2022-2023 Nissan Rogue Gas Smell Problem

Class Action Investigation

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints that there is a smell of gas inside the cabin of the 2022-2023 Nissan Rogue as well as outside of the car. Vehicle owners are concerned about the health implications of breathing in gas fumes. Some are complaining about nausea, dizziness, and headaches. There are also fears that if this is a gas leak, there may be a serious fire risk.

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Is There a Problem with Gas Smells in the 2022-2023 Nissan Rogue?

Yes, there is a problem related to gas smells in the 2023 Nissan Rogue. This new model has created a stir amongst owners. Not for the usual reasons, but because of growing concern about gas smells in the cabin of the SUV and outside the vehicle. There are mixed responses from dealers, some of whom say there isn’t a problem. Others maintain that the SUV is under “engineering review” because of the problem.

Owners are becoming increasingly frustrated because of the problem and an inability to get answers from Nissan or its representatives.

Some have lodged complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while others have posted on Nissan Forums and other online platforms.

What Gas Smell Problems are 2022-2023 Rogue Owners Experiencing?

2023 Nissan Rogue owners are noticing a strong gas smell inside the cabin of their new SUVs as well as outside the vehicle. Many of them have taken their vehicles back to dealerships in an endeavor to get a solution to the problem. Concerns range from potential health issues to fears of what might happen if the smell is caused by a gas leak.

A major issue is that dealerships cannot diagnose the problem. Some are unable to even duplicate the problem. Some say categorically that there is no safety problem. Others maintain there is nothing they can do until Nissan either finds a fix or issues a recall.

A typical response is that it’s under what dealers refer to as an “engineering review.”

Complaints to the NHTSA

Eight 2023 Nissan Rogue owners filed complaints with the NHTSA between December 7, 2022, and January 24, 2023. Of these, six were about the gas smell.

An owner from Wisconsin states that while driving, the cabin of the SUV fills with a fuel odor that makes the driver and passengers nauseous. The only way to circumvent this is to put the vents on recirculate, but this fogs up the windows in winter and cold weather. Also, when parked in the garage, the gas smell fills that space with “an extremely strong fuel odor.” This particular Rogue has been with the dealer three times, but they aren’t able to reproduce or find the problem.

An owner from Missouri states that the strong gas smell inside and outside of the SUV, both after and while driving, causes dizziness, nausea, and headaches. An owner from Arizona says the only feedback he got from the dealer was that they couldn’t detect any leaks.

Echoing these complaints, an owner from Iowa says that this happens “whether the gas tank is full or nearly empty.” This Rogue is only two-months-old. “After starting the vehicle there can be a smell of gasoline in the passenger cabin for a little bit. Also, after parking (the) vehicle in (the) garage, and turning off (the) engine, the garage smells of gas.” This is not exhaust fumes,” the complaint says. “Sometimes it seems to be worse after driving in reverse. There is no sign of a liquid leak on the undercarriage or on the floor.”

Owners on Nissan Forums Getting Mixed Messages

There are several threads about the gas smell issue on the Nissan Forums site. Reports about dealer response range from not being able to smell anything to the typical feedback that they can’t do anything because it’s under engineering review. But there’s also a report that a dealership said an owner “had to be able to visually see (the) leak and not just smell gasoline for them to do more.” They also said it wasn’t a safety risk and the owner must wait “until Nissan issues a recall or figures out a fix for wherever the gas is leaking.”

Many of these owners have taken their vehicles back to their dealers two or three times with no diagnosis or resolution.

Reddit Complaint Details Medical Issues

An owner posting on Reddit states that her garage had a horrible smell of gas within weeks of buying the SUV. Then one evening, while she was sitting in traffic, the smell of gas got so intense in the car, “my eyes and throat started to burn.”

A mechanic told her that Nissan was aware of the issue. He said, “they check the cars and nothing pops up, and they send people home.”

Symptoms this owner describes include feeling light-headed, having a pounding headache, and feeling as if her eyes were “on fire.” She said she could smell the gas throughout the lower level of her house. She called the dealership and they collected the car. “The mechanic told me they could smell the fumes in my car after running it for 15 minutes but could not find an issue.”

A week later, she traded the SUV in for another 2023 Rouge. “They assured me this would not be an issue with my new car. Once it hit 1,000 miles the fumes came again. Each day it gets worse.” Her symptoms also got progressively worse. Not only did she feel light-headed while driving, but “all the lanes went blurry with my vision with my children in my car.”

