The 2020 Nissan Rogue Is the ‘Mr. Congeniality’ of Compact SUVs

While there’s a lot of buzz circling the 2021 Nissan Rogue, the 2020 version is still worth considering. The 2020 Rogue sticks out for its high predicted reliability scores and efficiency. And if you’re the type of driver that wants a pleasant ride, this Nissan might be for you.

The 2020 Nissan Rogue is an agreeable cruiser 

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport inside of an industrial complex with steel beams
2020 Nissan Rogue Sport | Nissan

If you look at this year’s compact SUV rankings, you’ll see that the Mazda CX-5 has been crowned as king. Toyota’s long-standing RAV4 wins the popularity contest. And according to Consumer Reports, Nissan’s Rogue should win as ‘Mr. Congeniality.’

CR acknowledges that Mr. Congeniality isn’t the most macho name for the Rouge, but we do think this title is appropriate. The Rogue sets itself apart from the competition thanks to its easy-going, calm nature. Furthermore, the Rogue is among the best options for a family. The Rogue is ideal for parents and great for teen drivers too.

Each Rogue features a 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder linked to a continuously variable automatic transmission. CR notes that the Rogue’s refinement has dramatically improved, and it’s remarkably quiet for the class. It’s still not very sporty or fast, and sometimes its engine gets a bit loud. On a brighter note, this Nissan receives points for its responsive handling and fuel economy. The Rogue has a fuel economy rating of up to 29 mpg overall.

“The Rogue handles soundly, with prompt response to steering inputs and not much body lean in corners. The steering is appropriately weighted for effort, but doesn’t convey a whole lot of feedback. Overall, the Rogue feels competent and reassuring, if not sporty or engaging to drive.”

Consumer Reports

It has a commendable car cabin too

2020 Nissan Rogue interior
2020 Nissan Rogue interior | Nissan

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Nissan has made the Rogue more spacious over the years, so it’s one of the more accommodating compact SUVs you can get. The Rogue provides ample head- and legroom; it’s above average for cargo space too. It also has a classy fit and finish, and CR especially recognizes the Rogue for its “theatre-like” seats. However, some reviewers felt that the Rogue’s seats could be more supportive.

Base models come with cloth upholstery; the higher trims will have leather. In addition to its plushy cabin, the Rogue also presents value with its in-car tech. It comes with an attractive infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. 

Additionally, the Rogue has an impressive list of active safety features, including blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, and forward-collision warning. There are plenty of other safety gadgets available, such as automatic rear braking. Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system is also available, which makes driving more convenient, as CR notes. 

Pricing and the best version to get

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Depending on the trim level you pick, the MSRP range for the 2020 Rogue falls between 

$25,490-$33,190. While many drivers will be happy with the standard model, CR recommends the mid-level SV trim with the Premium package. This option includes useful functions, including a power liftgate, ProPilot Assist, and a surround-view camera.