exclusive Around View Monitor, and leather seats.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Nissan Rogue 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, opting for all-wheel drive results in only minimal reductions in fuel economy.

2.5-liter inline-4
170 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 mpg (front-wheel drive), 22/26 mpg (AWD)

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2013 Nissan Rogue Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 377 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Get it if you can

By on Monday, July 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great car"

Cons: "have a mechanic out side the dealership"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"No complaints on this car . if you find it for a fair price get it. ride mileage reliability cant lose."

New Transmission at 60000-are you kidding me?

By on Thursday, June 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
1/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "nice interior and exterior"

Cons: "Everything related to the CVT"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I cannot understand why Nissan would not recall this car. It is a very dangerous situation when driving on the highway at 70mph and all of a sudden you lose acceleration. This is an issue that happens after about an hour and a half of driving. The car has been looked at numerous times, and now needs a new transmission. It has already had a new mass air flow system put in and now this."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Looks great and is reliable car.

By on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great body design, to the point performnace"

Cons: "Los of power after inclining for one and 1/2 hours"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great basic car. My 2009 is really pretty in the light silver with the old school faceted front grill. I don't like how boxie they got after the year 2014. Mine is round and the lines are great. I know its going to be a classic in years to come. The ride is tight like a sports car. You sit up in the chair like an SUV so its comfortable. I've driven long distance to Cali and back, through snow, up to the 14er's. It does have a mechanical flaw that is a common problem with this make and model. After about an hour and a half of ascending, which we do here in the rocky mountains to get over the pass, the car literally loses power to around 20 to 30 mph. It's a computer issue sending the wrong info to...whatever. Yep, its bad, but the Nissan dealers know about this and will fix it if you are still under warranty. If you are looking to buy one, do make sure that this not going to be a problem with yours...get it in writing. That's the only problem. I put truck tires on mine and have a lot of fun getting to great hiking spots, camping, picking the kids up etc."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Love my Rogue Select

By on Monday, May 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "good price"

Cons: "blind spot when looking to the side for other traf"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had many cars since I started driving over 50 years ago. I have to say my Rogue has been one of my favorite cars. It is just perfect for me and my wife. It is easy to get in and out of, has all the power we need, and if comfortable to ride in. I would recommend it to others."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

defective CVT transmissions in all Nissans

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "interior and drive are good when it runs"

Cons: "CVT is garbage and should be recalled"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"until the transmission died I was happy with this vehicle. after my transmission died I found out about ALL the problems with the cvt. nissan only offers a rebuilt with a ONE YEAR waranty! This should have been recalled, never buy a nissan with cvt!"

14 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Disappointed in Nissan

By on Monday, April 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great size"

Cons: "unreliable, few cup holders, transmission problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Nissan makes bad crossover vehicles and refuses to recall. This vehicle, like the Murano have a long history of transmission issues and Nissan charges their customers for every penny of repair. It has been giving me transmission and electrical issues for many months, even after spending $2300 for my 100,000 mile service. I do not feel safe in this car. I had high hopes. Going with Honda or any other dependable brand from here on out."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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