2021 Nissan Rogue

MSRP range: $25,850 - $37,030
Edmunds suggests you pay$26,681

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2021 Nissan Rogue Review

  • Lots of features for the money
  • Comfortable seats and ride quality
  • Huge and versatile cargo area
  • Advanced driver aids are intuitive and easy to use
  • Elevated wind and road noise at highway speeds
  • Some competitors have roomier back seats
  • Easily confused voice recognition system
  • Fully redesigned Rogue for 2021
  • Debuts new looks, updated tech and additional features
  • New range-topping Platinum trim
  • Kicks off the third Rogue generation for 2021

The Rogue is Nissan's best-selling vehicle, and it's also one of the most popular small SUVs on the market. We liked the 2014-2020 Rogue for its utility, passenger comfort and value, though ultimately we found rival SUVs did a better job of emphasizing performance and quality. Now Nissan is looking to better entice you with the introduction of the fully redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue.

The new Rogue has a more distinctive exterior design, punctuated by a boxier, more squared-off front end and recognizable LED lighting signatures. The biggest change comes to the cabin, especially in the new range-topping Platinum trim level. The previous Rogue used acres of cheap, hard and piano-black plastics. By contrast, the 2021 Rogue Platinum has upscale elements such as a digital instrument panel, quilted leather seats and ambient illumination.

ProPilot Assist — Nissan's name for its full suite of driver assistance features — now includes navigation-linked adaptive cruise control, which can slow down for upcoming road curves. A retuned transmission, slightly more powerful engine and lighter weight make the 2021 Rogue feel a little livelier to drive too.

By all measures, the 2021 Nissan Rogue is better than the outgoing model. Though it doesn't claim the top spot in our small SUV rankings, the new Rogue is much more competitive with class leaders that include the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson.

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There's no question about it — the new Rogue is a considerable improvement over the outgoing model. It has vastly upgraded interior materials and better interior storage and is more dynamic from behind the wheel. While the Rogue isn't quite good enough to dethrone the Honda CR-V, we can unequivocally say it's among the best small SUVs on the market.
The driving experience is a huge area of improvement for the newest Rogue. The steering has a little more heft to it, so it doesn't feel as artificial and light. It's also responsive. Around turns, the Rogue stays composed, but it's not sporty like a Mazda CX-5.

The weak link is the Rogue's powertrain. At our test track, our all-wheel-drive Rogue test vehicle accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds, which is an average time for a small SUV with a base engine. But in everyday driving the Rogue just seems lazy. Pushing the gas pedal past halfway doesn't result in any appreciable power. Highway passes require planning well ahead.
The Rogue is eminently comfortable. The front seats are wonderfully shaped, with padding that's both soft and supportive. The rear seats are similarly pleasant, with generous lumbar support and two recline positions.

The Rogue also has a comfortable ride quality in most circumstances. The suspension is well tuned to ably deal with a variety of road surfaces. It doesn't feel jittery even on the available 19-inch wheels with the shorter tire sidewalls.

Some wind and road noise makes its way into the cabin at highway speeds. The engine can also drone noisily under medium to heavy acceleration. As for climate control, the Rogue has an available triple-zone climate control system (SL trim and up), which is a rare feature for a small SUV. It works well to keep both front and rear passengers comfy.
Getting into the Rogue is easy since the doors open nearly 90 degrees for unobstructed access. The cabin is airy, making the Rogue seem like a larger vehicle than it actually is. The tall, wide windows provide an expansive view out and contribute to the sense of space. The thick rear roof pillars block your rearward view slightly, but several driver aids are present to eliminate blind spots.

The interior layout is pleasant and cleanly designed overall. But there are a few minor downsides that prevent the Rogue from earning a perfect score. Rear legroom is a little bit tighter than the roomiest rivals, such as the CR-V, and the headrests have a mild forward tilt that might not be comfortable for all drivers.
The Rogue is one of the more tech-centric vehicles in its class. All models come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and all but the base trim have four USB ports for keeping devices charged. Our Platinum tester also had a charging pad and wireless Apple CarPlay — both are rare features for this class.

The Rogue's advanced driving aids are another highlight. Adaptive cruise control and lane-centering assist make fewer mistakes than the systems in competitors and help reduce the stress of driving long distances. That said, Nissan says the adaptive cruise control can communicate with the navigation system to slow down for upcoming curves, but we never witnessed it working as intended.

Nissan's touchscreen interface is bright, attractive and fairly easy to use. The voice controls, on the other hand, are easily confused even when given clear instructions in the required syntax.
Even small SUVs have to offer plenty of room, and the Rogue obliges. SL and Platinum models come with a two-tier cargo management system that Nissan calls Divide-N-Hide. The dual-panel floor can rest in the upper position to create a perfectly flat load space when the rear seats are dropped. You can also lower the cargo panels for extra storage or set one up as a cargo divider.

With the panels in their lowest position, the Rogue offers 36.5 cubic feet of room, which is marginally smaller than class leaders. Fold the seats and you have 74.1 cubic feet at your disposal, which is one of the highest amounts in the small SUV class.

Interior storage for small items is also generous, especially up front. There's a nicely sized tray in front of the shifter, wide cupholders and a deep under-armrest bin. Backseat passengers enjoy door pockets suitable for large beverages, plus typical seatback pouches. The Rogue is also well suited for transporting young children. The large door openings, roomy back seat and easily accessible car seat anchors make loading or unloading a car seat easy.
Nissan says a Rogue Platinum with all-wheel drive will get an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined driving (25 city/32 highway). These estimates are roughly 2 mpg better than the figures for some comparable SUVs with similar engines. We also found them to be representative of real-world driving in our testing.
The Nissan Rogue costs slightly more than top-ranked competitors, but the cost is somewhat offset by its stronger set of standard features. The price of our top-trim Platinum all-wheel-drive tester was considerable; at $38,660, this particular model is one of the most expensive compact SUVs on the market. Again, that price brings extras — such as quilted leather and wireless Apple CarPlay — that are hard to find on competing crossovers. The overall quality of materials is seriously impressive, though we observed a few fit-and-finish issues on our tester.

