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2013 Nissan Rogue Review

While you’ll enjoy the carlike handling of a used 2013 Nissan Rogue, its scant standard features list and meager uphill power land it in the middle of its class rankings. 

Pros & Cons

  • Carlike ride
  • Unimpressive powertrain
  • Limited standard features
  • Tough-to-use touch screen

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Nissan Rogue's #10 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Rogue has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 57 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.5
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2013 Nissan Rogue Overview

Is the 2013 Nissan Rogue a Good Used SUV?

The Rogue is a decent affordable compact SUV, but it doesn’t have many outstanding qualities. Its EPA estimates are typical, its safety scores could be better, and its reliability rating is ordinary. This used SUV does have an appealing carlike feel, but some rivals are more composed over bumpy roads.

Used 2013 Nissan Rogue Performance and Interior

A 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine propels the 2013 Nissan Rogue. It is a more than capable daily driver, but it can feel strained for power when passing vehicles on the highway or driving up steep hills. The standard continuously variable automatic transmission is responsive, but it creates unwanted noise when the car is traveling at high speeds. The Rogue exhibits minimal body lean when cornering, thanks in part to its Nissan Sentra platform. Still, rivals like the Mazda CX-5 are much more enjoyable to drive. This Nissan delivers 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Front-wheel drive is standard, but you may find used models with all-wheel drive.

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The Rogue seats five in two rows of seats, and its simple interior features easy-to-use audio and climate controls. The cabin is filled with suitable hard- and soft-touch materials. The front seats are comfortable and provide plenty of head- and legroom, but the rear seats lack amenities found in rivals, like sliding and reclining seats and a center armrest. There are many small storage compartments inside. Some used 2013 Rogues come with a 5-inch touch screen that sits low on the center stack. There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor on the middle seat.

Standard features include cloth seats, power-folding side mirrors, cruise control, mood lighting, and a four-speaker audio system. The highest trim adds features like a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, upgraded cloth seats, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, and a USB port.

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Used 2013 Nissan Rogue Prices

A used 2013 Rogue ranges from $10,900 in the base trim to about $13,400 in the all-wheel-drive SV trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, and demand.

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We Did the Research for You: 57 Reviews Analyzed

To give you a complete overview of the 2013 Rogue – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 57 Nissan Rogue reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Nissan Rogue?

The used 2013 Nissan Rogue has an average reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Rogue?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2013 Rogue mixed crash test scores. The SUV received the highest rating of Good in three crash tests, an Acceptable rating in roof strength, and a Marginal rating in small overlap front crash testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Rogue four out of five stars in the frontal and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test, resulting in an overall rating of four stars.

There are no standard active safety features in the Rogue, but some models may be equipped with a rearview camera or a 360-degree camera.

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Is the 2013 Rogue the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Nissan Rogue marks the last model year of a generation that started in 2008. There were no notable changes between 2012 and 2013. The 2011 Rogue underwent a mild exterior refresh, so model years prior to that will look slightly different. The 2012 Rogue introduced an available 360-degree camera. If this camera is not important to you – and you’d like to save some cash – consider opting for the 2011 Rogue.

Alternatively, some shoppers may want to look at the completely redesigned 2014 Rogue. It added a host of driver assistance features that are unavailable in the 2013 Rogue, including blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

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Which Used Nissan Rogue Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Rogue comes in two trims: S and SV. The base S trim has few features, so you’re better off going with the SV trim. It adds features like Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a USB port. You may also find some used 2013 Rogues equipped with packages. Such packages add features like a seven-speaker Bose audio system, a navigation system, automatic climate control, and a moonroof.

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2013 Nissan Rogue and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Nissan Rogue or 2013 Nissan Murano?

The 2013 Nissan Murano is an affordable midsize SUV with quicker acceleration, a higher-quality cabin, and a longer standard features list that includes dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and a six-speaker Bose audio system. Unlike the Rogue, the Murano suffers from excessive body lean in corners, but its handling is adequate. It also gets the highest possible reliability rating of five out of five. Not surprisingly, this larger vehicle has more cargo space than the Rogue. A used Murano will probably cost more than a used Rogue, but if you can swing it, you’ll get a better SUV.

Which Is Better: 2013 Nissan Rogue or 2013 Ford Escape?

The 2013 Ford Escape is another midpack affordable compact SUV. It has a larger trunk and delivers more athletic handling. However, it earns the lowest possible reliability rating, which makes the Nissan the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2013 Nissan Rogue or 2013 Toyota RAV4?

Both SUVs have comfortable seats, comparable powertrains, and similar ownership costs, but the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is the superior option. Compared to the Nissan, this Toyota has a long list of standard features, including a 6.1-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The Toyota also offers more cargo space and one of the highest reliability ratings in the class (4.5 out of five).

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