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2015 Nissan Rogue Review

The 2015 Nissan Rogue ranks near the top of the competitive compact SUV segment. It boasts an upscale-yet-practical interior, an above-average reliability rating, and a respectable safety score.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • High-end interior
  • Available third row
  • Sluggish engine power
  • Noisy transmission

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Nissan Rogue's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2015 Best Compact SUV for the Money award. Currently the Nissan Rogue has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 5.5
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Nissan Rogue Overview

Is the 2015 Nissan Rogue a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Nissan Rogue is an outstanding used compact SUV. It has solid infotainment features, high-quality interior materials, plenty of cargo space, and excellent fuel economy. It is also one of the few SUVs in its class to offer a third row, which increases seating capacity to seven. On the down side, its engine can be sluggish, and its transmission can be noisy.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 26 professional evaluations for this 2015 Nissan Rogue review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Nissan Rogue?

Based on more than 5,100 listings on our site, prices for the 2015 Nissan Rogue range from about $13,800 to roughly $22,000. The average price is about $17,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Nissan Rogue Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Nissan Rogue are estimated at about $23,782. That’s below average for a compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Rogue?

Starting prices for a 2019 Rogue range from about $24,900 to around $32,700, making it much more expensive than a 2015 Rogue. The newer Nissan adds standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as numerous safety features like automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, and rear cross traffic alert. Many of these safety features were available as options in earlier models, including the 2015 Rogue. Pick the 2015 model to save money if you can live without Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a few of the advanced safety features.

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You can’t find a new compact SUV for the same price as a used 2015 Rogue. However, there are a couple of new subcompact SUVs, including the top-ranked 2019 Hyundai Kona (MSRP: $19,990) that aren’t much more expensive than a used Rogue. The Kona offers standard smartphone integration and many more standard active safety features than the Rogue, but the Rogue has more front and rear legroom and much more cargo space.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Rogue Is Best?

The 2015 Nissan Rogue is part of the model's second generation, which began in 2014 and includes the 2019 model year. The Rogue has seen several changes since its 2014 redesign, including the addition of standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, as well as safety features like lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. The available third row was eliminated in the 2018 model year. We recommend considering the 2014 Rogue since it has the same features as the 2015 model and likely costs less.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Nissan Rogue?

The 2015 Nissan Rogue has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Nissan Rogue Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Rogue has seven open recalls. Two involve some front passenger air bags not deploying due to software issues. Another recall deals with the rear liftgate possibly falling due to corroding supports. A fourth recall involves the Rogue possibly shifting out of park, and the fifth recall involves the doors not fully latching. There is also a recall involving the front hub assembly bolts possibly falling off. The final recall involves incorrect wheel and tire sizes on labels.

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Which Used Nissan Rogue Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Nissan Rogue comes in three trim levels: S, SV, and SL. The base S trim comes with Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and an audio system with a 5-inch color display. The top-of-the-line SL trim's list of standard features includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a navigation system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, voice recognition for audio and navigation, and a 360-degree surround-view monitor. For the best mix of features and value, choose a midlevel Rogue SV model equipped with the SV Premium package. You’ll get blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a power liftgate, and an infotainment system with navigation and a 7-inch touch screen.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer, according to our research. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Rogue?

The 2015 Rogue earned an overall four-out-of-five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received four stars in frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in side crash tests. The Rogue earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest score of Good in all crashworthiness categories and was named an IIHS 2015 Top Safety Pick.

The lone standard advanced safety feature in the Rogue is a rearview camera. Available safety features include a 360-degree camera, lane departure warning, moving object detection, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning.

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2015 Nissan Rogue Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Rogue or 2015 Toyota RAV4?

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 has a slightly more powerful four-cylinder engine than the Rogue, but the RAV4 is slow when pulling away from a stop. The Rogue is slightly more fuel-efficient too. Both the RAV4 and the Rogue have responsive steering and deliver comfortable and composed rides. When it comes to the interior, the RAV4 has mediocre cabin materials, while the Rogue has top-notch materials. Additionally, the Toyota doesn't offer a third row; the Nissan does. The RAV4 has a few more standard features, but the Rogue is by far a superior compact SUV.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Rogue or 2015 Subaru Forester?

The 2015 Subaru Forester offers an upgraded turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is more powerful than the Rogue's. The Forester also has controlled handling and feels composed around corners. However, it doesn't come with as many standard or available features as the Rogue – especially safety features. The Forester's infotainment system is complicated, while the Rogue's system is a breeze to navigate. Both offer similar cargo space, but the Forester does not offer a third row. If you favor performance, go with the Forester. If you can't live without a third row or the extra features, go with the Rogue.

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2015 Rogue Performance

How Does the 2015 Nissan Rogue Drive?

While the 2015 Nissan Rogue has adequate acceleration in most situations, it could use more power for highway passing and merging. The Rogue’s refined suspension soaks up road imperfections and delivers comfortable handling. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

The 2015 Nissan Rogue has a 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The Rogue’s transmission is unrefined and noisy, especially under hard acceleration. However, the CVT is partially responsible for the Rogue’s impressive fuel economy estimates.

Does the 2015 Nissan Rogue Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Rogue gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which is great for the class. With all-wheel drive, ratings dip to 25/31 mpg city/highway.

2015 Nissan Rogue Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2015 Rogue can tow up to 1,000 pounds.

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2015 Rogue Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Rogue Seat?

The 2015 Nissan Rogue seats five (seven when equipped with the available third row) on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. The comfortable and supportive front seats offer plenty of head- and legroom.

The Rogue is one of the few compact SUVs available with a third row, though the extra row is not very spacious. The second row is comfortable and slides and reclines to increase passenger comfort.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Nissan Rogue?

There are two lower anchors on the Rogue’s second-row outboard seats and three upper tethers. The Rogue’s LATCH system earned the second-lowest rating of Marginal from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its ease of use. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats, making them difficult to access, and it is difficult to maneuver around the anchors. There are no lower or tether anchors for the available third row.

2015 Nissan Rogue Features

The Rogue’s standard features include a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and hands-free text messaging. Available features include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, and an infotainment system with navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, and satellite radio. The Rogue's audio and climate settings are controlled by easily accessible physical knobs and buttons.

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2015 Nissan Rogue Dimensions

Nissan Rogue Cargo Space

With the second row in place, there is 32 cubic feet of cargo space in the Rogue. With the second row down, you'll have 70 cubic feet. Models with the available third row have 9.4 cubic feet of space with all three rows in place.

2015 Rogue Length and Weight

The 2015 Rogue measures 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,404 to 3,612 pounds, depending on how it’s equipped. The gross vehicle weight rating is 2,036 pounds for front-wheel-drive models and 2,122 pounds for all-wheel-drive Rogues.

Where Was the 2015 Nissan Rogue Built?

Nissan built the 2015 Rogue in Tennessee and South Korea.

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