2021 Nissan Rogue Sport

MSRP range: $24,060 - $30,090
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MSRP$25,670
Edmunds suggests you pay$23,350

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2021 Nissan Rogue Sport Review

  • Cargo space is impressive for the class
  • Small size means good maneuverability in tight city spaces
  • Lots of available driving aids and tech
  • Engine is underpowered and noisy
  • Bumpy ride when equipped with optional 19-inch wheels
  • Front seats aren't comfortable on long trips
  • Base S trim comes with 17-inch wheels
  • Heated front seats and steering wheel, foglights and more now standard on SV
  • Part of the first Rogue Sport generation introduced for 2017

Don't let the name fool you. The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport isn't the "sporty" edition of its namesake, at least not by any performance measure. The Rogue Sport has a smaller, less powerful engine than the larger Nissan Rogue. It also doesn't inspire any more appreciable driving thrill. But weighed against its competitors, the Rogue Sport makes a compelling case. It offers good head- and legroom for tall passengers, cargo space is ample, and it comes with an impressive array of advanced driver aids. It also cuts a sharp figure at rest.

But the Rogue Sport also forces some compromises. The underpowered engine can make highway entrances and lane changes a cautious affair. The seats, too, quickly turn uncomfortable on longer trips. We don't consider these deal-breakers overall but urge buyers to also consider other extra-small crossover SUVs such as the Hyundai Kona and Kia Soul. For more on our take on the 2021 Rogue Sport, check out the categories of our Expert Rating below.

  • EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    6.9/10
    We like that the Rogue Sport comes with a lot of advanced safety features as standard equipment. The spacious cabin and generous cargo room are nice too. But on the downside, the Rogue Sport is one of the slowest vehicles in its class. It also has an uncomfortable ride on city streets and is generally underwhelming to drive.

Which Rogue Sport does Edmunds recommend?

With just three available trims, the middle SV trim makes sense for most buyers. The SV's modest price increase adds desirable upgrades such as heated seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and a better audio system.

Nissan Rogue Sport models

The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is a five-passenger compact SUV offered in three trim levels. The S base trim comes with respectable standard comforts and impressive driver safety aids, while the SV adds more features and desirable options. The SL heads upscale with comfort and style upgrades such as 19-inch wheels, leather seating and navigation.

All Rogue Sport models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (141 horsepower, 147 lb-ft of torque) and a continuously variable automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional on all trims.

Rogue Sport S
The base trim S comes with essentials such as:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Height-adjustable driver's seat
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats that slide and recline

Standard technology and safety features include:

  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Satellite radio
  • USB input
  • Four-speaker sound system
  • Blind-spot monitoring (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while you're in reverse)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • Rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

Rogue Sport SV
Adds more convenience features such as:

  • Remote engine start
  • Push-start ignition
  • Foglights
  • Keyless entry
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Six-speaker sound system

Optional for the SV is the SV Technology package that adds:

  • Cloth and simulated leather seat upholstery
  • Driver's seat memory settings
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Rogue Sport and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Rogue Sport and the car in front)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)

Rogue Sport SL
Gains more style and tech features including:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather seating
  • Navigation system
  • The driver safety features from the SV's Technology package

The Premium package for the SL includes:

  • Sunroof
  • LED headlights
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver's seat and side mirror memory settings
  • Power-adjustable passenger seat
  • Eight-speaker Bose sound system

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport.

Average user rating: 3.7 stars
3 total reviews
5 star reviews: 67%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 33%

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    Most helpful consumer reviews

    1/5 stars, Sticking Accelerator pedal
    Fran Rubal,
    SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
    Twice within 3 months the accelerator pedal on my Rouge sport has stuck. The only way to slow the engine from accelerating was to place the transmission in neutral and pump the brakes. After a quarter mile there was a noise like a spring popping and the vehicle slowed down and I was able to stop. The dealer says they could not find anything wrong. Are there others out there with this issue?
    5/5 stars, Love it
    cflynn,
    SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
    I have own Murano's and trucks and cars. But by far this is the best one yet not to big not to small. Only disappointment is I didn't realize the seats were not leather in my package just the trim.
    5/5 stars, Great little SUV
    DC,
    S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
    I came from a bare bones 2017 Sentra S so this was a night and day difference even though they are both base models the technology advanced that much in 4 years love the disc brakes all around no drums Apple car play touchscreen radio more cargo area rear air vents more hp and tq more room actual real wheels instead of hubcaps the safety features backup camera the list goes on and on only wish they included push start as well not a bad price


