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.

Compared to the competition, the Rogue slightly trails the Honda CR-V but bests the Toyota RAV4.

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.


Nissan Rogue

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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