- The 2020 Nissan Rogue starts at $27,498 before freight and delivery charges.
- Fuel-efficient, comfy cockpit, lots of front-seat space.
- Boring to drive, lacklustre towing capacity.
The current-generation Rogue has been around since the 2014 model year, and although it received minor changes since, it remains a popular choice in the compact crossover segment. And that’s a tall order for the 2020 Nissan Rogue, given some of the country’s best-selling vehicles can be found here, such as the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape and the Mazda CX-5.
The Nissan ranked 8th among the most popular SUVs and trucks in Canada during the first quarter of 2020, and is the brand’s best-selling vehicle overall. Do we have to mention that its upcoming redesign for the 2021 model year is oh-so important?
Obviously, for its last lap in its current form, the 2020 Nissan Rogue gets no significant changes. It’s still offered in S, Special Edition, SV and SL Platinum, the first two featuring a standard front-wheel drivetrain, while AWD is optional on the Special Edition and standard on the SV and SL Platinum.
The Rogue is equipped with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, matched to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Output is rated at 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. With the all-wheel drivetrain, the crossover boasts city/highway/combined ratings of 9.6/7.5/8.7 L/100 km.
Standard features in the $27,498 Rogue S include heated front seats, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, sliding and reclining rear seats, keyless entry, Rear Door Alert, the Divide-N-Hide cargo management system as well as a NissanConnect infotainment system with seven-inch touchscreen, USB input and Bluetooth connectivity. The $28,498 2020 Nissan Rogue Special Edition—or $30,698 with AWD—adds 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, chrome exterior door handles, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as dual-zone climate control.
Next up, the $31,698 Rogue SV benefits from automatic headlights with high beam assist, fog lights, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, adaptive cruise control, an intelligent key, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Finally, the $37,998 SL Platinum trim features 19-inch alloys, a power panoramic sunroof, a power tailgate, LED headlights, a surround-view camera system, remote engine start, rear park sonar, a nine-speaker Bose sound system with navigation and the brand’s ProPILOT Assist semi-autonomous driving system. Many of the SL’s features can be fitted to the SV by choosing the $3,000 Moonroof and Technology Package.
What the 2020 Nissan Rogue Does Well
The Rogue is spacious, boasting class-leading front-seat headroom (when not equipped with the sunroof) and among the best regarding front-seat legroom. Cargo space isn’t too shabby either with a maximum volume of 1,982 litres, while the Divide-N-Hide management system is pretty handy, too.
Fuel economy is one of the 2020 Nissan Rogue’s strong points, beaten out by only the Escape, the CR-V, the Subaru Forester and the RAV4.
The Rogue has proven to be reliable, with a Consumer Reports rating of 4 out of 5. The only noteworthy issues concern on the vehicle’s on-board electronics. Unlike many rivals, the Nissan doesn’t have a turbocharged engine, which means lower projected maintenance costs over the long run.
The 2020 Nissan Rogue serves up good seat comfort, even for long rides, and the heated seats warm up very quickly in winter, which is a nice touch.
Aside from the plethora of buttons on the lower left side of the steering wheel, the rest of the Rogue’s switchgear is ergonomically sound, with plenty of wheel-mounted buttons and easy-to-reach climate controls.
What the 2020 Nissan Rogue Doesn’t Do Well
The Rogue is just not that fun to drive. Power is adequate and similar to the competition’s base engines, but the continuously variable automatic is tuned for fuel economy rather than performance, despite simulating gear changes at wide-open throttle.
We wish Apple CarPlay and Android Auto weren’t limited to the two costlier trim levels, as many drivers use these integrations instead of the manufacturer’s infotainment system interface.
The 2020 Nissan Rogue’s towing capacity is somewhat disappointing, rated at 1,000 pounds or 454 kilograms. Pretty much all other compact crossovers can do better.
As mentioned above, most controls are well within reach in the Rogue, but the array of similar-sized buttons on the lower left side of the dashboard are poorly located. The heated wheel button is somewhere in that mashup, and so is the Sport drive mode button—which both require the driver to look down instead of staying concentrated on the road ahead.
What We Tell Our Friends
The 2020 Nissan Rogue offers great value, with enticing finance and lease rates as the crossover is getting long in the tooth, and will soon be redesigned. It serves up a comfortable ride, good seats and plenty of room for the family. It’s also efficient.
However, the Rogue ranks among the least entertaining compact SUVs out there, if that’s something buyers are looking for. It does the job like a fine appliance, and the best choice in the lineup is the Rogue SV with the option package, which means an MSRP of about $35K.