The 2021 Nissan Rogue has a hot new look, but that could be the only thing it brings to the table. With the price increase and reviews surfacing, evidence suggests that you might do better with another midsize SUV instead of the Nissan Rogue.
Reasons to avoid the 2021 Nissan Rogue
Now, we aren’t calling the 2021 Nissan Rogue a bad SUV by any means. It’s one of the top 10 best selling vehicles in the U.S. However, there might be other options in that top 10 list that make you happier.
The new refreshed look is on trend with the way SUVs are gaining new, confident looks. The 2021 Kia Sorento is a larger SUV but serves as an example of a meaner looking option for 2021 like the Nissan Rogue. However, when it comes to the Rogue, new looks might not be enough.
1. The 2021 Nissan Rogue is overpriced
Along with the new style, the 2021 Nissan Rogue also got new pricing. You can get started in the 2021 Nissan Rogue for $26,745. If you want to add all-wheel-drive, then you’ll have to put down another $1,400.
But to be fair, competitors such as the Toyota Rav4 also start around $26k. But the 2020 Chevy Equinox undercuts these options by starting around $23,800. Also, because the Nissan Rogue didn’t receive many updates aside from its looks, it could be overpriced.
2. The 2021 Nissan Rogue is slow
According to TheCarConnection, the 2021 Nissan Rogue is built for comfort and quiet, not for speed. When discussing the CVT that simulates a 7-gear automatic, sport mode, and ‘flimsy’ gear shifter, they said, “meh.” This gives us the impression that the 2021 Nissan Rogue isn’t fun to drive unless you’re into going slow and steady to win the race.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue has one engine option, a 2.5-liter inline-4 with 181 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. This amount of power doesn’t seem very meh, but according to CarIndigo, it takes the Nissan Rogue over 9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph.
It’s very likely that you just want a good family SUV for puttering around town. Maybe you don’t need a fast and sporty ride. However, the 2021 Nissan Rogue may have trouble quickly getting up to speed for merging or for passing people on the highway. Also, the Nissan Rogue can only tow 1,102 lb.
3. The 2021 Nissan Rogue is still playing catch up
The 2021 Nissan Rogue received new features that it should have already had. The AWD system now has a snow mode. Meanwhile, the Toyota RAV4 TRD Pro is built specifically to have better off-roading chops.
Also, where is the hybrid engine? The Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4 all offer a gas-saving hybrid transmission. The 2021 Nissan Rogue gets an EPA estimated 29 mpg in the city and up to 35 mpg on the highway, which is pretty good unless you go hybrid.
But, on a positive note, the 2021 Nissan Rogue is spacious and comfortable. The new multi-link suspension handle bumps well, and wind noise is limited. It has up to 74.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is nearly as much as the Honda CR-V with 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space has to offer.