Nissan's warranty coverage is typical for this class. The standard bumper-to-bumper warranty is good for three years/36,000 miles, as is roadside coverage. The powertrain is warrantied for five years/60,000 miles.
The Rogue's handling abilities came as a surprise. Even though there's quite a bit of body roll, the quick-acting responses to steering input make it feel livelier than most. The loud, groany engine and its distinct lack of power sap the fun a bit.

There's no denying the Rogue is shaking up the small SUV class. With its bold, square exterior, it looks far less eggy than rival SUVs, and the cabin in our Platinum tester makes a strong first impression. It's nice to see Nissan trying something different here.

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Though the entire Rogue lineup offers strong value, the SV is the standout. It doesn't cost much more than the base Rogue but adds a ton of features, including the ProPilot Assist system (which consists of adaptive cruise control and lane departure mitigation). If you have a more generous budget, the new Platinum trim is also worth a look. It's pricey, but few in the class can match its luxurious quilted leather and luxury-like feature upgrades.

Nissan Rogue models

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is a five-passenger small SUV sold in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. All are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (181 horsepower, 181 lb-ft of torque) mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard across the board, and all-wheel drive is available on all trims.

The base Rogue S is fairly well equipped, with standard features that include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Height-adjustable driver's seat
  • Rear air vents
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality
  • Satellite radio
  • Two USB ports

The Rogue's suite of advanced driving aids is branded as Nissan Safety Shield. Safety Shield consists of:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse)
  • Rear-passenger safe exit system (can prevent a rear passenger from opening a door into traffic approaching from behind)
  • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)

The next-level SV is rich with comfort and safety features, including:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Remote engine start
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Two rear-seat charge-only USB ports
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Nissan and the car in front)
  • 360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Rogue and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

The SV Premium package further adds:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Roof rails
  • Leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Faux leather upholstery
  • Second-row sunshades

The luxe SL gets all of the features of the SV and SV Premium package plus:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Heated mirrors with body-colored caps
  • Hands-free operation for the liftgate
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Leather upholstery
  • Remote release levers for rear bench
  • Dual-panel cargo floor

The SL Premium package upgrades the Rogue with:

  • Navigation system
  • 9-inch touchscreen
  • 10-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Voice controls
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)

The range-topping Platinum offers:

  • SL Premium package
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Heated rear seats
  • Upgraded leather upholstery with quilted stitching
  • Wireless charging pad
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Nissan Rogue.

Average user rating: 3.5 stars
31 total reviews
5 star reviews: 45%
4 star reviews: 12%
3 star reviews: 6%
2 star reviews: 14%
1 star reviews: 23%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

3/5 stars, Better technology but overpriced
I recently upgraded my 2018 Rogue SV for a Rogue SV 2021. I love the new exterior design, and new safety technology. However, I failed to review the new Rogue SV features before I went to a dealership. The sales guy focused on showing me the new features and never mentioned what was taken away from the 2018 SV nor I asked for it. Now I am very disappointed that my 2018 SV had more convenient features than my 2021 SV and yet I paid more for the 2021 car. Rogue SV 2021 doesn't include: Motion-Activated Liftgate -kick sensor Power liftgate- Keyfob-opening & closing Blind spot sensor (alarm sound is very low) power heated front seats Divide-N-Hide and multi-level Cargo System Power height-adjustable liftgate After this rip-off, I will think it twice before I lease another car from Nissan again. They overpriced the New Rogue SV, and if you want the old standard SV features, you would have to go for the SL trim and of course pay at least $5000 or more than an SV.
1/5 stars, CVT malfunction
Kenny ,
SV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
I just purchased a brand new rogue 7 days ago and yesterday I took it to the freeway to test the propilot and after 5 minutes the warning light was on and said CVT malfunction Service not available. I pulled off to a stop turned off the engine and restart again. The warning light was gone. I got back to the freeway again and turned the autopilot again and about 3 minutes warning light on again. I can't turned it off so had pulled over and stopped the engine and restart again this time the CVT malfunction light was gone but engine check light was on and can't turned it off. I called the dealer and dropped the car off for them to fix it. It was frustrated when you spent over $32k for a brand new car and only last for 120 miles and had to go to the shop. Never experience anything like this before on a new car. Very disappointed, should have gone for a different brand.
1/5 stars, 23 hours old
Sad days Nissan ,
S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Do not buy. 2021 Nissan Rogue 23 hours old and 170.0 miles suffered catastrophic engine failure. Worst part is that Nissan left my parents who are in their 80’s on the side of the freeway in the middle of nowhere and car can’t charge phone and it’s cold and raining with semi trucks passing them and hazard lights will not work. Nissan says we are sending a truck but we are going to leave you on the side of the road and you need to call Uber or negotiate with the tow company. Nissan’s response put their lives in danger for over 4 hours. My mom and dad are terrified of this car and Nissan’s response.... I will bet everything I own that Honda or Toyota’s response would have been way better and It’s not possible to be any worse...
2/5 stars, Great New Look and Improvement- Too many issues
S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
I had a 2018 Rogue for three years and never had to do any service to it besides oil. I just got my 2021. This is my 25 day having it and it again has to be serviced. First time my low engine malfunction came on and apparently there will be a recall for it soon. Now my remote start doesn't work and its -33 windchill right now. Super disappointed since I loved my old rogue. Need some reliability.

