2020 Nissan Rogue

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$25,300 - $33,040
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2020 Nissan Rogue Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 27, 2020
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Being the Best Selling Vehicle of any Brand entitles that vehicle to a lot of expectations from the Brand, Customers both Current and Future and from the Market as well. For Nissan, that tag has been held by their Crossover UV, the Rogue for quite some time now. For 2020, Nissan isn’t fiddling with it’s “Golden Egg” Laying Hen and is carrying forward the same from 2019. That being said, to focus more on the standard Rogue and the Rogue Sport, Nissan is discontinuing the Rogue Hybrid for 2020.

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Pros

Pleasing Ride Comfort 

Plenty of Standard Driver Aids

Spacious Interiors

Superb MPG figures

Segment leading Cargo Capacity

Cons

Not the Most performance friendly CUV’s out there

Feels dull to drive

Infotainment Interface feels dated

Material Quality not up to the mark

What's New?

Model carries over unchanged from 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25200

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

170 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

175 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.8/62.8

dimensions

wheelbase

106.5 in.

length

184.5 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3463 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

105.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

70 cu ft.

towing capacity

1102 lbs.

payload capacity

1127 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/29/33 mpg

ev range

377 mi.

highway range

478.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Nissan Rogue in Brilliant Silver color  2020 Nissan Rogue in Caspian Blue Metallic color  2020 Nissan Rogue in Glacier White color
Brilliant Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine And Performance

4.5

Fuel Economy

5.5

Interior

7.0

Exterior

5.0

6.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Nissan Rogue S

S

power
170 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$25,300 - $26,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,300 MSRP (26/29/33) 170 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
S 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $26,650 MSRP (25/27/32) 170 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Rogue SV

SV

power
170 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$26,720 - $28,070


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $26,720 MSRP (26/29/33) 170 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
SV 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $28,070 MSRP (25/27/32) 170 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Rogue SL

SL

power
170 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$31,690 - $33,040


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $31,690 MSRP (26/29/33) 170 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
SL 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $33,040 MSRP (25/27/32) 170 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.1

Overall Rating


The 2020 Nissan Rogue, draws its power from a 2488cc Naturally aspirated 4 Cylinder Motor, good for 170 hp and 175lbs.-ft. Of torque. You do get the family design elements seen in other Nissan’s that include a signature family V Motion grille at the front, Auto On/Off Headlamps and a whole host of standard driver assistance features. Prices for the Rogue ranges from $25,200 for the base S FWD trim and go over $32,000 for the top of the line SL AWD trim. All trims, S, SV, and SL can be opted in either an FWD configuration of an AWD configuration while being paired to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT transmission setup.

Nissan has to face the heat of rivals like the VW Tiguan, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, and others in this segment. 

2020 Nissan Rogue front view
2020 Nissan Rogue front view
2020 Nissan Rogue rear view
2020 Nissan Rogue rear view

 

4.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

5.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Nissan Rogue Features

The 2020 Nissan Rogue, comes in 3 trims and can be had in either an FWD configuration or an AWD one. Common to all these trims is an Xtronic CVT Transmission from Nissan and the 2.5L Naturally Aspirated 4 Cylinder motor. Speaking of Note-worthy features, you do get a plethora of driver assistance features as standard across the range and you also get premium features like Bose Audio System and more. 

Trim

S

SV

SL

MSRP (FWD)

$25,200

$26,620

$31,590

MSRP

(AWD)

$26,550

$27,970

$32,940

Key Features

Around View Monitor, Intelligent Lane intervention

Adds/Upgrades from “S”

Adds/Upgrades from “SV”

 

7” Touchscreen Infotainment System

17” Aluminum Alloy wheels

19” Aluminum Alloy Wheels

 

Apple Car Play, Android Auto

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control 

Auto-Dimming Inside Mirror with Homelink and ProPILOT assist

 

40/20/40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seat

Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start

Heated Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

 

 

 

4 Speaker Audio System with AM/FM/CD, Aux, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and USB connectivity

6 Speaker Audio System with AM/FM/CD, Aux, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and USB connectivity

9 Speaker Bose Audio System with Nissan Connect, Navigation, HD Radio, SiriusXM Traffic, and Travel Link

 

 

 

5.0 Center Meter Color Display

Motion Activated Liftgate and Heated ORVM’s

Heated ORVM’s with memory

 

 

 

8 Way Powered Driver’s Seat and Lumbar Support

4 Way Power adjust front passenger seats with memory for driver seat

Which trim to choose?

