The Rogue has been a strong seller for Nissan since it arrived over a decade ago. Now in its third generation, the Rogue returns with a boxy yet assertive exterior design, with Nissan's latest tech features to make your drive less stressful. As with other compact SUVs, the 2021 Nissan Rogue is offered in FWD and AWD configurations.
The newly redesigned Rogue is a marked improvement over the car it's replacing; the 2021 model impressed us enough to earn a finalist spot in our 2021 SUV of the Year evaluations. We appreciated its spacious cargo area and that Nissan managed to shorten overall length for easy maneuverability while improving maximum cargo volume. Interior design and material quality are improved, too, especially in the case of the Rogue Platinum and its quilted leather upholstery. We also dig how the second-row doors swing open wider than the outgoing model, making for easier car seat installation as well as basic ingress and egress.
Weaker points include the carryover 2.5-liter four-cylinder and CVT automatic. Power delivery is underwhelming and some staffers called the engine a bit thrashy, although the CVT's updated tuning is improved over last year's car. Nissan's ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous tech is largely impressive and intuitive, but its constant corrections occasionally felt jerky. Beyond those minor issues, though, the 2021 Rogue displays real competence.
Powering the 2021 Nissan Rogue is a 2.5-liter I-4 with 181 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. That's an increase of 11 hp and 6 lb-ft respectively over the outgoing model, and a CVT automatic remains the only transmission offered. In our First Test of an AWD Rogue Platinum, it reached 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. Fuel economy numbers from the EPA are exactly the same as last year's car: 26-27/34-35 mpg city/highway for FWD models and 25-26/32-33 mpg with AWD.
The Rogue is about as strong a performer as you'll in IIHS safety testing; its perfect ratings across the board in crashworthiness and crash avoidance measures earned the compact Nissan a 2021 Top Safety Pick+. Its NHTSA safety rating is less impressive and somewhat concerning, earning four stars out of five as its overall safety rating but dangerous two-star rating for front passenger frontal crash safety. Nissan says that score only applies to 50,000 examples produced in its Japanese plant before January 28, 2021, and that a version with improved front-passenger safety will be retested with results expected in May.
All 2021 Nissan Rogue variants get the automaker's Safety Shield 360 suite, which bundles together forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, front and rear automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. ProPilot Assist, Nissan's semi-autonomous driving aid that combines lane centering, adaptive cruise control, and traffic jam assist, is available on all but the base S trim. In the SL and Platinum grades equipped with built-in navigation, ProPilot Assist uses map data to anticipate curves on the road and adjust cruise control speed accordingly.
With all seats up, the 2021 Nissan Rogue has 36.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding down the second row increases capacity to 74.1 cubic feet. In comparison, the Honda CR-V has more space than the 2021 Rogue at 2.7- and 1.7 cubic feet with the seats up and down, respectively. The Rogue has 4.3 cubic feet more cargo capacity than the Toyota RAV4 with the second row folded; however, it falls short by 1.0 cubic foot against the Toyota with all seats in place.
Like the outgoing model, the 2021 Rogue retains the reconfigurable cargo area and the storage cubby underneath the cargo floor. Owners may also appreciate that the rear hatch opening is wider and more square than before.
The 2021 Rogue will offer the latest version of the NissanConnect interface in two versions. The standard model features an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A 9.0-inch touchscreen and built-in navigation are standard on the Platinum grade and optional on the SL via the SL Premium package. A 10-speaker Bose audio system is also available on the two highest variants. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a head-up display are offered only on the range-topping Platinum trim.
Exterior: LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels
Interior: 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
Safety: Forward collision warning, front and rear automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams
Exterior: 18-inch alloy wheels
Interior: Eight-way power driver's seat
Safety: ProPilot Assist (combines adaptive cruise control, lane centering, and traffic jam assist)
Exterior: Hands-free power liftgate, 19-inch alloy wheels
Interior: Leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, three-zone climate control, driver's seat and steering memory function, four-way power front passenger's seat
Interior: Built-in navigation, 10-speaker Bose audio system, 9.0-inch touchscreen, semi-aniline leather upholstery, wireless charging, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, head-up display, wireless Apple CarPlay support
Safety: ProPilot Assist with Navi-Link (uses navigation to anticipate curves on the road and improve lane centering capability)
SV Premium Package: Panoramic sunroof, leatherette upholstery, hands-free power liftgate, roof rails
SL Premium Package: Built-in navigation, 10-speaker Bose audio system, 9.0-inch touchscreen, ProPilot Assist with Navi-Link
Exterior: 360-degree view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors
Interior: Heated front and rear seats
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