Completely redesigned for this year, the 2021 Nissan Rogue and 2021 Buick Envision offer good standard features and competent driving manners. Which is better?
- Nissan Rogue is completely redesigned for 2021.
- The 2021 Buick Envision is all-new for this year and gets plenty of upgrades.
2021 Nissan Rogue
Base price: $26,745 / Read our 2021 Nissan Rogue Review
What we like: Ample rear-seat space; great seats; cargo room; sharp styling; quiet cabin.
What we would change: Single engine choice; CVT can drone; no hybrid option.
Overview: Nissan’s volume seller in the U.S., the Rogue compact SUV has been completely redesigned for 2021, and we’re happy to say that it’s been greatly improved. There’s only one engine choice, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder connected to a CVT, and while that’s sufficient, that’s about all there is to say about it.
Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) is an option, and drivers can select different modes to make things a bit sportier or fuel-efficient. Visibility is good all around. Inside, there’s great space for passengers and 36.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats that expands to 74.1 with them folded.
Standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, along with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite of driver-assist functions. Upper trims get quilted semi-aniline leather, a premium Bose audio system, and ProPilot Assist, Nissan’s semi-autonomous driving feature. As the Rogue is all-new for 2021, we can only speculate on resale value, although in the past, it has trailed class leaders such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.
What’s new for 2021: The Nissan Rogue has been completely redesigned for 2021, with a new unibody chassis, an improved CVT, and improved ProPilot Assist, among other things.
Features and technology: The 2021 Nissan Rogue comes in four trim levels. All come with FWD standard or AWD optional. The base S has LED headlights and taillights, an 8-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite, which includes lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking, among other things. Next up is the SV, which adds ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving, 18-inch wheels, NissanConnect, and an 8-way power driver seat.
The SL gets a leather interior, panoramic moonroof, tri-zone climate control, and a power front passenger seat. At the top is the Platinum, which has a 12.3-in digital instrument cluster, 10.8-in head-up display, and the seats boast diamond-quilted semi-aniline leather upholstery. Also included is Wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless smartphone charging, plus a top-notch Bose audio system.
What does the future hold: We would like to see either a more powerful engine option or a hybrid version for the Rogue, increasing power and saving fuel. Find a 2021 Nissan Rogue for sale near you
2021 Buick Envision
2021 Buick Envision starting price: $31,800 / Read our 2021 Buick Envision Review
What we like: Turbocharged engine; great safety suite; wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; high-end Avenir model; optional AWD across the lineup.
What we would change: Add power liftgate on the base model.
Overview: The Buick Envision is a compact premium crossover by Buick that offers tons of luxury amenities for a good price. It is a 2-row, 5-passenger vehicle that is built off the same chassis as the Cadillac XT4. While the vehicle is an American SUV, it is built in China.
What’s new for 2021: The Envision is all-new for this model year. It is about the same length as the previous generation, but it is lower and wider and comes in three trim levels: Preferred, Essence, and Avenir. All versions get a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
There are no other engine options, though you can opt for FWD or AWD across the lineup. The FWD version gets 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. The AWD versions are slightly less fuel-efficient at 22 mpg city/ 29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. Adding AWD costs $1,800 regardless of trim.
Features and technology: At the base level, or Preferred trim, the Envision comes with bi-LED headlights, manual cloth-covered front seats, and an infotainment system featuring an 8-inch touchscreen, Sirius XM radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. It also includes push-button ignition, a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, cruise control, and a safety suite that includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.
The mid-grade Buick Envision is the Essence trim, and it adds heated and power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-inch touchscreen, an 8-inch multicolor driver information center, and power liftgate.
Most luxurious is the Envision Avenir. At this level you get a premium Bose 9-speaker audio system, cargo compartment cover, premium floormats, head-up display, 360-degree camera, massaging driver’s seat, heated rear seats, and an infotainment system with more memory. The Buick Envision Avenir also has front and rear park assist, plus larger wheels and tires.
In addition to a $1,450 optional moonroof, the 2021 Buick Envision Essence can be ordered with a $2,500 Technology Package that includes front and rear park assist, HD surround vision, the 9-speaker Bose audio system, and a head-up display. The Essence and Avenir versions of the Envision also are available with a $1,965 Technology Package II. This includes enhanced versions of the automatic emergency braking and parking assist programs, plus adaptive cruise control, articulating headlamps, a video rearview mirror, and an active suspension with continuous damping.
What does the future hold: Buick sells more cars in China than it does in the U.S., which means that we may see some additional engine options in future iterations. Find a Buick Envision for sale near you
Rogue vs. Envision: Strengths Comparison
Nissan Rogue benefits: Much lower price; more cargo space; roomier cabin; an advanced suite of driver assistance features that move toward autonomous operation.
Buick Envision benefits: Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; tons of luxury amenities; turbocharged engine
2021 Nissan Rogue vs. 2021 Buick Envision: Which is better?
The Nissan Rogue edges out the Buick Envision in this comparison thanks to its advanced semi-autonomous driving system and sophisticated driver monitoring system. The tech in the Rogue is very good overall, helping give it a leg up.
|Popular Powertrains||2021 Nissan Rogue||2021 Buick Envision|
|Engine||2.5-liter I4||2.0-liter turbo I-4|
|Horsepower||181 hp @ 6,000 rpm||228 hp @ 5000 rpm|
|Torque||181 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm||258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||30 mpg (27 city/35 hwy)||25 mpg (24 city/31 hwy)|
|Basic warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||4 years/ 50,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||6 years/ 70,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||4 Stars||NA|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||106.5 inches||109.4 inches|
|Overall Length||183.0 inches||182.5 inches|
|Width||72.4 inches||74.1 inches|
|Height||66.5 inches||64.6 inches|
|Turning Diameter||35.4 feet||38 feet|
|Headroom, Front||41.1 inches||39.6 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.2 inches||38.9 inches|
|Legroom, Front||43.3 inches||40.4 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||38.5 inches||39.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.1 inches||56.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||55.9 inches||55.9 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||105.4 cubic feet||100.4 cubic feet|
|Cargo Volume||36.4 cubic feet||25.2 cubic feet|