The SV trim comes loaded with a good set of bells and whistles for the price that ii's being sold at. You get a good infotainment system, power adjustability in the seats and some more creature comforts that will add to your conveniences of owning this Nissan. Hence, going for the SV trim will be a sensible option.

2020 Nissan Rogue Engine and Performance

4.5/10

The 2020 Nissan Rogue SUV comes powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The engine is fine for city driving, but when pushed hard on the highway, it produces a loud droning noise. The off-road capability is acceptable for this compact crossover. The engine is matched with an advanced Xtronic transmission and power is routed to either the front (FWD) or all four wheels (AWD). The CVT features three modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. The motor isn’t the fastest around but drivers will find it easy to live within the city. It’s on the motorways that you will find the Motor dull and will leave you wanting for more power.

2020 Nissan Rogue Engine
2020 Nissan Rogue powered by a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine

Models

Nissan Rogue S 

Volkswagen Tiguan S*

Honda CR-V LX* 

Mazda CX-5 Sport*

MSRP

$25,200

$25,290

$25,545

$25,395

Engine

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged I 4 Cylinder

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Transmission

CVT

8 Speed Automatic

CVT

6 Speed Automatic

Horsepower(hp)

170@6000rpm

184@4400rpm

184@6400rpm

187@6000rpm

Torque(lbs.-ft.)

175@4400rpm

221@1600rpm

180@3900rpm

186@4000rpm

*2019 Model Year figures used for reference purposes only

The Nissan Rogue produces 170 hp which is barely enough to stand in the competition. All the other SUVs in this segment, offer higher power and torque figures than the Nissan but lose out in the MPG figures race. The CR-V comes with a CVT transmission, while the VW and Mazda come with 8 Speed and 6 Speed Automatics respectively.

Is it a fast SUV?

With Nissan clearly stating its focus for MPG figures rather than performance figures for the 2020 Rogue, the acceleration figures of the same aren’t the most noteworthy among its competition. With over 10 seconds to reach the 60MPH mark, Nissan is the slowest among all its rivals but manages to fare better, in the quarter-mile test. This is evident in the real world where the Nissan struggles to find pace out on the motorway but fares decently, out on the city streets courtesy of a refined CVT unit with minimal rubber band effect associated with the same.

2020 Nissan Rogue Acceleration
2020 Nissan Rogue Acceleration

Models

Nissan Rogue S 

Volkswagen Tiguan S*

Honda CR-V LX* 

Mazda CX-5 Sport*

0-60 MPH

10.1 sec

9.7 sec

7.7 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter mile

17 Sec

16.5 sec

16 sec

16.7 sec

Engine

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged I 4 Cylinder

2.4L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

6.1

7.7

6.1

6.3

As far as Nissan’s rivals are concerned, the most athletic of the lot comes out to be the Honda CR-V. The CX-5 comes in second to the Honda by a very small margin and is further followed by the VW Tiguan. The Nissan is the slowest of all but manages to fare better in the quarter-mile runs.

How well does it Ride and Handle?

Nissan Engineers have excelled in offering a superb ride to its passengers enveloped inside the Rogue. The seats have a good amount of bolstering and offer good support to the passengers. The suspension is tuned on the softer side, meaning that irrespective of the harshness on offer from the road, very little creeps inside the cabin of the Rogue. However, once the Rogue moves over a bigger undulation and you will find the rogue wobble out of place and takes time to settle.

Speaking of the handling, it's more suited to suit the city roads more than the highways. The Steering is overly light at low speeds that make it easy to maneuver the Rogue around the city. Out on the highways, the steering weighs up decently and makes the Rogue feel stable at speeds. Body roll is evident, courtesy of the soft suspension but it isn’t unnerving at any point.

How good is the Braking performance?

The Braking performance of the Rogue is average, to say the least. The 124ft stopping distance isn’t the best in the class but it isn’t the worst either. That being said, the pedals themselves feel squishy and you would find a lot of ABS noise, at instances of heavy braking. The Brakes feels better once the bite builds up and the braking is a bit smoother after the same.

2020 Nissan Rogue wheel
2020 Nissan Rogue Disc Brake

Model

Nissan Rogue S 

Volkswagen Tiguan S*

Honda CR-V LX* 

Mazda CX-5 Sport*

Brake Front (in.)

11.7

13.4

11.1

11.7

Brake Rear (in.)