    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $24,060
    MPG & Fuel
    25 City / 32 Hwy / 28 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gal. capacity
    Seating
    5 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: front wheel drive
    Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
    Engine
    Inline 4 cylinder
    Horsepower: 141 hp @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 147 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    3 yr./ 36000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 172.8 in. / Height: 62.5 in. / Width: 72.3 in.
    Curb Weight: 3307 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 22.9 cu.ft.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Rogue Sport safety features:

    Blind-Spot Warning
    Notifies you when there's a vehicle in the Rogue Sport's blind spot.
    Lane Departure Warning
    Warns you when the vehicle is drifting out of its lane without the turn signal engaged.
    Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    Helps avoid collisions by warning the driver of approaching vehicles while the car is in reverse.

    NHTSA Overall Rating

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
    Side Crash RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover15.9%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength TestNot Tested
    Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good



    Nissan Rogue Sport vs. the competition

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    2021 Nissan Rogue Sport

    2021 Nissan Rogue

    2021 Nissan Rogue

    Nissan Rogue Sport vs. Nissan Rogue

    Despite its name, the Rogue Sport is no sportier than the larger, more utilitarian Rogue. The Rogue Sport is, in fact, less powerful and offers less cargo space and gets lower fuel economy than the standard Rogue. Of the two, we much prefer the Rogue, but the Rogue Sport could be worth a look if you're on a tight budget.

    Compare Nissan Rogue Sport & Nissan Rogue features 

    Nissan Rogue Sport vs. Hyundai Kona

    The Kona has slightly less room for cargo, but it's better than the Rogue Sport in nearly every other way. It's more comfortable and more engaging to drive (especially when equipped with its optional turbo engine), and it offers a better infotainment interface. A lower starting price, broad range of trims, and a longer warranty give the Kona a solid edge in this matchup.

    Compare Nissan Rogue Sport & Hyundai Kona features 

    Nissan Rogue Sport vs. Kia Soul

    The Rogue Sport brings its own distinctive style to the small SUV group, but few match the personality of the Soul's boxy shape and proportions. The Soul also has more room for tall passengers, and it offers more cargo space behind the second row. It's also more fun to drive and gets better fuel economy. The only downside: The Soul isn't available with all-wheel drive.

    Compare Nissan Rogue Sport & Kia Soul features 

    FAQ

    Is the Nissan Rogue Sport a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Rogue Sport both on the road and at the track, giving it a 6.9 out of 10. You probably care about Nissan Rogue Sport fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Rogue Sport gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg to 28 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Rogue Sport ranges from 19.9 to 22.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Nissan Rogue Sport. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport:

    • Base S trim comes with 17-inch wheels
    • Heated front seats and steering wheel, foglights and more now standard on SV
    • Part of the first Rogue Sport generation introduced for 2017
    Learn more

    Is the Nissan Rogue Sport reliable?

    To determine whether the Nissan Rogue Sport is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Rogue Sport. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Rogue Sport's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Rogue Sport and gave it a 6.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Rogue Sport is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport?

    The least-expensive 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,060.

    Other versions include:

    • SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $25,630
    • SL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $28,690
    • S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $25,460
    • SV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $27,030
    • S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $24,060
    • SL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $30,090
    Learn more

    What are the different models of Nissan Rogue Sport?

    If you're interested in the Nissan Rogue Sport, the next question is, which Rogue Sport model is right for you? Rogue Sport variants include SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), SL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and SV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Rogue Sport models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport

    2021 Nissan Rogue Sport Overview

    The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is offered in the following submodels: Rogue Sport SUV. Available styles include SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), SL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), SV 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and SL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT). Nissan Rogue Sport models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 141 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Rogue Sport 3.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Rogue Sport.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Rogue Sport featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport?

    2021 Nissan Rogue Sport S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,670. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,320 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,320 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,350.

    The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 9% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 20 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,800. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,435 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,435 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,365.

    The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 21 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,840. The average price paid for a new 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,613 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,613 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,227.

    The average savings for the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 13 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

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    What is the MPG of a 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport?

    2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SV 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
    28 compined MPG,
    25 city MPG/32 highway MPG

    2021 Nissan Rogue Sport SL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
    28 compined MPG,
    25 city MPG/32 highway MPG

    2021 Nissan Rogue Sport S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
    27 compined MPG,
    24 city MPG/30 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG28
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Drive Trainfront wheel drive
    Displacement2.0 L
    Passenger Volume115.9 cu.ft.
    Wheelbase104.2 in.
    Length172.8 in.
    Width72.3 in.
    Height63.4 in.
    Curb Weight3349 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport?

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