2021 Nissan Rogue Pros and Cons Review: Huh, So This Is a Nissan?

2021 Nissan Rogue Pros and Cons Review: Huh, So This Is a Nissan?

Benefits

  • Honda convenience
  • Spacious rear seat
  • Improvement of interior quality

The inconvenients

  • 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 ARRANGEMENTFront engine, all-wheel drive
TYPE OF ENGINEI-4, alum block / head
VALVE TRAINDOHC, 4 valves / cylinder
SHIFTING151.8 cubic inches / 2488 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO12.0: 1
POWER (SAE NET)181 hp @ 6,000 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET)181 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
RED LINE6000 revolutions per minute
WEIGHT TO POWER20.0 lb / hp
TRANSMISSIONAuto cont variable
AXLE / FINAL DRIVE / LOW GEAR5.69: 1 / 2.15: 1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; BACKSpacers, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
MANAGEMENT RATIO14.3: 1
LOCK TURN2.5
BRAKES, F; R11.7 ” ventilated disc; 11.5 ” ventilated disc, ABS
WHEELS7.0 x 19 ” cast aluminum
TIRES235 / 55R19 101V M + S Dunlop Grandtrek PT21
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE106.5 in
TRACK, F / R62.4 / 62.6 inch
Length x Width x Height183.0 x 72.4 x 66.9 inches
GROUND CLEARANCE8.2 in
APPRCH / DEPARTURE ANGLE19.0 / 23.6deg
ROTATING CIRCLE35.4 feet
WEIGHT ON BOARD3.613 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F / R58/42%
TOWING CAPACITY1350 pounds
NUMBER OF PLACES5
HEADROOM, F / M / R39.2 / 38.7 in
Legs, F / M / R43.3 / 36.8 inch
SHOULDER CHAMBER, F / M / R57.1 / 55.9 in
BEH F / M / R LOADING VOLUME74.1 / 39.3 cubic feet
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION AT MPH
0-302.8 seconds
0-404.3
0-506.0
0-608.1
0-7010.8
0-8014.1
0-9018.0
0-100
PASSAGE, 45-65 MPH4.3
QUARTER MILE16.3 seconds at 86.0 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH114 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION0.84 g (average)
MT FIGURE EIGHT27.9 s at 0.59 g (average)
TOP-GEAR TOURS @ 60 MPH1750 revolutions per minute
CONSUMER INFO
STARTING PRICE$ 30,000 (MT estimate)
PRICE TESTED$ 35,000 (MT east)
STABILITY / TENSION CONTROLYes Yes
AIRBAGS7: double front, center front, curtain f / r, knee forward
BASIC WARRANTY3 years / 36,000 miles
MOTORPROPELLER WARRANTY5 years / 60,000 miles
ROAD ASSISTANCE5 years / unlimited miles
FUEL CAPACITY14.5 gal
EPA CITY / HWY / COMB ECON25/32/28 mpg
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY / ROAD135/105 kW-h / 100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB0.70 lbs / mile
RECOMMENDED FUELRegular unleaded

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