11.5

11.8

10.2

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3456

3721

3307

3541

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

131

115

121

 In terms of the braking performance, it’s the Honda CR-V that manages to beat its other adversaries by some margin. The closest to the Honda is its other Japanese rival, the Mazda CX-5. The German Tiguan loses this battle to the Nissan by a certain margin mainly due to its heft.

2020 Nissan Rogue Fuel Economy

5.5/10

Nissan Rogue doesn’t prioritize on outright performance but instead returns pretty decent fuel economy figures. It can manage 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the front-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive models get 1 less mpg in the city and on the highway. These are above-average estimates for the segment. It also comes with engine Idle Start/Stop technology that can shut the engine down when you’re at a stoplight and start instantaneously as you pull away.

Model

Nissan Rogue S

Volkswagen Tiguan S*

Honda CR-V LX* 

Mazda CX-5 Sport*

MPG (city)

26

22

26

25

MPG (highway)

33

29

32

31

MPG (combined)

29

25

28

28

Range (city/highway)

(miles)

377 / 479 

337 / 444

364 / 448

370 / 459

Tank Capacity (gal)

14.5

15.3

14.0

14.8

None of the other adversaries of the Nissan can outrun it in the Fuel Economy department. The Mazda and Honda come close to Nissan’s figures but still miss out by the slightest of margins. The Turbocharged VW is the weakest performer here and loses out by a big margin to its other rivals.

2020 Nissan Rogue Interior

7.0/10

Spacious and well made, the Nissan Rogue’s inside is appealing with soft-touch surfaces and high-quality material. The leather-wrapped, fully adjustable flat-bottom steering wheel feels good in your hands. Its NASA inspired “Zero Gravity” front seats are praised for their comfort and support. The rear seats also provide an ample amount of space. Legroom and headroom are great in the first and second row, with an EZ-Flex 40/20/40-split second-line seat that tilts and slides to create additional space. However, the available panoramic sunroof limits the back-row headroom.

2020 Nissan Rogue seating​
2020 Nissan Rogue Seating and comfort

Model

Nissan Rogue S

Volkswagen Tiguan S*

Honda CR-V LX* 

Mazda CX-5 Sport*

Passenger capacity

5

7

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.6/56.6/43.0

39.6/57.0/40.2

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.7/57.1/41.0

Second 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/55.9/37.9

39.1/55.9/36.5

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.0/54.8/39.6

 The seats are roomy and comfortable, even in the second row where the headroom is plenty even for passengers with a long torso. All of the rivals somewhat similar in terms of interior space.

What features to expect on the inside?

In terms of the creature comforts on offer, you will find plenty of them on the inside. Nissan is bundling a lot of useful features as standard in the Rogue and as you climb up the ladder in the trim table, you will have a lot to play with on your hands. Some of the most notable features include the following few features
 

2020 Nissan Rogue infotainment display
2020 Nissan Rogue Infotainment Display
  • 6-way power-adjustable heated seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Mood lighting
  • Remote keyless entry system
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Active engine braking
  • Cruise control

Does the Rogue come loaded with Technology on the inside?

The infotainment system is intuitive to use but the 7 inch touchscreen is small and its graphics are a bit dated as compared to the rivals. Along with the dashboard you will also find physical buttons on the steering wheel. Some of the most noteworthy features of the infotainment system includes the following features

  • 7.0” Touchscreen Infotainment System with 5” Display in the Instrument Cluster
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 
  • MP3/CD/FM player
  • SiriusXM and HD Radio
  • Bluetooth Music Streaming and Connectivity with USB ports
  • Bose 9 Speaker Audio System
  • NissanConnect with navigation

How practical is the Cargo space?

Nissan Rogue comes with ample cargo space which will satisfy most of the people shopping in this segment. With the second row down, the Rogue swallows 70 cubic feet of cargo. With the second row in place, the space is a still-impressive 39.3 cubic feet, with underfloor cargo bins for secure storage. It also comes with motion-activated power rear liftgate which makes loading and unloading of cargo with ease.

Model

Nissan Rogue S

Volkswagen Tiguan S*

Honda CR-V LX* 

Mazda CX-5 Sport*

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

39.3

12.0

39.2

30.9

The Nissan Rogue has the biggest trunk when compared with the rivals followed by Honda CR-V, which loses out by the smallest of margins. The CX-5 comes in third and the Tiguan comes in at the last spot.

