Nissan's bestselling vehicle undergoes a makeover for the 2021 model year that loads up the compact crossover with family-friendly technology. The redesigned Rogue introduces a more capable assisted-driving system — one that uses new radar and camera technology to deliver smoother braking, better steering assist and improved safety. The third-generation Rogue offers a single powertrain: a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine. That stands in contrast to Nissan's competitors in the critical compact-crossover segment that are doubling down on fuel-sipping electrified vehicles.
We've gathered highlights from several initial Rogue reviews from the automotive media.
"The engine is a total bore, but it's unobtrusive in operation, and the CVT reacts well to throttle prodding. Even with more power than before, the Rogue is still on the slow side for the segment. A new platform and steering system have woken up the chassis for better handling and improved the ride compared to the previous Rogue. The new model turns in quickly, but the steering still has zero feel. Handling is mediocre, and the low-grip tires begin screaming as soon as you start to push a little through corners. If you want to be engaged as a driver, many competitors remain a better choice, including the RAV4, CR-V and Mazda CX-5
"Nissan has tuned the Rogue for comfort, and it shows. This crossover rides admirably over bumps, highway frost heaves and potholes. It's not luxurious, but it's up to par for the segment. And even though engine noise is down, wind noise is still annoying at highway speeds. Where the previous Rogue was a noticeably poor driver, this new Rogue is competent and melts into the background without wowing or annoying us."
— Zac Palmer, Autoblog