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Nissan Rogue Remote Start: The Full Rundown

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We live in a world where convenience is everything. And rightly so – even after the year 2020, when the pace of life seemed to brake suddenly and leave skid marks on the pavement, we’re busier than ever, and it often feels like there’s not enough time in the day to get things done.

There’s no time to sleep, no time to eat, and certainly no time to let your car warm up on a chilly winter morning. Luckily, car manufacturers have found a way to swerve around that last point and give vehicle owners a few minutes of their life back.

Remote starts have been around for years, but since 2018 have quickly been moved from the nice-to-have list and into the necessities category. Nissan was one of the first car brands to offer remote start in their high-end vehicles, and today their most popular vehicles still sport this super-convenient feature. In this article we’ll go over everything there is to know about the Nissan Rogue remote start: how it works, the ups, the downs, and what you can do instead.

What Is Remote Start?

Remote start is a feature on many new cars that allows you to turn on, warm up, or cool off your vehicle from inside your home, across the parking lot, or from the office.

One of the major advantages of remote start is the ability to influence climate control within your car before you step into it. If your Rogue has been sitting in the sun, or if external temperatures are uncomfortably cold, remote start will get your vehicle going and, if you have automatic climate control, adjust AC or heater settings to make sure the inside of your vehicle is a comfortable experience. This also lets your engine get to temperature for maximum efficiency in colder weather.

Modern remote starts come as part of a larger connective system, enabling you to control things like climate, security, and other settings in addition to startup from an application on your phone. More traditional remote starts are operated via a button on your key fob and send radio signals to a receiver in your car to turn it on.


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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Nissan Rogue Remote Start

While not the first to introduce remote start into the global market, Nissan was still one of the early pioneers of the fob-based distance-ignition system, and their contemporary solution demonstrates the time and energy this manufacturer has put into perfecting remote start.

The Rogue rolled off the factory floor in 2007, the same year Nissan began introducing remote starts in its consumer vehicles. Early editions of the remote start system in Nissan vehicles had a frustrating glitch wherein the engine would shut off as soon as the driver opened the door.

This meant that, while your car might be warmed up, you still had to manually turn on the vehicle before you could drive, rendering remote start nearly pointless. This is a point which aftermarket remote start manufacturers are quick to call out. Nissan has of course addressed this issue in its more recent vehicles, whose remote starts continue to operate smoothly.


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To turn on your Nissan Rogue using your key fob, follow these steps:

  1. Push the lock button on your key fob.
  2. Within the next 5 seconds, push and hold the remote-start button for at least 2 full seconds.
  3. Your Nissan Rogue should now be on, and will continue to run for the next 10 minutes.

The Rogue also comes with a free trial of the more tech-savvy Nissan Connect system, which you will need to enroll in in order to use. This application was originally imagined as an infotainment system, and now includes such functions as remote start, remote locking/unlocking, and remote vehicle status updates. You can use NissanConnect to turn on your vehicle either from your smartphone, or using your voice to operate either Amazon Alexa or your Google assistant.

To connect your Rogue to the NissanConnect app, follow these steps:

  1. Download the NissanConnect app from the Apple store or Google Play.
  2. Login to your NissanConnect account, or create a new one if you are a first-time user.
  3. Enter your Rogue’s vehicle identification number into the app to begin the pairing process.
  4. Find the pairing code on your Rogue’s infotainment display.
  5. Enter the pairing code into your NissanConnect app.
  6. Activate connectivity.

And you’re done! You should now be able to remote start your car from your NissanConnect application.

Nissan Rogue Remote Start: The Downsides

The only major downside to the Nissan Rogue’s remote start is the expense. Once your NissanConnect trial has expired, you need to get a paid subscription in order to keep enjoying the service. This will cost Rogue owners 11.99 per month, or 24.99 per month if you decide to spring for Premium Plus.

And even getting access to remote start in the first place is going to cost you up front. Remote start is not a standard option on the base model Rogue S FWD, selling new for 25,850 dollars MSRP. To get remote start, you need to go for the upgraded Rogue SV FWD, which will have you spending 2,000 more for the extra features. Of course, the Rogue SV also has such upgraded features as standard driver assistance, advanced safety systems, and more which might make the added cost well worth it.


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Nissan Rogue Remote Start: Other Options

If your Nissan Rogue doesn’t already come equipped with remote start, consider purchasing one of the many plug-and-play aftermarket kits available at a range of different price points and functionalities. You can find very simple push-button designs, or get more complicated setups which come integrated as part of a larger security system. Because they come from specialist manufacturers, some of these setups have a much longer range than car brand remote start systems and will increase the distance at which you can successfully start your Rogue.

Alternatively, if you live in a colder climate and only need remote start to help your engine warm up, you can replace your normal oil with winter oil. Engine lubricants designed for optimum function in cold weather require less heat to reduce viscosity and will take less time to warm up on chilly mornings.

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