The Nissan Rogue competes as a great looking and a capable car in the compact crossover segment and gets a spacious and comfortable cabin. The Nissan Rogue gets its rivals in the form of Tiguan S, Chevy Chevrolet Equinox L, Honda CR-V, and the Mazda CX-5.
With this being said, the brand has finally revealed the 2021 model which not only gets a better design language but also a more powerful state of tune from the same 2.5-L engine. The car is fast, it is comfortable, and at the same time, is very practical for everyday use. The 2021 model of the Nissan Rogue has definitely upped the game for its rivals. The car is not only graceful in terms of looks but also gets a comfortable cabin, responsive yet light steering wheel, and a perfectly tuned suspension setup. The Nissan Rogue now offers a great combination of performance, comfort, features, and aesthetics.
Comparing the 2021 model with the outgoing model of the Nissan Rogue reveals that while the new model remains largely similar to the outgoing one but does feature a number of changes that make it a more mature package in front of its rivals. The styling looks more aggressive and the engine and the transmission options are better than before. The cabin is well built and the prices are reasonable as well.
The Nissan Rogue has always impressed us with its well-built cabin, reliable components, and great suspension setup and the 2021 model continues to offer a similar package. The price is expected to start from $25,000 for the base variant.
What’s New for 2021?
Nissan has made a number of changes in the 2021 Nissan Rogue when compared to the 2020 model. To start with, the 2021 model features small designing tweaks and other cosmetical changes which make it look aggressive and bold, especially from the front. The grille at the front has grown bigger in size and new headlamp design complements the overall character of the car and gives it a massive road presence. Move to the rear of the car and you will notice the new taillight design and a refreshed styling for the bumper. The powertrain options for the car remain unchanged but we do get a higher state of tune from the 2.5-L engine. With this being said, the brand has also introduced a number of changes to the interior of the car such as the addition of many features that make the overall in-cabin experience much better and luxurious when compared to the outgoing model.
How well does the 2021 Rogue Perform?
The 2021 Nissan Rogue will be powered by the same engine that powered the 2020 model. This engine is a 2.5-L four-cylinder engine that delivered 170 hp and a peak torque figure of 175 lb-ft peak torque in the 2020 model but we are happy to report that in the 2021 model will deliver 181 hp and 181 lb-ft. Just like the outgoing model, the 2020 Nissan Rogue will get a CVT (variable automatic transmission) that sends power to the front wheels. The buyers can also choose an all-wheel-drive option as well. This engine not only feels extremely refined and smooth but also gets a mature power delivery. The engine and transmission combo feel great to drive and feel very comfortable to drive in the city while out on the highway, the engine does not run out of the breadth. Overall, the Nissan Rogue feels extremely powerful and refined and rewards the driver with blistering fast performance when pushed hard. The car maintains its line properly while the suspension also has a perfect ride-handling balance which makes it a great car in terms of driving dynamics and interior comfort.
Features, Review and Trims
The Nissan Rogue, even with dated looks, offers one of the best and highly luxurious cabins in the segment. The quality and fit and finish level of the dashboard are hard to compete for its rivals. In addition, bright interiors make the occupants feel calm inside the cabin. The quality of the plastics used inside the cabin is great. At the front, the seats are comfortable and the seats provide the right amount of cushioning to its passengers. Ingress and egress from the car are easy because of the high stance and overall, the interiors are decent. The overall space inside the cabin makes the Nissan Rogue an ideal five-seater.
Moving to the trims on offer, the 2021 Nissan Rogue will be offered in 3 different trim options – S, SV, and SL. While we do not have the confirmed feature list which will be available with the 2021 model, here is a detailed analysis of the 2020 Nissan Rogue. The 2020 model is also available in three trim options. The base, S model is priced from $24,420 while the SV is priced from $31,710 for the AWD variant.
The base trim, S, gets almost all the essential and basic features such as LED Daytime Running lights, power front seats, power outside mirrors, voice control, etc. Advanced Drive-Assist Display, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start, automatic climate control, and Bluetooth connectivity can also be had with this trim. Other features include blind spot information system, 5.0-colour display, Sirius XM Satellite radio integration, in addition to other features such as Advanced Drive-Assist Display.
The SV trim, which is priced at $25,640, is one of the most value for money trim in the entire line-up. The SV trim comes with power heated outside mirrors with LED turn indicators, remote engine smart system, chrome outside door handles, and rear privacy glass. In addition, the SV also gets NissanConnect with Navigation, Mobile App and Services, and Dual-zone automatic climate control.
The SL trim is the highest equipped trim and is priced from $30,360 and gets a feature-loaded cabin with all the bells and whistles. This variant gets a Bose Premium audio system with nine speakers, motion-activated liftgate, 7-inch color touch screen display, roof rails, etc. It also comes Siri Eyes Free and Nissan voice recognition for navigation and audio.
Which variant should you buy?
The SV variant of the Nissan Rogue is one of the most value for money variants in the entire line-up. The car gets all the basic and advanced features and scores high in terms of the overall practicality and convenience department.
With this being said the 2021 Nissan Rogue will come as a much more improved package that gets a comfortable cabin, well-built dashboard, and a spot on suspension setup which makes it an ideal car for long journeys.