The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport is a handsome, value-oriented crossover SUV equipped with an unusual amount of features designed to keep. While not sporty as its name would imply, its combination of features, value, and style warrant a rating of 5.2 out of 10 overall. (Read more about how we rate cars).
That rating will change once the Rogue Sport is crash tested.
For 2020, the Rogue Sport has new bumper and wheel designs and its S, SV, and SL trim levels now include standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, and automatic high-beam headlights. Adaptive cruise control is an option on higher trims.
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The new front and rear fascias, sharper LED daytime running lights, and new wheel designs up to 19 inches in diameter are joined by orange and lime green paint hues.
In a betrayal of its name, the Rogue Sport isn’t particularly sporty, featuring a 2.0-liter inline-4 that makes 141 horsepower with either front- or all-wheel-drive. The only transmission available is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and at 27 mpg combined, it’s not as frugal as its modest power might suggest
Slotting between the smaller Kicks and the larger Rogue, the Rogue Sport is best for two people up front with decent cargo room in the back. The second row is cramped, but suitable for children on a regular basis. The front seats are comfortable for extended periods of time but lack power adjustment on all but the top trim.
Last year, the Rogue Sport managed only four stars overall in the federal government government’s test, largely due to its four-star frontal and rollover crash ratings. Since 2020 results haven’t yet been released, we’ll reserve judgement, but the addition of standard active tech is a positive.
At around $24,000 to start and including a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, the Rogue Sport is well-equipped in comparison to competitors. Topping out at over $30,000, the Rogue Sport SL adds leather upholstery, power seats, heated front seats, navigation, premium audio, a surround-view camera, and more, and a power moonroof and LED headlights can be had for an additional cost.