2020 Nissan Rogue

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2020 Nissan Rogue Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 21, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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2020 Nissan Rogue is an elegant and classy SUV with a 2.5L inline-4 engine mated to an automatic CVT transmission producing 170hp power and 175lb-ft torque.

The Rogue comes in three different trim levels the S, SV, SL. With a standard price tag of $25,200, the Rogue features a 170 hp 2.5L engine. The 2020 model now features some high-end safety features and refreshed body styling, which gives it more modern appeal and a luxury feel, other than that everything remains the same as the last-gen Rogue Model.

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Pros

Elegant interiors with a classy finish

Plenty of cargo space

Spacious Interiors

Exceptional fuel economy

Comfortable Ride quality

Cons

Loud under heavy acceleration

Poor Visibility

Engine not as powerful as some of the competitors

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

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

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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

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Overall Rating


The Rogue comes in three different trim levels the S, SV, SL. With a standard price tag of $25,200, the Rogue features a 170 hp 2.5L engine. The 2020 model now features some high-end safety features and refreshed body styling, which gives it more modern appeal and a luxury feel, other than that everything remains the same as the last-gen Rogue Model.

 

2020 Nissan Rogue front 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 SUV comes in three trim levels: S, SV, and SL. They all use a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with automatic CVT. The standard drivetrain is front-wheel-drive, but you have the option of upgrading to all-wheel-drive for $1,350.

There is also a special Midnight Edition that adds black 17’’ alloy wheels, black exterior accents, and the Black Midnight Edition badging to the SV trim. The Midnight Edition starts at $27,115.

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

We Recommend

Whether you need your Rogue as a commuter, a family vehicle, or as a recreational vehicle, the SV trim has the right balance of features and affordability. Adding the Premium package is also recommended as it adds functions like a surround-view camera system, navigation, and a power lift-gate.

2020 Nissan Rogue Engine and Performance

4.5/10

The standard configuration of the new Nissan Rogue has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine that generates 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is available as an option.

2020 Nissan Rogue powered by a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine

The SUV is no sports car, and it would be harsh to expect too much out of its engine. But still, a 170 hp generation is barely adequate to stand out from the competition. This power is not enough for clean passing maneuvers.


But Rogue has another problem besides the underpowered engine. The CVT is slow to deliver power, which causes a delay between flooring the pedal and the car beginning to accelerate. The transmission also makes a roar under heavy acceleration. It’s a good thing Rogue now comes equipped with well-insulated cabins to keep that noise out.

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

Both VW Tiguan S and Mazda CX-5 Sport provide much more horsepower and torque in a similar price range. 

Acceleration

Rogue never boasts of being a powerful beast or the swiftest amongst its competitors. It is what it is, a family car built for the daily life of a family man. The SUV doesn’t fly off as soon as you floor the pedal but accelerates just enough to put you through everyday scenarios. The transmission noise is, however, deafening at such accelerations, which you won’t notice much in your insulated cabin.

 

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

The Nissan Rogue is the slowest car in the whole class, and it gets slower as you speed up. Honda CR-V, on the other hand, shows some impressive numbers as it has the best in class acceleration and some insane performance for a 184 hp car. In contrast, the other competitors also have some good numbers.

Ride and Handling

Don’t let the big size and robust build of the new Rogue fool you, for when it comes to handling, and this heavy performer becomes light as a feather. Ask anyone to drive this car who has had any experience with an SUV, and they will tell you how effortless it is to handle Rogue. It only requires a light touch to steer, and a turning radius of 37.6 feet makes parking and U-turns a piece of cake.


Of course, it is essential to remember that this SUV is, after all, a cross-over and not a sports car. It means you cannot push it hard through the corners, but should instead expect a comfortable, composed ride.
The feedback you get while driving might be a little dull, but this is a car that is meant to provide a comfortable and practical ride to a family, so even though the competitors claim better handling on paper, Rogue does the job that it was made for, and does it well.

Braking 

The Nissan takes 124 ft. to get from 60-0 mph, which is average in this segment. It features four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with an anti-lock braking system, emergency braking assist, traction control, and stability control. Measuring 124 ft. in stopping distance is perfect for a daily commuter vehicle.

 

2020 Nissan Rogue Disc Brake

In day to day braking conditions, the Brakes feels much better once the bite builds up and braking gets smoother after the same. 

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

Coming to comparison regarding braking, the Honda CR-V manages to beat its other adversaries by some margin. Followed by its other Japanese rival, the Mazda CX-5. The German Tiguan loses to Nissan by a certain margin, mainly due to its heft.

2020 Nissan Rogue Fuel Economy

5.5/10

This is Rogue’s turf and is where most compact SUVs can’t even dream of giving this SUV a hard time. The base model delivers an economy of 26 mpg in city and 33 mpg on the highway. The AWD option only diminishes the savings by one mpg with a combined mileage of 29 mpg.

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

Be it Tiguan S, Mazda CX-5 or most compact SUVs, the best they can hope for is to quickly accelerate past the Rogue to the nearest gas station before it catches up to rub their noses in its fuel efficiency! Honda CR-V, another fuel saver, is just 1mpg shy of Rogue’s highway mileage.

