Nissan Rogue 2024 review: Quietly, comfortably and efficiently

Nissan Rogue 2024 review: Quietly, comfortably and efficiently

Positives: Powerful and efficient motor. Comfortable ride Stylish, user-friendly interior; Good driver assistance technology

cons: Dealing with blah. There are no hybrid engine options. Midway transition. Smaller charging area than others

The small SUV segment is full of strong competitors, and it can be easy to overlook some models for best-selling staples like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. One such option is the 2024 Nissan Rogue. That’s not fair, as a complete redesign and recent updates like a fun turbo engine have made it an SUV worthy of your attention.

Comfort and practicality are the Rogue’s strengths. It has a spacious interior with beautiful trimmings. The infotainment system and other controls are easy to use, while the various driver assistance systems score high marks. The turbocharged three-cylinder engine has plenty of torque and good response that makes the Rogue easy to navigate around town. It’s a solid all-around package.

This doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Its main weakness is the lack of variety. While the standard turbo engine is a great entry point, there’s no option for a performance upgrade or hybrid like most competitors offer. Some even offer plug-in hybrid cars. This lack of powertrain versatility is coupled with a lack of versatility in trim levels as well – no sporty or off-road-themed versions that many buyers will appreciate. So, while the base Rogue is quite competitive, you may find other products that meet your specific tastes better.

Interior and technology | Passenger and cargo space Performance and fuel economy

What does leadership look like? Pricing and Trim Levels | Fault ratings and safety features

What’s new for 2024?

Nissan gave the Rogue a styling refresh consisting of new bumpers, a grille, and some lighting tweaks. Platinum-trimmed Rogues also get gloss black livery. The interior has been updated for SL models and above, all of which get a new 12.3-inch infotainment screen and built-in Google. This allows the system to run Google apps like Google Maps locally without connecting the phone. Every Rogue device relies on USB-C ports to charge the device.

What’s the Rogue’s interior and in-car technology like?

The Rogue has a stylish and well-built interior. It has a nice dash that looks rather nice on higher models with upholstered panels. You can also find very good faux wood trim and high-quality leather on top-spec Rogues. Lower models aren’t a huge step down, and thankfully they have plenty of intuitive physical buttons and knobs for climate control and radio use. We also found the front seats to be very comfortable.

The screens aren’t bad either. S and SV models get an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, while SL models and above get a 12.3-inch screen. They all have large icons and are very responsive, making them easy to use. Regardless, every Rogue gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and these features are wireless on SL and above. As for the gauges, lower trims get analog gauges with a 7-inch central display, while higher trims get a fully digital 12.3-inch cluster with some sleek but easy-to-read graphics.

How big is the rogue?

The Rogue measures up well against other compact crossovers. It has one of the most passenger-friendly rear seats in its class, a seat that rivals the RAV4, CR-V, Tucson and Sportage. We found there was plenty of room for the rear-facing infant car seat, and it’s one of the few vehicles to offer a Latch anchor in the middle position, but the anchor points weren’t large enough to accommodate the Gracco car seat clips. As always, we recommend that you bring your own car seat with you during your test drive.

Maximum cargo capacity (second row dropped) is 74.1 cubic feet, among the largest numbers in the segment. Space behind the raised second row is 31.6 cubic feet, which we found very useful in our load testing. However, compared to the rest of its class, it doesn’t fit quite as well as the Sportage, Tucson, Forester, RAV4 and CR-V.

However, we tested the Rogue without the innovative and useful “Divide-N-Hide” cargo floor (the Rogue has the beige floor below, the orange floor does not). Besides increasing cargo volume to 36.5 cubic feet, it has two movable floorboards – keep them for a flat floor; Remove them for extra depth, or arrange them in a stacked formation to divide the load area into separate sections. A gallon of milk holder is mounted to the back of the wheels in the floor of the cargo area, so a gallon of milk, water, or anything else won’t ruin the rest of your groceries on the way back from the store.

What are the Rogue’s fuel economy and performance specifications?

Your engine and transmission choices for the Nissan Rogue are simple: There’s only one. Every Rogue gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission. The engine is a variable compression unit similar to what’s offered in the Infiniti QX50 and QX55, just one cylinder less. Output is above average for the base engine in this segment at 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. As for the steering wheels, you have the freedom to choose between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Fuel economy for the 2024 Rogue has not yet been announced. But it’s unlikely to have changed much for the 2023 model. Front-wheel-drive Rogue S and SV models deliver 30 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined. SL and Platinum dropped to 29/36/32. Opting for all-wheel drive drops the S and SV to 28/35/31, and the SL and Platinum to 28/34/31.

What does rogue leadership look like?

The Rogue’s driving character is clearly focused on comfort and ease of use. The ride is on the soft side and works well at absorbing all types of pavement blisters. It’s reasonably nimble, although there are more sporty SUVs available, such as the Mazda CX-50 and Honda CR-V. The steering is a bit dull with not much feel, but the light weight is in keeping with the Rogue’s relaxed nature.

The Rogue’s three-cylinder turbo engine is a highlight. Its 201 horsepower and more, 225 pound-feet of torque make it feel rather spunky, especially among a lot of competitors. It’s surprisingly smooth, too, arguably smoother even than the four-cylinder Infiniti on which it’s based. Throttle response is quick, thanks in part to the quick-spooling turbo. The CVT is good as far as CVTs go, it mostly mimics a traditional automatic transmission, but it’s still not the real thing and some may not appreciate its unusual behavior. As good as the three-cylinder engine is, if you’re looking for serious power, you’ll need to consider options like the Ford Escape’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost, the Mazda CX-50’s Turbo engine, and plug-in hybrid options from Toyota, Kia, and Hyundai.

What other Nissan Rogue reviews can I read?

Nissan Rogue 2022 first drive | The new turbo engine is better late than never

Our first drive tests the Rogue’s turbocharged, variable-compression three-cylinder engine.

Nissan Rogue 2021 first drive | It’s good now!

Our first drive of the completely redesigned Rogue (with the old engine).

Luggage test for Nissan Rogue SV

We show how much stuff can fit behind the Rogue SV’s high back seat. Note that this is without the available Divide N Hide charging system.

The Nissan Rogue features fake roof rails

The Rogue has unusual false roof rails that hide the attachment points for Nissan’s cross-bar accessory.

What is the price of Rouge 2024?

Pricing has not yet been announced for the 2024 Nissan Rogue. It will likely see a slight price increase during 2023. The 2023 Rogue starts at $28,655 for the base front-wheel drive model. The top Platinum model started at $38,435.

What are the Rogue’s safety ratings and driver assistance features?

The Rogue comes with a fair number of safety features as standard. It has front and rear automatic emergency braking (the rear is rare), front pedestrian detection, and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert systems. It also has a full suite of airbags including also rare airbags for the rear seats. Moving up to the SV model, the Rogue picks up ProPilot Assist adaptive cruise control with lane-keep steering assist and stop-and-go assist. SL and Platinum models add sign recognition and automatically adjust speed based on navigation information.

The updated Rogue doesn’t have ratings from the IIHS or NHTSA yet, but the previous version does. The outgoing Rogue was an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2023, having achieved top scores in all crash tests at the time, as well as for automatic braking and crash prevention performance. Headlight performance and child seat accessibility were also rated highly. The NHTSA gave the Rogue four stars out of five for overall crash protection, with four for frontal protection and five for side-impact protection.

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