Say hello to the updated design and performance of the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue! This compact 5-seater crossover SUV definitely prioritizes the essentials from comfort to advanced technology to stand out against its competitors. I had the chance to get behind the wheel of the new Rogue, powered by a 181-horsepower 2.5-litre four-pot, to see what it was all about.
The interior in this Nissan was next level. It was extremely sleek looking. The design, materials and tech definitely stood out. Thoughtful storage cubbies (because what mom doesn’t want extra storage?), a bi-level dashboard, and a squared-off shift knob are rich-looking design elements that improve usability and give the interior a modern flair.
Nissan’s approach with the all-new Rogue is to focus on becoming a “family hub” – offering just as much comfort to those sitting up front, to those at the back – while also concentrating on safety, convenience, and improving driving dynamics. When installing our son’s car seat and having him get in the back the amount of room he had as well as someone sitting next to him was fantastic! He never felt squished or that we needed to move the front seats forward to allow him to squeeze by. Installing the car seat was also super seamless.
Cloth seating is standard but the mid-range SV model can come with optional faux-leather upholstery; the upscale SL and Platinum Rogues get genuine leather. Three-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available features.
When it came time to playing around with the features, it took a while to figure out the gears; when you want to change from drive to reverse you need to almost shift as if you were in a standard vehicle.
The 2021 Rogue is also the first Nissan to offer the enhanced version of the available ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, available heads-up display, available wireless charging and available wireless Apple CarPlay. The charger platform is located on the centre console, in front of the electronic shifter lever and twin cupholders. The console also houses both USB Type-C and Type-A charging ports. The addition of the wireless Apple CarPlay was nice, and the wireless charging pad was a big win-win for me.
Safety & Drive-Assistance
The 2021 Rogue comes loaded with standard safety features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, automatic high beams, and blind-spot monitors.
For me in any vehicle, blind-spot detections and active lane control are a must. The only downside to this in the Rogue was the blind-spot detection was really quiet if you went to signal and someone was in range or if you veered over on the line. I’m not sure if there is a setting to increase the volume but I would have liked the chime to have been louder.
The design of the 2021 Rogue, both exterior and interior, reflects the spirit of the vehicle – versatile, fun, edgy, and adventurous.
The Rogue adopts signature Nissan design elements such as the floating roof and an evolved V-motion grille and adds exciting new features such as the unique headlight shape and “U-shape” bodyside highlights. New multi-level LED headlights with an expanded illumination area are standard on all 2021 Rogue grade levels and accent the powerful front grille design. LED fog lights are standard on the Platinum grade.
The SUV’s back doors now open to a full 90-degree aperture, which makes getting in and out easier and gives you more space when finagling car seats or other bulky items.
Unfortunately, the rest of the Rogue’s driving experience isn’t so techy; you won’t find turbochargers or electric assistance under the hood. The engine itself may be a little lacklustre, but overall, the Rogue drives with confidence and composure.
Pros and Cons
- Sleek and appealing styling
- A smooth ride and nice maneuverability
- Zero Gravity Seats
- Plenty of safety features
- Quiet cabin
- Not the quickest crossover
- No turbocharged engine option
The 2021 Rogue is offered in a wide range of exterior colour combinations, including – for the first time – four two-tone combinations. Available colours include Scarlet Ember; Gun Metallic; Glacier White; Super Black; Pearl White; Caspian Blue and new for 2021: Boulder Grey Pearl and Champagne Silver. Three interior colour choices are offered: Graphite, Grey and Tan.
New Available ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link
Rogue was one of the first vehicles to offer Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist, a hands-on, driver-assist technology that reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving and makes long drives on the open highway easier. ProPILOT Assist, available starting on the SV grade, combines steering assist and Intelligent Cruise Control to help control acceleration, braking and steering in both heavy traffic and on the open highway.
As in previous generations, Rogue will be offered in well-equipped S, SV and Platinum grade levels.
For this Rogue crossover, the starting M.S.R.P is $28,498 and goes all the way up into the $38,000+ range. We’d spring for the Premium package, which adds a panoramic sunroof, a power-operated rear liftgate, roof rails, and leather upholstery. Front-wheel drive is standard in all models but all-wheel drive is optional on all trims for an additional $1400. In my opinion, if you’re wanting all the bells and whistles, upgrading to the Platinum is the way to go.