When it debuted in 2014, the second-generation Nissan Rogue was stylish and up to date. Through the years, the ever-changing crossover segment quickly blew by it, leaving it looking dated. Nissan will address this with the redesigned 2021 Rogue, which will include a striking new design that’ll stand out in the crowded segment. The 2021 Nissan Rogue will be 1.5 inches shorter and 0.2 inches lower than the current model, but its more upright glasshouse and rear hatch will give it a bolder appearance. On top of the boldness, it’ll also have a dose of sportiness with its “floating” roof, more prominent V-motion grille, sweptback LED headlights, striking body lines and creases, and available LED fog lights. Inside, the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue will adopt a modern and upscale look, especially in higher trims. This new design will include a dash-top touchscreen, a wide and clutter-free HVAC interface, contrasting color options, a flat-bottom steering wheel, a butterfly-opening center console storage area, and a Divide-n-Hide cargo-management system. In higher trims, buyers will enjoy premium leather seating in SL models and quilted semi-aniline leather seating in the range-topping Platinum trim. All the necessary information about – 2021 Nissan Rogue read on.
New Nissan Rogue 2021
Compact crossovers are a particularly important model for any full-line automaker, and the Rogue SUV is big business for Nissan. The Rogue receives a much-needed redesign for the 2021 model year and offers more attractive styling, modernized interior tech, and—hopefully—improved acceleration performance and driving dynamics. Nissan says the latest-generation Rogue will go into production later this year and will roll onto dealer lots this fall. When it does, it will go toe-to-toe against segment leaders such as the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Volkswagen Tiguan. Yes, the 2021 Rogue is a good compact SUV. There’s an abundance of soft-touch surfaces in this Nissan’s comfortable and spacious cabin. The Rogue also comes with a slew of standard safety and technology features. On top of that, it has a good predicted reliability rating. However, it fails to live up to the competition when it comes to performance. Not only is the Rogue slow to accelerate, but its continuously variable automatic transmission causes the underpowered engine to drone loudly at times. Nissan Rogue 2021 – see interior and exterior photos in the article.
Whatever tricks exist behind the wheel might pale in comparison to how Nissan has made the 2021 Rogue smaller yet roomier. It’s 1.5 inches shorter and .2 inches lower than the outgoing model, yet cargo volume with the rear seats folded forward increases 4.1 cubic feet to 74.1 cubes total over the 2021 model. It’s the same 39.3 cubic feet behind the second row. Some of that space is made up for with clever packaging. The gear shifter is now a more compact electronic shifter in the center console. The console splits into upper and lower levels, so purses, tablets, or other precious items can be stowed out of sight but conveniently close at hand. The storage area under the elbow rest was also redesigned. It splits in half longwise, in what Nissan calls a “butterfly” opening, so all five occupants can access it. Up to four USB ports are available, with two Type-C and two Type-A, and large cupholders in the doors can accommodate 32-ounce bottles, according to Nissan. No need for fishing keys out of pockets—keyless start is one of many standard convenience features. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility continue to be standard, and the 8.0-inch touchscreen can be upgraded to a 9.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment. A 7.0-inch instrument cluster display can be upgraded to a 12.3-inch digital display, and an available 10.8-inch head-up display rounds out all the displays. Wireless charging is available, as is wireless CarPlay. Sorry, Android users, you still need the USB umbilical cord. Safety continues to be a priority in the Rogue, with Nissan’s suite of standard safety features included across the lineup. Like last year, it includes rear door alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic rear braking, which was not standard for 2021. Adaptive cruise control is still optional. Nissan upgraded its navigation and driver assistance features in the 2021 Rogue. The available ProPilot Assist system uses GPS and map data so the system can plan for slowdowns around curves or near exits. Nissan says it’s smoother. In stop-and-go traffic, the adaptive cruise control can stop for up to 30 seconds without any intervention needed for the driver; last year it was only three seconds. New Nissan Rogue 2021 – see the photo on this page!
Nissan describes the new Rogue as having a premium appearance. We concur. Measuring 1.5 inches shorter and 0.2 inches lower than its predecessor, designers have retained now-signature Nissan styling elements such as the floating roof and the latest iteration of the V-motion grille, which now adds a new headlight shape and “U-shape” bodyside highlights. The standard headlights also have multi-level LED technology with an expanded illumination area. LED fog lights are standard on the higher level SL and Premium trims. The overall styling is more aerodynamic than before, evidenced by the new “3D” tire deflectors in the lower front fascia, active grille shutter to help control air flow, and unique A-pillars. For the first time ever, the new Rogue will offer buyers a total of five two-tone exterior color combinations in addition to the regular color palettes.
