You can tell Nissan took criticisms about its Rogue SUV in stride. People complained that the model’s last generation was bland and lacked refinement. Now, the completely redesigned 2021 Rogue offers more power and machismo. And in terms of added value, this compact SUV is impressive too.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue is bolder than ever
Many respected critics have been super impressed with the Rogue’s newfound swag. Road testers at Car and Driver are especially pleased with the Nissan’s truckish design. But of course, what’s under the hood is what matters.
Like the outgoing Rogue, the 2021 model comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a continuously variable automatic (CVT). You also have the choice between front- or all-wheel drive. The updated engine now makes 181-hp, which is 11 more horses than before. While this isn’t a tremendous change, the Rogue’s updated powertrain makes for a more gratifying experience.
“We’ve criticized the last generation Rogue for its lackadaisical acceleration and clumsy handling; the 2021 model has improved in both categories. At our test track, we recorded a quicker, but still uninspired, 8.2-second run to 60 mph and noted more confident handling and a quieter interior when cruising. “Car and Driver
The new Rogue offers more utility
There wasn’t much to complain about the previous Rogue’s interior; it was already welcoming and had a high-class feel. We’re happy that Nissan decided to take things up a notch, though. The Rogue is still a cushiony five-seater, but its interior now provides additional family-friendly features and convenient storage areas.
The Rogue’s rear doors open nearly 90 degrees, which makes the vehicle more accessible. The lower anchors in the middle of the back row make it easier to install a child seat. In total, the Rogue now has 74.cubic feet of cargo space if you fold the rear seats. This is a slight decrease from last year, as Car and Driver notes, but it’s still one of the class’s highest offerings.
What’s also cool is that the upper-level trims have an adjustable cargo floor called Divide-N-Hide. The Divide-N-Hide function has six configurations and a “secret” storage option.
And in terms of value, the SV trim is the one that stands out
We appreciate that the Rogue comes with an array of modern tech. Standard infotainment features include an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio access. Overall the Rogue’s touchscreen display is easy to operate, and the picture is crisp. You also get a healthy list of advanced safety equipment such as blind-spot monitoring and a rear-passenger safe exit system.
The entry-level Rogue S trim starts at $25,650. Some drivers won’t feel the need to go up from the base option but the mid-level SV trim is enticing. Critics, including Car and Driver and Edmunds, recommend the Rogue SV as the one to get. SV models begin at $27,340
If you opt for the Rogue SV, you get more goodies, including 18-inch wheels, remote engine, start, and keyless entry. A wifi hotspot is standard on this trim, plus lane-departure mitigation and a 360-degree camera system. The SV model also allows you to replace the Rogue’s standard cloth upholstery with faux leather if you get the premium package add-on.