2012 Nissan Rogue

MSRP $22,070 - $29,710

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7.8

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2012 Nissan Rogue Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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This mid-size crossover SUV class is getting competitive and manufacturers are launching so many vehicles in this segment to attract buyers, who want a car just to ride with the family. The Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan is no different, this year they introduced this vehicle with new alloy wheels, sport mode to the CVT, one new “graphite blue” exterior color, and some minor tweaks in the interior which makes it stand out from the other in the crowd.

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Pros

Good high-quality interior

Smooth and comfy ride

Sharp handling

Attractive exterior

Cons

No V6 engine option

Sluggish CVT

Low cargo space

What's New?

New packages for customization

New alloy wheels option

New graphite blue color

Sport mode to CVT


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22070

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

121 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

170 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

175 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

183.3 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

3276 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

57.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

953 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/25/28 mpg

highway range

445.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$22,070 onwards

SV w/SL Package$24,510 onwards

SV$24,510 onwards

SL$28,410 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Nissan Rogue in Aurora Black Pearl color
Aurora Black Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


This five-seater car is powered by a 2.5-Liter inline four-cylinder engine that is mated with the CVT transmission to offer a smooth and hassle-free ride. It is made available in two trims S and SV with no 7-seater option and the only I-4 gas engine. Interior design and cabin look unusually nice, its high-quality dash, solid doors, and comfy seats certainly give an upscale feel but its rear seats don’t slide or recline. In its segment, it competes with the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, and Kia Sportage


8.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2012 Nissan Rogue Features

8.5/10

Nissan has offered only trims S and SV with the three available option packages - Special Edition, Premium Package, and SL Package. The base variant is priced at $22,070 and gets some good-to-go features like 16-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, body-colored exteriors, halogen lamps, fabric seats, and air conditioning while the upper trim SV costs $24,510 and gets some added features.

Trim

S

SV

MSRP

$22,070

$24,510

Key Features

16-Inch steel wheels

17-Inch alloy aluminum wheels

 

Folding side mirrors

Keyless entry

 

Cruise controls

Push start button

 

Only tilt steering wheel

Six-way adjustable power driver 

 

60-40 split-fold rear seats 

Fold-down front passenger seat

 

CD player & Auxiliary audio jack

Bluetooth connectivity

 

Four speaker audio system

4.3-Inch audio screen

 

Trip computer

Foglights

 

Air conditioning

Rearview camera

   

Rear privacy glass

   

Steering audio controls

   

USB/iPod interface

The Special Edition package allows the consumer to add more features of SV trim into the base trim of the car. The list of these features includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a 4.3-inch audio screen, rear privacy glass, foglights, rearview camera, and an upgraded sound system with a USB/iPod interface. While the other two Premium and SL packages are only for the SV trim which packs the SV trim with:

Premium Package (Only for SV Trim)

SL Package (Only for SV Trim)

Sunroof

Includes Premium Package features

Automatic headlights

18-Inch alloy wheels

Automatic climate control

Xenon headlights

Navigation system display

foglights

5.0-Inch touch display

Heated side mirrors

Real-time traffic updates

Leather upholstery

 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

360-Degree camera view

 

Heated front seats

 

Bose audio system with subwoofer

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The upper trim ‘SV’ costs approx $2400 more than the base trim ’S’ and it doesn’t have many features either related to convenience or entertainment. Special Edition pack adds some features to the base pack but they are only just good to go features, the car still overlooks some important tech like rearview camera, Bluetooth, etc. Keeping in the mind all the things SV trim without any Package seems the right choice and if are tech head then opt and addition SL Package.

2012 Nissan Rogue Engine and Performance

8.0/10

2012 Nissan Rogue is offered with only one engine option, a 2.5-Liter inline-four gas engine. It’s a decent engine that produces a total power of 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. Nissan has designed this engine for daily driving and to overcome mundane tasks, but if you are someone who lives in the mountains and needs that snappy gearbox for a quick shift then its CVT might disappoint you as it is the only option for changing gears.

Model

Nissan Rogue 

Toyota RAV4 

Kia Sportage

Hyundai Tucson

MSRP 

$22,070

$22,650

$18,500

$19,145

Engine

2.5-L, Inline-4

2.5-L, Inline-4

2.4-L, Inline-4

2.0-L, Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

4-Speed Automatic

6-Speed automatic

6-Speed shiftable automatic

Power

170 hp @ 6000 rpm

179 hp @ 6000 rpm

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

165 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque

175 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

172 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

168 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

146 lb-ft @ 4600 rm

0 to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

9.1 sec

8.0 sec 

8.8

Quater-Mile

17.3 sec

16.6 sec

16.0 sec

N/A

Top Speed 

126 mph

120 mph

113 mph

126 mph

Figures say that Nissan has the third most powerful engine and the best weight hauling capacity but it’s the last one to achieve a speed of 60 mph and complete quarter-mile time clocking 9.5 and 17.3 seconds. Other cars in this category are offering best in class automatic transmission except for Toyota and Nissan, they are still sticking to their 4-speed automatic and sluggish CVT. As per the performance and the engine specs anyone can predict that Nissan is neither made for overhauling nor for off-roading, it’s rather a simple family car. The Kia Sportage is the quickest taking 8 seconds to 60mph, followed by its Korean sibling, the Hyundai Tucson that takes 8.8 seconds.

2012 Nissan Rogue Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Nissan’s engine feels sluggish and the reason is, its not up to the mark CVT. But the fuel economy that this car claim is somewhat going to be easy on your pocket, as this car gives 23 mpg in the city conditions, 28 mpg on the straight highway, and 25 mpg with the combined driving conditions. Let’s take a look at the fuel economy of the rivals of Nissan rogue.

