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2020 Nissan Rogue Review

The 2020 Nissan Rogue places in the top half of our compact SUV rankings. It boasts a good predicted reliability rating, a generous list of standard safety features, and plenty of space, but its underpowered engine keeps it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale, comfortable cabin
  • Lots of standard features
  • Tons of cargo space
  • Above-average fuel economy
  • Feeble engine that drones at high speeds

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Nissan Rogue's #7 ranking is based on its score within the Compact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Rogue has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 49 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 9.4
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Is the Nissan Rogue a Good SUV?

Yes, the 2020 Rogue is a good compact SUV. There’s an abundance of soft-touch surfaces in this Nissan's comfortable and spacious cabin. The Rogue also comes with a slew of standard safety and technology features. On top of that, it has a good predicted reliability rating. However, it fails to live up to the competition when it comes to performance. Not only is the Rogue slow to accelerate, but its continuously variable automatic transmission causes the underpowered engine to drone loudly at times.

Should I Buy the Nissan Rogue?

Although the 2020 Rogue doesn’t have the highest ranking, it's a good choice for some shoppers. It boasts a smooth ride, excellent fuel economy, and an abundance of features. However, competitors like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 have quicker acceleration than the Rogue.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Rogue?

The 2020 Rogue is part of a generation that debuted for the 2014 model year, and there have been many changes throughout the years.

For the 2018 model year, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became standard, a ProPilot Assist semiautonomous system became available, and the previously available third row was discontinued. Nissan added standard lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, intelligent lane intervention, and automatic high-beam headlights for the 2019 model year. There are no major changes for 2020.

With a 2019 Rogue, you’ll save money and get a very similar vehicle to the 2020 model. If the 2019 model's added safety tech isn’t that important to you, consider opting for a 2018 model to save a bit more money.

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We Did the Research for You: 49 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 49 Nissan Rogue reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all Rogue vehicles in the current generation, which includes the 2014 through 2020 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Does the Nissan Rogue Cost?

The 2020 Rogue's starting price is $25,200, which is above average for the class. The midlevel SV trim will run you $26,620, while the top-of-the-line SL trim goes for $31,590. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive costs an additional $1,350. A few packages are also available, and they increase the price.

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Nissan Rogue Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue or Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V is a better compact SUV than the Rogue. Both have abundant passenger and cargo room, and they get similarly high marks for fuel efficiency and ride quality. However, the Honda has a more powerful base engine, as well as an optional turbocharged engine for even more power. The Rogue has a longer list of standard features, but this Nissan isn’t as well-rounded as the CR-V.

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue or Toyota RAV4?

The Toyota RAV4 is another vehicle that outranks the Rogue. Both vehicles have loads of standard features, excellent gas mileage, and composed rides. While the Rogue has more passenger space than the RAV4, the Toyota has a stronger base engine and richer cabin materials. Both are good SUVs, but the Toyota is slightly better overall.

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Rogue Interior

How Many People Does the Rogue Seat?

You'll find seating for up to five people in the Rogue's cabin. Both rows have a generous amount of space for passengers, and all onboard will appreciate the comfortable and supportive seats.

Rogue and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat. The connections are easy to find and use.

Rogue Interior Quality

The Rogue features quality, soft-touch materials throughout its cabin. Cloth upholstery comes standard. A heated steering wheel, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and power-adjustable front seats are optional.

Rogue Cargo Space

The Rogue has 39.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 70 cubic feet of room with the back row folded down, which is a lot of cargo space for a compact SUV. A hands-free power liftgate is also available.

Rogue Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The standard infotainment system looks outdated, but it's easy to use and features useful physical controls. It comes with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, four speakers, satellite radio, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. Available features include HD Radio, a six- or nine-speaker audio system, and navigation.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Rogue Performance

Rogue Engine: Sluggish and Noisy

The Rogue comes equipped with a 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). This setup provides sufficient power for city driving, but it makes the SUV slow to accelerate. Additionally, the engine can be noisy when pushed hard.