When she described the experience to the Nissan manager, he made her feel as if she was “making up having any medical issues.” He said he couldn’t do anything to help her, reminding her that they had “lost money on me from the first car they took back.”

“I’m still getting consistent headaches from the car and I’m likely going to have to rent a vehicle. I am a 95 lb really healthy woman with no medical issues who all of a sudden is having constant headaches and burning eyes.”

Edmunds Complaints

A post on Edmunds warns prospective buyers of the 2023 Nissan Rogue. He states that he doesn’t recommend the SUV because of the “gas smell inside (the) cabin and outside of (the) car. The smell did not start right away but was noticeable after about 2,000 miles.”

When he took the SUV to a dealership, like so many others, he was told that the Rogue was under “engineering review.” The dealership said “they checked for gas leaks to make sure there was no safety problem, but that there was nothing else to do until Nissan issues a recall or figures out a fix for wherever the gas is leaking. I hope I can trust that my Rogue is actually safe while we wait on this fix.”

What Should You Do if Your Rogue is Experiencing Gas Smell Problems?

Lemberg Law is currently investigating problems concerning the gas smell experienced by owners of the 2022-2023 Nissan Rogue. If your 2022-2023 Rogue smells of gas, either inside the cabin or outside, or in areas where the vehicle is parked, you might want to consider becoming a class action plaintiff. If so, please call us or complete our case evaluation form.

You won’t have to pay legal costs because the law makes Nissan cover the costs in this sort of case.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 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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25 COMMENTS
  • BEN S

    I purchased a 2023 Nissan rogue in oct,20 2023. The vehicle has about 7500 miles today (Feb. 17,2024). I can no longer garage it b/c the odor of gasoline fills my garage and enters our living space. I now must keep the 2023 rogue outside all winter and regret purchasing this vehicle. I’ve emailed Nissan and our local dealer. Nissan does not respond my dealer service tech tells me they’ve not encountered this issue. I’m the first person to complain.

  • Leigh A

    I have a 2021 Nissan Rogue that I bought used last year. It had 32,000 miles. It started to have the same issues mentioned here. It didn’t start until the temperatures got colder and I used the heat. I notice it mainly when I’m sitting idle either in park or drive when I have the heat on. It is a very strong gasoline smell and seems unsafe.

  • Bonnie P

    I have No gas smells. I have a 2023 SL Rogue. My issue is with transmission. RPM rev up to 40+ while only going 15 mph. No increase in speed, just revving up RPM. It would happen starting from a stop until the other day as I was driving it happened. Just shifted to RPM revving with no speed increase. I shifted the car into neutral then back to drive which took care of issue.
    I took it to Dealership, reported the problem on three different occasions. I was told they could not duplicate the issue. There was no recall. Now What?

  • bikram m

    I have same issue rogue 2023 I hope they can fix

  • Janet H

    Bought our Rogue in Dec 2022. Brand new car and the cabin stench can get so strong that we drive with the windows open, even in the rain! Like others we get a very strong smell in the garage too. If you put your face near the seam on the hood the smell is super strong. I also noticed that 1 1/2 hours after parking the car on a cool day, in a cool indoor parking garage, the car still smelled and the hood and side panel were still quite hot (seems odd to me on a cool day, in cool place, after such a long time, but I am not a mechanic). We took it in to the Nissan shop and they say there is nothing wrong. After making a fuss they offered to appraise it and we can trade it in (our loss, no thanks). We live in Canada and apparently it is affecting a higher percentage of cars here. Absolutely appalling that they know about this issue and are still selling the cars, offering no remedy to existing owners, and deceptively letting their customers carry all the burdens (financial, health, and mental frustration). Driving our Nissan Rogue means sore throats for me from the fumes, and unwanted rain and pollen in the car from the open windows. We feel cheated, angry and helpless.

  • John H

    I own a from new 2023 Nissan Rogue and have the gas smell both inside and outside the cabin. I took it to the dealer and was told Nissan is aware of the issue and there’s nothing they can do. I’m sitting in the vehicle now after a short drive waiting for a doctors appointment and am getting nauseous from the smell.

  • Gabriel M

    This is happening to Mitsubishi Outlander too (they are the same car with mainly exterior changes), mine is a 2023 and 1200 miles. Very strong gas odor, the odor stays on our clothes and our skin after we get out of the car.

