2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV

MSRP $23,240 - $29,800

Ranked #9 in Compact Suv

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport definitely has a sport in its name, but it doesn’t radiate any sporty vibes. It’s actually a downgrade version of the normal 2021 Nissan Rogue. Its Sport model is shorter by a couple of inches in terms of wheelbase, length, and height, which results in overall less interior space than the larger Rogue. Not only that, the Nissan Rogue Sport also gets a dull engine performance, and to put up with all these degraded features, Nissan has presented this family hauler with a reasonable price tag of $23,240 for the base trim.

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Pros

Spacious cargo

Fuel-efficient powertrain

Easy to maneuver in tight city conditions

Loaded with driver-friendly tech

Cons

Underpowered engine

Noisy cabin

Not suitable for long rides

What's New?

Standard 17-inch aluminum alloys

Some added features on SV trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23240

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

125 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

141 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

147 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

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)

11.5/11.7 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

104.2 in.

length

172.8 in.

width

72.3 in.

height

62.5 in.

curb weight

3307 lbs.

ground clearance

7.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96 cu ft.

cargo volume

61.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

1102 lbs.

payload capacity

1079 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/32 mpg

highway range

464 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 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$23,240 onwards

SV$24,750 onwards

SL$28,450 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV in Anthracite Gray color
Anthracite Gray

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.4

Engine and Performance

6.9

Fuel Economy

7.8

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

8.1

Competition

7.2

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The Rogue Sport is available in three different trims and two choices of drivetrains, either in standard FWD or in an optional AWD that one can get for just only $1,400. Nissan selected a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 engine to power this compact SUV which produces decent power for a family car. The front and rear seats are quite comfortable but not for long trips, however, the quality of material used to design the interior seems appropriate regarding the price that Nissan has kept. This segment is a competent one, and Rogue Sport competes with the rivals like Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona, and Kia Soul that offer better performance and drive experience.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV front view
2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV rear view

6.9/10
Engine and Performance

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

7.2/10
Competition


2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV Features

The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport launched with some minor exterior and interior changes by the Japanese automaker Nissan in three different trims, namely S, SV, and SL. The base trim ‘S’ is priced at $23,240 and offers loads of features as standard, while the touch & feel of the interior is not as appealing as its rivals. The FWD drivetrain is standard along with all the trims, but a choice of AWD is also there with an extra cost of $1,400. The complete distribution of the features across the three trims is given below in the table.

Trim

S

SV

SL

MSRP (FWD)

$23,240

$24,750

$28,450

MSRP (AWD)

$24,640

$26,150

$29,850

Key Features

17-Inch aluminum alloy wheels

Additional to S trim:

Additional to SV trim:

 

Automatic headlights

Remote engine start

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Cloth upholstery

Push start ignition

Leather seats 

 

Height adjustable driver seat

Fog Lights

Navigation system

 

60/40 split rear seats with slide & recline

Keyless entry

 

 

7-Inch touchscreen display

Heated side mirrors

 

 

4-Speaker sound system

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

 

Blind-spot monitoring system

Heated front seats

 

 

Rear cross-traffic alert

Power adjustable driver seat

 

 

Rear parking sensors

Heated & leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

 

Lane departure mitigation

6-Speaker sound system

 

 

Forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection

 

 

 

Rear automatic brakes

 

 

Which trim should you buy?

All the trim levels get the same 2.0-L NA I-4 engine and a CVT as a standard transmission. So with respect to the performance, it doesn’t matter which trim a person chooses, but taking all the trims, packages, and drivetrain options into consideration, the SV trim for the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport seems an appropriate choice. This is the most value for money trim which offers nice interiors with all must-have safety and convenience features while keeping the price of the vehicle just under the $25,000 bracket. One must opt for an optional AWD drivetrain for better performance under snowy and stormy situations.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV Engine and Performance