Rogue Gas Mileage: High Acclaim

One positive for the Rogue is its excellent fuel efficiency. The standard front-wheel-drive Rogue gets 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Efficiency drops 1 mpg in both the city and on the highway for all-wheel-drive models.

Rogue Ride and Handling: Chill Out and Relax

Those looking for a comfortable cruiser will be pleased with the Rogue. It features a smooth ride and composed handling. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

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Rogue Reliability

Is the Nissan Rogue Reliable?

The 2020 Nissan Rogue has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Nissan Rogue Warranty

The 2020 Rogue comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Nissan Rogue?

The cost of insuring a Nissan Rogue will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Rogue Safety

Rogue Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2020 Rogue a Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. The standard headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road head, while the LED headlights in SL models equipped with the Premium package got the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

The IIHS uses a different scale for evaluating collision avoidance features. This Nissan earned the top rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its vehicle-to-vehicle collision avoidance system and a midlevel rating of Advanced for its vehicle-to-pedestrian system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Rogue an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

Rogue Safety Features

The Rogue is packed with standard safety tech, including a rearview camera, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Available active safety features include rear parking sensors, rear automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and a surround-view parking camera system. The available ProPilot Assist driving system aids you in braking, steering, and keeping your vehicle moving at a steady speed.

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Rogue Dimensions and Weight

The Rogue is roughly 15.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,463 to 3,670 pounds.

Where Is the Nissan Rogue Built?

Nissan built the 2020 Rogue in Tennessee, Japan, and South Korea.

Which Nissan Rogue Model Is Right for Me?

The Rogue comes in three trims: S, SV, and SL.

The base S trim has loads of features and is a good option for many shoppers. But if you want desirable features like heated seats and rear parking sensors, you’ll have to step up to the SV trim, which also makes the Pro Pilot Assist driving system available as an option.

The top-of-the-line SL trim comes standard with nearly all the bells and whistles available in the Rogue. This is also the only trim that has the option to add the LED headlights to the Rogue. All-wheel drive is an additional $1,350 in all trims.

Nissan Rogue S

The S trim starts at $25,200 and includes an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, four speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. It also features a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, intelligent lane intervention, and automatic high-beam headlights.

A Special Edition package is also available, which adds heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Nissan Rogue SV

Starting at $26,620, the SV trim features an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, a six-speaker audio system, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, rear automatic braking, and a hands-free power liftgate.

Two packages are also available with this trim. The SV Premium package comes with HD Radio, navigation, driver's seat memory settings, a heated steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, and ProPilot Assist. The SV Sun and Sound package has the Premium package's features as well as a panoramic moonroof and a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system.

Nissan Rogue SL

The SL trim (MSRP: $31,590) comes with leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, navigation, a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, fog lights, and ProPilot Assist. The SL Premium package adds LED headlights and a panoramic moonroof.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Rogue delivers some of what shoppers expect in this segment, such as a smooth ride, a comfortable cabin, and lots of standard features. It also earns a good predicted reliability rating. But this Nissan doesn't have it all. Its performance isn't anything to write home about, and it has a weak engine that drones at high speeds. We recommend cross shopping before making a definite decision.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2020 Nissan Rogue remains a competent compact crossover, with muscular looks, good tech and a litany of active safety features." -- Autotrader
  • The Rogue has all the key qualities that buyers expect of a small crossover, including excellent comfort, top-notch safety scores, and spacious room for people and cargo. … On the downside, the modestly powered four-cylinder engine and sluggish continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) struggle to get the Rogue moving when you want swift acceleration. Nor does the Rogue offer the same kind of handling spirit that you'll find in its competitors from Ford, Honda or Mazda." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • The Rogue isn’t as much fun to drive as a Mazda CX-5, and can’t tow as much as a Ford Escape, but it does offer a smooth ride, a quiet cabin and plenty of high-tech features." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: January 17, 2020

Robust, but Falling Sales: The Nissan Rogue finished the year as one of the top-selling compact SUVs, trailing only the Honda CR-V and the class sales-leading Toyota RAV4. However, demand for the Rogue fell last year by 15 percent relative to 2018.

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