2022 Nissan Rogue Problems and Top Complaints

A look at the 2022 Nissan Rogue and the issues that impacted last year's model

The Rogue SUV has been a top-seller for Nissan since its launch in 2007.

In 2021, the company launched what they called “an all-new Rogue” that was designed to deliver high quality through technology, safety, and design. Without making many changes, they set out to make the 2022 model more fuel-efficient, more powerful, and more fun to drive.

But what about all the issues that emerged in the 2021 model? The new engine design and upgraded powertrain are the only indications of changes in the 2022 model that relate to these.

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What’s New for 2022?

After a major makeover in 2020, the 2022 Nissan Rogue SUV looks much the same as its predecessor, inside and out. But when you lift the hood or take it on the road, those who have done test drives say that you’ll see and feel the difference new engine design and transmission brings.

In a media release issued in November 2021, Nissan specifies what’s new:

  • All-new 1,5-liter VC-turbo engine
  • A new powertrain that increases horsepower by 11% and torque by 24%
  • New generation Xtronic transmission

The result is increased acceleration, improved fuel economy, and decreased emissions.

2022 Nissan Rogue Fuel Economy & Specs

There is only one engine/transmission combination for the 2022 Nissan Rogue. But it’s a new 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder version of the mechanical VC-Turbo direct gasoline injected engine that links to a new Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

For a non-hybrid, compact SUV, there is little doubt that fuel economy will be excellent. But there were fuel system issues with the 2021 model. We don’t know if these will recur in the 2022 model.

What Technology does the 2022 Nissan Rogue Have?

The more you pay the more you get, but tech features include an 8-inch, NissanConnect touch-screen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that comes standard. The Rogue Platinum offers wireless AppleCarPlay as well as wireless smartphone charging, and a premium Bose audio system.

From the SV up, you get an 8-way power driver seat that features power lumbar adjustment as well as ProPilot Assist. The Platinum model has ProPilot Assist with Navi-Link that can adjust the speed of the vehicle based on map data, like a bend in the road.

The SL and Platinum have a power front passenger seat, a memory for the driver’s seat and position of the steering wheel, a hands-free power liftgate, tri-zone climate control, and a 360-degree camera.

The Platinum has a 10.8-inch head-up display and a 12.3-inch digital gauge package.

What are the Trim Packages for the 2022 Rogue?

There are three trim levels, the Rogue SV, Rouge SL, and top-of-the-line Rogue Platinum, each of which has its standard features. The SV and SL packages offer premium upgrades that have additional features from the SL and Platinum packages respectively.

Some of the standard features include:

  • Base level Rogue S – LED headlights and taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and the Safety Shield 360-degree safety suite. Comfortable, zero-gravity seats that offer good support.
  • SV – 18-inch alloy wheels, and a panoramic moonroof that seems to float.
  • SL – Leather interior trim and 19-inch alloy wheels.
  • Platinum – Seats are upholstered with diamond-quilted semi-aniline leather.

How Much does the 2022 Nissan Rogue Cost?

The starting manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the front-wheel drive (FWD) vs the slightly more expensive all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles are:

  • Rogue S – $26,700 & $28,200
  • SV – $28,390 & $29,890
  • SL – $33,050 & $34,550
  • Platinum – $36,480 & $37,980

As you can see, adding all-wheel drive to any of these trim levels adds $1,500. Also, all these prices exclude the $1,175 destination charge, which is nearly double that of last year’s model.

Common Problems from Last Year’s Model

We looked at the most common issues consumers complained about in our article 2021 Nissan Rogue Problems and Top Complaints. These are wide-ranging, from defective engines and malfunctioning electrical systems, faulty fuel systems, failing powertrains, and even issues relating to complaints about the poorly-built structure and incorrect assembly.

The article quotes several reviews on Edmunds. Overall, to date, reviewers give the 2021 Nissan Rogue only 3.3 out of 5 stars.

Despite an overall safety rating of 4 out of 5 by the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the Nissan Rogue 2021, complaints and recalls have been significant.

NHTSA reports handling 32 complaints about this model Nissan Rogue. There have been five recalls that could affect more than 88,000 vehicles.

