2021 Nissan Rogue Review: The Compact Classic

October 7th, 2020 by



Nissan’s top-ranking Rogue compact crossover is finally making its debut for its 2021 model. Each year, the demand for all-inclusive SUVs increases in popularity, especially in North America, so it’s safe to say that automakers can’t afford to mess up on these types of cars. However, with the Rogue’s proven track record as the best-selling vehicle for the brand, we’re certain that this model won’t disappoint.

The famous Japanese car company made the smart decision to not go too over the top with the design changes for its latest Rogue, as its bold front end is enough to make a statement. The other parts of the car have a traditional look to it, however, there are also available two-tone color options to make the styling really pop. 

In the interior, back-seat passengers get to enjoy slightly more headroom and legroom, specifically by 0.7 and 0.6 inches. Third-row seating is no longer available, which might seem like a bummer, but keep in mind that the Rogue is already a small SUV, and there have already been criticisms of it being cramped in that row in the previous generations.

Buyers will also appreciate the adjustable divider in the two-tier load floor located in the cargo area. This piece is only available on the SL and Platinum trims, and those who opt for these versions will get a maximum of 36.5 cubic feet of storage space to the back of the second-row seats, meanwhile, the S and SV trims still provide a decent 31.6 cubic-feet of storage space.

Altogether, the cabin has an attractive look and is quite comfortable. The supporting Zero Gravity seats are standard in both the front and back. The plastic and wood materials are strategically placed and the vehicle controls are easy to reach.

For the infotainment, a standard 8-inch color touchscreen is provided in the central dashboard, though a 9-inch high-definition screen is available for the SL trim and is a standard feature of the Platinum.

Those who want to geek out on the technologies should definitely go for the Rogue Platinum, as it includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.8-inch head-up display, as well as a wireless charging pad. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for each trim but on the Platinum model, wireless Carplay is standard. 

There is a large mixture of standard driver-assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a driver alertness monitor, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and automatic emergency braking. A highlighting feature is the automaker’s ProPilot Assist on the SV model and higher-tiers, it fuses adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, making for a better peace of mind while on the highway.

At the same time, the Rogue utilizes an updated version of its classic 2.5-liter I4 engine, which makes 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque; This is an improvement of 11 horsepower and 6 lb-ft of torque from its predecessor. Additionally, a continuously variable transmission is standard across all trims and one can choose between front- and all-wheel-drive on every version. The studier frame on the SUV is very reliable and the suspension can take on rough pavement and potholes that you’re bound to encounter.

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The starting price for the 2021 Nissan Rogue is at $26,745, (plus destination fee) and with an extra $1,400 for all-wheel-drive. The brand’s latest crossover is expected to hit dealerships later this year, and when that time comes, be sure to purchase this car at Nissan Ellicott City. We have a wide range of Nissan vehicles that serve a variety of different needs and for reasonable prices. Those who are interested in any of our models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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