2020 Nissan Rogue Interior

7.0/10

The base trim comes as a five seats SUV with cloth upholstery. Nissan also gives you the option of adding a third row to accommodate two more passengers. This, however, is only available in S and SV models. Upgrades include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
 

2020 Nissan Rogue Seating and comfort

The second-row seats don’t just recline and fold, they also slide front and back to further enhance the boot capacity or the room capacity in the second row. This row gets its own dedicated rear air vents placed at the backside of the center console. Tether anchors for child seats are available in all the three seats in the second row.

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

All of the rivals are similar in terms of interior space. Showcasing the same amount of front and rear room available for passengers and driver.  

Interior Features

The standard interior features include:

  • 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio and Bluetooth
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera

Infotainment System 

The standard infotainment system has a 5-inch display that can integrate with your smartphone to display music, maps, and several other apps. A USB port, rearview camera, and four-speaker stereo are also standard. Optional upgrades include a 7-inch touch-screen display, a Bose audio system with nine speakers, Siri Eyes Free, and navigation, amongst others.
 

 

2020 Nissan Rogue Infotainment Display

 

Infotainment 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

Cargo Capacity

Rogue comes equipped with a unique divide-n-hide cargo system that gives you an option of 18 configurations to choose from. The arrangements are made possible by the use of two solid pieces that can be repositioned to form cubbies or separate to create an upper shelf. This feature is not available if you opt for third-row seats, in which case you get a more basic version of the cargo system.


Another feature that makes it super cargo-friendly is the second-row seats that slide and the front passenger seat that folds so that you can haul long cargo.

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

If you fold down the second-row seats, the cargo space grows to 70 cubic feet, which is one of the highest cargo space available in this class. Not as high as Honda CR-V, though. Honda CR-V provides the maximum cargo volume of 75.8 cubic feet with the second row folded. The trunk volume of all three rivals is almost the same.

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 Nissan Rogue has gotten through some minor changes and a few touches than the 2nd gen as it looks more modern and aggressive. The 2020 model gets LED daytime light, LED indicators, and slightly long grille, while remaining when it comes to dimensions features the same wheel and not much changed in interiors as well, overall it has a sturdy but stylish body.

2020 Nissan Rogue Exterior design

The Rogue S is 184.5 inches long and 72.4 inches wide with a body height of 66.3, making it compact but spacious. The 7.8-inch ground clearance makes off-roading possible as the 106.5-inch wheelbase keeps this 3424 lbs—vehicle stable. In the competition, Nissan is the biggest SUV, which also makes it the most spacious and more suitable for a family. 

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 comes out to be the biggest compact SUVs available amongst the rivals. Its long length allows for the option of the third row of seats. The VW Tiguan follows it while the Honda and Mazda, stay faithful to their compact dimensions and are compact than both the VW and the Nissan.

Exterior Features

The 2020 Nissan Rogue now packs more interior features than ever before with a hefty set of features on the outside too. While 17inch alloys are standard across the range except for the top trim, which 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
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2020 Nissan Rogue Safety

The last-gen Rogue was getting famous for its fuel economy and versatility and started getting used for a daily commute.  It became a family-friendly compact SUV, and Nissan decided to add some high-end safety features and kept them standard in the SUV to make the daily commute even safer. It has a 4-star overall safety rating by NHTSA. 


The Rogue has all the necessary safety features like anti-lock braking, stability/traction control, front and side airbags, anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking and engine immobilizer with some added features like pre/post-collision safety system, daytime running light, auto delay off headlamps, blind-spot warning, emergency braking preparation and airbag occupant sensing deactivation.

  • 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

2020 Nissan Rogue Competition

Nissan Rogue vs Honda CR-V

There isn’t a real competition between Rogue and CR-V. The CR-V has a more powerful engine option with a refined transmission and a higher safety rating. Its fuel economy is also just as good as Rogue. Even its cargo space is more than Rogue.

2020 Honda CR-V

As both these cars cost almost the same, the CR-V makes up for a better choice. One significant advantage of Rogue is that it has more standard safety features than CR-V. In terms of interior space and cargo capacity, both the SUVs do not shy anywhere. The Honda CR-V has the edge over Rogue because of its refined transmission and optional turbocharged engine.

Nissan Rogue vs Mazda CX- 5

The Mazda CX-5 does come out as the most powerful car in the whole competition. Instead of being a daily commute, it focuses more on the sportier side. It features a more aggressive and sportier body along with better luxurious interiors. The Mazda is more fun but less versatile than the Nissan Rogue.

2020 Mazda CX-5

To sum it up, Mazda is cheaper but way more powerful while featuring better towing capacity along with a satisfactory fuel economy. Still, it is less spacious and is more compact than the Nissan. 

2020 Nissan Rogue Final Verdict

The Nissan Rogue is an ideal daily commute family SUV that is comfortable, efficient, has a low cost of ownership, and is reliable as well as versatile. Its spacious interiors and long drive comfort level make it a fast car and suitable for all types of work or driving. It can do the daily job, tow loads, and also gets dirty when required.


Its $25,200 price tag makes it more affordable, and its awesome quirks and features make it a suitable family SUV. The rogue has one major disadvantage, which is its lack of power, well even after a 170 hp car it is numb and way slow compared to the Toyota as it has only 6hp less. But as long as that doesn't bother you, this is the perfect crossover SUV that you can get.