2020 Nissan Rogue interior
2020 Nissan Rogue interior
2020 Nissan Rogue front seat
2020 Nissan Rogue front seat
2020 Nissan Rogue steering
2020 Nissan Rogue steering
2020 Nissan Rogue armrest
2020 Nissan Rogue armrest
2020 Nissan Rogue touchscreen
2020 Nissan Rogue touchscreen

2020 Nissan Rogue Exterior

5.0/10

The 2020 Rogue SUV follows the design language of a crossover with strong lines, a tall body, and aggressive wheels. It’s “V-motion” grille with boomerang-style headlights looks prominent. The side glass is fairly tall, that is until you reach the rearmost column where an upturned beltline makes a blind spot. Unpainted fender flares are likely a demonstration of endurance ability. Sharp highlights like motion-activated power rear liftgate give the Rogue an upscale feel, as do the 19-inch wheels.

2020 Nissan Rogue side view
2020 Nissan Rogue Exterior design

Model

Nissan Rogue S

Volkswagen Tiguan S*

Honda CR-V LX* 

Mazda CX-5 Sport*

Curb weight (lbs.)

3456

3721

3307

3541

Length(in)

184.5

185.1

180.6

179.1

Width(in)

72.4

72.4

73.0

72.5

Height(in)

66.3

66.3

66.1

66.2

Ground clearance (in)

7.8

7.9

7.8

7.5

Wheelbase (in)

106.5

109.8

104.7

106.2

Track width (in) F/R

62.8/62.8

62.2/61.8

62.9/63.5

62.8/62.8

 Nissan Rogue is one of the biggest compact SUVs available in the market. Its huge length allows for the option of the third row of seats. The VW Tiguan comes in as the biggest of the ones compared here. The Honda and Mazda, stay true to their Compact proportions and are smaller than both the VW and the Nissan.

What are the highlights on the outside?

The 2020 Nissan Rogue comes loaded to the brim with a hefty set of features on the outside. Alloys are standard across the range but the top trim gets a 19" unit. The other noteworthy highlights include the following few features

  • 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Power adjustable and heated ORVM's
  • Chrome door handles
  • Rear spoiler
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Automatic headlights with LED DRL's and foglights
  • LED taillights
  • Motion-activated liftgate
2020 Nissan Rogue
2020 Nissan Rogue
2020 Nissan Rogue
2020 Nissan Rogue
2020 Nissan Rogue
2020 Nissan Rogue
2020 Nissan Rogue
2020 Nissan Rogue
2020 Nissan Rogue
2020 Nissan Rogue

2020 Nissan Rogue Safety

Safety is slowly getting the priority in the minds of most car buyers and manufacturers are also giving importance to the same. To address the same, Nissan is bundling plenty of features as standard in the 2020 Rogue. Some of the most important features include the following

  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW) Blind Spot Sensor
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Mitigation
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts including Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Rearview Monitor Back-Up Camera
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control

IIHS not rated

NHTSA Rating *

Overall rating

Not rated

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

Not rated

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

Not rated

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

4 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

Not rated

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

 *2019 figures used for reference purposes

2020 Nissan Rogue Competition

Nissan Rogue vs Honda CR-V

The CR-V tops the list for compact SUVs and offers more power than the Rogue, in addition to standard security features such as collision-mitigation braking. The CR-V is not so good with the infotainment system and doesn’t provide sunroof like the Rogue does.

The Rogue has a long list of standard features still the CR-V is better on different fronts. Both of the SUVs have got ample amount of interior space and cargo capacity. The Honda CR-V has an edge over Rogue because of its refined transmission and optional turbocharged engine.

2020 Honda CR-V
2020 Honda CR-V

Nissan Rogue vs Mazda CX- 5

The Mazda CX-5 is powered by an inline 4 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Like all the Mazda's, the CX-5 is fun to drive and won’t overwhelm you with power. It feels composed and agile not like the Rogue.

The CX-5 feels short on cargo space but makes up for it with upscale and tech-driven inside and a more ground-breaking motor than the Rogue's.

2020 Mazda CX-5
2020 Mazda CX-5

 

2020 Nissan Rogue Final Verdict

The Nissan Rogue is Nissan’s Best Selling Vehicle in the US and there are a lot of reasons as to why it holds this spot. The Rogue offers tremendous space on the inside and in the cargo area, feels superb to be ridden in and can take you miles, without filling up and stopping at the gas stations frequently. What strengthens Nissan’s cause is the long list of standard safety features and driver aids that rivals ask a premium for and the famed Japanese Reliability. Sure, there are more powerful alternatives to the Nissan but if you look in terms of the package that Nissan is offering with the Rogue, you surely can’t go wrong buying this.