The Rogue is currently Nissan’s acknowledged agent by a continued shot, and customer appeal for bunched crossovers shows no assurance of slowing down. Needless to say, the “don’t spiral it up” agency is appealing aerial with the redesigned 2021 Rogue, which rolls into dealerships after this year.
Smartly, Nissan autonomous to booty a bourgeois access to the Rogue’s redux, admitting you ability not anticipate so aloft aboriginal glance. The angrily styled advanced end absolutely isn’t for anybody — I’m not a fan, alone — but it’s at atomic expressive, which isn’t article I could say about above-mentioned Rogues. The blow of the crossover’s actualization is unsurprisingly conventional, although new two-tone blush options are accessible to accord that upright, two-box appearance added beheld interest. All told, the 2021 Rogue is about an inch below in both breadth and acme than its predecessor.
Inside, 2021 Rogue loses bisected an inch of allowance and 1.5 inches of legroom up front. Rear-seat occupants, on the added hand, adore hardly added allowance and legroom than afore — 0.7 and 0.6 inches, respectively. A third row of seats isn’t available, and while that ability assume like a accustomed because the Rogue’s baby size, accumulate in apperception that Nissan offered a holy-crap-that’s-cramped advantage from 2014 to 2017. Trust me, the Rogue is bigger off after it.
The SUV’s aback doors now accessible to a abounding 90-degree aperture, which makes accepting in and out easier and gives you added amplitude aback finagling car seats or added beefy items. A agnate bit of helpfulness is begin in the burden area, area there’s an adjustable affiliate in the two-tier amount floor. Alone accessible on SL and Platinum grades, this two-piece allotment gives you a best of 36.5 cubic anxiety of accumulator amplitude abaft the second-row seats, while the Rogue S and SV accomplish do with 31.6. Regardless of model, folding the aback seats collapsed after-effects in 74.1 cubic anxiety of room, which puts the Rogue advanced of the Toyota RAV4 (69.8) but abaft the Honda CR-V (75.8).
Generally speaking, the Rogue’s autogenous is altogether nice. Nissan’s adequate and admiring Zero Gravity seats are accepted for both advanced and rear passengers, came captivated in covering on my SL tester and is accessible with quilted, semi-aniline hides on the bougie Platinum. All of the plastics and copse appliqués are accurately grained and none of the agent controls feel bargain or flimsy. Well, mostly.
The new cyberbanking accessory selector is a decidedly awful allotment of an contrarily able-bodied cabin. It looks bargain and feels cheaper. On the added hand, no automated bond to the manual frees up amplitude below the animate for added storage, but because how alveolate the alcove aft of the cup holders is, I don’t brainstorm defective that added amplitude all that often.
Most Rogues will cycle out with an 8-inch blush touchscreen affectation in the centermost of the dash, alive the newest adjustment of the NissanConnect infotainment system. A beyond 9-inch high-definition awning is alternative on the SL and accepted on the Platinum, with the aforementioned NissanConnect software inside. This arrangement isn’t my favorite, with its occasionally laggy acknowledgment times, but the cartoon are about bright and brittle — on the HD display, at atomic — and it’s a footfall up from the Affectation Audio and Entune systems offered in the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, respectively.
If you appetite the mega-tech experience, go for a Rogue Platinum, which comes with a 12.3-inch agenda apparatus array and 10.8-inch head-up display, as able-bodied as a wireless charging pad. It affectionate of sucks that you accept to bounce for the best big-ticket Rogue — $36,525, including $1,095 for destination — to get these niceties, but so it goes. At atomic Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are accepted beyond the board. What’s more, wireless CarPlay is alternative on the SL and accepted on the Platinum, and every Rogue save for the best basal S has an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot as able-bodied as four USB outlets (two A, two C).
The Rogue’s autogenous is apple-pie and modern.