  • Amy B

    I bought a 2022 with 11 miles on it back in May 2022. I noticed the garage started smelling of gas before it reached 10k. I smell this daily have had to park outside because I’m afraid it will start on fire in garage. I have contacted dealership I purchased from and they can’t find anything wrong it. I’m so frustrated with this issue. 😫

  • Stephanie M

    I have 3700 miles on my new 2023 Rogue and a couple of days ago I was waiting on my kid and I smelled fumes inside my vehicle. I rolled the window down to see if it was an outside smell but it wasn’t. Someone walked up to my car to talk to me and smelled the fumes. I haven’t taken the vehicle back yet but I am and I hope they acknowledge the problem. What’s interesting is seemingly Nissan has received these complaints and yet they are still selling these vehicles.

  • Edison P

    I have a 2023 Rogue platinum 9000 miles the fuel smell is unbearable at times, specially if you have to drive slow in the city or when the car is parked, I feel a burning sensation in my eyes and nausea at the end of a long drive, when the car is parked you can smell the fuel around it, one day was so strong that I had to look under the car to see if it was a fuel leak but it wasn’t, I love this car but at the same time I’m worried about my health, I drive a lot for work so is just a matter of time until it will be harmful to be exposed to this fumes.

  • Jerry V

    I have a 2022 Nissan Rogue. Same issue with the gas smell. My wife actually had severe head aches for months, went to the doctor had several tests completed that showed nothing. 5 weeks without the car and she has been headache free for this period. HMM. Now Nissan is repurchasing the car. Their hired Arbitration specialist says the offer they supplied is not negotiable. They did not take into account lost time from work for dealership visits, doctor visits, or the fact that our fuel consumption is now increased due to driving a F250 vs. a Rogue (that we purchased for fuel economy). HMM.
    I hope no one get sick behind the wheel and has an accident. I think NIssan should stop selling and repurchase all of the newer Nissan Rogues!

  • Matt

    Your only option is to hire an attorney to file a lemon law claim in your state. I have a 2022 Rogue and it has the horrible gas smell inside and out if it’s warmed up. It’s not an external leak, pull the dipstick and smell it. It wreaks of gas! The engine is materially flawed and it’s letting fuel past the piston rings and saturate the oil. The gas smell you get is the hot oil sitting in the turbo bearings, the oil pan, and literally everywhere the oil is. Nissan consumer affairs assigned me a rep immediately, then I waited a week to hear anything and sure enough, sorry sir you’ll be receiving a letter in the mail explaining why you don’t meet the criteria for a buy back. I asked, what’s the reason, just tell me. It has been decided that your vehicle doesn’t meet our requirements at this time for buyback. I said, well that’s not up to you and our state lemon law will be the one to decide that, not Nissan. She acted all insulted and they sent me a letter of where my attorney could send a letter of representation. As though, the only way they will take you seriously is to sue them. I did.

    I will never buy a Nissan again, and I will make it a personal mission to talk anyone I know out of one for this lack of integrity. You build a garbage product, you are aware of the issue, and you stick the customer with problem with zero solution other than to sue them to be made whole.

  • Michael

    I have the same issue 2022 Nissan Rogue SV.

  • Dan W

    Email response from Nissan Consumer Affairs today:

    “Thank you for contacting Nissan North America regarding your fuel odor concern with your 2022 Nissan Rogue. We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may have caused you.

    On some Model Year 2022 and newer Nissan Rogue vehicles equipped with 3-cylinder engine, an odor of gasoline may be noticed in and/or around the vehicle , despite no Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), or Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTCs) recorded, or evidence of fuel leak. We understand your concern that your vehicle may exhibit this odor. Nissan is currently investigating this issue when there are no problems found – for example, the odor you are detecting may be due to winter blended fuel purchased beginning as early as September. More information will be available when the Nissan investigation is complete. If you should experience future MIL illumination or fuel leak concerns, we recommend that you take your vehicle to an authorized Nissan dealer for further diagnosis.”

  • Jodi H

    I have this problem as well! When I park in the garage it smells like someone has spilled gas. It is not a mild scent. I don’t see signs of a leak on the floor. The dealership says there is nothing to fix at this time and that Nissan is investigating. They also said Nissan suggests that it is because of the winterized gas that is sold right now. This response is ludicrous to me because other makes and models ( including the 2019 Nissan Rogue I just sold) are not having this issue with that same gas. I otherwise really love this car, but I’m not cool with just letting this ride. (I’m not exactly sure what I’m rating with the stars. This article or the car?)

