2020 Nissan Rogue Earns Second-Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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The Nissan Rogue is continuing to be a massive hit for the Japanese brand, as the compact SUV accounted for 41,629 units sold in August. For perspective, that’s more than all of Nissan’s cars, like the Altima, Maxima, Sentra, and Versa combined. To further help the SUV’s popularity, Nissan has updated the Rogue to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) second-highest safety rating.

The IIHS named the 2019 and 2020 Nissan Rogue a Top Safety Pick. The rating only applies to SUVs built after April 2018, though. Previously, Rogues built before April 2018 failed to earn one of the IIHS’ awards because of its subpar rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. 2019 and 2020 models received reinforcements to the passenger-side door-hinge pillar and door sill that boosted the score up to Acceptable – just enough for a Top Safety Pick rating.



When it comes to the IIHS’ other tests, the Rogue performed well. The SUV received a rating of Good in the five other crash tests, had available headlights that earned a rating of Acceptable, and had a standard front crash prevention system that was found to be Superior.

A few words on the SUV’s headlights. The headlights that were rated to be Acceptable are only offered on the range-topping SL trim with the SL Premium Package. It costs $1,820 and adds LED headlights. While a base Rogue S costs $26,245 including destination, an SL with the optional package that meets the IIHS’ requirements is priced at $34,455. The halogen headlights found on the rest of the Rogue trims earned the lowest-possible rating of Poor.

Other compact SUVs that have earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS include the Honda CR-V, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and Mitsubishi Outlander. The Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Tucson all earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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