Nissan Rogue Sport 2021 – Review, Specs, Photos

The Nissan Rogue has been one of the most popular small SUVs on the market, so it came as no surprise when Nissan decided to capitalize on the nameplate with the spinoff Rogue Sport a few years ago. Unfortunately, the Rogue Sport fails to live up to the expectations set by the Rogue. A few standout aspects prevent the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport from being a non-starter. For one, it’s pretty practical. There’s good headroom in the back for adults, and legroom surpasses what some other extra-small SUVs offer. Cargo space with the rear seats up or folded is similarly generous and borders on class-leading. The Rogue Sport also emphasizes safety: Every trim level comes standard with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced driver aids. All the necessary information about – 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport read on.

New Nissan Rogue Sport 2021

Positioned between its smaller Kicks and larger Rogue brethren, the Rogue Sport is a compelling option for those who don’t want a larger SUV. Prospective buyers should note that while “Sport” is part of its name, here it refers to the Rogue Sport’s smaller size rather than to its performance chops. However, the Rogue Sport does well in the areas that people care about most: fuel efficiency and cargo capacity. All models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) regardless of trim; front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Nissan Rogue Sport 2021 – see interior and exterior photos in the article.

Interior

Past spy shots have given us clues about the new Rogue’s interior. We know a fully digital instrument cluster will be available, and the 9.0-inch touchscreen that just debuted in the refreshed Titan should also be an option. It’s hard to judge the crossover’s size from these renderings, but dimensions for the 2021 Rogue should increase slightly, which could grant more interior space for passengers and cargo. Even if the Rogue’s interior volume does increase, we don’t expect the unpopular third-row option to make a comeback. The Nissan Rogue Sport arrived as a standalone model in 2021, applying the larger Rogue’s styling to a smaller footprint. In 2021, it received an updated front end. With this model still relatively fresh, we expect the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport to arrive as a carryover model. As a carryover, the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport will roll in boasting almost an indistinguishable look relative to the 2021 model. This will include the same wide V-motion grille, sleek headlights with LED signatures, LED fog lights, a rising character line, plastic lower body cladding, and wraparound taillights with LED piping. Inside, the new Rogue Sport brought in a surprisingly sporty cabin. This included a flat-bottom steering wheel, gloss-black trim, a 7-inch touchscreen, and available leather upholstery. We expect the interior to remain the same, including its standard features. The latter includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, a USB port, a four-speaker audio system, and much more. We also expect the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport to continue with the same powertrain as the current model, which pairs a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to a continuously variable transmission. This setup ships power to the front wheels or all four wheels with its optional all-wheel drive. In the safety department, the current Rogue Sport has all the standard advanced tech the IIHS likes to see: automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward-collision warning, rear automatic braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. We expect these standard features to carry on unchanged. The IIHS has yet to complete testing on the current Rogue Sport, nor has the NHTSA. New Nissan Rogue Sport 2021 – see the photo on this page!

Exterior

We think Nissan nailed the Rogue’s redesign. The new model is an inch and a half shorter than before, at about 183 inches from nose to tail, yet manages to appear more imposing in photographs thanks to its more vertical fascia, more upright stance and chunkier proportions. The new Rogue looks solid, but it’ll be interesting to see if this trick of the eye stands up in person. Up front, the double V-Motion grille returns, now flanked by a split headlamp design. The new configuration puts the daytime running light signature up top, separating the standard LED headlamps into their own pod below. The new design is bold, and sure to be a bit divisive, but the more we look at it, the more we like it. At the very least, it’s almost subdued next to the Toyota RAV4’s gaping maw. Integrated into the new face are aerodynamic design details such as active grille shutters and air curtain intakes that smooth turbulent air around the sides of the vehicle. Other aero tweaks include reshaped A-pillars and underbody cladding, all of which aim to improve efficiency and reduce wind noise at speed. The SUV’s profile, with its “floating” roof design and thick D-pillar, reminds us of the RAV4’s flanks, but toned down a tad. The resemblance becomes more striking when presented in one of the five new two-tone color combinations. The Nissan’s wheel-to-body ratio and shorter rear overhangs give it a tidier, more purposeful appearance, too. Out back, the Rogue’s rear end sharpens up with taillamps that stretch horizontally and a larger opening for the motion-activated liftgate. Pop the hatch and you’ll find rear seats that fold at the flick of a lever and a redesigned version of the Nissan’s Divide-n-Hide cargo area — which I enjoyed in the previous generation — with improved stowage flexibility and more usefully sized cubbies.