  • Marty

    My 2022 SL also smells like gas, dealer says they can’t find anything wrong and supposedly Nissan is looking into it, sounds pretty shady to me.

  • FRANCK

    hello all, thanks for your feedback, just one question are all impacted rogue with 1.5 L turbo or is there any reference of 2021 rogue onwards with 2.5 L engine with a case of gas smell?

  • Lynn S

    I have the same problem with my 2022 Nissan rogue. I filed a complaint with Nissan and requested them to buy back the car as it was in for this problem 4 times and the dealer said they couldn’t fix it. After their review the regional rep, Steven, told me it didn’t meet criteria for a buy back, if it got worse I could bring it back to dealer to be checked but otherwise nothing. My gasoline smell started in Sept and has continued to get worse. Very strong gas smell, Not exhaust, whenever the car is parked.comes into the house, and into the cab of the car when it’s restarted. 2 days ago I was stopped at a traffic light, and the smell came into the cab. The engine was running, not off.

  • Victor

    I have a 2022 nissan rogue platinum. It also experiencing gas fume odors when first parked. Now it’s starting to smell inside the car with heater on. So it tells me it’s coming from the engine compartment
    No visible gas leaks but air intake smell of over abundance of gas fumes which I’ve not smelled in other manufacturers pre throttle body assembly. So my question is with the variable compression turbo is it adjusting the fuel ratio correctly. There should be a way to check this. Also why is there a breather hole in the bottom of the air box on top of the motor between air filter and throttle body. Why?

  • Gabriel E

    Just bought a certified pre owned and have the same issue. This does not appear to be an isolated issue.

  • Karen C

    I too have this Raw Gas Smell on my 2023 Rogue Midnight Edition
    . It started around 1650 miles and initially I thought possibly it was the outside elements. However after a 2 nd and then a third time, I called the dealer and the technician was about to confirm the Raw Gas Smell.

    My Rogue spent 3 weeks at the dealer and after various tests and their ability to duplicate No repair was made.

    I initially picked it up and never made it all the way before the cabin filled with raw gas. I called the dealer and advised I was bringing it back until they figure it out
    I suggested let’s start with a process of elimination on changing O Rings or Hoses. The technician advised since it is under engineer review they can not make any changes.
    This is a newly designed engine that made it into the late 2022 models and the 2023 models After poking and just throwing questions out, I was advised it was prevalent in colder weather, my Rogue was the first in Upstate NY with several more to follow over this past month.

    I too filed a claim w Nissan and no additional information or resolve from Nissan. My dealer has provided me with a curtesy car and not sure if that is because my Rogue is a purchase w the platinum maintenance plan.

    Although NYS has a lemon law there are several required milestones before one can file it, I too have considered filing with the Highway Traffic Safety Commission, I am hoping Nissan and/ or my dealer will do the right thing and refund my purchase.

  • Kim

    I have a 22 with the same issue, getting no help from the dealerships or Nissan customer service. Under 3000 miles and 2.5 yrs left on the lease. Wondering if this case would include the 2022 model.

  • Jason M

    This is the same for my 2023 Rogue. Its been to the dealer 3 times and apparently it has been under engineering review for about 3 months now without any update. 1 more visit to the dealer for this issue and I can file a lemon law claim per Wisconsin’s Lemon Law. I love the vehicle but the fuel smell is not tolerable.

  • Austin

    This is for 2022’s as well! Mine is in the shop now and has been in once before for the gas fumes!!

  • Jeff B

    I have a 2023 Nissan Rogue Platinum model.
    It’s a beautiful vehicle. I had to order it six months early.
    The problem is the gasoline odor that fills my garage and leaks into the house. It’s awful. I can no longer park inside my garage which is really wonderful here in Michigan in the winter.
    There is also a strong oder when driving the car. I have partially open two windows to get the smell out of the car. It’s so strong at times that it causes a headache or nausea.
    I’ve talked to the dealership and they can do nothing.
    I called Nissan customer service and they gave me a case number. I received an email from Nissan telling me that my case was closed after they had followed up with me. They never did!
    This is all very frustrating. I have purchased and leased five Nissan Rogues for myself and family members since 2020 and this is how they treat a loyal customer.

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