2021 Nissan Rogue Sport Preview: No Bigger Changes To Come

While the bigger sibling, Rogue without “Sport” is coming completely redesigned for the next year, its smaller counterpart isn’t expected to receive a complete overhaul in the next year. Most likely, the new model will come in 2022, considering that the 2020 model has arrived with some styling revisions. Therefore, the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport should carry on, with a familiar layout. Of course, smaller updates are always possible.

All this means that you may count on familiar design characteristics. This small crossover is strong in many fields. Despite the modest size, it actually offers a pretty decent cargo area. Also, we like the fact that the fuel economy is pretty good for the class. Of course, this SUV isn’t without flaws, especially if we consider that the current generation has been around for nearly seven years. The engine isn’t particularly powerful and can be noisy at higher speeds. Also, base versions aren’t particularly generous in terms of standard equipment. All in all, the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport should arrive in a typical time, in the following weeks.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport Redesign

As we’ve just mentioned, this could easily be the last production year of the current generation. Therefore, no one expects to see some significant changes. The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is about to carry on in the same way, with a design that is nearly identical to the European Qashqai. The two models look identical and the only major difference is in terms of powertrain. Mechanically, we are talking about the well-known CMF platform, which in this case features 104.2 inches in wheelbase, which puts this crossover somewhere between subcompact and compact segments.

Visually, the last year’s refresh has brought a couple of interesting novelties, particularly at the front. The new face includes a new grille, hood, LED headlights etc. Therefore, the best we could see in the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport are things like new color options.


Once again, no bigger changes are about to come. The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport will carry on with the same cabin design, which still looks pretty attractive, despite the age. The current generation has been around since 2013 but the dashboard still looks good, while materials are really fine. Typically for Nissan, front seats are very comfortable and the driving position is really good.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport interior

In terms of passenger room, front seats are pretty generous, which the second row is typically tight for the segment. Still, two adult passengers can comfortably accommodate in the second row. The cargo area is pretty generous for the class. You may count on about 20 cubic feet behind the second row, while there are about 53.3 cubics with the second-row seats folded down.


Novelties in terms of standard equipment are typical for almost every model year but we don’t expect that things will change too much in the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport, compared to the current model. The current model already comes standard with things like a 7-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, as well as with a long list of safety features. Things like rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, rear automatic braking, and forward-collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection are all standard. The mid-range SV model adds goodies like heated mirrors, roof rails, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a six-speaker audio system.

Finally, there is the range-topping SL model, which adds things like 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a surround-view camera system, navigation etc. Also, there are several optional packages with additional features, as well as a couple of standalone options.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport Engine

As we already mentioned, this crossover isn’t particularly fun to drive and one of the main reasons is the engine. We are talking about a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine, which puts out around 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. That definitely isn’t enough for some more serious driving dynamics. To make things even worse, Nissan has paired this engine with a CVT gearbox, which makes the engine pretty noisy if your foot is heavy on the throttle.

On the other side, the benefit from all of this is fuel economy. This setup returns around 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway and these are pretty good ratings for the segment.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport Release date

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport Release Date and Price

We expect to see the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport in the next couple of weeks. As there are no bigger changes to come, the price should also remain the same. Base models go around 24.500 dollars, while the best-equipped models will go over 30.000 dollars. Some of the key players in this segment are models like Mazda CX-30, Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul etc.

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