Colors

Integrated into the new face are aerodynamic design details such as active grille shutters and air curtain intakes that smooth turbulent air around the sides of the vehicle. Other aero tweaks include reshaped A-pillars and underbody cladding, all of which aim to improve efficiency and reduce wind noise at speed. The SUV’s profile, with its “floating” roof design and thick D-pillar, reminds us of the RAV4’s flanks, but toned down a tad. The resemblance becomes more striking when presented in one of the five new two-tone color combinations. The Nissan’s wheel-to-body ratio and shorter rear overhangs give it a tidier, more purposeful appearance, too. The 2021 Nissan Rogue goes on sale at Nissan dealerships nationwide this fall, boasting a wide range of color combinations, including five two-tone combos.

Fuel economy

What the Rogue Sport lacks in acceleration it makes up for with good fuel economy. Unfortunately, so do its rivals—even those that are outright quick such as the Kia Soul Exclaim. In our real-world highway fuel-economy testing, an all-wheel-drive Rogue Sport exceeded its 30-mpg EPA rating by 1 mpg, which is good even in this class of mini-SUVs.

Horsepower

If the 2021 Rogue Sport were named after its performance, it would be called the Rogue Relaxed. Perky around town, the Rogue Sport quickly runs out of breath when accelerating to highway speeds, and it’s not rated for towing. The four-cylinder toiling away under the Rogue Sport’s hood makes but 141 horsepower and is matched up with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The CVT lets the engine slur up to the higher rpm at the slightest prod of the throttle and then holds it there as the car accelerates. While the engine could be more refined, it’s still class appropriate, and the CVT has predetermined “shift” points that at least interrupt the long periods of high engine speeds during heavy acceleration. Mediocre handling, braking, and acceleration won’t tickle a driving enthusiast’s fancy, but the Rogue Sport’s buttery ride quality and refined cruising nature will appeal to consumers looking for a subcompact crossover that feels grown up. Aside from the smooth ride quality, handling is competent but hardly sporty, and the steering is very light which makes low-speed maneuvering easy.

Technical specifications

Nissan’s semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist is also available. The system is designed to guide a vehicle in single-lane driving but requires the driver’s attention at all times in case of an emergency. The latest version is linked with the navigation system so that it can automatically slow the vehicle for junctions and highway curves and exits. Just one powertrain will be offered at launch: a 2.5-liter inline-4 rated at 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission will be the sole transmission option, but buyers will be able to choose between front- and all-wheel drive. Though it’s yet to be confirmed, a hybrid option could be offered at a later date. The new Rogue will reach dealers in the fall. It is the first of five new or updated Nissans due to enter production in the next year. Others include a new Rogue Sport, an updated Armada, a new battery-electric crossover and possibly a new Z sports car.

Price

S: $24,335; SV: $25,845; SL: $29,545; The mid-grade SV model is a great balance of value and features. While most will opt for the front-wheel-drive models, all-wheel drive is available for an upcharge if you find yourself traversing inclement weather often enough to justify the difference in price.

Safety

Under the hood, just one engine is on the table for all trims, a 2.5-liter inline-four with 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 11 hp and 6 lb-ft over last year. Power is sent to either the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission. That new AWD system has an electro-hydraulic controlled clutch for more responsive torque distribution. There’s also a new suspension design with six mounting points and a multi-link rear. A total of five driving modes are included: Off-road, Snow, Standard, Eco, and Sport. The Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of safety features are standard fare. These include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian protection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and high beam assist. A total of 10 airbags come as standard. Nissan’s Intelligent Driver Alertness Technology and Rear Door Alert come standard while Intelligent Cruise Control as part of the optional semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist system.

