2020 Nissan Rogue Review
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2020 Nissan Rogue Review

By Autolist Staff | April 6, 2020

Pros

  • Comfortable seats and smooth ride quality; good gas mileage
  • New advanced safety aids are now standard
  • One of the largest cargo areas and seating areas in the compact SUV class

Cons

  • Infotainment screen and dashboard look outdated
  • Slow and listless acceleration; lower horsepower
  • Rear visibility is poor

Summary

The 2020 Nissan Rogue is a mainstay in the company's SUV lineup. Last redesigned for 2014, the Rogue competes with other crossover SUV models such as the Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Kia Sportage. The Rogue is a vehicle that shines in some areas but shows its age in others. Those wanting more power and real off-road ability will do better finding a different SUV.

However, those in search of a roomy interior, good fuel economy and an attractive price point will find few better options than the 2020 Nissan Rogue.

The Rogue comes in three available trim levels: the S, SV, and SL. Also available is the smaller Rogue Sport (a separate vehicle, not reviewed here); the Rogue Hybrid was discontinued after the 2019 model year but is covered in the sections below.

All versions come with standard front-wheel-drive (FWD) or optional all-wheel-drive (AWD). The 2020 Rogue has a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The Rogue Hybrid had a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. The Rogue Hybrid is not available as a base S option, only SV and SL models.

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Several advanced safety features – including automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and intervention, and Rear Door Alert, which reminds the driver to check the rear seat for any belongings before exiting the car – are made standard for 2020. Rear parking sensors and automatic rear braking are standard on SV and SL models, while the ProPilot Assist advanced driver assistance technology is optional SV models and standard on SL models.

Those looking for a spacious compact crossover SUV with a smooth driving experience will find an excellent new car in the 2020 Nissan Rogue. Featuring solid fuel economy made even better with a hybrid option, plus a suite of updated features all at an attractive price point, the 2020 Rogue is great for all customers in need of a vehicle with ample space and available all-wheel-drive.

Exterior

Many reviewers describe the Rogue's overall look as "youthful" thanks to characteristics like boomerang-style headlights and a very prominent "V-motion" grille, typical of new Nissan designs.

Up front, visibility is virtually uninhibited thanks to a large windshield. It's the same story for the side glass, which is on the tall side compared to other compact crossover SUVs. However, the rearmost pillar features a sharply-upturned beltline that creates a bit of blind spot. In total size, the Rogue measures 185 inches in length and 72 inches in width and 69 inches in height.

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Seventeen-inch steel wheels come standard on S-level trim models. SV models 17-inch alloy wheels (optional on the S-level), and SL models come standard with 19-inch alloy wheels. LED headlights are optional on the SL and SL hybrid.

Interior Quality and Comfort

One of 2020 Nissan Rogue's most significant selling points is its roomy and comfortable interior. Equipped with generously sized seats front and rear, the Rogue would make a great rideshare vehicle or transportation solution for small families.

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Cloth upholstery is standard on S and SV models, while SL models get leather. The Platinum Reserve Interior package, available only at the SL trim level, adds quilted tan leather upholstery. The 40/20/40-split 2nd-row seat (available only in non-hybrid models) slides and tilts fore and aft for extra flexibility.

Reviewers generally agree that the upholstery quality is generally high-quality, though the same isn't true for the Rogue's plastic materials around the dash. Some reviewers complain that the standard infotainment screen is dated-looking and somewhat tricky to use.

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Other comfort-maximizing features on the Rogue include reclining back seats, heated front seats (standard on the SV and SL models), a power adjustable driver's seat (standard on SV and SL models), and a heated steering wheel (standard on SL models).

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The 2020 Rogue comes with four cup holders, front seatback pockets, and four cargo tie-down hooks. A panoramic sunroof is optional on both SV and SL models.

Utility and Practicality

In terms of cargo space, the 2020 Nissan Rogue excels. The cargo room is a generous 39.3 cubic feet with the seats up and a generous 70 cubic feet with the seats down.

In the 2019 hybrid models, these dimensions shrink slightly (27.3 cubic feet with the seats up and 61.4 cubic feet with the seats down) due to the presence of the battery under the cargo floor. In hybrid models, rear seats still fold almost nearly flat, even with the battery located directly underneath them.

To handle tie-downs, all Rogue models feature four cargo tie-down hooks. Capable of towing smaller loads, the Rogue features a towing capacity of 1,102 pounds, which is less than the Ford Escape, Subaru Forester, and Kia Sportage, but still ample for small trailers.

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To make loading cargo more manageable, the 2020 Nissan Rogue features the adjustable Divide-n-Hide system that creates two levels for the cargo floor. A motion-activated power liftgate comes on SV and SL models, as do roof rails.

Technology and Infotainment

The 2020 Nissan Rogue is a modern vehicle with state-of-the-art features. Though, as mentioned above, some reviewers found the presentation of these features — namely the infotainment screen — to be a bit dated. A 7-inch touchscreen display is standard on Rogue S models, along with dual USB inputs, Bluetooth capability, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a CD player, basic audio via a four-speaker audio system.