Complaints About the 2021 Nissan Rogue:

Complaints to the NHTSA related to 19 different issues, some of which resulted in recalls (see below). They were:

  • Air bags
  • Backover prevention
  • Electrical system
  • Engine
  • Engine and engine cooling
  • Exterior lighting
  • Forward collision avoidance
  • Fuel system, gasoline
  • Fuel/propulsion system
  • Lane departure
  • Powertrain
  • Seat belts
  • Seats
  • Service brakes
  • Steering
  • Structure
  • Suspension
  • Vehicle speed control
  • Unknown/other, including air-conditioning, A-pillar water leaks, cornering issues, vibrating bumpers, rattling noises, and faulty transmissions

Motoring journalists trying out the 2021 Nissan Rogue also noted that while it was technically a crossover, it had a below-average towing capacity of 1,350 lbs. Some criticized the inadequacy of the 181-hp 2.5-liter 1-4 engine for towing.

The NHTSA reports indicate that two people were involved in an accident caused by a faulty electrical system and malfunctioning brakes, and one person was injured because of lane departure and forward collision avoidance issues that caused a crash.

Recalls of the Nissan Rogue During 2021

According to NHTSA, the recalls relate to these components:

  • Fuel system, gasoline
  • Child seat
  • Seats
  • Service brakes, hydraulic
  • Wheels

In all cases, vehicle owners were, or will be, told to contact their dealers whom Nissan has instructed to replace faulty parts free of charge.

Fuel Pump May Overheat – 9 December 2021

This is the most recent recall and it potentially affects 24,793 vehicles. According to NHTSA, the fuel pump failure is caused by abnormal wear within the fuel pump that may cause it to overheat and fail. It can also cause an engine stall which increases the risk of a crash.

Letters informing 2021 Nissan Rogue owners of the potential failure will be mailed in late January 2022.

Fuel Hose May Disconnect From Fuel Tank – 11 February 2021

The first recall of this Nissan Rogue model was due to the possibility of fuel hoses leaking or disconnecting completely. Leaks can cause a fire, while disconnection can cause the engine to stall and increase the risk of a crash.

The recall of 2,150 vehicles began in March 2021, and owners were advised to take their vehicles to dealers so they could check that:

  1. The fuel hose was secured in the proper position
  2. The fuel tank lock ring was fully seated

Second-Row Seatback Improperly Welded – 24 June 2021

The reason for this recall is that second-row upper tether wires may not have been correctly welded to the seatback frame of 2021 models. This means that affected vehicles will not comply with the child restraint anchorage systems requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

This manufacturing fault can prevent child seats from being securely anchored. The implications of this are that the child seat may move if the vehicle stops suddenly or is in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

As many as 47,098 vehicles may be affected. Letters were mailed on 30 July 2021 telling owners that dealers have been told to inspect the second-row seatback and replace them if they are improperly welded.

Missing Internal Bushing in Brake Caliper – 22 April 2021

Nissan discovered that the rear left and/or right brake caliper assemblies may be missing an internal bushing on as many as 14,054 vehicles. This fault will allow the O-ring to move, which will cause brake fluid to leak, reducing braking performance.

Because this can increase the risk of a crash, all potentially affected vehicles were recalled in June 2021.

Incorrect Wheel Nuts May Cause wheel Separation – 17 March, 2021

While a Nissan assessment indicates only up to 21 vehicles may be affected, the recall began in May 2021. Their concern is that if the incorrect wheel nuts are installed they may come loose and cause wheel vibration. The danger is that wheel vibration can break the wheel studs and result in the wheel assembly separating from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
<h2″>What to Expect From Your 2022 Nissan Rogue – Will You Buy a Lemon?

Nobody can foresee how many lemons will roll off the Tennessee assembly line, and exactly what problems they will have. But it’s inevitable there will be lemons for sale.

Many of the complaints about the 2021 model can be seen to be recurring from 2020, including faulty electrical systems, troublesome structures, malfunctioning powertrains, and dangerous service brakes.

So far, Nissan hasn’t eliminated areas of concern. For instance, service brakes and defective vehicle speed control issues were common in 2019, and forward collision avoidance and electrics issues were common in 2018.

If you do buy a lemon, remember that Lemberg Law can help you get a replacement vehicle, buy it back, or refund your money. You’ll be fully covered because the law makes Nissan pay the legal fees.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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