How Does the New 2021 Nissan Rogue Compare on Size, Space, and Performance Within the Compact SUV Segment?
To gain the No. 3 spot on the compact SUV sales table, the current Nissan Rogue clearly enjoys wide appeal from customers. The 2021 model shrinks a bit on the outside, while the interior expands in some measures and shrinks in others. How does the Nissan Rogue 2021 compare to its best-selling competitors like the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V, the Chevy Equinox, the Ford Escape and personal favorites like the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester? A quick read of the specification graphics suggests that Nissan may be happy with its third place in life.
How does passenger space compare?
The volume of the front seat is less crucial as the seat rails move to make most of the legs comfortable and, by 2021, the range of movement in both directions is increased. And without a three-seat front seat, there is less shoulder space. Free space is important, and Nissan sold the best in its class, 41.6 inches. This shrinks to 41.1 inches because the roof has been lowered by 0.4 inches (adding a sunroof subtracts another 2 inches). Rear seat space was lacking in the outgoing Rogue, so Nissan redistributed some length from front to rear, swapping 1.5 inches of front leg space for 0.6 inches more back. There’s also 0.7 inches more headroom in the back (1.2 more with a sunroof), while shoulder space remains the same. This represents an improvement in rear passenger volume from 1.6 cubic feet to 48.8 cubes without a sunroof (the improvement is from 2.2 cubes to 47.1 with sunroof). These numbers move the Rogue’s rear seat from ninth in ten (beating the RAV4 only) to seventh, overtaking the aging Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage. In terms of overall passenger space, however, the Rogue ranks fourth, behind Forester, Escape and CR-V.
How does the cargo space compare?
The Rogue narrowed in length and height, but adopted a slightly more blocking design which helped add 4.1 cubic feet of total cargo space for the seats folded down, for 74.1 in total. This ranks Rogue third behind the Subaru Forester and the Honda CR-V. The top three all rank well ahead of the rest of the competition, which measures from 54.7 (Jeep Cherokee) to 69.8 (Toyota RAV4). Put the rear seats back in place, and we notice that the 1.6 to 2.2 cubic feet of passenger space the Rogue has earned costs 2.8 cubic feet of cargo space. However, the remaining 36.5 cubic feet still rank Rogue third, now behind the CR-V (39.2) and RAV4 (37.6).
What is its size outside?
Even after shrinking 1.7 inches in length and 0.4 inches in height, the Rogue remains the second longest (at Equinox) on the third longest wheelbase (tied with Jeep Cherokee). Only the Subaru is narrower, and the overall height is right in the middle, but in terms of compression of the largest number of people and cargo space in the least important exterior length, height and width, the Rogue again ranks third, now behind boxer Subaru Forester. and Honda CR-V.
How do the powertrains compare?
Nissan continues to offer only one powertrain option: a (new) 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I-4 paired with a CVT. This ranks as the largest displacement engine in the class, but competitors often combine turbos and / or hybridization with their equivalent or smaller engines, which leaves the mid-range of 181 hp and 181 lb-ft from Nissan (and below class averages, which are in the mid-190s for each). Transmission options cover six-, eight- and nine-speed automatic systems as well as other continuously variable transmissions, which always aim to optimize performance and fuel economy. The Rogue’s performance should rank solidly in the middle of the pack.
Where does the Rogue’s fuel economy rank among non-hybrids?
Impressive Darned is the short answer. The 30 mpg front pilot combined the best links in their category with the front pilots Escape 1.5T, CR-V 1.5T and RAV4 2.5. Specify all-wheel drive, and you only lose one mpg combined for 29, tying the CRV 1.5T AWD and the Subaru Forester to the top of the class.
|Brand and model||The description||EPA city||EPA city||EPA comb|
|Ford Escape||(1.5L 3-cylinder 8-speed automatic turbo)||27||27||30|
|Honda CR-V||(4 cylinders of 1.5 L Turbo CVT automatic)||28||28||30|
|Nissan Rogue||(2.5L 4 cylinder automatic CVT)||26-27||26-27||29-30|
|Toyota RAV4||(2.5L 4 cylinder 8 speed automatic)||26-28||26-28||30|
|Honda CR-V||(1.5L 4 cylinder Turbo CVT automatic, all-wheel drive)||27||27||29|
|Nissan Rogue||(2.5L 4 cylinder automatic CVT, AWD)||25-26||25-26||28-29|
|Subaru Forester||(2.5L 4 cylinder automatic CVT)||26||26||29|
|Chevrolet Equinox||(1.5 L 4 cylinder Turbo 6 speed automatic)||26||26||28|
|Ford Escape||(3-cylinder 1.5L 8-speed turbo, all-wheel drive)||26||26||28|
|Mazda CX-5||(2.5L 4 cylinder 6 speed automatic)||25||25||28|
|Chevrolet Equinox||(1.5L 6-speed turbo 4-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive)||25||25||27|
|Toyota RAV4||(2.5L 4 cylinder 8 speed automatic, AWD)||25-27||25-27||27-29|
|Ford Escape||(2.0L 4 cylinder Turbo 8 speed automatic, all-wheel drive)||23||23||26|
|Jeep cherokee||(2.0L 4-cylinder turbo with 9-speed automatic)||23||23||26|
|Kia Sportage||(2.4L 4 cylinder 6 speed automatic)||23||23||26|
|Mazda CX-5||(2.5L 4 cylinder 6-speed automatic, AWD)||24||24||26|
|Chevrolet Equinox||(2.0L 4-cylinder turbo with 9-speed automatic)||22||22||25|
|Hyundai Tucson||(2.0L 4 cylinder 6 speed automatic)||23||23||25|
|Hyundai Tucson||(2.4L 4 cylinder 6 speed automatic)||22||22||25|
|Jeep cherokee||(2.4 L automatic with 4 cylinders and 9 speeds)||22||22||25|
|Chevrolet Equinox||(2.0L 4 cylinder Turbo with 9 speed automatic, all-wheel drive)||22||22||24|
|Jeep cherokee||(4-cylinder 2.4L 9-speed, all-wheel drive)||21||21||24|
|Mazda CX-5||(2.5L 4 cylinder Turbo 6 speed automatic, all-wheel drive)||22||22||24|
|Hyundai Tucson||(2.0L 4 cylinder 6 speed automatic, AWD)||22||22||23|
|Hyundai Tucson||(2.4L 6-speed 4-cylinder automatic, all-wheel drive)||21||21||23|
|Jeep cherokee||(3.2L V6, 9-speed automatic)||20||20||23|
|Kia Sportage||(2.0L 4-cylinder turbo 6-speed automatic)||20||20||23|
|Kia Sportage||(2.4L 6-speed 4-cylinder automatic, all-wheel drive)||22||22||23|
|Jeep cherokee||(2.0L 4 cylinder Turbo with 9 speed automatic, all-wheel drive)||20-21||20-21||22-24|
|Jeep cherokee||(3.2L V6, 9-speed automatic, 4WD)||18-19||18-19||21|
|Kia Sportage||(2.0L 4 cylinder Turbo 6 speed automatic, all-wheel drive)||19||19||21|
What about towing capacity?
Nissan increases the maximum towing capacity from 1,102 to 1,350 pounds for 2021, but it still ranks at the bottom of the category for those who are supposed to tow. The Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 can all manage a small travel motorhome or a 3,500-pound fishing boat with the right equipment; There are many options available with towing capacities of 2,000 pounds suitable for a pop-up camper, and 1,500 pounds is the entry-level towing capacity typical of the category. The Rogue should stick to trailers and utility tow trailers.