In 2021, Nissan’s Rogue compact SUV got a major redesign that included an upgraded exterior design, contemporary tech features in the interior cabin, power and handling developments–even better ride-and-handling. Though it has previously proven to be successful against segment leaders such as Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan compared to other models like Mazda CX-5, it was still lagging behind others further down the rankings. Now with this complete overhaul of its former mediocre self, we believe that Nissan’s money maker made some serious strides for itself and can potentially shake off its history of ordinariness.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2021 Rogue comes with an upgraded 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 HP, a substantial increase from the previous generation’s capabilities and provides better acceleration and smoother handling. The standard transmission is continuously variable automatic (CVT) drivetrain which can be supplemented by all wheel drive as an option. We were disappointed in the last generations lack of power and poor performance; however, we are pleased to say that these issues have been addressed for this newest model.
During our testing, we noticed that the Nissan surged from 0 to 60 mph in a lightning-fast 8.2 seconds. Despite this impressive speed increase, it still lacked excitement and energy when driving–but according to Nissan’s statements, they will soon be offering an optional turbocharged 1.5 liter 3 cylinder engine which should improve its performance significantly! Furthermore, on top of the improved power output we also discovered more confident handling than before along with a quieter interior while cruising – making for one truly worthwhile experience!
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to EPA estimates, front-wheel drive Rogue models equipped with the 2.5L four-cylinder engine can expect up to 27 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on highway drives. All-wheel drive versions of this model still receive impressive fuel economy ratings at 26/33 (city/hwy). In our 75mph highway test route, an all wheel drive vehicle managed 32mpg! If you opt for a 3 cylinder engine instead, you could experience even more savings – 30 mpg city & 37 hwy for front wheel driven models, or even 36mpg hwy when coupled with AWD.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Rogue’s interior is a mix of the classic Altima family and sleek Sentra compact styles. With thoughtful storage cubbies, two-level dashboard, and squared shift knob included in the design, it adds a modern touch to enhance usability. Cloth seating comes standard with SV models offering an optional faux leather upgrade while The SL and Platinum Rogues feature genuine semi-aniline hide upholstery that has been exquisitely quilted for added luxury!
Enjoy the comfort of three-zone automatic climate control, cozy heated front seats and a toasty heated steering wheel. As far as interior cabin space goes, it remains relatively unchanged from its predecessor; however, cargo space behind the rear seat has decreased slightly – diminishing from 39 cubic feet to 37 cubic feet.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
While neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have tested and graded crash performance on the 2021 Rogue, we anticipate that they will soon. The new Rogue is equipped with a generous selection of advanced driver-assistance features to keep up with rivals like Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester. In addition, while ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving mode is available as an option in Rogue SL trims, it’s standard in Platinum models. By providing such modern safety technology right off the bat, Nissan ensures their customers are well protected from day one!
Is The Nissan Rogue a reliable Car?
Is the Nissan Rogue Reliable ? The 2022 Nissan Rogue has a predicted reliability score of 82 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.
Why are Nissan Rogues so popular?
It comes with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that boasts 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. It works with the standard Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) to achieve an EPA-estimated 26 city/33 highway MPG. This efficiency makes it very popular with commuters.
Do Nissan Rogues last long?
You can expect a Nissan Rogue to last 200,000 miles or more. An average American drives 15,000 miles per year. Following this standard, this translates to about 13 to 15 years of problem-free performance with regular and recommended maintenance.