The Nissan Rogue has been the company’s best-selling vehicle for the past few years. The compact crossover also happens to be the industry’s largest segment, so it was vital to get everything right and then some when it came to designing the all-new 2021 Rogue. Playing it safe was not an option. Nissan knew it had to go above and beyond in order to stave off the Rogue’s many and worthy rivals. Introducing the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue, a bolder-looking vehicle than the model it replaces, packed with the latest safety and driver-assist technologies along with the most sought after infotainment features. It’s also more powerful than its predecessor and more capable than ever for off-road and rough weather situations.
Fuel economy estimates from the EPA haven’t been released, but Nissan claims fuel economy has been improved slightly to 29 mpg combined for the base all-wheel drive model and up to 30 mpg for the front-wheel drive setup. We haven’t had the chance to test the 2021 Rogue on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy route, but we should get a chance to do that closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.
The new Rogue is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces up to 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a continuously variable transmission, or CVT. The standard model is front-wheel-drive but the Rogue comes with an all-wheel-drive option. It is equipped with 17, 18 or 19-inch wheels, depending on the trim level or option package. There are four trim levels, S, SV, SL and Platinum. Buyers who opt for all-wheel-drive also get five drive modes that include: Off-road, Snow, Standard, Eco and Sport.
In keeping with its ambition to be a helpful and unobtrusive Jeeves of a crossover for people who really don’t care about driving, the SL trim level comes standard with a comprehensive list of electronic driver-assistance aids. There’s automatic braking in forward and reverse (with pedestrian detection up front), adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and a blind-spot warning system. Two other clever features: If the car notices you open and close a rear door before you set off but then fail to repeat the process when you park, it’ll plaintively chirp its horn to remind you that, you know, you might’ve forgotten your tuba on the back seat. And when you’re airing up the tires, it’ll sound the horn to let you know when you’ve hit the right air pressure. Honk if you’re helpful! The Rogue’s all-wheel-drive system can split torque evenly front to rear, but under constant-speed circumstances it sends all the power to the front wheels. Given the peaceable power delivery, all-wheel drive really only comes into play in low-traction situations, like snow—when you’re doing zero to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds, wheelspin off the line isn’t much of a problem. At least the Rogue’s AWD system only imparts a 119-pound weight penalty on the SL. Whether front- or all-wheel drive, the Rogue is rated to tow a curiously specific (and decidedly low) 1,102 pounds. Or, if you like round numbers, 500 kilograms.
S: $26,000 (est.); SV: $28,000 (est.); SL: $31,000 (est.); Platinum: $36,000 (est.); We aren’t exactly sure how much Nissan will charge for the 2021 Rogue or which trim levels will be offered when it reaches dealerships this fall, but if it follows the current model’s pricing structure, we’ll see three or four trim levels, with the base model starting at around $26,000. The mid-level SV or SL models likely will offer the best mix of features for the money. However, those seeking all the luxuries will be wooed by a presumptive Platinum model. Once we know more about the 2021 Rogue’s various models and features, we’ll update this story with details.
Equipped with standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), and featuring 10 standard airbags along with what the automaker is describing as “extended crumple zones,” the new 2021 Rogue should prove safe. Nissan Safety Shield 360 equips every version of the Rogue with the most useful and effective examples of ADAS. They include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, rear automatic braking, and automatic high-beam headlights. Additionally, standard equipment includes Nissan’s Easy Fill Tire Alert system that makes it very easy to maintain proper tire pressures, a driver monitoring system, and a rear seat reminder intended to prevent parents from accidentally leaving children in the vehicle. Options include an active blind-spot intervention system, a traffic sign recognition system, and Enhanced ProPilot Assist with Navi-link. Equipped with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability and lane centering assistance technology, this enhanced version of ProPilot Assist uses next-generation radar and cameras for smoother braking, less intrusive steering assist feel, and better detection capability when other vehicles enter the lane ahead. Additionally, the stop-and-go feature now allows up to 30 seconds of stop time, a significant improvement over the previous system’s 3-second stopping allowance. Enhanced ProPilot Assist with Navi-link also uses the traffic sign recognition system to automatically adjust vehicle speed based on speed signs and the route ahead.
