2021 Nissan Rogue Pros and Cons Review: Huh, So This Is a Nissan?
- Honda convenience
- Spacious rear seat
- Improvement of interior quality
- Platinum ride quality
- Noisy engine
- Good dynamics but not great
Nissan’s best-selling vehicle may soon be remarkable for more than the amount of money on the hood. After seven long model years, the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue is once again entering the compact SUV scene more relevant than it has been for a long time. Nissan, we missed you.
The Box-Checking Rogue hits the heart of the segment with smart, convenient touches. A large back seat and wide opening rear doors are just the start. The Nissan manages to offer spacious cargo space while shrinking in length by 1.5 inches, making it much easier to park. A new cargo area under the center console could come in handy, and like the leaders of the class, its rear seats fold down by pulling the levers in the cargo area.
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Nissan has clearly upped its game with interior quality, at least on our high-end Platinum tester.
“This interior is a big step forward for the segment,” said editor Scott Evans. “You don’t get something this nice in a Honda CR-V. The design, materials and technology are all remarkable. “
The 2021 Rogue therefore makes an excellent first impression. Press that start button to start the 181-horsepower 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I-4, however, and the picture changes.
“The biggest problem will probably be that it continues to ride like the old one,” said Christian Seabaugh, editor. “The engine doesn’t deliver as much power as it sheds it slowly.”
While we appreciate the updated CVT’s tuning for its mainstream audience, many judges found the engine to be a bit thrashy. And while we like a 19-inch wheelset, we think their slightly firm ride will improve on the lower trims with 17 or 18.
Nissan wants the 2021 Rogue to be a leader in technology and safety. On the front of the former, the Rogue features a digital instrument cluster, head-up display, 9.0-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a 360-degree camera system with its own ultra-convenient button just below the screen.
Then there’s ProPilot Assist, a set of active safety technologies meant to keep you out of trouble and, in general, to make driving more convenient. With blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic front and rear emergency braking and a more advanced adaptive cruise control system, it advances Nissan’s goal of disseminate this technology in its range.
A few judges found that this version of ProPilot Assist could use a bit more tuning (in the way the adaptive cruise and lane assist functions work – or not). The same could be said about the Nissan’s new flat shifter – our tester would sometimes make a plastic squeak when we pushed the fancy shifter forward or back.
When it comes to efficiency, the Rogue’s expected improvement of 1 to 2 mpg over the predecessor model should allow it to bind the segment leaders in gas mileage. The Rogue’s estimated fuel economy goes in the right direction, but fails to innovate.
Without the panoramic glass roof, digital dashboard, and quilted leather seats, would the Rogue still grab our attention?
Absolutely: “There is a vast skill in this Rogue,” said editor Mark Rechtin.
Even so, the Nissan will go up against a ton of two-row compact SUVs, and a few are pretty good. While it’s not clear whether the much-improved Rogue is the best in its class, it could well be the best new Nissan available.
“I’m still surprised it’s a Nissan Rogue,” said Seabaugh, who spent time in our 2014 Rogue tester years ago. “I can’t overstate how much of a huge improvement this is.”
|Nissan Rogue AWD Platinum 2021|
|TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENT||Front engine, all-wheel drive|
|TYPE OF ENGINE||I-4, alum block / head|
|VALVE TRAIN||DOHC, 4 valves / cylinder|
|SHIFTING||151.8 cubic inches / 2488 cc|
|COMPRESSION RATIO||12.0: 1|
|POWER (SAE NET)||181 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|TORQUE (SAE NET)||181 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm|
|RED LINE||6000 revolutions per minute|
|WEIGHT TO POWER||20.0 lb / hp|
|TRANSMISSION||Auto cont variable|
|AXLE / FINAL DRIVE / LOW GEAR||5.69: 1 / 2.15: 1|
|SUSPENSION, FRONT; BACK||Spacers, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar|
|MANAGEMENT RATIO||14.3: 1|
|BRAKES, F; R||11.7 ” ventilated disc; 11.5 ” ventilated disc, ABS|
|WHEELS||7.0 x 19 ” cast aluminum|
|TIRES||235 / 55R19 101V M + S Dunlop Grandtrek PT21|
|TRACK, F / R||62.4 / 62.6 inch|
|Length x Width x Height||183.0 x 72.4 x 66.9 inches|
|GROUND CLEARANCE||8.2 in|
|APPRCH / DEPARTURE ANGLE||19.0 / 23.6deg|
|ROTATING CIRCLE||35.4 feet|
|WEIGHT ON BOARD||3.613 lb|
|WEIGHT DIST, F / R||58/42%|
|TOWING CAPACITY||1350 pounds|
|NUMBER OF PLACES||5|
|HEADROOM, F / M / R||39.2 / 38.7 in|
|Legs, F / M / R||43.3 / 36.8 inch|
|SHOULDER CHAMBER, F / M / R||57.1 / 55.9 in|
|BEH F / M / R LOADING VOLUME||74.1 / 39.3 cubic feet|
|ACCELERATION AT MPH|
|PASSAGE, 45-65 MPH||4.3|
|QUARTER MILE||16.3 seconds at 86.0 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||114 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.84 g (average)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||27.9 s at 0.59 g (average)|
|TOP-GEAR TOURS @ 60 MPH||1750 revolutions per minute|
|STARTING PRICE||$ 30,000 (MT estimate)|
|PRICE TESTED||$ 35,000 (MT east)|
|STABILITY / TENSION CONTROL||Yes Yes|
|AIRBAGS||7: double front, center front, curtain f / r, knee forward|
|BASIC WARRANTY||3 years / 36,000 miles|
|MOTORPROPELLER WARRANTY||5 years / 60,000 miles|
|ROAD ASSISTANCE||5 years / unlimited miles|
|FUEL CAPACITY||14.5 gal|
|EPA CITY / HWY / COMB ECON||25/32/28 mpg|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY / ROAD||135/105 kW-h / 100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.70 lbs / mile|
|RECOMMENDED FUEL||Regular unleaded|
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