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2020 Nissan Rogue Review

The 2020 Nissan Rogue remains a competent compact crossover, with muscular looks, good tech and a litany of active safety features. It also offers some of the best fuel economy figures in the compact SUV class, returning up to 33 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive. While it isn’t quite the best at any one thing, the Rogue can be had with numerous desirable options, including a 360-degree camera system, a panoramic sunroof and a Bose audio system.

Beyond this though, the Rogue is getting a little old, and is due for a redesign, which we expect will come for the 2021 model year. For now though, when considering the 2020 Rogue, keep in mind that most competing SUVs offer newer designs. Still, the Rogue will likely remain one of the best-selling compact crossovers on sale in the U.S. today, and offers buyers great value, meaning that you can generally get a nicely equipped Rogue for less than a comparable alternative.

What’s New for 2020?

As Nissan is readying an all-new Rogue that will likely be launched as a 2021 model, the 2020 Rogue sees next to no updates. The Rogue Hybrid has been discontinued for 2020.  See the 2020 Nissan Rogue models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Handsome styling
  • Competitive pricing
  • A lot of available technology
  • Versatile cargo area

What We Don’t

  • Could use more power
  • Not as sporty as a Mazda CX-5 or a Ford Escape
  • Lacks off-road capability
  • Dated design

How Much?

$26,245-$36,200

Fuel Economy

The 2020 Rogue is offered with a single powertrain option: a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder mated with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy stands at 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for the FWD base model or 25 mpg city/32 mpg hwy with all-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The 2020 Nissan Rogue is offered in three trim levels. There’s a base-level model called the Rogue S, a mid-level Rogue SV and an upscale Rogue SL.

The Rogue S ($26,245, FWD), ($27,595 AWD) offers a 7-in touchscreen display, power accessories, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, NissanConnect with mobile apps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, cruise control, air conditioning, a rearview camera and an AM/FM stereo with a CD player, SiriusXM, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port for music. Standard driver assists include automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, auto high beams and Rear Door Alert.

Next up is the Rogue SV ($27,665, FWD), ($29,015, AWD), which adds dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-in alloy wheels, keyless access with push-button start, a power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, a motion-activated power rear lift gate, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, remote start, two additional speakers, automatic headlights and tinted windows. Rear automatic braking and rear sonar assist are standard, while ProPILOT Assist is available as a part of a package.

Finally, there’s the Rogue SL ($32,635, FWD), ($33,985, AWD), which adds a Bose sound system, leather upholstery, Nissan’s NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation, Siri Eyes Free, NissanConnect emergency services, heated seats, 18-in wheels, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, standard ProPILOT Assist, and Nissan’s Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, which provides a full image around the vehicle when reversing.

Major options are bundled into packages. The SV trim offers the Sun and Sound Touring package that adds a panoramic moonroof, Bose audio, navigation, the surround-view monitor, electric parking brake, ProPILOT Assist, 18-in alloy wheels and a heated steering wheel. The SV Premium package adds navigation, the surround-view monitor with moving object detection, electric parking brake, 18-in alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel and ProPILOT Assist. The SL Platinum package adds a panoramic moonroof and LED headlights, while the Platinum Reserve Interior package adds premium tan leather seating surfaces with quilted inserts.

Safety

The Rogue comes standard with a long list of safety equipment, including 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, side-curtain airbags, a reversing camera, a blind spot monitoring system, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, traction control and daytime running lights. Also standard are auto high beams and Rear Door Alert. Options include automatic headlights, Nissan’s helpful Around View Monitor, Moving Object Detection and high-speed steering and lane-keeping assist.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Rogue four out of five stars in its overall crash-test evaluation, with four stars in the front crash test, five in the side-impact test and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2019 Rogue its highest rating of Good in every crash-test category, Superior in the crash avoidance and mitigation test and a Top Safety Pick+ status.

Behind the Wheel

On the road, the Rogue quickly impresses. While noise from the CVT and pavement can be a bit obvious, such complaints are forgotten when you consider the Rogue’s smooth ride, easy maneuverability and good visibility. While those traits won’t win the Rogue any awards for excitement, they’re among the most important when you’re searching for a compact SUV. Also excellent is its interior room and cargo space.

Inside the Rogue, the interior materials certainly impress. While most rivals don’t bother to conceal inexpensive touches, the Rogue offers high-end stitching and leather where you might expect to find plastic. That’s even true on the base-level Rogue S, which certainly boasts a higher-quality interior than entry-level versions of most rival small crossovers.

Our biggest complaint behind the wheel? The Rogue should simply be faster, and that’s not just the opinion of a car enthusiast who enjoys strong acceleration. Today’s Rogue is significantly larger than the original, and that version never really felt spry. Hopefully, Nissan looks to rectify this shortcoming when the redesigned Rogue debuts next year.

Other Cars to Consider

2020 Ford Escape — The Escape is all-new for 2020 and will be available with two different gas powertrains along with a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. It also offers the latest active safety features and great technology.

2019 Honda CR-V — The CR-V remains the gold standard for compact SUVs and offers more power than the Rogue, plus standard safety features such as collision-mitigation braking. However, the CR-V doesn’t offer a high-end audio option or panoramic sunroof.

2019 Toyota RAV4 — The RAV4 — which was all-new for 2019 — is larger and more powerful than the Rogue, and it offers a fun Adventure trim. The RAV4 Hybrid is more powerful and fuel-efficient than the Rogue Hybrid, but Toyota doesn’t yet support Android Auto.

Used Subaru Outback — A used 2010-2016 Subaru Outback provides a larger rear seat, standard AWD and a choice between a 4- or 6-cylinder engine. Later models also offer Subaru’s EyeSight collision-mitigation system.

Autotrader’s Advice

The Rogue offers good tech and loads of safety features and is a great compact SUV value. Regardless of the level of equipment you’re looking for, there’s likely a Rogue out there for you that comes in at a few thousand dollars less than the competition, especially given Nissan’s tendency to offer large financial incentives with their products. If it’s newness you’re after, there are more modern SUVs out there, but altogether, the Rogue is a sound choice, especially for the price-conscious shopper. Find a Nissan Rogue for sale

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