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2020 Nissan Rogue Sport: First Look

  • The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport gets a mid-cycle refresh
  • Exterior improvements include an updated front fascia and new paint choices
  • Other additions include Nissan Safety Shield 360

The Nissan Rogue Sport turned heads at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show as the subcompact SUV received a nice face-lift for the 2020 model year. It has a new face with a "Vmotion" grille that makes it look a little like the front of the all-new Altima sedan. The refreshed exterior of the Rogue Sport further differentiates it from the Rogue, which although shares part of its name, is in a different class. Making the Rogue Sport stand out even more are two new paint options: Nitro Lime Metallic and Monarch Orange Metallic.

The upgrade to the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport is more than just cosmetic. On top of the stylish new look, the Rogue Sport gets the Nissan Safety Shield 360 safety tech suite as standard equipment. This driver assistance package includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, lane-departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and high beam assist.

Unfortunately, unlike competing safety tech suites like Honda Sensing and Toyota Safety Sense, Nissan Safety Shield 360 does not include adaptive cruise control. However, the Rogue Sport does have the option of ProPILOT Assist, which uses adaptive cruise control to allow for what Nissan calls "hands-on" driving assistance. That means it’s not autonomous driving, but it does make driving easier in single-lane highway driving.

The Rogue Sport continues into the 2020 model year with its sole powertrain option still being a 2.0-liter inline four that makes 141 horsepower linked to a Xtronic CVT automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on all three trims: the base S, the midrange SV and the top-end SL.

As of this writing, pricing hasn’t been confirmed for the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport, but we expect it to be close to the $22,240 starting MSRP of the 2019 model. The 2020 update keeps the Rogue Sport competitive with other subcompact crossovers like the Hyundai Kona, the Jeep Renegade and the Honda HR-V. The addition of a generous host of standard safety tech is a very attractive perk for anyone shopping on a budget with a priority on safety.

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Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More

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