2021 Nissan Rogue videos

CARLOS LAGO: If you're looking for an inexpensive and compact SUV for yourself and the family, odds are you're looking at one of these. Currently we rank the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 highest and recommend them to most shoppers. ELANA SCHERR: We don't rank the Toyota RAV4 quite as high. But it remains wildly popular with buyers, as does the Nissan Rogue, which was just redesigned-- I mean, so recently, seconds ago-- brand new. CARLOS LAGO: That's not true. ELANA SCHERR: We're gonna explain what each of these vehicles do well, what they don't, and which one's right for you. CARLOS LAGO: Make sure you click the links below to find out more information about each of the vehicles here. And also visit Edmunds.com/sellmycar to get a cash offer on your car. Each one of the vehicles here has gone through our rigorous and exhaustive ranking process. That includes a standardized road loop, performance and static measurements, and evaluations from professionals who do this for a living. ELANA SCHERR: Each starts at around $25,000 and tops out around $35,000, or maybe $38,000. There are a few exceptions. But we'll address those as it's relevant. CARLOS LAGO: Yes, we know each of the vehicles here don't necessarily lineup apples to apples. But we have logged thousands of miles in various versions of most of the vehicles here. So think of them as ambassadors from their respective model lines. ELANA SCHERR: Representatives. CARLOS LAGO: Representatives. [MUSIC PLAYING] The Honda CR-V has been a longtime favorite of our team. We've ranked it number one among small SUVs for the past few years now. We validated that decision by buying one and running it in our long-term test fleet for 40,000 miles. As far as fuel economy, you can expect around 30 MPG for most models, though the hybrid gets up to 38 MPG. And like all the SUVs here, the CR-V is available with all-wheel-drive. ELANA SCHERR: We've had a Mazda CX-5 in our long-term test fleet. And we liked it. In our rankings, it came in just below the CR-V. While that SUV got high marks for interior space and usability, the CX-5 focuses more on driver experience and material quality and overall style. While the CX-5 is not available in a hybrid, it does offer a 250-horsepower, turbo-charged, four-cylinder engine, which is more powerful than any of the rest of these. The trade off, of course, is fuel economy. In its most efficient offering, you're only gonna get 28 MPG combined from the Mazda. And if you get that turbo engine, 24. Personally I think it's worth it. CARLOS LAGO: The 2021 Nissan Rogue is the newest vehicle in this group. Now, historically the Rogue's been a favorite-- not through the attributes of the vehicle itself, but due to the pricing. That's all changed for this year. The pricing hasn't. But the interior is much nicer and newer and has more modern features. What hasn't changed though is the engine and transmission, or at least they haven't changed much. They're still behind the rest of the field when it comes to power and fuel economy. ELANA SCHERR: The Toyota RAV4 comes in a ton of varieties, including a hybrid, a pricey and powerful plug-in hybrid, and even one that's all dressed up for off-roading. Fuel economy and price ranges vary accordingly. But the regular version hovers around 30 MPG. And the hybrids are around 40. We've evaluated most versions of the RAV4. In fact, the Edmunds team once drove a RAV4 nonstop through all the lower 48 states, which was very fun and meant that we spent a lot of time with it. Through all that, we found most parts of the RAV4 agreeable. It's a solid choice that has received continuous improvements. It's just that some of its competitors put together a package that we like better overall. CARLOS LAGO: When we're looking at the cargo areas of these vehicles, we're considering the actual cargo space, how easy it is to load, how functional that area is; is it easy or difficult to lower the second row; are there power ports back there; and things along those lines. ELANA SCHERR: Tailgate party! CARLOS LAGO: Yeah. When it comes to cargo space, this is really the CRV's biggest bragging right. It has the most space here, and some clever features to go along with it too. What really makes the space usable though is this low lift-over height. On the other side of that, you actually have a height adjusting floor that buys you additional space. But I think most of the time, you would just drive around in this position anyway. Why would you have it higher up? And then the second row folds down really easily. If you can reach these levers, that's one way to do it. But if you can't, there's also levers on the side that flip them down just like that. The only thing that's missing back here is a power port. But otherwise, this is a really nice cargo area. ELANA SCHERR: All right, if you are planning on starting a moving company, the CX-5 is not the way to go. It has considerably less cargo space than the other three SUVs in this test. And the load floor is high, with a lip that you have to lift things over. It's just not super-convenient. Plus it doesn't have very many of those cool cubbies like the other guys do. Well, that's not totally true. It does have these little winglets in the corner. I don't even know why they're hidden. It doesn't make sense to me. But I will say that it has very convenient handles for putting the seats down. And it's the only one that lets you put the middle down. Which means-- say you're taking two kids and the family skiing, put the skis in the middle, hit the bunny slopes. CARLOS LAGO: The Nissan Rogue may not have the most space here, but it does have a really neat party trick. And that's the Divide-N-Hide system. The load floor is split into two pieces. So you can raise and lower one section at a time. And you can also flip this one up like that to have a space set up like that for groceries on either side. It's pretty nice. One thing I will call out though, because I am sensitive to having a clean car, is there are a lot of crevices up here that dirt and Cheerios and little Goldfish crackers will inevitably populate. Folding the second row is really easy as well, because you have releases that drop it just like that. And there's also a 12-volt power port right here. ELANA SCHERR: The Toyota RAV4 hybrid can brag that it has the same amount of cargo space as the non-hybrid, which means it beats the CR-V in that metric because the CR-V hybrid has less cargo space than the non-hybrid. One thing about the RAV4 is there are no easy, convenient handles for lowering the rear seat, which means if you're short like me it's really annoying. Also the seats don't fold all the way flat, which is also annoying. It's fine. It's just not gonna win cargo hold of the year. CARLOS LAGO: Interior space and functionality is massively important for these kinds of SUVs because the people and the families that own and operate these vehicles have diverse needs for them. We're not just looking at the overall interior space here either, but how functional that space is. As far as the interior goes, in terms of functionality, the CR-V is our favorite. Getting in and out is really easy thanks to large door openings and a low step-in height. And it's really helpful from the back, when you're getting kids in and out. As far as interior measurements go, the CR-V is generally above average in all measurements. And that makes for an overall large-feeling, roomy interior. You can easily sit four adults back here. As for storage options, you have a ton. The door cubbies are massive. You can fit a big water bottle and a bunch of other stuff all at the same time. And the center console remains one of our favorites. Not just because of the space, but because of the adjustability. You can have it in this configuration, which leaves a ton different room. You can also slide this guy down and out if you want to secure stuff underneath. Now, this is slightly less functional than previous versions of this generation. But it's still among the best. Really, the downside of the CR-V is the feel of the materials. This is the top level trim of the CR-V. And it doesn't have the richness that you'll find in other vehicles here, like the Mazda and the Nissan. ELANA SCHERR: The interior in the CX-5 is like a little black dress. It's simple. It's clean. It's classy. I like it. Everything about it is very driver-focused, from the way that all of the controls are slightly angled over towards the driver, as they should be. The seats are comfortable, a little bit firm. But again, that's that whole driver thing. You want to stay in place. One of the things I really like is the shifter in the Mazda. It's