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2013 Nissan Rogue Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Nissan Rogue was new.


Interior: 7.6

If you’re in the market for a small crossover but don’t need a third-row seat or a cavernous cargo bay, reviewers generally agree that the 2013 Nissan Rogue could meet your needs. Most test drivers approve of the Rogue’s cabin materials, comfortable front seats and ample in-cabin storage space for small items. However, a few reviewers say that they’d like a larger navigation screen, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming.

  • "The 2013 Rogue's interior is characteristically Nissan, with simple and straightforward instruments, subtle seating fabric and lots of soft-touch finishes." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The CX-5 also boasts arguably better cabin tech with its TomTom-based navigation system, but the Rogue's Around View Camera gives it a serious edge in safety tech." -- CNET 
  • "The cabin is filled with hard- and soft-touch surfaces. They don't impart a cheap feeling, but they're not pace-setting either." -- Consumer Guide (2012) 
  • "Inside its cabin, the high-quality finish of the dash, doors and seats give this economy crossover a fairly upscale feel." -- Edmunds (2012)


Test drivers generally agree that the Rogue offers comfortable front seats, as well as back-seat room that’s typical for the class. One reviewer notes that while the Rogue’s large doors make entry and exit easy, fitting three people in the back seat is a squeeze. Another notes that, unlike the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, the Rogue’s back seat doesn’t slide or recline. The base Rogue comes with cloth seats, though leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

  • "The Rogue has a terrific set of comfortable contour-forming front seats, which are heated and covered in quality leather on SL models." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The cabin is not wide enough for comfortable three-abreast seating. Legroom is acceptable for the class, but headroom is tight for 6-footers, even without the sunroof. Wide opening doors ease entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The Rogue's rear seat neither slides nor reclines like some of its rivals, and the curvaceous Murano-inspired styling limits rearward visibility and maximum cargo capacity." -- Edmunds (2012)

Interior Features

The base 2013 Rogue comes with a four-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary input. Options and features available on higher trims include an upgraded stereo, a moonroof, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, satellite radio, navigation, automatic climate control, a backup camera and Nissan’s AroundView Monitor, which uses cameras to give you front, rear and side views around the Rogue. Bluetooth audio streaming is not available.

Reviewers are generally pleased with the pleasant cabin design, clear gauges and price-appropriate materials found inside the 2013 Rogue. However, a few auto writers say that the optional touch-screen display is small and mounted low in the center stack, so it requires you to glance downward when you’re looking at the backup camera or checking the navigation system.

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  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "For starters, the 5-inch screen used to display maps and Around View Camera output is located fairly low on dashboard's center stack. This makes it difficult to monitor the map or check the camera without taking your eyes off the road or craning your neck." -- CNET 
  • "The gauges are clear, large, and well laid out. Most controls are clearly marked and easy to find at a glance. The optional navigation system includes a small screen but isn't difficult to read and most of its functions are intuitive." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The Rogue doesn’t have the most cargo space in the class, but reviewers are pleased with the 28.9 cubic feet of space behind the back seat, which expands to 57.9 cubic feet with the second row folded. What really shines through is the Rogue’s abundance of small item storage space, which includes a large glovebox and center console, as well as a hidden storage compartment in the cargo bay.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Above average small-item storage space. Front cabin features a large center console but lacks usable door pockets. Cavernous glovebox is useful but constructed of flimsy plastic." -- Consumer Guide (2012) 
  • "A substantial center console bin, massive glovebox and clever under-floor organizer make up for a dearth of at-hand storage nooks, however." -- Edmunds (2012)

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