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2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Review

The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport has lots of cargo space and many standard features, but its underpowered engine and substandard cabin materials earn it a midpack ranking in the subcompact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo space
  • Loads of standard tech and safety features
  • Weak engine
  • Vague steering
  • Some second-rate cabin materials

New for 2020

  • Safety Shield 360 suite of driver assistance features now standard
  • Reshuffling of features and options between trims

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport's #10 ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Rogue Sport has a score of 7.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 5.8
Performance: 6.1
Interior: 6.8
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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 Is the Nissan Rogue Sport a Good SUV?

The 2020 Rogue Sport is a decent subcompact SUV. Its above-average price tag is somewhat justified by its wealth of standard driver assistance and tech features, and it provides more storage space than most class rivals. However, the Rogue Sport suffers from vague steering and an underpowered engine, and its cabin has some cheap materials.

Should I Buy the Nissan Rogue Sport?

The Rogue Sport isn’t a bad SUV, but you can get a better one for less money. Many rivals have stronger engines, better handling, and nicer cabins. The Kia Soul – our 2020 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money – has a bit more cargo space than the Rogue Sport, and it costs about $5,750 less. It also has roomy, supportive seats and a good number of standard features. Both the Mazda CX-3 and the Mini Cooper Countryman have sportier handling than the Nissan, and the Countryman has a robust 301-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine option.

Compare the Rogue Sport, Soul, and CX-3 »

Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Rogue Sport?

The 2020 Rogue Sport debuted as an all-new vehicle for 2017, and there have been a few notable changes since then. Newly standard for 2020 is the Safety Shield 360 suite of driver assistance features, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic rear braking, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. Also, the Divide-N-Hide cargo system, is no longer standard in the base trim; it was standard in the 2019 model.

The 2019 Rogue Sport gained an upgraded infotainment system that includes a larger screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Rear automatic braking and adaptive cruise control became available. There were no major changes for 2018.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Rogue Sport, 2018 Rogue Sport, and 2019 Rogue Sport reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 21 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 21 Nissan Rogue Sport reviews, as well as performance specs, fuel economy ratings, predicted reliability ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make an informed car-buying decision.

This 2020 Rogue Sport review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2017.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking and reviewing cars, trucks, minivans, 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 Sport Cost?

Pricing on the 2020 Rogue Sport starts at $23,240 for the base model and climbs to $29,800 for the top trim level with all-wheel drive. Those are above average prices for the class.

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.

Nissan Rogue Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue Sport or Hyundai Kona?

The Hyundai Kona is one of our top-ranked subcompact SUVs, and we recommend it over the Rogue Sport. The Kona’s base engine has decent power, but the optional turbo-four provides much faster acceleration on the highway. The Hyundai also boasts a well-balanced ride and one of the nicest cabins in the class. There are only a couple reasons to buy the Rogue Sport over the Kona: The Nissan offers more cargo space than the Hyundai and comes with more standard driver assistance features.

Which Is Better: Nissan Rogue Sport or Nissan Rogue?

The compact Nissan Rogue is the Rogue Sport’s slightly larger sibling. They share many of the same pros and cons, including lots of cargo space, a lengthy standard features list, and an underpowered engine. However, Nissan put a little more care into the Rogue’s cabin, outfitting it with high-quality materials and more-supportive seats. The Rogue is only marginally bigger than the Rogue Sport (by a foot in length), so it's not the vehicle for you if you need a lot more cargo space than the Rogue Sport. However, it’s a good option if you’re disappointed by the Rogue Sport’s cabin materials. Buy the Rogue Sport if you want an SUV that's easier to maneuver.

Compare the Rogue Sport, Kona, and Rogue »

Rogue Sport Interior

How Many People Does the Rogue Sport Seat?

The Nissan Rogue Sport seats five people in two rows. There’s a good amount of space up front, but back-seat legroom is tight. Seats in all but the top-tier trim could use more support and cushioning. Visibility is good for the driver, and aside from some high-rev engine noise, the cabin is quiet.

Rogue Sport and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

Rogue Sport Interior Quality

Cabin materials could be a little nicer considering the Rogue Sport’s price point, but overall the cabin is decently built with plenty of soft-touch surfaces and a simple layout.

Rogue Sport Cargo Space

The Rogue Sport bests most rivals in cargo capacity, with 22.9 cubic feet behind the back seats and 61.1 cubic feet with those seats folded. SV and SL trims have 20 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 53.3 cubic feet with them folded. You can store items out of sight with the available Divide-N-Hide cargo system, which allows you to stash items beneath the load floor.

Rogue Sport Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Rogue Sport comes with more features than many rivals do. Standard tech includes the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, hands-free text messaging, a USB port, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, satellite radio, voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Nissan’s Advanced Drive-Assist display is also standard. It shows details for navigation, climate, radio, and more in the driver’s gauge cluster. Options include a nine-speaker Bose stereo, remote start with climate control, push-button start, and a navigation system.