6.9/10

The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is not the performance-oriented avatar of the normal Rogue, it’s rather a step-down version that is powered by a smaller 2.0-liter Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 cylinder engine. Nissan has integrated two camshafts with four valves on every cylinder for optimum breathing, which helps the engine to produce a total power of 141 hp along with the pulling ability of 147 lb-ft. With the CVT gearbox, the ride gets smoother, while an optional AWD drivetrain allows the rider to drive on snow effortlessly.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV driving view

The Rogue Sport comes in two drive modes, namely the Eco & Sport mode located on the driver’s left side. The Eco mode dumps down the power, but the Sport mode grants the full excess of 141hp for an easy lane change. This family hauler accelerates from 0 to 60 mph within 9.8 seconds and tries to cover a quarter-mile distance in 17.4 seconds, these aren’t some awesome figures but they are decent for a family car.

Model

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Mazda CX-3

MSRP

 (Base Trim)

$23,240

$22,690

$22,100

$22,040

Engine

2.0-L, NA I-4 gas

2.0-L, NA I-4 gas

2.0-L, NA I-4 gas

2.0-L, NA I-4 gas

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD 

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic

Power

141 hp @ 6000 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

147 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

146 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

0 to 60 mph 

9.8 sec

8.2 sec

10.0 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter-Mile

17.4 sec

16.5 sec

17.3 sec

16.3 sec

Top Speed

125 mph

123 mph

127 mph

120 mph

Here the 2021 Mazda CX-3 is the most powerful in the lot with a total of 148 horses and also delivers the best low-end torque of 146 pound-feet at 2800 rpm. Its performance results are quite visible on the specs sheet. Both Kia and Hyundai are on the same page with their powertrain figures, but their transmission makes a difference in the quarter-mile and 0 to 60 mph acceleration results.

How well does the 2021 Rogue Sport Handle?

What can one expect from a family car? The answer to this question is a smooth ride experience, easy to maneuver, steering accuracy, safety, and convenience. This car offers all these qualities, and it has an Economy mode that allows the car to cruise on the highway without getting worried about the fuel economy, while the Sport mode makes the steering more responsive and delivers a little peppiness. 

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV handling

The engine is designed according to the family car and that is why it feels lackey on tough terrain conditions, thus this vehicle isn’t made for quick acceleration and sudden lane changing. Although due to its somewhat smaller size, it gets easy to guide this car under tight situations, and With the average performance of this car, it won’t be hard to pull off some errands and mundane tasks. 

Braking performance of 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport

In the braking department, the 2021 Nissan Rogue is equipped with all four disc brakes with ventilation technology to prevent the brakes from getting spongy at high temperatures. Other than that, ABS with brake assist feature has been implemented by Nissan as the safety feature, whereas the rear brakes get an automatic braking system for pedestrian safety. Nissan Rogue Sport also has a promising stopping distance of 123 feet while decelerating from 60 to 0 mph.

Models

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport 

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Mazda CX-3

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.7

11

11

11

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.5

10.3

10.3

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

3307

2844

2890

2851

60-0 mph (feet)

123

115

129

127

Nissan is the heaviest in the lot and still stops within 123 feet of distance, whereas the Kia Soul is the lightest with a curb weight of 2,844 pounds, which affects the braking performance of this car and makes it the with the least & best stopping distance of 115 feet. Hyundai and Mazda both weigh under 2900 pounds but fail to outperform the braking performance of Kia and Nissan.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV Fuel Economy

7.8/10

The Nissan Rogue Sport doesn’t come with the most performance-oriented engine, and that doesn’t bother a family guy. For a family guy, the only thing that matters is the maintenance & fuel required by a particular vehicle. The 2021 Rogue Sport with its CVT gearbox and FWD combo tries to claim a gas mileage of 24 mpg in a busy city, 30 mpg on open highways, and 37 mpg under combined conditions. The fuel numbers of that Rogue Sport aren’t very impressive relative to the engine performance it has and feels compromising on both parts.

