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2016 Nissan Rogue Review

The 2016 Nissan Rogue has a stylish interior and a lot of cargo space. It's also one of the few vehicles in this category with available third-row seats. A sluggish engine, however, relegates this popular SUV to the middle third of our affordable compact SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Ample cargo space
  • Elegant, high-end interior


  • Reserved engine power
  • Noisy transmission


New for 2016

  • Automatic emergency braking, Siri Eyes Free, and emergency telematics system became available
  • Rogue Select discontinued

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Nissan Rogue's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Compact SUV for Families award. Currently the Nissan Rogue has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Nissan Rogue Overview

Is the 2016 Nissan Rogue a Good Used SUV?

Among affordable compact SUVs, the 2016 Nissan Rogue has one of the nicest interiors. It’s a good SUV with high-grade materials and comfortable seats. However, a few shortcomings bring down its overall appeal. The engine is fine around town but lacks power on the highway, and several rival crossovers boast better reliability ratings.

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We analyzed 26 Nissan Rogue reviews to give you an idea of this SUV’s pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2016 Rogue is the right SUV for you.

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How Much Is the 2016 Nissan Rogue?

There are more than 3,700 listings on our site for the 2016 Nissan Rogue. List prices range from $14,700 to $24,000, while $18,200 is the average list price. Vehicle condition, mileage, features, and location affect the vehicle's price.

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How Much Does the 2016 Nissan Rogue Cost to Own?

For a 2016 Nissan Rogue, you'll likely spend around $23,200 over five years on fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. That comes out to just about $4,600 per year. The 2016 Subaru Forester's ownership costs are about $100 less per year, while the 2016 Honda CR-V will cost you around $400 less per year.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Rogue?

Even the most expensive 2016 Rogue on our site is priced lower than a new 2018 base model. The new Rogue’s interior and exterior styling, however, are markedly different from the 2016 model. You’ll also find more available active-safety features like the ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driver assistance system in the new model, along with more available entertainment features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. These features may be nice to have but not for the extra $6,500 you’ll spend for the new base model. Plus, the 2018 model doesn't have the optional third row you can get in the 2016 Rogue.

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If you want a new car and are willing to drop down a class, there are a few subcompact SUVs that are within the price range of the 2016 Rogue. Both the 2018 Jeep Renegade and 2018 Honda HR-V come standard with infotainment systems and USB ports, though they have less cargo and passenger space than the Rogue. The base Renegade is only a couple hundred dollars more than the average 2016 Rogue. The HR-V, our 2018 Best Subcompact Car for the Money, is about $1,500 more than the used Rogue, but current car deals could narrow that price gap.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Nissan Rogue?

The 2016 Nissan Rogue has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is considered average across the industry.

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2016 Nissan Rogue Recalls

As of this writing, there are five recalls issued for the 2016 Rogue. Two relate to poor welding on the seat frames, and two cover a software error that could prevent an airbag from deploying. The final issue involves the rear liftgate potentially failing. Make sure the dealer addressed these recalls before you buy a used Rogue.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Rogue Is Best?

The 2016 Nissan Rogue marks the third model year of this SUV’s second generation, which launched for 2014 and includes the 2018 model year. Nissan has made a few improvements each year, such as adding standard satellite radio for 2015 and introducing forward emergency braking as an option for 2016. Beyond tech upgrades like these, though, there are no major differences between the 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years. Buying an older model can save you money, but you'll want to stick with a 2015 or 2016 model, as the 2014 Rogue has lower safety and reliability ratings.

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Which Used Nissan Rogue Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Rogue comes in three trim levels: S, SV, and SL. All come with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The top-line SL can add several thousand dollars to the base price. With the midlevel SV, however, you’ll get some extra amenities for only slightly more than the base price. Among these additional treats are dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a proximity key, two extra speakers, and power adjustments for the driver's seat.

You’ll have to go one year newer for a hybrid version; the Rogue Hybrid (reviewed separately) debuted as a 2017 model.

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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 2016 Rogue scored well in crash tests, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick. A rearview camera is standard. For even better awareness of the SUV’s surroundings, look for a used model equipped with the available 360-degree camera system. Other available safety features include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

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2016 Nissan Rogue Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Rogue or 2016 Toyota RAV4?

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a favorite among shoppers looking for a basic, reliable crossover SUV. It's comfortable and composed – both with ride quality and seating – and it has a sizable amount of storage space. However, if you disapprove of the Rogue's unexciting powertrain, you'll dislike the RAV4's even more. Of the two models, the Rogue boasts the more elegant cabin, with upscale materials and more space for passengers.

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Rogue or 2016 Honda CR-V?

It's hard to compete against the 2016 Honda CR-V. With a comfortable, well-equipped cabin and outstanding crash test ratings, the CR-V was our 2016 Best Compact SUV for Families. It's more reliable than the Rogue, and its powertrain feels snappier and more refined.

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Rogue or 2016 Nissan Murano?

The Rogue's big brother the midsize 2016 Nissan Murano, solves some of the compact Rogue’s problems. First, the Murano comes with a V6 engine that delivers more power for overtaking and merging without dramatically curtailing your fuel economy. The Murano also has above-average reliability. While both have classy cabins, the Murano's seats are exceptionally comfortable (though there’s no available third row). It’s also much pricier. Its average list price is $6,500 more than the Rogue’s.

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2016 Rogue Performance

How Does the 2016 Nissan Rogue Drive?

The Rogue has a 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The powertrain is strong enough for driving around town, but it feels strained and underpowered when climbing hills or trying to overtake cars on the highway. Rivals – including the Subaru Forester – have available turbocharged engines for brisker acceleration, but that’s not the case with the 2016 Rogue. Still, the Rogue is a great pick for commuting, thanks in part to a suspension system tuned for comfort.

Does the 2016 Nissan Rogue Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Rogue has one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class: 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The 2016 Honda CR-V gets comparable gas mileage, while the Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester are both thirstier.

2016 Nissan Rogue Towing Capacity

The Rogue can tow up to 1,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2016 Rogue Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Rogue Seat?

In its standard configuration, the 2016 Rogue seats five people in two rows. An available third row increases seating capacity to seven. The Rogue and the Mitsubishi Outlander are the only compact SUVs that can carry this many people. You'll be comfortable and well-supported in the front seat of the Rogue, which provides plenty of head- and legroom to stretch out on longer trips. The second row can slide and recline to help back-seat passengers find a comfortable position or to increase cargo room behind the seats. The available third row, however, is cramped for all but pint-sized passengers.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Nissan Rogue?

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats and a third tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Rogue's LATCH system as Marginal – the second-lowest rating – for ease of use.

2016 Nissan Rogue Features

The 2016 Nissan Rogue’s cabin is high-quality and modern. Standard technology includes a rearview camera and Bluetooth. The available NissanConnect infotainment system is easy to use. It can integrate with your smartphone and internet connection to let you access apps like Facebook and TripAdvisor from the infotainment screen.

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2016 Nissan Rogue Dimensions

Nissan Rogue Cargo Space

There's 39.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the Rogue's second-row seats and 70 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Rogue can haul more than almost every rival (when the third row is not in use), and all 2-row models come with Nissan's Divide-N-Hide cargo system.

2016 Rogue Length and Weight

The Rogue is slightly more than 15 feet long. The base model with front-wheel drive has a base curb weight of 3,408 pounds, while an all-wheel-drive base model weighs in at 3,547 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Nissan Rogue Built?

Factories in Smyrna, Tennessee, and Busan, South Korea, assembled the 2016 Rogue.

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