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Nissan is assertive to claiming a brace of America’s bestselling cartage back the new 2021 Rogue bunched SUV arrives in dealerships in October.

The Rogue’s already a big accord player. The old archetypal is apparently the No. 3 non-pickup in the country, although it’s absurd to be abiding because Nissan insists on counting sales of the Rogue and the smaller, beneath big-ticket Rogue Sport as a distinct vehicle.

Corporate sales calculation escapade aside, the new 2021 no-adjective Rogue is abreast to be a hit, one of the bestselling bunched SUVs in the country.

Value, looks and amplitude accomplish the 2021 Rogue alike added aggressive with the class-leading Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, both of which are accepting on a bit in age.

The Rogue’s added key competitors accommodate the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, both of which accept new models debuting shortly; Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape and VW Tiguan. The antagonism is acute because the about authentic bunched SUV chic has become one of America’s bestsellers as buyers move abroad from sedans.

The Rogue is the aboriginal Nissan agent based on a new belvedere developed by the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance, an automaking behemothic that appears to be on all-a-quiver arena as Renault and Nissan altercation over ascendancy in the deathwatch of the arrest in Japan and consecutive escape to Lebanon of longtime top dog Carlos Ghosn.

If the accord crumbles, buyers will be amid the losers. The ’21 Rogue is the latest in a band of accomplished cartage that were acceptable bigger than any of the three automakers would accept created on their own.

The 2021 Rogue is about the aforementioned admeasurement as its predecessor, but offers added rear arch allowance and burden space. Those acceptable improvements owe to a new rear abeyance that enabled a lower attic and a squared-off anatomy architecture that created a bigger auto aperture to amount ample objects. Rear leg allowance is fine, too.

The autogenous was quiet, with acceptable headroom, an all-around bin in the centermost animate and accessible to use controls.

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I activated a top-of-the-line, all-wheel drive Platinum archetypal with the best autogenous trim and features, including architecture checky semi-aniline covering upholstery. The gauges were awfully legible, acknowledgment to brittle agenda projections of analog instruments. The affectation is configurable, if dials and pointers aren’t your thing.

The council in the preproduction archetypal I collection was aciculate and accurately weighted, activity almighty absolute for this chic of vehicle. The suspension, which includes a new six-point multilink rear, kept the Rogue collapsed and stable, with around no anatomy cycle as I angled arched country roads faster than best bunched SUV owners apparently will.

The Rogue’s 2.5L four-cylinder agent uses beneath technology than the abate turbos best competitors offer, but dispatch was adequate. The agent produces 181 application and, coincidentally, 181 pound-feet of torque.

Nissan’s adherence to continuously capricious automated transmissions continues to pay off in the Rogue.

The CVT operates unobtrusively and delivers acceptable acceleration.

Official EPA ammunition abridgement projections are not available, but Nissan’s estimates are bashful abundant that I’m not absorbed to agnosticism them: the aggregation projects the AWD Platinum I activated will account 25 mpg in the city, 32 on the artery and 28 combined. The key accumulated amount trails the CR-V and RAV4’s EPA ratings hardly and matches the Escape. It’s consistently a bit of a disappointment back a new agent doesn’t accession the bar for ammunition abridgement in its class.

The abridgement of a amalgam archetypal is a abstruse omission. Nissan and Renault accept both approved to position themselves leaders in electrification, but not with the alliance’s bestselling agent in North America.

Nissan’s advantageous ProPilot Abetment active assistant, which can handle abundant of the steering, braking and accelerating on highways back adaptive cruise ascendancy is engaged, got a brace of tweaks that will be acceptable on continued hauls.

It’s important not to abash ProPilot Abetment with hands-free driving. Only Cadillac’s cher Super Cruise offers that on any accepted vehicles.

Nissan developed a new shifter that debuts on the 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum

It does, however, accomplish artery active easier by managing speed, afterward ambit and befitting the agent centered in its lane beneath accustomed altitude — as continued as the disciplinarian has a duke on the council wheel. I begin the aboriginal bearing of ProPilot advantageous on continued artery runs.

The new function, alleged Navi-link, gets advice from the aeronautics arrangement and GPS to acclimatize acceleration for accessible curves and ramps. Nissan says that will let drivers use ProPilot more.

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The ’21 Rogue’s administration is constant with the old model, but adds brittle new curve to go with its added cocked abandon and squared-off tail. Key architecture elements accommodate the actualization of a “floating” roof acknowledgment to atramentous pillars, LED signature lights and a arresting new estimation of Nissan’s “double-V” grille.

Prices for the 2021 Rogue alpha at $25,650 for a abject front-wheel-drive model. All-wheel-drive Rogues alpha at $27,050. The top model, the all-wheel-drive Platinum I drove, was abundantly able and stickered at $36,830.

Across the archetypal line, Rogues action acceptable amount against competitors like the RAV4 and CR-V. All prices exclude destination charges.

Standard actualization on 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum:

Base price: $25,650

As tested: $36,830 (excluding destination charges)

Model tested: All-wheel drive Rogue Platinum

On auction in U.S. October 2020

Engine: 2.5L 4-cylinder

Output: 181 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 181 pound-feet of torque @3,600 rpm

Transmission: Continuously capricious automatic

EPA ammunition abridgement projection: Not available

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Wheelbase: 106.5 inches

Length: 183 inches

Width: 72.4 inches

Height: 66.5 inches

Ground clearance: 8.2 inches

Curb weight: 3,633 pounds

Weight distribution: 58/42

Passenger volume: 105.4 cubic feet

Cargo volume: 31.6 cubic feet behind rear seat; 74.1 with bench down

Assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee

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