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2018 Nissan Rogue Problems – Is The 2018 Nissan Rogue A Good Car?!

2018 Nissan Rogue Problems

Most reported 2018 Nissan Rogue problems were related to the brakes, interior, electrical problems, AC and heating system, drivetrain, and others. Interestingly, almost all reported problems were about relatively new vehicles, less than 10,000 miles. 

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To get the most information about the vehicle's mechanical problems, it's recommended that you listen to current and previous owners. Many online resources allow vehicle owners to report any mechanical problem they face about their vehicles during their lifetime. 

For instance, the 2018 Nissan Rogue received a total of 36 complaints to carcomplaits.com, 709 reported reviews and complaints to vehiclehistory.com, and 76 reported reviews and complaints to Edmunds.com

The goal of this article to assist new shoppers make an informed decision about whether to buy the 2018 Nissan Rogue or not. The article also helps current owners predict the type of mechanical problems they will face during the lifetime of their vehicles.

In this article, we first start with a quick overview of the 2018 Nissan Rogue vehicle characteristics focusing on the great features of the vehicle. Then, we move to a detailed summary of the most reported complaints, including the complaint category, suggested repair options and repair costs, and the mileage at which the problem occurred. 

2018 Nissan Rogue Description


According to cars.usnews.com, the 2018 Nissan Rogue was ranked as one of the top 2018 Affordable Compact SUVs, 2018 Affordable SUVs with 2 Rows, 2018 Affordable Crossover SUVs, Used Compact SUVs $15K to $20K, Used SUVs with 2 Rows $15K to $20K, and Used Crossover SUVs $15K to $20K.

The vehicle was featured for the elegant high-end interior, the great cargo space, the long list of safety features in the base model, the high gas mileage. The 2018 Nissan Rogue seats up to five passengers, gets from 25 to 26 miles per gallon on city roads, and 32 to 33 miles per gallon on the highways. The vehicle comes with either a front-wheel-drive or an all-wheel-drive and gets up to 170 or horsepower.

The 2018 Nissan Rogue comes with a 2.5 L four-cylinder engine that is associated with a continuous variable transmission. The vehicle has a towing capacity of 1,102 lbs and a fuel tank capacity of 14.5 gallons.

Some of the new upgrades in this model year include the installation of the ProPilot driver assistance, the Apple CarPlay, and the Android Auto, and they removed the third row from this vehicle. 

One of the cool features of the 2018 Nissan Rogue is the automatic emergency braking system (AEB). This system assists the driver in detecting any chance for a crash to help minimize crashes on the roads. There are two types of AEB systems, one for low speeds and the other for high speeds. The feature was not new in the 2018 model year, Nissan also added it to the 2017 model year. 

According to Kelly Blue Book, the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 2018 Nissan Rogue is $20,800, and the higher trims can get up to $25,000.

2018 Nissan Rogue Problems 

In this section, we provide a summary of the most reported problems about the 2018 Nissan Rogue Problems. Most reported complaints about this vehicle to have to do with either the brakes, the interior, the electrical system, the AC and heating system, the drivetrain, the engine, and others.


  • 2018 Nissan Rogue brakes problems



The most-reported complaint about the 2018 Nissan Rogue has to do with the brakes, according to almost 20 reported complaints from current and previous owners. The problems were mostly related to issues with braking while driving, problems with the AEB system, and ABS malfunction.

More than ten owners reported that the automatic brake system would start on its own without any warning signs, and despite that, no one was driving around them. The dealerships mentioned to them that the problem is very common with the 2018 Nissan Rogue, and no clear repair is available. This problem occurred mostly at vehicles around 15,000 miles. 

Five other owners reported significant AEB system problems with their relatively new vehicles. These owners were told that the problem could be repaired by doing a software update or recalibrating the AEB system; however, the problem was not resolved. AEB issue occurred at vehicles around 4,400 miles, and no information was reported about successful repair options or repair costs.

The last reported problem in this category was related to issues with the ABS in a 50 miles vehicle. The owner mentioned that he did not get the chance even to drive the vehicle long as several warning problems occurred, including the auto-braking system functioning without intention. The complaint did not include information about repair options or repair costs as the owner returned it directly to Nissan the same day. 


