The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport isn’t exactly a compact SUV, but it’s not exactly subcompact, either. Despite this minor identity crisis, it is a highly capable, fun-to-drive vehicle that is perfect for those who want a little extra room for passengers, cargo, or both without the increased bulk and reduced fuel economy of a larger vehicle.
In fact, the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport has been specifically designed for those who want to enjoy the drive, no matter where they happen to be headed. It’s been given plenty of pep, along with a carefully engineered all-wheel drive system that can help you tackle a variety of driving conditions. A well-cultivated lineup of trims adds a full variety of comfort and convenience features that range from modest to impressive. Furthermore, the safety and driver assistance technology included in the Nissan Safety Shield 360 driver-assist suite offers some of the most cutting-edge protection a modern driver can enjoy.
Packaged in an exterior that simultaneously manages to exude sporty and elegant vibes, the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport has a lot to offer to many drivers looking for a versatile and fun experience, no matter where the road may lead.
Whether you spend a lot of time in your vehicle, traveling from one destination to the next, or you’re looking for something reliable to get you around town for your daily commute, one important thing that everyone desires in an SUV is a high level of capability.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport comes equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine, which provides 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. While front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is an option, and both versions offer an impressive fuel economy for a vehicle of the Rogue Sport’s size. Front-wheel drive options can expect an estimated 25 miles per gallon city and 32 miles per gallon highway. All-wheel drive versions lose very little in terms of efficiency, with an estimated 24 miles per gallon on the city streets and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
Most of that efficiency comes from what Nissan touts as the “Zip, Sip, and Grip” principles of the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. This system distributes power to the front and rear wheels, as is expected of all-wheel drive, but then adjusts for the greatest efficiency or power as needed. Once you have reached your cruising speed, the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system will automatically send all the power to the front wheels, and when conditions are less than ideal, power will be sent to the wheels that need it most without drivers needing to make any adjustments.
Added features like Intelligent Trace Control, which helps adjust the amount of braking applied per wheel when handling tight turns, and Active Ride Control, which adjusts torque and braking when a rough road is detected, can help smooth out any commute from the wheels up. Or you can engage Sport Steering for sharper steering response. In every way, the Rogue Sport is designed to be a nimble SUV that is fun to drive.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is offered in three trims: S, SV, and SL. All trims include a helpful host of technology, including Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and voice command recognition. No matter which trim you choose, the Rogue Sport is ready for adventure.
The S trim includes the largest amount of cargo space, with 22.9 cubic feet available when all the seats are occupied or 61.1 cubic feet when the rear 60/40 split rear seat is folded down. This space is slightly reduced in the SV and SL trims, with 20 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 53 cubic feet with the seats folded. However, the SV and SL trims also offer a few additional solutions for cargo that are not available in the S trim. Underfloor storage is a great place for drivers to keep their valuable cargo, or smaller, important items that they might not want to lose during transit. These trims also offer a Divide-N-Hide Cargo System that allows drivers to configure the rear cargo area with flat-folding seats and flip-up panels that stabilize cargo, as well.
When it comes to comfort and convenience, the 2021 Rogue Sport offers everything drivers need to feel confident about what lies ahead. The S trim starts things off with a 7-inch color touchscreen infotainment screen, along with an integrated key with remote keyless entry.
The SV adds a few extra touches to the mix, including an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support, along with dual-zone automatic temperature control to keep all passengers cozy. Not only does the SV include the Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button remote engine start, but Intelligent Climate Control technology ensures that your vehicle is as warm or cool as you want it to be before you hop behind the wheel. Also on board are heated front seats and roof rails to help you carry all the things you need when you reach your destination.
The SL trim adds certain deluxe touches like leather-appointed seats and 19-inch alloy wheels, as well as an electronic parking brake. Drivers will also enjoy an expanded range of driver assistance equipment, including Traffic Sign Recognition, which scans traffic signs as you’re driving and displays important information on the driver information cluster. Other comfort features include a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as a leather-wrapped shift knob.
Regardless of which trim is chosen, drivers also have the opportunity to customize their ride with one of Nissan’s many optional packages. These can add all sorts of features, including premium sound systems, a greater range of driver technology, or cozier upholstery to make the drive more enjoyable.
All 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport models include the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of safety and driver assistance technology as standard equipment. This package includes all of the necessary features to keep drivers focused and aware of their surroundings. Number one is Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, which gauges your speed and the distance between objects you are approaching and helps bring you to a stop by automatically applying the brakes if it senses a potential collision. Rear Automatic Braking provides the same feature when you’re traveling in reverse. Blindspot warning, lane departure warning, and high beam assist are also features that are standard on the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport.
Also available to Rogue Sport drivers is Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist technology. For those who hate dealing with the unpredictability of stop-and-go traffic, ProPILOT Assist is there to help. This available technology will help drivers keep a set distance from the vehicle ahead, including controlling braking and accelerating. It will even keep you centered in your lane as the road winds ahead, allowing you to take control back when you’re ready at the push of a button.
Another available feature is Nissan’s Intelligent Around View Monitor. While this is included standard in the SL trim, it’s an option in the SV’s Technology package, as well. Using a variety of camera views, this technology helps create a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the Rogue Sport, which can be helpful when navigating on a backcountry overnight trip or just making sure you don’t suffer any bumps in a crowded parking lot.