kind of old school. It has a manual transmission feel, with the leather surround. Headroom is good for tall people-- I mean, I assume. And seating position is highly adjustable for tall and short folks. One place where the CX-5 is kind of weak sauce is in small-item storage. There just isn't very much of it. There's an angled pocket up here for a phone. But it's kind of hard to reach. And there's a fairly large pocket here on the side. I mean, it will fit my regulation size capybara succulent planter. But the console, oh, not so much. I mean, you really need to be able to carry these sort of things with you when you've got a car like this. The backseat has plenty of room though. You could fit several of these back there. Overall, I'm gonna give the interior of the Mazda high marks, just for being easy. CARLOS LAGO: The interior in this top-trim Nissan Rogue is impressive for a lot of different reasons. But first we'll talk about getting in and out. What's nice is that the second-row doors in this open to basically 90 degrees. So that's gonna be really helpful if you're loading bulky items or kids or car seats. It gives you a lot of space to do so. Also the privacy shades in the second row are a really nice feature to have. When it comes to overall space, the Rogue gives an impression of being a much larger SUV than it actually is. There's an impression of roominess that's really nice to have. In terms of interior measurements, they generally fall on the larger side. So this is an interior that feels spacious. Now, this is again a fully-loaded Rogue. And you really sense that in the type of materials used throughout the interior. This, you could say, over-delivers on design and style. And that's really the strength. You sense that your money is going further in this to get these materials than it is in some other examples in this segment. When it comes to interior functionality, that's where things are not as great as some other vehicles in this segment. Specifically, the door pockets aren't as big as the CR-V, for example. It's something you can live with. But just be aware. The center console also follows a different strategy, where you have this floating top layer where your cup-holders is. And your storage is underneath the arm rest right there. On the bottom though, you have this open pad that has a rubberized and texturized floor that's gonna prevent things from sliding around. But it isn't big enough to accommodate even a medium-size handbag, as I found out with my wife. Overall though, the appearance and feel and spaciousness of this Rogue is really the highlight. ELANA SCHERR: I'm gonna start talking about the RAV4 interior with what I don't like. Because there isn't very much I don't like, so we'll be done with it quickly. Basically it has to do with the seats. They're comfortable. They're nice and soft. But they don't have very much adjustability. In fact, this is as low as the seat will go. And it kind of feels like driving while sitting on a barstool. If I were a tall person, I think this would bother me. The only other negative, and that's really depending on how much you like to caress your interior, is that most of these materials are kind of rubbery and plastic. On the plus side, it makes them very easy to clean. Overall I really like the RAV4 interior. I think it's so unique. It has all of these cool details like rubber knobs and patterning in all the shelves and cup-holders. And you can see by my t-shirt matching the seats that I'm kind of down with the fashion they've got going on here. When it comes to small-item storage, the RAV4 has little shelves, very clever. And it has a nice big console that absolutely fits my regulation capybara plant and planter. It doesn't even squish the leaves. Unfortunately these side pockets-- oh, that's like half a capybara. So, all right, not as good there on the side. But he's nice and comfortable right in here. Your friends and children will be comfortable in the backseat as well, because there's lots of room there too. CARLOS LAGO: Speaking of backseat space, each of these SUVs are generally roomy and easy to access. The CR-V and the RAV4 boast the largest interior measurements, while the CX-5 and the Rogue garnered small complaints from taller test drivers. Whether you call it an infotainment screen or a center touchscreen, this area of a vehicle is becoming rapidly more popular and more important for our evaluation process. Because outside of driving, this is the part of the vehicle that you're going to interact with the most. Now, all the SUVs here have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. And that takes away all of the frustrations you may have with the systems that automakers generally have in these vehicles. But what happens when you don't have cell phone service? And what happens if you just don't like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay? How do these systems work? When it comes to higher trim levels of the CR-V, you do get additional connectivity. There's two USB ports in the back, two up front. There are no USB-C ports. There are just the older style. But they do have the amps of each port written right above them. And that's nice if you have a phone that's really sensitive to that kind of thing when it comes to charging. You also have a wireless charging pad that you can turn on and off for reasons. The entertainment center touchscreen itself is where the CR-V begins to show its age relative to the other vehicles here. It's slightly small. The resolution is low. And the graphics just look dated. Functionality is a touch cumbersome too, especially when it comes to the voice commands. And the long-term CR-V we had in our fleet and put 40,000 miles on it had a number of glitches that were pretty frustrating. Overall this is a system that you just want to ignore. Plug in your phone and use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Also when it comes to cameras on the exterior-- you have this backup camera, which has a wide-angle view, but also looks fairly dated relative to other vehicles here. ELANA SCHERR: When it comes to tech in the Mazda CX-5, if you're the kind of person who wants everything to be the most cutting edge and every single technological advance that is available, that's not this car. It's pretty simple. It's pretty basic. Most of that I find actually a plus on the CX-5 because it's really easy to figure out how to use. But there are just some things where it's sort of lagging behind some of its competitors. For example, the backup cameras-- they do have multiple different views, which is very helpful. But the quality of those views is kind of fuzzy. So if you were planning to use this to record your student film, it's going to be pretty low quality. Now, this is a touchscreen, but only when you're parked or you're at a stop. So right now, while we're parked, I can touch it. But if I was driving, it would no longer work when I touch it. Although it won't tell you that it won't work. It just won't work. And you actually have to know that from the owner's manual. And then you can use the controls down here to scroll through and pick things. But I don't understand why this down here is any safer than just reaching across and touching it. So if someone at Mazda wants to call me and explain that, I would really appreciate it. I think control should work the same all the time. Otherwise it's confusing. And when I get confused, I get angry and it just ruins my day. A lot of the in-car things, like Nav aren't really that important anymore because everybody's using their phones. And you have both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the Mazda. And there are a lot of places to charge that phone up. There's no wireless charging. And there's no wireless Apple CarPlay. One minor complaint about the charging is that the ports are all here in the console, which means you got to do that whole "all the way over with the cord" thing. And it takes a while to get your phone to read to the screen. 