The infotainment system is easy to operate, but the screen has dull graphics and is placed away from the driver, which can make it difficult to access. On the plus side, buttons on the steering wheel control many of the infotainment features, reducing the driver’s need to reach toward the center stack. The Advanced Drive-Assist display allows drivers to quickly glance at needed information.

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

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Rogue Sport Performance

Rogue Sport Engine: Underpowered

In a class not known for powerful engines, the Nissan Rogue Sport’s 141-horsepower four-cylinder is particularly weak. It’s noisy at speed and doesn’t generate enough power for easy highway passing and merging, but acceleration is decent around town.

Rogue Sport Gas Mileage: Pretty Good

The front-wheel-drive Rogue Sport gets above-average fuel economy estimates of 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. All-wheel-drive models lose 1 mpg in the city and 2 on the highway.

Rogue Sport Ride and Handling: Fits in Anywhere

The Rogue Sport delivers a composed ride, but there are sportier and more comfortable options in the class. Some reviewers note that the Rogue Sport has vague steering, but its brakes are praised for their smoothness. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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Rogue Sport Reliability

Is the Nissan Rogue Sport Reliable?

The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Nissan Rogue Sport Warranty

The Nissan Rogue Sport is backed by a three year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Rogue Sport Safety

Rogue Sport Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Rogue Sport four stars out of five in the rollover evaluation. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2020 Rogue Sport.

Rogue Sport Safety Features

All Rogue Sport models come with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and rear parking sensors. Also standard is Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 safety suite, which features automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic rear braking, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.

Available driver assistance features include a surround-view parking camera system, traffic sign recognition, and a driver alertness monitoring system. ProPilot Assist is also available. This semiautonomous system helps you steer, brake, and maintain a set speed while driving.

Read more about safety »

Rogue Sport Dimensions and Weight

The Rogue Sport is 14.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,343 to 3,487 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating is between 4,355 and 4,455 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Built?

Nissan builds the 2020 Rogue Sport in Japan.

Which Nissan Rogue Sport Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport comes in three trims: S, SV, and SL. The base Rogue Sport S trim should meet the needs of most shoppers. It comes with lots of convenient features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free, which all allow you to connect your smartphone to the infotainment system. You also get a ton of standard driver assistance features. Choose the midlevel Rogue Sport SV if you want more comfort features, or step up to the Rogue Sport SL for a handful of extra advanced safety features and a few luxury cabin touches.

Front-wheel drive is standard in all trims, and all-wheel drive is available for an additional $1,350.

Nissan Rogue Sport S

The base Rogue Sport S ($23,240) comes with cloth seats, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry, a NissanConnect infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, hands-free text messaging, a USB port, Bluetooth, a four-speaker stereo, satellite radio, voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Standard driver assistance features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic rear braking, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights. Additional standard safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, and rear parking sensors.

An Appearance package, which adds alloy wheels and all-season tires, is available for an additional $570.

Nissan Rogue Sport SV

The Rogue Sport SV trim ($24,750) adds dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with two-way lumbar support, premium cloth seats, push-button start, roof rails, Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide cargo system, and Nissan’s Advanced Drive-Assist display.

A $920 all-weather package includes heated front seats, remote start with climate control, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and fog lights. The Technology package ($2,580) includes the afforementioned features plus synthetic leather upholstery, memory settings for the driver’s seat and outside mirrors, an electronic parking brake, ProPilot Assist, a driver alertness monitoring system, and a surround-view parking camera system.

Nissan Rogue Sport SL

Starting at $28,450, the top-tier Rogue Sport SL comes with genuine leather upholstery and an electronic parking brake. This trim also adds a few advanced safety features, including a surround-view parking camera system, traffic sign recognition, a driver alertness monitoring system, and ProPilot Assist.

A Premium Package ($2,280) adds a moonroof, LED headlights, memory settings for the driver’s seat and outside mirrors, fog lights, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat.

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.

See 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport has many highly sought-after features and more cargo space than most other subcompact SUVs. However, it’s outdone by classmates with roomier, more-upscale cabins, superior driving dynamics, and stronger engines.

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

  • "The Rogue Sport has some class-leading safety and tech features as well as a spacious cabin, but it is one of the slowest vehicles in its segment and performance is underwhelming. Ride and seat comfort are also below segment standards. It has desirable features but we'd recommend cross-shopping top rivals before settling on the Rogue Sport." -- Edmunds
  • "If you like the versatility and all-wheel drive capability of an SUV, but you’re not looking for something big, bulky or fuel-thirsty, the subcompact 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport might surprise you. A long list of advanced features helps bolster driver confidence, and a reasonable price removes any fear of massive monthly payments." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "At the end of the day, the Rogue Sport presents as a small CUV with average performance within its segment but offering a compelling array of available safety, driver-assist and connectivity technologies. In other words, it checks all the boxes Nissan believes will be important to drivers over the next several years." -- Autotrader (2018) 
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