The Nissan Rogue has been around since the late 2000s, so its presence in the market isn’t anything new. After a couple of decades of successful sales and garnering plenty of popularity, Nissan would release subsequent variations of the Rogue, most notably is the Sport. This wasn’t to be mistaken with a simple trim level, but an entirely new model in the lineup. After several years on the market and continuous praise by both consumers and critics alike, the new 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is here in all of its glory. Boasting a value-oriented price tag and a robust feature set, the latest Rogue Sport aims to impress those who drive it, much like its predecessors.
Starting at an MSRP of $23,960, the Rogue Sport comes in a trio of available trims. The setup is straightforward, and shopping for a 2021 model won’t be a complicated matter. These three trim levels start with the base level called S and are followed by the SV and SL. At the base level, you can expect an included 7-inch infotainment center and an assortment of advanced safety features that come standard. The safety features that come with your Rogue Sport are thanks to the inclusion of Nissan’s Safety Shield 360. The SV is for drivers who seek to invest in more glamorous interior features, and with features such as a power-adjustable driver’s seat and dual-zone automatic climate control, the SV is an impressive showing. Lastly, the SL swaps the cloth seating for a more visually-pleasing leather, along with ProPilot Assist, a still rather new assistive-driving system. Combined, all three trims make up the Rogue Sport’s model lineup, and each one is value-packed.
Horsepower: 141 hp
Torque: 147 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (city/highway): 25/32 MPG
Powering the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport, you’ll find a 2.0L 4-cylinder that comes paired with an Xtronic continuously variable transmission. This is the same powertrain configuration that came included with last year’s model, so those familiar with it will feel right at home. This compact SUV is perfect for city living as it will provide you with excellent performance for everyday use with its 141 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque.
What is impressive for the Rogue Sport, however, is terrific fuel efficiency. It’s worth mentioning that you’ll have the best efficiency should you stick with the standard front-wheel drive models, albeit switching to all-wheel drive doesn’t detract its EPA-estimated ratings too harshly. With front-wheel drive, the 2021 Rogue Sport gets very impressive ratings of 25 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway, and all-wheel drive models will get 24 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. This efficiency is perfect for people who find themselves stuck in city traffic a lot, or for those who spend a lot of time on the highway traveling from one location to another.
The 2021 Rogue Sport is designed to be a smaller version of the vehicle it shares the Rogue name with. Regardless of this, the Rogue Sport offers ample cargo space for any adventure, and with a maximum seating capacity of five passengers, the whole family can come along for the ride. Cloth comes standard with the Rogue Sport, however, upgrading yourself to the top-of-the-line SL trim will replace this material with leather. Both materials result in a comfortable chair sit in, and trims such as the SV will give you more flexibility in the way you’d like to drive with the likes of an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Finding your most comfortable driving position is also made better by the integration of 2-way lumbar support, which also comes with this same chair.
Every trim features identical dimensions, so this means you’ll find the same amount of head and legroom in all three and can store the same amount of cargo. When you’re sitting in the front-end of the cabin, whether you’re driving or along for the ride, you’ll have 39.6-inches of headroom accompanied by 42.8-inches of legroom. Fortunately, the interior proves to be spacious enough to be worthy of lengthy trips without feeling too tightly packed. This is also the case for any passengers behind the driver as the second row offers 38.3-inches of headroom and 33.4-inches of legroom.
For a compact SUV such as the Rogue Sport, its design needs to resemble an SUV, but it’s crucial to resemble the functionality it can offer as well. Because of this, the Rogue Sport offers drivers a significant amount of cargo space, especially when the rear-row of seats is folded downwards to maximize your space. With these seats folded downwards, the Rogue Sport contains an ample 61.1 cu.ft. of space and is then decreased to a still impressive 22.9 cu.ft. with all seats in their upright position.
The Rogue Sport has always come with an integrated infotainment center, as by the time the Rogue Sport had released, tech-centric media features that boast connectivity had already been at the forefront of the newest vehicles. Earlier models could be equipped with an optional 7-inch screen, but later models would make this the standard setup. Along with the 7-inch infotainment center, you’ll have features such as wireless Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port for both charging your wireless device. Plugging in a compatible smartphone will also allow you to utilize either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, both of which come included. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are new and exciting ways to utilize your infotainment center by adding features such as phone calls, media swapping, and navigation, each feature stemming from your connected smartphone, all of which accessible by using hands-free voice controls.
Every model of the Nissan Rogue Sport now receives Nissan’s Safety Shield 360, a safety suite that combines six advanced safety features into one coherent experience. Among the six safety features that come included, you’ll have the capabilities for a secure and stable ride whether you’re on the freeway, or even reversing out of a parking space in a busy lot. With the help of Rear Cross Traffic Alert, you’ll have an extra helping hand when leaving a parking space and any blockage behind your vehicle, such as a bypassing vehicle, and can alert you to its presence.
How about the times when you’re reversing into a parking space rather than leaving one? Each Rogue Sport also comes with Rear Automatic Braking, an immensely helpful feature that will assist in stopping your vehicle from hitting an obstruction by quickly applying the brakes. As is the case with most safety features, it’s worth noting that features such as Rear Automatic Braking are merely assistive technologies and shouldn’t be relied on for practicing safe driving as you should always stay watchful when on the road.
One of the most useful features that have been implemented into automobiles in recent times is Automatic Emergency Braking. This feature is designed to mitigate collisions, whether it’s to minimize the severity of the impact or prevent it altogether by automatically applying the brakes once the vehicle detects that you’re about to collide with another vehicle, person, or obstacle. For vehicles such as the Rogue Sport, this feature also comes with Pedestrian Detection built-in, which is the same idea as Automatic Emergency Braking but is specifically configured to detect people rather than other vehicles or objects.
When you’re driving on the freeway, Nissan Safety Shield 360 includes a couple of features that make the process much safer. Features such as Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning both come with the Rogue Sport. Lane Departure Warning has the ability to alert you of any accidental lane drifting. At the same time, Blind Spot Warning will raise your awareness of any vehicles that are currently on your blindspot, giving you an extra layer of visibility for moments that require shifting lanes. Lastly, High Beam Assist comes standard with the Rogue Sport, and these lights are specially designed to shift its brightness on and off to correspond to current road conditions. Most notably, with your high beams dynamically adjusting their brightness, you won’t have to worry about obstructing the visibility of any oncoming drivers, ultimately relieving you of the responsibility of manually shifting your lights on and off.