Compact crossover SUVs can be reliable, comfortable family cars. And on paper, the Nissan Rogue is the fourth best-selling model in the segment. Indeed, Nissan makes high-quality vehicles with good performance, power, fuel efficiency, and technology.
The 2019 Nissan Rogue boasts an attractive design with impressive aerodynamics, a quiet ride, and comfortable seating. It also offers what you’d expect from a modern crossover, plus high-end options such as a power moonroof and leather seats with memory settings.
However, Consumer Reports includes the 2019 Rogue on a list of used cars you shouldn’t buy. The Rogue scores low in reliability and owner satisfaction, making it a model CR has marked to avoid.
Consumer complaints about the 2019 Nissan Rogue
Featuring a modern infotainment system and streamlined layout, the 2019 Nisan Rogue is an attractive crossover. However, after hitting the road, drivers have reported several problems. And one can imagine there might be quite a few complaints considering the Rogue is among the top 10 most sold crossovers in America, Statista reports.
With a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine, the 2019 Rogue produces an unimpressive 170 hp. But Nissan didn’t design it for performance. It’s designed with comfort and convenience in mind. However, one would still expect any late-model car to function properly. But this hasn’t been the case, according to some owners. The most commonly reported complaints on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site are faulty braking systems, engine issues, speed control problems, electrical malfunctions, and forward-collision avoidance issues.
The 2019 Rogue’s braking problems
Many consumers claim on the NHTSA website that the brake systems frequently engage without notice. In Consumer Affairs‘ complaints section, some owners report their dealership resolved the issue. However, some said the problem persisted. Consumer Reports also mentions the braking problem regarding Rogue owners’ 87 complaints on the NHTSA site. The major issue with the braking system is that it engages on its own.
On the Consumer Affairs site, other owners complain about acceleration issues and poor exterior paint quality. Also, the 2019 Nissan Rogue’s electrical system has some reliability issues. From an unpredictable alarm system to a collision warning signal that triggers with no known cause, drivers have reported a series of electrical problems with the 2019 Rogue. One might expect such issues to begin occurring when the car has clocked thousands of miles. But most consumers claim the issues happens under 1,000 miles.
Should you still consider a 2019 model?
Despite the above issues, the Nissan Rogue remains one of the best-selling compact SUVs. The crossover comes with an attractive sticker price and combines the ergonomics of comfort with quality. With a tall roofline and great space for the rear seats, the cabin provides comfort when traveling long distances.
Though the 2019 Rogue emits a loud droning noise under hard acceleration at high speeds, its fuel economy is decent for its class, Consumer Reports shows. Front-wheel models get around 24 mpg overall. On highways, the Rogue isn’t sporty but does the job. The four-cylinder engine performs adequately. However, some segment rivals offer better powertrains and more reliable off-road capabilities.
Despite some owner complaints about the 2019 Nissan Rogue, it’s a decent car at an affordable price (averaging $18,025 to $24,675, Consumer Reports shows). Thousands of drivers own this model, so not every 2019 Rogue is a bad car. It simply means used shoppers should be more aware of potential issues.