  • 2018 Nissan Rogue interior problems



The second most reported problem with this vehicle is related to the interior, with about 20 complaints from several owners. Interior problems were either related to the navigation system, the heated seats, or the radio.

About five owners of relatively new vehicles reported issues with the navigation system not functioning properly. For example, one owner mentioned that the navigation system asked him to turn right, then he hit a bump; after that, the navigation system corrected itself. This problem was described as very severe and could lead to safety issues. The owners did not report information about repair options or repair costs. However, they indicated that the problem occurred at vehicles around 700 miles. 

Other owners reported issues with the heated seats not functioning. One of the owners mentioned that his car was eight weeks old, and it spent four of them in the dealership. The problem occurred mostly at vehicles around 100 miles. 

The last problem we would like to high light here is related to the radio. At least one owner mentioned that his radio would turn on on its own, and he couldn't control the issue. The problem did not only occur one time, but it occurred almost every day.


  • 2018 Nissan Rogue electrical system problems



2018 Nissan Rogue electrical system problems did not occur that often. Only two complaints were reported about the dead battery and issues with the vehicle shut down.

An owner of a 3,400 miles vehicle had frequent issues with the dead battery; he mentioned that he had to keep a jumper in the vehicle almost every day. The problem occurred despite that the vehicle is new and despite the continuous regular maintenance.

Lastly, one owner reported that his 20,00 miles 2018 Nissan Rogue would stop in the middle of the traffic without any warning signs or reasons, not only one time but two times in the same month. The sudden stop was almost going to put his life at risk, but luckily, the traffic was not bad, and the cars were not driving at high speed. The owner did not find a clear solution to the problem and had to trade it in immediately. 


  • 2018 Nissan Rogue AC and heating system problems



2018 Nissan Rogue AC and heating problems were not reported as often. Only one owner mentioned issues with the heater not working. The problem occurred at a relatively new vehicle and required the owner to drive the car in the middle of the winter without a heater. This issue occurred at a vehicle around 18,000 miles. 


  • 2018 Nissan Rogue drivetrain problems



Drivetrain problems were also reported only one time about this vehicle. One owner had issues with vehicle clunking when he drives at low speeds. The vehicle was at about 42,000 miles, and the clunking was described as very significant. 


  • 2018 Nissan Rogue engine problems



Engine problems are the worst type of problems any driver would like to deal with. This is because they usually require high repair costs and a certain level of mechanical skillset that makes it super hard to DIY.

Luckily, only one complaint was reported about issues with the 2018 Nissan Rogue engine. This problem was related to issues with the low oil check light. The problem occurred at an 11,500 miles vehicle.


  • 2018 Nissan Rogue transmission problems



Like engine problems, transmission problems also require very high repair costs and are considered very significant. Transmission problems were reported only one time about the 2018 Nissan Rogue too. The problem had to do with a complete engine failure at a 43,000 miles vehicle. Transmission failure occurred without any warning signs and despite the regular maintenance for this vehicle. The driver had to pay about $3,440 to replace the failed part, and the problem was described as “Pretty Bad.”


  • 2018 Nissan Rogue Windows problems



Windows problems were also reported one time about the 2018 Nissan Rogue. The problem indicated cracks in the driver's side window without a clear reason. Cracked window issue occurred at a vehicle with only 200 miles. To get the problem resolved, the driver had to replace the cracked window. No information was provided about repair costs, probably because the vehicle was still under warranty.

Is the 2018 Nissan Rogue a reliable car?


According to J.D. Power, the 2018 Nissan Rogue received a score of 3.5 out of five. Some of Nissan's models between 2018-2019 were recalled, however. 


2018 Nissan Rogue Reviews – What do 2018 Nissan Rogue owners say about their car?


In this section, we included information about what current owners think of the 2018 Nissan Rogue.  