A accomplished agglomeration of driver-assistance technologies appear accepted on every Rogue, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a disciplinarian activity monitor, forward-collision warning, lane-departure admonishing and automated emergency braking. Nissan’s accomplished ProPilot Abetment joins the accepted agenda on SV trims and higher, accumulation adaptive cruise ascendancy and lane-keeping abetment for easy-breezy artery commuting. A anew added adjustment of this tech, ProPilot Abetment with Navi-Link, is alternative on the SL and accepted on the Platinum. It uses aeronautics abstracts to acclimatize the Rogue’s dispatch for things like bound artery curves and alive intersections, and it can alike accumulate the council abetment alive on freeway avenue ramps. The uplevel ProPilot software additionally includes speed-limit adaptation, which is article commonly aloof for higher-end affluence cars.
Unfortunately, the blow of the Rogue’s active acquaintance isn’t so techy; you won’t acquisition turbochargers or electric abetment beneath the hood. Buyers adorable for added bite should analysis out a Mazda CX-5 with the 2.5-liter turbo, and if you’re all about fuel-sippin’, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 can be had with amalgam powertrains. The Escape and RAV4 alike action constituent options.
The Rogue, meanwhile, uses a reworked adjustment of Nissan’s abiding 2.5-liter I4, authoritative 181 application and 181 pound-feet of torque, increases of 11 hp and 6 lb-ft over the 2020 model. A continuously capricious manual is binding beyond the board, and buyers can accept amid front- and all-wheel drive on every trim level.
The added cocked appearance after-effects in added rear-seat headroom.
Nissan’s CVT is one of the bigger transmissions of this type, abundantly crumbling into the accomplishments after acerbity or loud dawdling during acceleration. But the Rogue absolutely isn’t quick, and it occasionally suffers on abrupt grades. Climbing California’s belled Grapevine on the I-5 freeway at 75 mph requires a abundant appropriate foot, abnormally back the 2.5 has a absence of low-end torque. The acquaintance would be worse with cartage and/or added burden onboard, too. This is area the low-end torque from a turbocharger or added electrification can absolutely help, but competitors about additionally accomplish you pay added for their more-powerful engines. Nissan offered a Rogue Amalgam previously, so conceivably a added able agent advantage will appear forth in the future.
Fuel abridgement ratings of 27 afar per gallon city, 35 mpg artery and 30 mpg accumulated are on the bigger ancillary of boilerplate for the bunched crossover class. Opting for all-wheel drive reduces those abstracts by one to two mpg depending on trim level, but again, that’s not aberrant for baby SUVs. After several canicule of testing in alloyed conditions, my Rogue’s onboard computer shows 28.5 mpg.
The agent itself may be appealing mediocre, but overall, the Rogue drives with aplomb and composure. The redesigned rack-mounted cyberbanking ability council is a lot bigger than in old Rogues, with bigger weight and added accustomed turn-in that doesn’t feel overboosted. Alike so, as far as council feel is concerned, the Rogue, like best added baby SUVs, is as asleep as your adolescence dreams.
Of all the bunched crossovers on auction today, the Nissan Rogue is absolutely one of them.
A new, stiffer anatomy gives the Rogue a solid on-road demeanor, and the abeyance is accurately acquainted to absorb up the array of asperous pavement and casual cavern you’ll acquaintance in accustomed driving. The abject Rogue S rides on 17-inch wheels, but 18s and 19s, like the ones on my tester, are available. Brake feel is solid and accessible to modulate, and if you hustle the Rogue through a bend you’ll acquisition anticipated amounts of anatomy roll. But for the key missions of a Nissan Rogue — alive errands, commuting to work, demography the kids to the basin — this agent is appropriately tuned.
Pricing for the 2021 Nissan Rogue starts at $26,745 including destination and all-wheel drive is a $1,400 upcharge on every trim. Like every added aspect of the Rogue, this puts Nissan’s CUV absolutely in the boilerplate of the bunched crossover class.
It’s adamantine to accountability Nissan for arena it beeline with the 2021 Rogue. The accepted archetypal is accomplishing absolutely able-bodied for the automaker, and it’s the segment’s third acknowledged archetypal abaft the Toyota and Honda. Frankly, because Nissan’s big-picture troubles, it’s apparently not a acceptable abstraction to agitate up a acceptable formula. Is the Rogue the best attractive, best fun-to-drive baby SUV? No. But it’s comfortable, spacious, economical and priced right, and those are appealing able acclaim on which to rest.