1, 2, 3. There we go, 3, that's not too bad. Anyway those are pretty minor things. And like I said, overall, it's simple. It's clean. It's responsive. And if you're not the kind of person who wants the latest, you're going to be perfectly satisfied. CARLOS LAGO: Infotainment and connectivity in this fully-loaded Nissan Rogue is fairly strong. For USB ports, you have four-- two in the front, two in the back. One on each side is USB-C. So if you have a phone that takes advantage of it, that's a really helpful thing too. Another thing is you get not only wireless charging, but wireless Apple CarPlay is available. And that's something you don't get in any other SUV in this group. The screen itself is the larger 9" screen that's available on higher-end Nissan Rogues. And from the perspective of graphics and resolution, it looks good. It's fairly modern and crisp. It's not as responsive as some other screens that you can get among small SUVs. But it generally works well if you need to use it. The only thing we'll call out is the voice commands. They require you to use specific prompts in order to get stuff done. And in 2020, we expect a bit more-- a lot of other SUVs do that. But because this is the newest one on the block, we would prefer more natural language. But again, that's something you can do with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The screen is nice and attractive until you put on polarized sunglasses. And then it gets really weird and splotchy. And that's kind of unfortunate. But you can live with it. I'll also point out too, the exterior camera system is really strong. Not only does it give you a view of everything that's happening around you, but the individual cameras the Rogue uses are really crisp. And when somebody moves, or something moves next to you, it actually highlights and beeps at you and highlights that portion of the screen. Really nice stuff, I think the best of the vehicles here. ELANA SCHERR: All right, what does Toyota offer us for tech in the RAV4? Well, we've got a touchscreen. It works all the time, unlike the Mazda. And it also has all the buttons that run alongside of it. They're tiny little buttons. But they're there. And buttons are great. In general, the controls in the RAV4 are easy. I mean, everything is separated. So it's like, oh, this is climate control. It's got its own little island. That's great. And, oh, their modes are here for changing things. This button says "push normal." But I pushed it, and I'm still weird. So I think it's broken. We've got Apple CarPlay. We've got Android Auto. We have a wireless charging port, which is cool. And you can turn it on and off. And it has a sort of no-slip surface, although it's still a little slippy. USB port right here next to the phone resting pad, conveniently placed. And you've got a 12-volt as well. I would say the Toyota system looks a little behind the times. I mean, just the layout looks old school-- and not in the cool way. And the backup camera is [BEEPING NOISE] warning me that the sound guy is there, but also not a great picture. But it all works. And it's all easy to understand. The best thing about the RAV4's infotainment system and technology is that it has a lot of buttons. And they're very clearly marked. You don't have to figure out what any symbols mean. It just straight up tells you-- "Audio," "Menu," "Home." So if this is the sort of thing that bothers you-- if you don't like getting in a car and being confused or having to open the owner's manual to figure out how to use stuff, Toyota RAV4-- that's the infotainment system for you. CARLOS LAGO: Now, when it comes to talking about how these vehicles drive, we know they aren't supposed to handle and feel like sports cars. What we're most interested in is if any of these vehicles do anything particularly good or bad when it comes to on-road refinement and comfort. When we talk about driving impressions, yes we aren't expecting the sports car-like behavior from small SUVs. But what we feel is important is how they blend ride and handling, steering field, and how their drivetrains react to the needs of normal day to day driving. Do they do anything particularly good or bad? Where the Honda CR-V excels in my mind is how it marries ride comfort, handling, and steering. They make this thing pretty pleasurable to drive around town. Yeah, you're not going to get a lot of fun out of the driving experience. But the steering goes where you point it and feels good doing so in the process. When you take this thing around a freeway off-ramp or a highway interchange, you don't have to search on the wheel to find your ideal line. You just can intuit it pretty easily. Ride comfort is another area where the CR-V feels really strong. It's not super-plush. But it isn't overly brittle either. It relays appropriately the texture of the road and impacts you drive over. The engine is a turbo 1.5 liter, 4-cylinder. And it's married to a continuously variable transmission. Power is adequate. Where you may sense some slowness or delay in acceleration is mostly attributable to that continuously variable transmission. It doesn't have traditional gears. So you don't get traditional feeling gear-changes. It just blends from one ratio to the next. Now, in theory that should make for smooth shifts. But when you step on the gas pedal, it can make for a sensation of acceleration that's a little bit slurred and less than ideal. Overall though, you have enough power in this car to maneuver around traffic, get away from a stop sign or a stoplight, and make a pass on a two-lane road. This CR-V is equipped with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and so on and so forth, also frontal collision warning. Our experience with our long-term CR-V that we had for 40,000 miles-- we learned to really dislike the frontal collision warning system. We actually turned it off because it was overly sensitive. The adaptive cruise control worked generally as you'd expect. So just keep that in mind when you're considering the safety features of the CR-V. Overall when it comes to driving the CR-V, this does an appropriate job at everything you might expect on the road. Its real strengths are its steering and its ride. ELANA SCHERR: Out of the four SUVs that we're testing, the CX-5 is the one that I would choose to drive just for the fun of driving. So not to get anywhere, not to listen to the radio, not to haul stuff-- just because I enjoy being in it and driving. When car reviewers talk about driving enjoyment, handling, steering, sometimes it ends up sounding sort of snobby. And if you're just looking for a daily driver, you might be, like, why do I even care about that? But even if you don't want to be a racecar driver, the things that the Mazda does well, like changing lanes-- see, it's just so smooth. And accelerating, at least with the optional turbo-charged engine-- hecks yeah. That's the kind of stuff that's going to make passing on the freeway easier. It's going to make on-ramps and off-ramps or curvy driveways up mountain roads just feel better. You may not want to drive the car like a racecar driver. But you're going to feel more confident no matter how you're driving. I think visibility has gotten better in crossovers in the last few years. This front pillar tends to be more narrow now. So you can see around it when you're turning. And they don't lock in the back quite as much as they used to in the designs. But all of that almost doesn't even matter because there are so many driver aids that can help you with backup cameras and blind spot monitoring. So even if you didn't have any windows, you could probably almost drive this car. Oh, God, that would be so depressing. Automakers, do not do that. That would be sad. All of the things that I like about the CX-5-- the steering, the braking, the way it goes around corners, that applies no matter which engine you get. But I do recommend the upgrade to the turbo-charged one, even though you'll take a hit in fuel economy. Because it is just so much more satisfying. [ENGINE ACCELERATING] Hey! Get some. Yeah, that's a lot better. The base engine is kind of sluggish. And you'll really have to plan ahead if you want to overtake someone. Go for it. Get that horsepower. You deserve it. Everything about this CX-5 design is really about the driver. Everything's just laid out in front of you, simple. You're in the car to experience the road. You don't need to have a whole bunch of distractions. It's really no surprise that Mazda's SUV is a good handling machine. I mean, after all, have you ever heard of a little car called the Miata? Yeah, Mazda knows how to make a car that's fun to drive. I don't recommend getting the CX-5 in place of a sports car. But out of the crossovers on our list, it's definitely the sportiest one. And it's not just sporty by default. It's genuinely fun to drive. CARLOS LAGO: Two things I need to call out with the Rogue immediately-- one doesn't matter. The other one does. The one that doesn't matter is the shifter. Instead of rocking back and forth when you shift a gear, the whole thing moves front and back. And that's just strange. It doesn't change anything, but you should know. Also whoever thought it was a good idea to put heat conductive material on the window up and down switches should rethink that decision. It's not a good one. As for the way the Rogue drives, here's the