Model

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport 

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Mazda CX-3

MPG (City)

24

27 

27

27

MPG (Highway)

30

33

33

32

MPG (Combined)

27

30

30

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.5

14.3

13.2

11.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (Miles)

348 / 435 / 391.5

386.1 / 471.9 / 429

356.4 / 435.6 / 396 

321.3 / 380.8 / 345.1

Kia and Hyundai not only have the same powertrain specifications, but their engines also work equally to claim exactly identical mileage figures of 30 mpg. On the other hand, Nissan with the better fuel-efficient engine and gearbox fails to step up on our expectations for having the awesome fuel economy than its rivals. The most interesting fact is that despite having the most powerful motor amongst the competition, the Mazda CX-3 manages to accomplish the un-imaginable economy of 29 mpg in combined conditions.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV Interior

8.0/10

This 2021 compact SUV has a seating capacity of 5 occupants where the seats are spacious and roomy while the headroom is decent, although the Rogue Sport does feel a little bit cramped in terms of leg space. Seats are comfortable for short-distance riding, but they may stiffen your back on long rides. The cabin doesn’t feel claustrophobic, and there isn’t any problem regarding the road visibility neither from the front side nor from the backside.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV dashboard area

Regarding storage spaces, there are two cup-holders, a medium-size center console, and small door pockets for the front passenger and driver. In upper trims, the car gets heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and cup-holders for rear passengers. A decent quality hard and soft-touch material with light gray premium charcoal color has been used in the cabin which feels satisfactory according to the price range.

Models

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport 

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Mazda CX-3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder /Leg) (in)

39.6 / 56.6 / 42.8

39.4 / 55.5 / 41.1

39.6 / 55.5 / 41.5 

38.4 / 53.5 / 41.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder /Leg) (in)

38.3 / 55.7/ 33.4

39.5 / 54.7 / 38.8

37.8 / 54.5 / 34.6

37.2 / 50.4 / 35

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft)

22.9

21.2

19.2

17.8

Every vehicle provides a seating capacity of 5 occupants, but Nissan seems to be the most capacious one amongst all four, as it offers better head, shoulder, and legroom in the front row seats. The front and rear-row dimensions of the Mazda CX-3 don’t look good especially for tall passengers. The Kia Soul is the only one with plenty of legroom for the rear passengers, and it has approx 5 inches of more leg space than Nissan. Boot space is another reason for a person to go with a family car, and Nissan hits the spot with the largest of 22.9 cu-ft of cargo capacity amidst its adversaries. Some other interior features of the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport are: 

  • Upgraded fabric upholstery (on SV trim)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (on SV & SL)
  • Heated steering wheel (on SV & SL)
  • Black piano inserts with premium package
  • Leather upholstery (on SL trim)

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Nowadays, a car is considered as a second home to a person and keeping that thing in mind, most automakers have been providing the latest entertainment-related tech to kill boredom. Nissan is no different, they have integrated the base trim of Rogue Sport with pretty much all the features that would keep the riders entertained. The standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto connectivity, a four-speaker sound system, and much more.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV infotainment screen

Major infotainment features include"

  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Wired Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Smartphone integration
  • Satellite radio
  • USB input
  • 4-Speaker sound system
  • All the S trim features (SV trim)
  • An upgraded 6-speaker sound system (SV trim)
  • All the SV trim features (SL trim)
  • Navigation system (SL trim)
  • 8-Speaker Bose sound system (Premium Package)

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV Exterior

7.5/10

There is nothing much exciting about the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport. The exterior design of this vehicle looks almost the same as compared to last year’s model. This year, Nissan has presented the base trim “S'' with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and mid-level trim “SV” with fog lamps. The front gets the same LED headlights with integrated LED DRLs with a V-shaped chrome strip on the front grille.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV 

The 2021 model of Rogue Sport is available in 8 color choices and 3 special coat editions namely, Scarlet Ember Tintcoat, monarch Orange Metallic, and Pearl White Tricoat which costs an additional $395. An additional available exterior package enhances the looks of the car with a side-window deflector, chrome rear glass finisher, and a gloss black rear glass finisher.