Model

Nissan Rogue

Toyota RAV4

Kia Sportage 

Hyundai Tucson

MPG (City)

23

22

20

22

MPG (Highway)

28

28

27

29

MPG (Combined)

25

24

23

25

Fuel Capacity (gal)

15.9

15.9

15.3

15.3

Range (City/ Hwy)

366/ 445

350/ 445

306/ 413

337/ 444

The information given above proves that Nissan has the best engine and transmission combo in terms of fuel efficiency. After Nissan, Hyundai takes over second place followed by Toyota but its tank-to-tank range in both highway and city is better than that’s of Hyundai. Nissan has the biggest fuel tank and it wins the heart of those, who just want to go on a long road trip with their family without any worries about efficiency and fuel tank capacity. 

2012 Nissan Rogue Interior

8.0/10

The 2012 Nissan Rogue can hold 5 passengers at a time and it offers the best-looking cabin of any crossover SUV. Unlike rivals, the interior of Rogue is well put together, It has comfortable seats, a sturdy dashboard, soft-touch inputs, and low cabin noise. With plenty of storage spaces like a center console, bin & massive glovebox makes it practical for family use. But rear seats are less comfortable as compared to the front row as unlike Toyota, the rear seats of Rogue neither have a recline nor do they slide and there is no central armrest in the rear row.

Model

Nissan Rogue 

Toyota RAV4

Kia Sportage 

Hyundai Tucson

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

40.4/ 55.9/ 42.5

40.8/ 57.1/ 41.8

39.1/ 56.7/ 41.4

39.4/ 57.1/ 41.2

Rear Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

38.3/ 53.6/ 35.3

39.7/ 55.3/ 38.3

38.5/ 55.1/ 37.9

39.1/ 55.1/ 38.7

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

28.9 

36.4

26.1

25.7

Nissan and Toyota offer almost the same front row dimensions but in the rear row, Toyota takes the leap just by a couple of inches while Kia and Hyundai have the least room in the front & rear row. With the spacious cargo of 36.4 cu-ft Toyota wins the race leaving behind the Nissan by 7.5 cu-ft. In the end, it depends on the consumer to choose either the biggest cargo of the 2012 Toyota RAV4 or go with the high-quality interior of Nissan.

Some interior features include:

  • Cruise controls
  • A tilt-only steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Full power accessories
  • Push start button (on SV trim)
  • 6-Way power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment(on SV trim)
  • A fold-down front passenger seat (on SV trim)

Infotainment System

The base trim isn’t packed much with awesome entertainment technology, what it gets is a CD/ MP3 player that plays the track in a basic 4-speaker sound system and auxiliary audio input allows one to connect their smartphone directly to the audio system. The Special Edition Package which is only available for the base trim surely enhances the entertainment system of the vehicle, this package adds up features like a 4.3-inch display audio screen, satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls, and an upgraded sound system that also supports USB/iPod interface. Other than that all the entertainment features that come as standard and optional are listed below:

  • AM/FM stereo 
  • CD player
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • MP3 player (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
  • 4.3-Inch display audio system (optional)
  • USB/iPod connectivity (optional)
  • 5.0-Inch touch display (upper trim)

2012 Nissan Rogue Exterior

9.0/10

2012 Nissan Rogue is not a head-turner but it surely does stand out in the mid-size crossover SUV segment. Most of the exterior retains the same last year’s design but it’s not like that they haven’t improved anything. This year Nissan introduced a new graphite blue color & a 17-inch alloy wheels option, all these exterior features looks good on the upper trim, the base variant still looks dull. The one thing that bothers in the exterior styling of Rogue is the Murano-inspired rear design as it somewhat limits the visibility from the back. 

Model

Nisan Rogue

Toyota RAV4

Kia Sportage 

Hyundai Tucson 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3276

3360

3186

3175

Length (in)

183.3

181.9

174.8

173.2

Width (in)

70.9

71.5

73.0

71.7

Height (in)

65.3

66.3

64.4

65.2

Ground Clearance (in)

8.3

7.5

6.8

6.7

Wheelbase (in)

105.9

104.7

103.9

103.9

Nissan is the second heaviest after Toyota and has the largest wheelbase and overall length, which would make it uneasy to maneuver in tough traffic conditions. Whereas Kia and Hyundai are sitting in the competition with the shortest wheelbase and are also the lightest but their ground clearance is not much impressive as Nissan with 8.3-inch and Toyota with 7.5-inch clearance.

Some salient exterior features include:

  • 16-Inch steel wheels
  • 16-Inch alloy wheels (with Special Edition package)
  • Foglights (with Special Edition package)
  • Rearview camera (with Special Edition package)
  • 17-Inch alloy wheels (on SV trim)
  • Keyless entry (on SV trim)
  • Sunroof (with Premium package)
  • Automatic Headlamps (with Premium package)

2012 Nissan Rogue Safety

9.0/10

The 2012 Nissan Rogue secures an excellent four out of five stars rating in the overall crash test and the complete 5 stars in the side-impact test when tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It has also received a Good rating in frontal and side-impact crash tests. The vehicle has good handling and stops from 60 mph to 0 within 121 feet of distance which is fair for an SUV of this size. Let’s take a look at what makes this car that much safe:

  • 4-Wheel antilock braking system
  • 4-Wheel disc brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Front Tow Hooks
  • Front row airbags

2012 Nissan Rogue Final Verdict

The Nissan Rogue is a proper family car with mild engine performance that feels planted when taken on the highways. With the overall high-quality interior and super comfortable seats, it becomes suitable for long-distance cruising with the family. Some things are to be kept in mind while going for this car such as its poor visibility from the back windshield, noisy CVT, average engine performance, and only good-to-go entertainment features in the base trim. If you aren’t bothered by those issues and just want a car to ride with children with good quality interior then go for it.

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