thing. It does everything just fine. If you genuinely do not care about how a car drives, you can disregard everything I'm about to say. If you do find enjoyment in the experience of driving, particularly with regard to steering, the Rogue is going to let you down. Not that there's anything bad per se. It's just that vehicles like the CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 have a nicer experience when it comes to steering. And it's one of those things that's hard to put language again to describe why. But when we drove these vehicles back to back, each one of us got out of the Rogue asking, what's the deal with the steering? My particular complaint was with the way it returned and behaved on-center, when the steering wheel's straight. It's a little loose, a little vague. It behaves in a way that made me have to pay extra attention to the steering wheel in order to keep the wheel straight. Not ideal. Let's talk about driveability. In the Rogue, you have a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and, like the CR-V, a continuously variable transmission. The engine is slightly outgunned in this group when it comes to power. Although you don't really sense it on the road. It doesn't become that apparent. It's mostly apparent in the figures themselves that we got when we test these vehicles. The continuously variable transmission, much like the Honda CR-V, can feel somewhat strange when you really step on that gas pedal hard. Like the CR-V, you don't have specific gear ratios to shift from one to the next. So you just have this surge of acceleration that doesn't really turn into anything that you might expect. It's just different. Let's talk about safety equipment, because the Nissan Rogue comes fully featured, like many of these vehicles, with auto emergency braking; with front collision warning; adaptive cruise; and so on and so forth. The adaptive cruise in the Nissan works fairly well. It accelerates and slows down naturally, in a way that doesn't make you want to step on the gas pedal yourself or the brake pedal yourself. And the lane-centering generally works pretty well too. The version that we're driving actually incorporates navigation instructions into that system. So it will, in theory, adjust speeds before approaching a corner if your navigation is programmed. Neat idea, but kind of wonder how often people will experience it. Overall the Rogue, I say, is about average when it comes to the driving experience, particularly because of how that steering feels. There's really nothing extremely bad here. But you could find a better experience elsewhere. ELANA SCHERR: All right, RAV4, it's so cute. And it's so disappointing to drive. The steering in the RAV4 is both falsely heavy and vague. You know when you're talking to your kids or a co-worker and you ask them to do something, and they're like "yeah, no, OK?" And you're, like, wait. Does that mean you're going to do it or you're not going to do it or when you're going to do it? It's sort of the same in the RAV4. It's like sometimes the steering feels really like it's going to take a lot of effort. And then when you're at slow speeds, it feels super-light. It doesn't always come back to center exactly. And it's, like, are you paying attention to me or not? Of course, it is. I mean, there's no problem driving this car. It just doesn't give you the feeling that it's going to do what you asked. Pay attention to me. Now, the hybrid is probably one of the better drivetrains you can get in the RAV4. But it's still not a horsepower monster. And if you get the base engine, it is really slow. It's also loud. I mean, they're all loud. Like-- [ENGINE ACCELERATING] I don't know. It doesn't really bother me. But you're definitely going to know it's there. Visibility in the RAV4 is great because it has these little wing windows, which I love because they give you a little extra bit to look around between the mirror and the A-pillar. And I think that's a great idea. It's also got a big back window and big side windows. So even if it didn't have driver aids, which it does, you'd still be able to see out all around you. And the visibility is probably one of the reasons why people like the RAV4 so much for camping and off-roading. Because when you can really see where you're going, you're not going to drive off a cliff or run over a bush. I find the gauge display disappointing in the RAV4, especially here in the hybrid. It's got this huge digital center screen. But there's really nothing very pretty happening on it. And there's also nothing very interesting to put on it. And the actual gauges are off to the side. And they're little tiny things. And I don't know. It just doesn't really do anything for me emotionally. There are a lot of easy to use controls on the steering wheel. But the controls in the console and screens over here are actually a little bit far away. I mean, I'm sitting pretty close up. And I can't really reach the tuning knob. And even the shifter is a little bit of a stretch. The overall complaint I have about driving the RAV4 is just that nothing seems very well-matched. The steering, I already talked about, feels heavy. The throttle is a little laggy. And it just sort of feels like-- all right, you know when you're hungry and there's not really anything to make a good meal-- nothing that really goes together? So you end up eating Ritz crackers and some dried fruit and a half of a cold piece of pizza. And you're, like, OK. It was fine. But it wasn't really a well-matched meal. I'm not going to put that on Instagram. That's what driving the RAV4 is like. It's not bad. It's just outgunned. The RAV4 does many things well. It's a simple, easy car to live with. And it deserves praise for that. It's also got a lot of personality, which might seem like a silly reason to buy a car. But it's actually really nice to feel like your vehicle represents what an interesting, outgoing, outdoorsy person you are-- even if you're just running errands. The reason the RAV4 doesn't rank higher is because everything that it does-- haul stuff, offer driver aids, connect to your phone-- its competitors do just a little bit better, or with a little more style. CARLOS LAGO: The Nissan Rogue makes for a very compelling vehicle, especially as we have it here in the fully-loaded trim. It over-delivers on features and qualities. I mean, just look at the quilted leather inside. It's really attractive. OK, we were disappointed with a couple of things with regard to interior functionality and driveability, especially the steering. But if you really don't care about how a car drives-- I mean, if you really don't care-- the modern and plentiful features in this make it worth consideration over basically any other vehicle here. ELANA SCHERR: Here's the problem with the CX-5. By most of the metrics we use to measure things, it falls short. It doesn't have the most cargo space. It doesn't have the best tech. It's not the most options for the money. So why do we rank it so highly? Well, at its core, at the true spiritual center of cardom-- that would be driving enjoyment-- the Mazda is in a different league than its competitors. It drives well on curvy roads. It drives well on straight roads. It looks good standing still. It doesn't have very many gimmicky options, useful or otherwise. But it just drives great. I mean, it's fun to drive. And we'd be remiss as automotive enthusiasts if we didn't reward Mazda for taking that road, when most of the segment focuses on utility. CARLOS LAGO: So where do we end up after all that? Well, we end up with the CR-V remaining our top pick of small SUVs. First the bad, and primarily it's with to do with age. The CR-V feels old, especially with regard to the infotainment system and the technology inside. And also, at this top trim level, you really don't see your money in the interior like you do in the Rogue and the CX-5. But then there's everything else. And the CR-V does everything else really well. From the pleasant on-road experience, to that really nice pleasurable steering too, to the interior, which is massive but also highly functional and easy to use. Combine that all together and you end up with a vehicle that remains a really easy recommendation for most shoppers. Stay up to date with the latest SUV rankings by going to Edmunds.com/SUV. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
27 City / 35 Hwy / 30 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 181 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 181 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Length: 183.0 in. / Height: 66.5 in. / Width: 72.4 in.
Curb Weight: 3371 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 31.6 cu.ft.

