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Situated near the bottom of the Nissan crossover and SUV lineup due to its compact size and affordable price, the Rogue is one of Nissan’s most popular models. The Nissan Rogue is a solid option for anyone shopping for a compact SUV, but it could get even better with more details of a potential 2024 model refresh expected this summer. So, will the 2024 Nissan Rogue be the best version of itself yet?

The 2023 and 2024 Nissan Rogue compact SUV

The best SUV for the family is spacious like this Nissan Rogue
The 2023 Nissan Rogue | Amanda Cline, MotorBiscuit

Edmunds estimates the starting MSRP for the 2024 Nissan Rogue in the $30,000 range, a safe bet considering Nissan lists the front-wheel drive (FWD) 2023 Rogue S trim MSRP starting at $27,760. For 2023, the top trim level is the Rogue Platinum, with a starting MSRP of $37,340 for the FWD model.

Currently, there are three trim levels in between, the $29,450 Rogue SV, $33,645 Midnight Edition, and $33,910 Rogue SL, and an option to add all-wheel drive (AWD) to any trim for an additional $1,500.

The Rogue features a 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that returns an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 33 mpg in FWD versions. The slightly less fuel-efficient AWD drivetrain received a 28 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined EPA-estimated rating.

Although the three-cylinder turbo powertrain provides excellent fuel economy and enough power to pass and merge at highway speeds, the turbo system’s occasionally slow response leads to erratic power delivery in stop-and-go driving around town.

Reviewers mention that the Rogue’s handling on the open road is “capable and composed but not particularly fun.” The most significant complaints about the Rogue’s driving characteristics are the lack of steering feel and a tendency to drift while driving too slow to activate the lane-centering system. 

The Rogue has large door openings for easy entry and exit, but the doors still feel lightweight. The SUV provides comfortable seating inside the spacious-feeling cabin, and the available tri-zone climate control is rare for the class. The interior layout provides good visibility through large windows up front, but the rear roof pillars cause some problems. 

How the Nissan Rogue keeps getting better

In contrast to some automakers’ tendency to stop upgrading popular models until sales decline, it’s nice to see Nissan’s commitment to the Roque. A complete redesign for the 2021 model year introduced the third generation Rogue with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine backed by a continuously variable transmission that returned improved estimated fuel economy ratings of 28 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. 

Nissan didn’t rest on that improvement. Instead, it introduced the 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder for the 2022 Rogue. The hi-tech engine features variable compression to squeeze out 11% more horsepower and 24 % more torque than the previous engine while improving fuel economy. 

For the 2023 model year, Nissan rolled out the Rogue SV Midnight Edition package, featuring a plethora of black exterior details, including the grille, bumpers, mirrors, and rear diffuser. Meanwhile, inside the Midnight Edition, you’ll find charcoal leatherette upholstery.

While Nissan’t hasn’t released any details for a 2024 model year refresh, history dictates a mid-cycle makeover is near. Although no one expects significant changes for 2024, Nissan will likely continue to tweak the Rogue and address some of its minor shortcomings to offer the best version yet.

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