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Hi everyone!

My husband's birthday is coming and I want to give him a present! I want to buy him a Nissan Armada or Rogue. I need the help of specialists or people who already own such cars.

P.S. I look forward to your answers
 

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I'm a former Nissan tech, so I might be able to help, but you are really comparing apples to oranges! It all depends what your husband plans to do with the vehicle. If he needs a lot of interior space and/or will need to tow and doesn't mind a vehicle that gets around 12-14 MPG, then the Armada would be the way to go. If he's never going to need to tow anything more than a small, U-Haul trailer, if he values comfort and efficiency over brute and brawn, then the Rogue would make more sense.
That said, the Rogue is a good vehicle, but, like many Nissan cars and SUVs, it has a CVT transmission. Nissan has had a sorted history with the CVT transmission. What I mean by "sorted" is that they initially had a lot of failures, but, over the years since it came out in 2003, they have improved it somewhat. That said, some people have good experiences with them and some have them fail and often at a mileage that one would expect that a transmission shouldn't be having problems. Nissan had still been releasing service bulletins regarding "fixes" for their CVT transmissions up to at least 2016 that I am aware of. When they do fail, most transmission shops won't want to repair them, rather, install a new or remanufactured unit costing around $3,000-3500 plus labor.
Unfortunately, CVT's aren't limited to just Nissan, but other manufacturers, as well. Me, personally, would prefer the Nissan Forester over the Rogue. While it does have a CVT, they seem to have fewer problems, the Forester has a better all-wheel drive system than the Rogue, is more comfortable, reliable and gets better gas mileage. The Mazda CX-5 also falls into this class, but does NOT have a CVT transmission but a conventional transmission. It handles better and is more fun to drive, but interior noise is a bit worse. The Forester and CX-5 both rank at the top of Consumer Reports rating in that class of vehicle.
 
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