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Our experts’ favorite Rogue safety features:

Blind-Spot Warning
Flashes a light to alert you if there is a vehicle in the car's blind spot.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Works in conjunction with the blind-spot warning system to identify when vehicles are about to cross your path while in reverse.
Rear Automatic Braking
Triggers the brakes if the rear cross-traffic alert system activates and a collision is deemed imminent.

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover17.9%

Nissan Rogue vs. the competition

2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Nissan Rogue

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Honda CR-V

Nissan Rogue vs. Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is one of the most well-rounded vehicles in the small SUV class. It offers roomy seating, plenty of cargo space, comfortable seats and high fuel economy. It's a great pick overall. But its older design means it has fewer technology features than the Rogue, and its infotainment system is in desperate need of an upgrade.

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Nissan Rogue vs. Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 gives you a different take on the small SUV formula. Its back seat is tighter than the Rogue's, and its cargo hold is also among the segment's smallest. However, the CX-5 is more enjoyable to drive, especially with its optional turbocharged engine. Even if you don't opt for the more potent engine, the CX-5 impresses with sharp handling and accurate steering.

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Nissan Rogue vs. Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a stalwart in the class, and the newest version — which debuted for the 2018 model year — is the first in a long time that we actually like. It has a beefy 4Runner-inspired exterior and a rugged interior design. That said, the RAV4's cabin isn't as sharp-looking as the Rogue's, and the Toyota's touchscreen software looks a little dated.

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2021 Nissan Rogue First Impressions

What is the Rogue?

The Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover with two rows of seating and room for five. The current-generation Rogue hangs its hat on its exceptional seat and road comfort, but rival compact SUVs are more refined and pleasing to drive. Nissan hopes to shift perceptions with the redesigned 2021 Rogue.

The overhauled crossover gets a revised exterior, a new range-topping Platinum trim level, and an impressive suite of standard and optional safety features. The Rogue's overall profile is boxier thanks to a more squared-off front end, and extensive use of LED lighting helps liven things up on the outside. With updates to tech, power and suspension components, Nissan is aiming at improving the all-around driving experience while also increasing curb appeal.

