Car Review: Nissan’s 2021 Rogue sports new look, stresses value

The compact crossover is as popular as ever, moving into what used to be sedan territory. The Rogue has been a popular buy and has been overhauled for the fight this year.

Nissan gave the 2021 Rogue a bold look with more squared styling than before. New LED lighting clusters stand out and highlight the new face. I drove the Rogue SL model and it comes with large 19-inch wheels that work nicely with the more muscular and blocky body. I also like the two-tone paint scheme of this Rogue. The mostly Solid Gray paint pairs nicely with the back roof.

What really moved me is the 2021 Rogue’s improved interior. While the space was always a plus, the interior materials were a step behind. The sea of hard cheaper-looking materials from before is mostly out of sight. In its place are better-looking and softer-touch materials. A fresh and inviting interior in the upper trim level model looks impressive, especially the leather with contrasting color stitching and a wood-trimmed cockpit.

Hitting the road in the 2021 Rogue provides a nice driving experience with a comfortable ride. The upgraded 2021 ProPilot Assist comes with upgraded driver aids and some nifty new features. The Rogue is a comfortable and reliable ride for the daily commute. I did notice a bit of wind noise at higher speeds.

The 2021 Rogue’s 181hp engine is not a powerhouse, and while it delivers good MPG, some drivers will wish for more. I found it pokey with the seats filled and trying to climb the hills near Skyline Drive.

Cost: $33,400; as tested $37,575
MPG: 25 MPG City; 32 MPG Highway. I managed 29.2 in 377 miles of mixed driving.
Options: $1,320 SL premium package; $350 two tone paint; $310 frameless rearview mirror with universal remote; $350 external ground lighting; $350 interior accent lighting; $400 illuminated kicks plates
Safety: Rear sonar system; ProPilot Assist & Navi link; steering assist; intelligent cruise control; automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection; intelligent forward collision warning; rear automatic braking; blind spot warning; rear cross traffic alert; lane departure warning; intelligent lane intervention; high beam assist; traffic sign recognition; rear door alert
Things to know: Nissan remade a better Rogue then before, with more style and features at a competitive price.


  • New bold styling will help the Rogue standout in the crowded crossover field
  • Vastly improved interior with better materials and more style
  • Gets good fuel economy even when equipped with AWD


  • Feels slow when loaded with people
  • There is some wind noise at highway speeds
  • Some might find legroom in the back seat lacking

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