2020 Nissan Rogue

Performance


#10 out of 15 in Compact SUVs

MSRP
$25,200
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2020 Nissan Rogue Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 6.6

The 2020 Nissan Rogue has a relaxed ride and poised handling. It’s engine is underpowered, however, and its continuously variable automatic transmission worsens performance. Most competitors have quicker acceleration.

  • While noise from the CVT and pavement can be a bit obvious, such complaints are forgotten when you consider the Rogue's smooth ride, easy maneuverability and good visibility." -- Autotrader
  • "The Rogue’s ride quality is excellent, and it gives the SUV an overall relaxed gait, which most buyers in this segment will appreciate." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • There's a rubber-band sensation that's typical of CVTs, meaning a noticeable delay between the application of the gas pedal and the delivery of acceleration. In most other ways, the Rogue is an easy-driving vehicle." -- Edmunds (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The Rogue comes with a 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. With this engine, the Rogue has tepid acceleration, and the CVT makes the engine drone.

The one bright spot is the excellent fuel efficiency you get with this power plant. The front-wheel-drive Rogue delivers 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive models get 1 less mpg in the city and on the highway.

  • "Our biggest complaint behind the wheel? The Rogue should simply be faster, and that's not just the opinion of a car enthusiast who enjoys strong acceleration. Today's Rogue is significantly larger than the original, and that version never really felt spry. Hopefully, Nissan looks to rectify this shortcoming when the redesigned Rogue debuts next year." -- Autotrader
  • "The Nissan Rogue's engine and CVT automatic feel weak compared to powerplants in other SUVs in the class." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Nissan does not offer a punchier engine option as some competitors do." -- Cars.com (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Rogue has a smooth ride and easily maneuvers around corners. Steering is light but well weighted. It comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • On the road, the Rogue quickly impresses. While noise from the CVT and pavement can be a bit obvious, such complaints are forgotten when you consider the Rogue's smooth ride, easy maneuverability and good visibility. While those traits won't win the Rogue any awards for excitement, they're among the most important when you're searching for a compact SUV." -- Autotrader
  • The Rogue isn't the sportiest choice in the compact SUV segment, but overall it handles well enough to make the driver feel confident in its abilities." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Nissan’s special sauce with the 2019 Rogue is its size. It’s perfect. The SUV is large enough to feel spacious inside and substantial on the road, but it’s also nicely compact, so it’s easy to park and it doesn’t feel like a barge around town." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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