2021 Nissan Rogue - Front 3/4
2021 Nissan Rogue
What's under the Rogue's hood?

Powering the new Rogue is the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine from the previous model. The 2021 Rogue also continues to use a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to send power to the front wheels, with all-wheel drive available as an option. Thankfully, power is up a bit, from 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque in last year's model to 181 hp and 181 lb-ft.

Nissan says that the use of aluminum and additional high-strength steel has reduced weight by as much as 100 pounds. That weight loss, along with changes in tuning to the Rogue's CVT, should marginally increase acceleration, but we anticipate the Rogue will still be among the slowest vehicles in the segment. Fuel economy improves by 1-2 mpg all around, with the most efficient Rogues earning up to 30 mpg combined. It's a welcome improvement over the previous model, which we found thirstier than the EPA estimates during our yearlong test of a 2014 Nissan Rogue SL.

2021 Nissan Rogue - Engine
2021 Nissan Rogue
How's the Rogue's interior?

With interior refinement one of the current Rogue's weak spots, it's encouraging to see a long list of comfort improvements for the new model. Increased dashboard insulation helps isolate engine noise, and acoustic front glass reduces wind noise. A revised rear suspension should help reduce undue body motions coming from the back.

Thankfully, the 2021 Rogue will continue to use Nissan's superb Zero Gravity seats in the front and rear. The top Platinum level even adds quilted leather upholstery — a rarity in this price range. The front seats offer a greater range of adjustability than before, ensuring drivers of all sizes will find a comfortable seating position. Even though the new Rogue is shorter than the outgoing model, Nissan says packaging efficiencies allow for increased rear knee room and headroom. Cabin storage is also improved, with additional spaces for small items, larger door pockets and a wider cargo opening.

2021 Nissan Rogue - Front Interior
2021 Nissan Rogue
How's the Rogue's tech?

An 8-inch touchscreen will come standard on most grades, bringing with it Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The new Platinum trim is unquestionably the tech leader in the lineup, adding a 9-inch touchscreen that will include wireless Apple CarPlay functionality later in the year. The Platinum also includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and a 10.8-inch head-up display — neither of which were available on the previous Rogue. Newly available features — including tri-zone climate control and heated rear seats — join existing luxuries such as a top-down parking camera and a Bose audio system.

Standard on every model is Nissan's Safety Shield 360 suite of driving aids: blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic front and rear automatic braking. Every Rogue except the base S model is also equipped with ProPilot Assist, which adds adaptive cruise control and automatic lane centering to the mix. A more advanced version is optional on the SL and standard on Platinum models. Dubbed ProPilot Assist with Navi-link, it can use navigation data to supplement the vehicle's driver aids. For example, if the navigation system knows there's an upcoming curve in the road or freeway exit ramp, it will adjust the cruise control speed or even suggest a change in selected speed depending on posted speed limits.

2021 Nissan Rogue - Steering
2021 Nissan Rogue

EdmundsEdmunds says

With a fresh new look, improved rear-seat comfort, and a bundle of new technologies, we're excited to see if the 2021 Nissan Rogue is as good in person as it appears on paper. The compact SUV class is cutthroat, and the Rogue's unique feature set may give it the edge it needs to stay competitive. Check back soon for our First Drive to see if this new luxe crossover is worth waiting for.

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2021 Nissan Rogue


Is the Nissan Rogue a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Rogue both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.0 out of 10. You probably care about Nissan Rogue fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Rogue gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg to 30 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Rogue ranges from 31.6 to 36.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan Rogue. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Nissan Rogue?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Nissan Rogue:

  • Fully redesigned Rogue for 2021
  • Debuts new looks, updated tech and additional features
  • New range-topping Platinum trim
  • Kicks off the third Rogue generation for 2021
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Is the Nissan Rogue reliable?

To determine whether the Nissan Rogue is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Rogue. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Rogue's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Nissan Rogue a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Nissan Rogue is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Rogue and gave it a 8.0 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Rogue is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Nissan Rogue?

The least-expensive 2021 Nissan Rogue is the 2021 Nissan Rogue S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,850.

Other versions include:

  • S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $25,850
  • S 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $27,250
  • SV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $28,940
  • Platinum 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $35,630
  • SL 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $33,600
  • SV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $27,540
  • SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $32,200
  • Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $37,030
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What are the different models of Nissan Rogue?

If you're interested in the Nissan Rogue, the next question is, which Rogue model is right for you? Rogue variants include S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT), S 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), SV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), and Platinum 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Rogue models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Nissan Rogue Overview

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is offered in the following submodels: Rogue SUV. Available styles include S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT), S 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), SV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), SL 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), Platinum 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT), SV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT), SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT), and Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT). Nissan Rogue models are available with a 2.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 181 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Nissan Rogue comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The 2021 Nissan Rogue comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Nissan Rogue?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Nissan Rogue and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Rogue 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Rogue.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Nissan Rogue and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Rogue featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Nissan Rogue?

2021 Nissan Rogue S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Nissan Rogue S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,385. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Rogue S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $704 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $704 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,681.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Rogue S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 2.6% below the MSRP.

2021 Nissan Rogue SV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Nissan Rogue SV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,545. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Rogue SV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $710 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $710 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,835.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Rogue SV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 2.3% below the MSRP.

2021 Nissan Rogue SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Nissan Rogue SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,830. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Rogue SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $932 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $932 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,898.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Rogue SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 2.7% below the MSRP.

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,265. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,036 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,036 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,229.

The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) is 2.7% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Nissan Rogue?

2021 Nissan Rogue S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
30 compined MPG,
27 city MPG/35 highway MPG

2021 Nissan Rogue S 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
29 compined MPG,
26 city MPG/33 highway MPG

2021 Nissan Rogue SV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
28 compined MPG,
25 city MPG/32 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG30
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.5 L
Passenger Volume137.0 cu.ft.
Wheelbase106.5 in.
Length183.0 in.
Width72.4 in.
Height66.5 in.
Curb Weight3371 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Nissan Rogue?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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