The 2020 Nissan Rogue is nearing the end of a generation cycle, so it carries over with light changes. The Rogue, a compact crossover, is Nissan’s best-selling vehicle thanks to its sporty styling, roomy interior, and solid fuel economy.
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2020 Nissan Rogue Overview
Choosing Your Nissan Rogue
Nissan takes the simple route by offering the Rogue in just three trims: S, SV, and SL. Pricing starts at $26,245 including destination for the S and rises to $32,635 for the SL.
The secret sauce for Nissan’s Rogue has always been its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It makes 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, and works with a continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for $1,350 across the lineup.
The Rogue achieves an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 combined, or 25/32/27 mpg (city/highway/combined) with all-wheel drive.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
We’re impressed by the Rogue’s size, especially its spacious cabin. It supplies ample room for five, and has a split-folding bench seat with a center pass-through to the cargo area.
That cargo area offers 39.3 cubic feet of standard storage space, or 70 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. Both numbers place the Rogue near the top of the segment.
All models come with a bundle of active safety features. Standard features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
A rear automatic emergency braking system is standard on the SV. Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist system, which adds adaptive cruise control and other elements of semi-autonomous driving, is standard on the SL and available on the SV trim.
The Nissan Rogue is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
The standard audio package includes a 7-inch touchscreen display, a CD player, four speakers, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. The SV trim has six speakers. The Rogue SL has a nine-speaker Bose audio system. A navigation system is available on all but the base trim.
The base Rogue S has halogen headlights, 17-inch steel wheels, and power-controlled side mirrors. Inside, the seats are covered in cloth. Also included are keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, full power accessories, air conditioning, map lights, and mood lighting.
The Rogue SV offers several upgrades for a reasonable $1,420 premium over the S. These include automatic headlights, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, roof rails, and a motion-activated liftgate. Inside, Nissan includes push-button start, heated front seats with power lumbar support for the driver, an overhead console for sunglasses, and dual-zone climate control.
Navigation and ProPILOT Assist are bundled alongside a surround-view camera system, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more in the SV Premium Package ($1,800).
It’s a $4,970 leap from the SV to the Rogue SL, but the cost difference is justified by the many upgrades included. The exterior has front fog lights and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, this trim has an electronic parking brake, leather-trimmed seats, a heated steering wheel, the Bose audio system, navigation, the surround-view camera, and more.
A dual-panel moonroof and LED headlights are bundled in the SL Premium Package ($1,820).
The 2020 Nissan Rogue continues to deliver what buyers want in a compact crossover. Although we expect a new model next year, the current one hasn’t lost its appeal. We think the SV trim offers the best value.
2020 Nissan Rogue Review
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- Affordable price
- Strong safety features
- Spacious cabin
- Dull engine
- Conservative styling
- Pricey top trims
Loads of interior space. Despite being a compact crossover, the 2020 Nissan Rogue has plenty of interior space for up to five passengers.
Riders in the back get 37.9 inches of rear legroom and 38.5 inches of rear headroom, which are excellent for the class. It’s great for taller adults, as they can find all-day comfort in the back, which isn’t something that can be said for all compact crossovers.
Cargo capacity is also on the larger side for the segment. Behind the rear seats, cargo space measures in at 39.3 cubic feet. With the rear seats folded down, the Rogue has a total of 70 cubic feet of cargo space.
Advanced safety features are available. The Rogue's safety scores are a mixed bag. The NHTSA gave it a four-star overall safety rating, but the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick.
The Rogue also comes with a good list of standard safety features. Automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, and rear cross-traffic alert are all standard. That’s a strong list that’s on par with what competitors have.
Nissan’s ProPilot Assist system is available on the Rogue. It's a unique semi-autonomous system that no other competitor has. On the highway, ProPilot Assist can handle the majority of driving by steering, slowing, or speeding up the vehicle. The system takes a lot of the hassle out of highway driving and can make long trims much more manageable.
Generous standard equipment. For a compact crossover with a starting price tag of $26,245, the Rogue comes well equipped. Automatic headlights, remote keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two USB ports are standard.
The Rogue ranks well on the value scale.
Dull performance. Don’t expect the Rogue to provide stellar performance. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine only produces 170 horsepower. While it rides well and has competent handling, its powertrain feels a step behind its competitors.
Not only is it down on power, the Rogue trails behind when it comes to fuel economy. The RAV4 and the CR-V can get up to 30 miles per gallon combined, while the Rogue is rated at 29 mpg combined, according to the EPA.
One mpg may not sound like a large difference, and we’ll admit that it’s not, but when you’re behind in power, it doesn’t make much sense to be down in fuel efficiency, too.
Final thoughts. There’s a reason why the Nissan Rogue is the brand’s best-selling model at the moment. It delivers exactly what consumers are looking for from a compact crossover. It’s reasonably priced and has a lot of standard features, a spacious cargo area, and a comfortable ride. It makes a lot of sense as a family vehicle.
One of the few things we’re left looking for with the Rogue is more performance from its powertrain. The low horsepower figure and lack of oomph can be overlooked, but not when lackluster fuel economy is in the mix.
Overall, the Honda CR-V is a better compact crossover than the Rogue. It gets slightly better fuel economy, has more cargo space, and has a much more powerful turbocharged engine. The Toyota RAV4 also outshines the Rogue. The RAV4 gets better fuel economy, is available in an off-roading friendly Adventure trim, and has more power.
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