  • 2018 Nissan Rogue owner one



The first owner reported a problem to carcomplaints.com: “While driving home on Friday, April 12, 2019, on the highway at 60 mph, it suddenly braked for no reason. There was nothing in the roadway, I didn't run over anything, the road was clear. The weather was clear. I immediately got off the highway and went directly to the Nissan dealership service department. I explained what happened and the service person (a man, of course) didn't understand, told me I probably ran over something in the roadway, like it was my fault. I said I didn't run over anything and there was nothing in the road. He drove it around the lot and came back and told me that it didn't do anything, he checked the camera function and said everything looked like it was working and said there wasn't anything to do because it didn't do it while he drove it. He went to talk to his manager who told him that his Rogue did it occasionally, too. I said this is not normal and it is dangerous. He said he couldn't help. Even though I was scared to drive my car again not knowing what was happening, I decided to see if it happened again (maybe it was just a fluky thing). On the way home from the dealership, it happened AGAIN! I called as soon as I got home and told the same guy that it happened again, and he got surly and said the only thing he could do would be to have another service person check the cameras if I would be there at 8:00 am-sharp the following Monday. So I will take it in Monday and wait for them to check the cameras (if that is even the problem) because he couldn't give me a loaner to drive to work. His attitude towards me and the whole incident was totally uncalled for. Suddenly, I have lost trust in my Rogue and Nissan. I may go to Chevy and trade it in!!!”


  • 2018 Nissan Rogue owner two



The second owner reported a problem to Edmunds.com: “My brand new 2018 Rogue automatic emergency braking system indicator flashed unnecessarily since the day I pick up the car.   The automatic emergency braking system activated for no reason when it  stopped the vehicle in the middle of a left turn with nothing in front of it but cars behind it that needed to turn into oncoming traffic to avoid rear ending my vehicle. I brought my car in for service after this incident and the dealership did not know how to fix it so they gave me a rental car while they waited for Nissan Corporate to tell them how to fix the problem.  That was 4 weeks ago and Nissan Corporate in Tennessee informed me that the investigation will take another 4 weeks.  I only drove the car for 700 miles and haven't seen it since.  I feel that Nissan should acknowledge this dangerous safety  issue and acknowledge that they are clueless on how to repair my vehicle and let me out of this lease.  I have totally lost faith in this brand and I do not trust the so called safety features that Nissan is not standing behind.  Nissan Corporate quoted that they are only following my states lemon law which is not true because the law states that the car must be repair three times with the same issue and they don't even know how to fix it so that makes the lemon law not apply to this situation.”


  • 2018 Nissan Rogue owner three



The third owner reported a problem to vehiclehistory.com: “Radio/ Navigation system died at 200 miles, right after purchasing.Replaced at dealership.Nine months later it started having issues again. Saving data for proof. Brand new loaner car had same issues. Door locks work about 50% of the time. Started within 4 weeks of purchase. purchase. Was told to log when and where it happened. Possible radio frequency. In 2 states?? Logged info for 10 months and was told it could be low battery in remote. Why not check that 10 months ago? Will see what happens within next few days. Heated seat did not work upon purchase either. Had a bad coil. I would not buy another Nissan”



2018 marks the 11th generation of the Nissan Rogue. After the 2013 worst model year with the highest total number of reported complaints of 177, Nissan Rogue did a great job in reducing the number of complaints year by year to get to the 36 complaints by 2018. 

Most reported complaints about the 2018 Nissan Rogue were related to the brakes, interior and accessories, electrical system, AC and heating system, drivetrain system, engine, and transmission. Luckily, there was only one reported complaint about the engine, and one reported a complaint about the transmission. This indicates great progress from Nissan Rogue when it is compared to the 84 reported transmission problems in 2013. 

Interestingly, the majority of reported complaints about the 2018 model year occurred mostly at vehicles less than 10,000 miles. This could mean that mechanical issues occur only when the vehicle is just new, and things flatten out as the vehicle gets older. Or it could mean that owners of older vehicles did not report complaints to these online resources we've reviewed. 

With this information in mind, new shoppers should be ready to deal with mechanical issues right after they purchase the vehicle. It is good to note, however, that most reported complaints were usually covered under warranty. So, as a new shopper, if you decided that the 2018 Nissan Rogue is your vehicle of choice, it is recommended that you keep an eye about any of the mentioned mechanical problems above. If you came across one, take your vehicle to the dealership right away and make sure it is fixed and covered under warranty.

For current owners, if now you have a good understanding that mechanical problems were not reported in older vehicles. Thus, if you passed the 40,000 miles or so, you shouldn't be dealing with many mechanical issues. Now, this is not guaranteed since mechanical issues sometimes arise depending on your driving style and driving environment. 

If for some reason, you got to a point where repair costs are getting close to the actual worth of your vehicle, it is recommended that you get rid of this vehicle. Luckily, we can assist you here!

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