Although this 2.5-liter engine was also new for the 2021 Altima, we were so distracted by the upmarket 2.0-liter VC-Turbo mill replacing that car’s V-6 that we neglected the base engine’s cool new features. These include a global first: thermally insulated resin intake ports, which are inserted into the cast intake runner, leaving an air gap to the cylinder head material. This helps keep the intake charge cooler, improving anti-knock performance. The intake and exhaust cams trade places, and the exhaust manifold is integrated into the back side (as mounted in the vehicle) of the cylinder head. There’s a variable-displacement oil pump, and the Mirror Bore manufacturing process used on the GT-R and some NISMO engines is applied here. An electrically charged wire sprays molten iron onto the cylinder walls to a depth of approximately 0.2mm thick, and this surface is then honed with a diamond-encrusted bit to achieve an ultra-low-friction surface. Tuned for a broader torque curve, the Rogue’s engine makes 181 hp and 181 lb-ft with front or all-wheel drive; the Altima application makes 188 hp and 180 lb-ft with front-drive or 182 hp and 178 lb-ft with all-wheel drive.
The tall, boxy 2021 Nissan Rogue has room for five—and room for high-fives. It’s a durable-feeling crossover with spread-out space and room for gear. It’s an 8 for comfort. Nissan’s institutional knowledge of how to make a comfortable seat—that’s not overly padded and eats into rear seat leg room—gets a warm welcome from our rears. The front seats are all-day comfortable, heated, and power-adjustable in Rogue SV and Rogue SL models. (Base versions can add heated seats as a spend-up extra.) Second-row riders get nearly 38 inches of leg room with a perk: the tall head room means big bodies and big legs can better fit. Three abreast is a breeze in the back seat, with only very broad shoulders looking for more wiggle room. Behind the second row the Rogue carries 39.3 cubic feet of cargo, which is impressive even though much of that space is little-used vertical space. With the second row folded down from a 40/20/40-split affair, the Rogue’s rear carries 70 cubic feet of caro. Underfloor bins help secure small-item storage beneath the floor, away from prying eyes. Base Rogue S models wear durable cloth that doesn’t feel cheap, but doesn’t impress much either. The interior plastics are black and cheap-feeling, an obvious place where the Rogue has cut its costs. Dressy Rogue SLs wear leather hides that look high-buck, but feel a little low-rent.
Performance is low on the totem pole. The engine rarely delivers as much acceleration as you want, such as for highway merging or passing maneuvers. The transmission’s sluggishness doesn’t help matters. Three selectable drive modes — Normal, Sport and Eco — change the transmission’s character, but none for the better. The brakes stop the Rogue smoothly, but there’s a squishiness to the pedal that makes real-world panic stops a bit stressful. As for handling, the Rogue doesn’t reward with thrilling dynamics, but it doesn’t flop over when cornering hard either. The steering lacks feel and precision. The Rogue delivers a comfortable ride in most scenarios. On rough roads, it’s impressively composed, without much harshness transmitted into the cabin. The cabin also doesn’t allow in much noise. Engine noise is nicely suppressed at cruising speed, and wind and road noise is also kept at bay. Cabin comfort extends to the seats, and Nissan does some of the best in the business. The Rogue’s front seats are exceptional for keeping passengers comfy during long stints. The rear seats aren’t bad either, though they sit a little high off the floor. The Rogue may fall flat in some areas, but its quiet and comfortable cabin counts for a lot.
Skinny jeans and high-waist trousers were all the rave in the 1980s. However, I still fondly remember the days when rocking a pair of baggy jeans was cool. If you were a college kid in the late 90s and early 2000s, you didn’t want to be caught dead wearing skinny jeans lest you be ridiculed for life. But now, high-waist jeans (and skinny/slim fit trousers) are making a comeback, and it seems the Nissan Rogue is forging the same path in terms of design. According to Nissan, the 2021 Rogue’s updated exterior design reflects the fun, edgy, versatile, and adventurous nature of the vehicle. I think it looks great, but why it needs to follow the current trend of moving the headlights to a different spot than the usual is beyond me. But then again, no other automaker but Nissan is to blame for starting this unusual trend. Do you remember the ogling Nissan Juke? Now, the Hyundai Kona and Santa Fe are leading the charge, and the 2021 Rogue is not too far behind. “Rogue is playing to win in the midsize crossover game with the ideal mix of expressive design, advanced technology, safety, comfort, and versatility,” Colleran added.
Nissan packs a lot of standard safety and convenience features in the Rogue, its most popular model. With automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and other driver aids standard, you don’t have to buy a more expensive trim level to get desirable safety features. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is also standard. The Rogue is one of the industry’s top-selling models, so it obviously hits the right notes with many buyers. Our editors, though, rate the Rogue as noisier, slower and less enjoyable to drive than other compact SUVs. There’s some good stuff here, but check out the competition before deciding.
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