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Added standard features on Rogue SV models include a power-adjust driver's seat, heated front seats and outside mirrors, a 6-speaker sound system, dual-zone climate control, and a helpful motion-activated power liftgate. The SL model has the most feature-loaded infotainment system. It features an integrated navigation system, a surround-view camera system, Nissan Connect emergency and convenience services, driver-seat memory settings, and a premium nine-speaker Bose audio system.

Another attractive feature that's optional on SV and standard on the SL is Nissan's ProPilot Assist, which is a suite of semi-automated driving features, including stop-and-go adaptive cruise control capable of bringing the Rogue to a complete stop and starting it up again, as well as steering assist, which keeps the Rogue centered in its lane. Also worth mentioning is the popular SV Sun and Sound Touring Package, which adds a long list of features to the Rogue SV, including onboard navigation, an around-view monitor, and a panoramic sunroof.

Safety and Driving Assistance

The 2020 Nissan Rogue is rated as one of the safest compact crossover SUVs in its class. In crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Rogue received "Good" scores in most categories, except Headlights, where it received "Acceptable" rating ("Poor" applying to the SL trim), and Structure and Safety Cage, where it also received an "Acceptable" rating. It also earned a "Superior" score in the Front Crash Prevention Category.

The 2020 Rogue performed similarly in the NHTSA's crash tests, where it earned an overall safety rating of 4 out of 5 stars. In individual categories, the Rogue received 4 out of 5 stars in frontal crash safety, 5 out of 5 stars in side crash safety, and 4 out of 5 stars in rollover crash safety.

The 2020 Nissan Rogue owes much of its solid safety performance to its suite of modern safety features, such as front, side and side curtain airbags, and electronic stability control.

The Rogue is also equipped with a LATCH seatbelt system. Standard safety features on the base S model include blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and Nissan Safety Shield system.

Driver safety aids added on the SV trim level include reverse automatic braking and parking sensors. Safety is maximized at the top-tier SL trim, where drivers get ProPilot Assist (optional on the SV): a suite of semi-automated driving features, including stop-and-go adaptive cruise control capable of bringing the Rogue to a complete stop and starting it up again, as well as steering assist, which keeps the Rogue centered in its lane.

Driving Experience

Most reviewers describe the Rogue's ride quality as "excellent." While this is due in large part to its size — both roomy on the inside yet compact enough for most parking spaces and tight two-lane environments — the Rogue doesn't do too badly on the road, either. Maneuverability is a strong suit, though rivals like the Mazda CX-5 are often considered more fun to drive. The Rogue feels safe and substantial at both high and low speeds, though some complain of poor acceleration for the class. Visibility is adequate, great at all angles except the rear, where the rearmost pillar features a sharply-upturned beltline that creates a bit of blind spot. The cabin is also quite quiet, an extra advantage for commuters and those traveling long distances by car.

Under the hood, the 2020 Nissan Rogue features a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine with 170 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 175 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. This engine is standard across all trim levels. All Rogues have continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT) with three settings: Normal, Sport, and Eco. All rogue models are also available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid used a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine plus an electric motor and achieves a maximum of 176 horsepower at peak output with gasoline and electric powertrains combined. While this isn't a significant boost over the 170 horsepower from the non-hybrid Rogue, the Hybrid Rogue does give a much more immediate response due to its battery, giving drivers better low-end performance at stoplights. As expected, the Hybrid Rogue also has better fuel economy, discussed in detail below.

Fuel Economy

Overall, the 2020 Nissan Rogue boasts some of the best fuel economy numbers in its class. Front-wheel drive (FWD) Rogue models get an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway.

All-wheel-drive models get 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. These numbers are better than the Ford Escape and nearly identical to the Subaru Forester.

On the 2019 Hybrid model, front-wheel drive Rogue models get an EPA-estimated 33 mpg in the city and 35 mpg highway. Hybrid all-wheel-drive models get 31 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

Trim Levels and Pricing

Pricing for the 2020 Nissan Rogue is very straightforward. The base Rogue S model has a starting price of about $26,015, with destination fee included. Starting prices (with destination fee included) for successive trim levels and hybrid iterations are as follows:

  • Base Rogue S (AWD): $27,365
  • Rogue SV (FWD): $27,435 (Hybrid: $28,695)
  • Rogue SV (AWD): $28,785 (Hybrid: $30,045)
  • Rogue SL (FWD): $32,485 (Hybrid: $32,635)
  • Rogue SL (AWD): $33,835 (Hybrid: $33,985)

Value

For the most part, prices for the 2020 Nissan Rogue run close to that of the competition. The base model of the 2020 Rogue is slightly less expensive than that of the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Ford Escape, but more than that of the Kia Sportage and Subaru Forester.

Its interior may not be as well-appointed as that of the Mazda's, its technology as slick as that of the Kia and it lacks a true off-road prowess like that of the Jeep Cherokee.

And it may not be as well-rounded as the Honda, but the Nissan Rogue has a lot of standard features that some of these rivals may limit to higher trim levels – or not offer at all.

For a roomy interior, ample cargo storage space, strong gas mileage figures, and relatively pleasant driving experience, the 2020 Nissan rogue is an excellent choice among compact SUVs.

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