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


Pros

  • Honda-like practicality
  • Roomy back seat
  • Improved interior quality

Cons

  • Platinum ride quality
  • Loud engine
  • Good but not great dynamics

Nissan’s best-selling vehicle could soon be notable for more than just the amount of cash on the hood. After seven long model years, the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue re-enters the compact SUV scene more relevant than it’s been in a long time. Nissan, we missed you.

The box-checking Rogue hits at the heart of the segment with smart, practical touches. A large back seat and wide-opening rear doors are just the start. The Nissan manages to offer a spacious cargo area while shrinking in length by 1.5 inches, making it that much easier to park. A new cargo spot below the center console could be useful, and like the class leaders, its rear seats fold down by pulling levers in the cargo area.

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Nissan has clearly upped its game with interior quality, too, at least on our top-of-the-line Platinum tester.

“This interior is a big step forward for the segment,” features editor Scott Evans said. “You don’t get something this nice in a Honda CR-V. The design, the materials, and the tech are all standouts.”



























So the 2021 Rogue makes a great first impression. Press that start button to start up the 181-hp 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I-4, however, and the picture changes.

“The biggest problem will probably be that it continues to drive like the old one,” features editor Christian Seabaugh said. “The engine doesn’t so much deliver power as it slowly spills it out.”

Although we appreciate the updated CVT’s tuning for its intended mainstream audience, many judges found the engine a bit thrashy. And as much as we like a set of 19-inch wheels, we suspect their slightly firm ride will improve on lower trims with 17s or 18s.

Nissan wants the 2021 Rogue to lead on tech and safety. On the former’s front, the Rogue offers 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 right below the screen.

Then there’s ProPilot Assist, a bundle of active safety tech intended to keep you out of trouble and, in general, make driving more convenient. With blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, front and rear automatic emergency braking, and a more advanced adaptive cruise control system, it advances Nissan’s goal of spreading this tech across its lineup.

A few judges found that this version of ProPilot Assist could use a bit more tweaking (in the way the adaptive cruise and lane assistance features work—or don’t). The same could be said about the Nissan’s new flat shifter—our tester sometimes made a plasticky creaking noise when we nudged the fancy shifter forward or backward.

When it comes to efficiency, the Rogue’s expected 1–2-mpg improvement from the previous model should allow it to tie the segment’s gas-sipping leaders. The Rogue’s estimated fuel economy moves in the right direction but fails to break new ground.

Without the panoramic glass roof, digital instrument cluster, and quilted leather seats, would the Rogue still catch our attention?

Absolutely: “There’s a vast competence in this Rogue,” editor-in-chief Mark Rechtin said.

Even so, the Nissan will face off against a ton of compact two-row SUVs, and a few are quite good. Although it’s not clear whether the much-improved Rogue is best-in-class, this might just be the best new Nissan available.

“I’m still surprised this is a Nissan Rogue,” Seabaugh, who spent time in our one-year 2014 Rogue tester years ago, said. “I cannot overstate what a massive improvement this is.”

 

2021 Nissan Rogue AWD Platinum
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD
ENGINE TYPE I-4, alum block/head
VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 151.8 cu in/2,488 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.0:1
POWER (SAE NET) 181 hp @ 6,000 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET) 181 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
REDLINE 6,000 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 20.0 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION Cont variable auto
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE/LOW RATIO 5.69:1/2.15:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 14.3:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.5
BRAKES, F; R 11.7-in vented disc; 11.5-in vented disc, ABS
WHEELS 7.0 x 19-in cast aluminum
TIRES 235/55R19 101V M+S Dunlop Grandtrek PT21
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE 106.5 in
TRACK, F/R 62.4/62.6 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 183.0 x 72.4 x 66.9 in
GROUND CLEARANCE 8.2 in
APPRCH/DEPART ANGLE 19.0/23.6deg
TURNING CIRCLE 35.4 ft
CURB WEIGHT 3,613 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F/R 58/42%
TOWING CAPACITY 1,350 lb
SEATING CAPACITY 5
HEADROOM, F/M/R 39.2/38.7 in
LEGROOM, F/M/R 43.3/36.8 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/M/R 57.1/55.9 in
CARGO VOLUME BEH F/M/R 74.1/39.3 cu ft
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH
0-30 2.8 sec
0-40 4.3
0-50 6.0
0-60 8.1
0-70 10.8
0-80 14.1
0-90 18.0
0-100  —
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 4.3
QUARTER MILE 16.3 sec @ 86.0 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 114 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.84 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.9 sec @ 0.59 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,750 rpm
CONSUMER INFO
BASE PRICE $30,000 (MT est)
PRICE AS TESTED $35,000 (MT est)
STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes
AIRBAGS 7: Dual front, front center, f/r curtain, front knee
BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 5 yrs/Unlimited miles
FUEL CAPACITY 14.5 gal
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 25/32/28 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 135/105 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.70 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded regular

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