Nissan’s lineup of SUVs includes the Armada, Pathfinder, Murano, Rogue, and the newest member, the Kicks. Though the Rogue finds itself modest in the face of three-row SUVs like the Armada and Pathfinder, it did survive another model year. If you’re interested in the 2020 Nissan Rogue, you can find offers and sale events at dealerships right online – you just need to search for them.
To help you evaluate whether or not a Nissan Rogue will be joining your family, we’ve compiled a list of facts and figures you’ll want to know before you visit a dealership. Doing your research now will help ensure you’re getting the best deal — and the model you’re actually looking for. Start a search now to find savings and current offers on the 2020 Nissan Rogue.
Let’s take a look under the 2020 Rogue’s hood. You’ll find a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine capable of 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive, the four-cylinder is paired to a continuously-variable transmission, or CVT.
If you want any more power out of the newest Rogue, you’ll have to turn to aftermarket parts. The Rogue isn’t necessarily your first choice for towing either. Its capacity maxes out around 1,100 pounds. While you want something a little beefier for towing the family boat, the Rogue is still a sports crossover that drives well in all weather conditions. Especially with the all-wheel drive option.
Capable of seating up to five people, the 2020 Rogue has a starting MSRP of $25,300. Nissan offers the following choice of artistically named color schemes.
- Scarlet Ember
- Monarch Orange Metallic
- Midnight Pine Metallic
- Caspian Blue Metallic
- Magnetic Black Pearl
- Gun Metallic
- Brilliant Silver Metallic
- Pearl White
- Glacier White
Customers can purchase the 2020 Rogue in three different trim levels: S, SV, and SL. While front-wheel drive is standard for all three trims, all-wheel drive can be added for $1,350. It’s probably worth it, too. Let’s take a closer look at what each trim level offers.
The base S trim level actually offers more than you might imagine. This model rides on 17-inch wheels and you’ll features cloth seats. A seven-inch touchscreen fills the center console, which features Bluetooth, a speed-sensitive volume control, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. LED daytime running lights make sure other drivers will see you. Keyless remote entry means you can have your hands full and still get in. Other basic gadgetry includes air conditioning, a rear-view camera, and a CD player.
The middle-of-the-road SV trim equips the Rogue with dual-zone climate control, keyless entry paired to a push button start, heated front seats, a powered driver’s seat, and tinted windows. Customers who choose this trim will pay a minimum of $26,720. That’s not a whole lot more than the S version, so we recommend upgrading at least this far. Additional features include a motion-activated lift gate and a leather steering wheel.
Choose the top-of-the-line SL trim if you’re looking for standard leather seats, a heated steering wheel, the Bose nine-speaker audio system, and navigation. This model rides on 19-inch wheels. If you drive long distances, the SL trim includes stop-and-go adaptive cruise control. Edmunds claims it “can bring the car to a complete stop and start again.” It’s a bit like combining the best of adaptive cruise and the stop-start system many new models are beginning to feature. The highest trim level of the 2020 Rogue will cost you a baseline of around $31,960.
If you’re looking for a bit of class, choose the Special Edition package. Creature comforts include heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. As long as you upgrade to the SV trim level, you can choose either the Premium package (HD radio, navigation, driver’s seat memory settings, a heated steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, and ProPilot Assist) or the Sun and Sound package, which adds a panoramic moonroof and a Bose audio system.
The 2020 Rogue didn’t quite make top marks when it comes to safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2020 model “Good” in all areas, except for the “Small Overlap Front: Passenger-Side” component, where it received “Acceptable” marks.
Similarly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the new Rogue four out of five stars for the Overall Front Star Rating. The model received three out of five stars for the Front Driver Side and four out of five stars for the Front Passenger Side ratings.
When it comes to safety features built into the 2020 Rogue, Nissan has upped the ante. All 2020 Rogue models come standard with Safety Shield 360. It’s a suite that includes driver aids such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and high beam assist, to name a few.
The 2020 Rogue does well when it comes to fuel efficiency. Front-wheel drive models should see around 26 city and 33 highway EPA-estimated miles-per-gallon (MPG). Choose the all-wheel drive model and you’ll only sacrifice a single MPG in city and highway ratings. That a competitive number for the crossover SUV market.
The 2020 Rogue faces stiff competition in the segment. Practically every major automotive manufacturer has a player in the game. However, narrowing your options is actually much easier than you might first think. Let’s take a look at the individual components.
For example, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 contend with the rest as heavyweights. Both are priced competitively, with plenty of creature comforts and safety features to appreciate. Resale value continues to be high with these badges as well. Nissan’s SUVs don’t hold up quite as well in the re-sale market. So in terms of overall packaging, the Rogue does fall to the middle of the pack.
That being said, there are fuel economy ratings to consider. The 2020 Rogue takes advantage of the fuel-sipping CVT to rank near the RAV4, CR-V, and Ford Escape. However, since Nissan did away with the hybrid Rogue this year, customers will have to go to RAV4 and Mitsubishi Outlander for alternative fueling. But even in the gas variants, Autoblog.com offers that “competitors manage to match that fuel economy while bettering the Rogue’s performance.”
There were quite a few comments about that performance, unfortunately. A resounding dislike of the “pokey engine” that “drones at high speeds” led most reviewers to hope that the next Rogue variant will address the under-performance of the singular engine option. As it is, the “sluggish acceleration” brought forth agreement that the 2020 Rogue “isn’t quite the best at any one thing.” In fact, U.S. News recommends choosing a two-year-old Rogue if having the newest “safety tech isn’t that important to you.” Others reviewers claim the newest model “is getting old” and “struggles to be a standout choice in the class.”
Those may be hard words to hear if you’re employed by Nissan. However, perhaps it’s all just an indication that a redesign is past due. We hope 2021 brings Nissan new opportunities to revamp and refresh a well-selling underdog SUV.
The Last Word
Built in Tennessee, Japan, and South Korea, the 2020 Rogue checks most of the boxes when it comes to an equipped, able-bodied, affordable SUV. Though it’s certainly not a luxury-level five-seater by any means, there’s quite a lot to appreciate about this enduring model. We recommend visiting your local Nissan dealership to find out for yourself if the 2020 Rogue is your next vehicle. Check out the 2020 Rogue Sport, too, if you’re in for a bit more fun. Go ahead; go Rogue.