Motors

To get right to the point, no, it’s not sporty by any contemporary definition. It’s sluggish off the line (0-60 in 9.8 seconds), slow through the quarter mile (17.4 seconds at 79.4 mph), and only quick in the figure eight relative to heavy-duty pickups and off-roading Jeeps (28.6 seconds at 0.56 average g). In fact, it scores among the bottom five of all 2021 models we’ve tested in each category. Would we expect a budget-friendly compact SUV with a 141-hp I-4 and a CVT to put up blistering times? No. But we might fairly expect a vehicle with “Sport” emblazoned on the back to offer a little more athleticism than this. “Sport,” by definition, implies some level of fun, right? And cars that move quickly are fun. The Rogue Sport, at least in this respect, falls well short. An updated version of the Rogue’s 2.5-liter inline-four is found under the hood of all 2021 models, as there’s no hybrid version or more powerful engine option. This engine makes 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, improvements of 11 hp and 6 lb-ft. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard across the board, and front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Nissan claims fuel economy goes up by 1 to 2 mpg depending on model, with the 2021 Rogue achieving between 28 mpg and 30 mpg combined.

Configurations

Our loaner had a base price of $30,895 and was optioned up to $33,860 with the addition of premium paint—in this case Scarlet Ember Tint. That included for floor mats with cargo area protector and first aid kit ($290) and the Premium Package ($2,280) that adds the small power sliding moonroof, LED headlights, fog lamps, power front passenger seat, memory driver seat and mirrors, and Bose audio system. The Rogue Sport—or Qashqai as it is called in Europe and Canada—is not a powerful beast. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque, and power is distributed to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission. It’s perfect for nervous parents selecting a new car for a first-time buyer. The Rogue Sport has the hallmarks of a small crossover. It has black plastic on the dash, but at least it is textured, and the expanse is broken up with trim designed to look like carbon fiber and give it a bit of an industrial look.

Review

While the Sport billing is a ruse, its handling has no bad manners. The Rogue Sport is stable and body roll is kept at bay when guided through corners. It also exhibits good maneuverability in traffic and tight quarters thanks to its subcompact size. The brakes are similarly well-tuned and slow the Rogue Sport naturally. The Rogue Sport falters in other performance measures. In a class not known for speed, the Rogue Sport is one of the slowest choices available. Zero to 60 mph acceleration takes a lethargic 10.2 seconds, or slightly slower than a Prius. Passing on the highway takes careful planning. Steering is vague and lifeless. As with its performance attributes, the Rogue Sport doesn’t rise above segment standards in terms of comfort. We appreciate the availability of dual-zone automatic climate control and rear air vents. Its optional heated steering wheel is rare in this class. Otherwise, we’re let down by the Rogue Sport’s cabin accommodations and road manners. The stiff suspension translates to a rough ride over most city streets, though the ride on the highway is more acceptable. Despite adjustable lumbar support, our SV tester’s front seats’ flat and overly soft bottom cushions aren’t cut out for long trips (the upper-level SL’s seats are better-padded). Wind and road noise are reasonably suppressed, but engine noise is prominent while accelerating.

Release date

The Rogue’s upgraded interior looks good, with a fresh dashboard design and an apparent uptick in material quality. Nissan says the rear seat offers more kneeroom and headroom, and there are additional niceties for passengers, including optional rear-window sunshades and tri-zone climate control on higher trims. The center console area offers more storage than before thanks to a space-saving electronic shifter setup. An 8.0-inch infotainment screen with smartphone mirroring is standard, and a larger 9.0-inch screen is available on SL and Platinum models. A head-up display is offered on the Rogue Platinum. The 2021 Rogue will go on sale this fall. Its starting price should remain in the $26,000 range, while the loaded Platinum model with all-wheel drive may approach $40,000.

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The midlevel SV trim is the sweet spot in the Rogue Sport lineup. It costs just a bit more than the base S and adds nice quality-of-life upgrades such as keyless entry, dual-zone climate control and an upgraded audio system. Should you want additional features, the SV also opens the door to a pair of reasonably priced option packages.

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