Model

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport 

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Mazda CX-3

Curb Weight (lbs)

3307

2844

2890

2851

Length (in)

172.8

165.2

164.0

168.3

Width (in)

72.3

70.9

70.9

69.6

Height (in)

63.4

63.0

61.6

60.9

Ground Clearance (in)

7.4

6.7

6.7

6.1

Wheelbase (in)

104.2

102.4

102.4

101.2

Nissan is exceeding in all the exterior dimensions. Mazda is somewhat close to Nissan with its 168.3 inches of length, but Hyundai & Kia are extremely shorter with 164 and 165 inches in length, respectively. The longer the vehicle, the bigger will be interior & cargo space, but shorter vehicles have an upper hand in maneuverability as they are easy to maneuver in tight spaces. With the highest ground clearance of 7.2 inches, clearing some potholes and patchy roads wouldn’t be a problem in the Rogue Sport. Some exterior features of the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport are mentioned below:

  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Lip spoiler
  • LED headlights with LED DRLs.
  • 17-Inch aluminum alloys on S & Sv trim
  • 19-Inch aluminum alloys on SL trim
  • Fog lamps (on SV & SL)
  • Heated & powered side mirrors (on SL)
  • Blacked-out grille (on SL)
  • Automatic projector headlamps (on SL)

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV Safety

8.1/10

The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is one of the safest cars in the market as it comes with the NHTSA safety rating of 4 stars in the frontal crash test and 5 stars in an overall crash test. The IIHS has also awarded this car with “Good” in the overall crash rating. This car ensures the safety of its riders with the safety features that Nissan has loaded into it. Some basic safety features that come as standard are ABS, stability control, tire pressure monitoring system, traction control, and much more. All the safety features, both standard and on upper trim, are mentioned below:

  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear automatic braking
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • 360° camera view (with SV technology package)
  • Adaptive cruise control (with SV technology package)
  • Lane Keeping system (with SV technology package)

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV Competition

7.2/10

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport Vs 2021 Kia Soul

Kia Soul is one tough competition for Rogue Sport. This compact SUV has a more peppy engine, better acceleration timing, and a better fuel economy, not only that, its exterior design looks way stylish and does make it stand out in the crowd. The material quality of the cabin of base trim is much better as compared to the base trim of Nissan. All these things, and it still costs less than the Rogue Sport with a base price tag of $22,690. Although the Kia Soul is a good option, it somewhat looks like a premium hatchback rather than a compact SUV, and its cabin is less spacious than the Rogue.

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport Vs 2021 Hyundai Kona 

The base trim of the 2021 Hyundai Kona is priced at $22,100, which costs approx $1,100 less than Rogue Sport. Hyundai Kona offers a much better combination of powerhouse and transmission, and it has an adequate amount of power for both daily tasks and long trips. The engine doesn’t feel lackey on the highways, and Kona also claims better fuel figures than Rogue Sport. Kona also has a better exterior design and an SUV stance, but it lacks in terms of cabin and cargo space. If you aren’t bothered by the less spacious cabin, then the Kona would be a great choice over Rogue Sport.

2021 Hyundai Kona 

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport Vs 2021 Mazda CX-3

Mazda has the most powerful engine amidst its rivals, and it definitely beats Rogue Sport in engine performance. The most surprising fact is that it claims an average fuel economy of 29 mpg while giving us a fun to ride experience. With a decently designed cabin and a much better exterior look, Mazda has priced the base variant of CX-3 at $22,040 which is somewhat $1,200 less than the Nissan Rogue Sport. Space is the only problem in this car in which the Rogue sport takes the lead.

2021 Mazda CX-3

 

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV Final Verdict

The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is a promising family vehicle. With the decent power & acceleration of its engine, which is mated with a smooth CVT gearbox, it wouldn't be a problem to overcome some day-to-day mundane missions. The ride quality is smooth as it glides over some potholes, the cabin is spacious, the exterior has a decent family car look, and Nissan has also taken care of the safety of the occupants, but it delivers poor fuel economy. All in all, it’s a great choice for a person who’s looking for a safe car with a spacious cabin and average performance.

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