2021 Nissan Rogue Looks Like a Big Improvement
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From the car and driver
The 2021 Nissan Rogue gets a comprehensive redesign with a more attractive exterior design and a nicer interior.
It is powered by a 2.5-liter, four-horsepower, 181-hp engine, which is combined with a continuously variable automatic transmission and either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The 2021 Rogue will arrive at Nissan dealers this fall.
The Nissan Rogue starts the 2021 model year with a carefully thought-out redesign in order to get it back on the hunt for compact crossovers. While the outgoing model was no longer competitive over the years compared to the newer Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, this new rogue looks more attractive on the outside, has a higher quality cabin and promises improved driving dynamics.
According to Nissan, the 2021 Rogue runs on a new platform, but doesn't change much in size compared to its predecessor. The wheelbase is the same, but the overall length is reduced by 1.5 inches and two rows of seats are still offered (the previous Rogue offered a third row earlier, but has dropped this option in recent years). There is less cargo space behind the second row of seats. The new model offers 37 cubic feet compared to the 39 of the old model. The new design is said to be taken from Nissan's 2018 Xmotion concept car, and we like the chunkier look, especially the rear, where the angular greenhouse gives the new rogue nice proportions.
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An updated version of the Rogue's 2.5-liter Inline Four is under the hood of all 2021 models, as there is no hybrid version or a more powerful engine option. This engine delivers 181 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, improves 11 hp and 6 lb-ft. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard across the board, and front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Nissan claims that fuel consumption will increase by 1 to 2 mpg depending on the model, with the 2021 Rogue totaling between 28 mpg and 30 mpg.
The equipment variants S, SV and SL are adopted, and there is a new loaded platinum model with extras such as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, quilted leather upholstery and wireless Apple CarPlay. Two-tone exterior color options with a black roof are also available for more visual variety. Most of the driver assistance functions are part of the standard equipment, even in the basic model, and the semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist system from Nissan is available for the SL and the Platinum.
The Rogue's improved interior looks good, with a fresh dashboard design and an obvious improvement in material quality. According to Nissan, the back seat offers more knee space and headroom, and there are additional refinements for the passengers, including optional sun screens for the rear window and three-zone air conditioning for higher panels. Thanks to a space-saving electronic shift lever, the center console area offers more storage space than before. An 8.0-inch infotainment screen with smartphone mirroring is standard, and a larger 9.0-inch screen is available for SL and Platinum models. A head-up display is offered on the Rogue Platinum.
The 2021 Rogue will go on sale this fall. The starting price should stay in the $ 26,000 range, while the loaded platinum all-wheel drive model could approach $ 40,000.
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