2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Review

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2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Overview

Nissan introduced the Rogue Sport in the United States in 2017. For 2020, the Rogue Sport receives a refresh. The Rogue Sport’s most notable competitors include the Kia Niro, Hyundai Kona, Subaru Crosstrek, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Chevrolet Trax.

The updated exterior is designed to visually distinguish the Rogue Sport from the larger Rogue. A new grille, bumper, and hood are highlighted by sporty new lighting, including LED daytime-running lights. Nitro Lime Metallic and Monarch Orange Metallic join the color palette.

The Rogue Sport’s sole powertrain, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine matched with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) rated for 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque, carries over unchanged. Front-wheel drive (FWD) comes standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. EPA ratings for the FWD Rogue Sport come in at 25 mpg city, 32 highway, and 28 combined, while AWD drops returns 24 city, 30 highway, and 27 combined.

Nissan hasn’t yet revealed if the Rogue Sport’s refresh alters the trim level hierarchy, so it’s likely that it will carry over mostly unchanged. The Rogue Sport’s base trim features cloth upholstery and keyless entry, with optional features like push-button start and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The SV trim offers heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, while the SL trim has the option of a power moonroof.

Standard tech features in the Rogue Sport include a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 4-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, two USB ports, and hands-free texting. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are optional on the SV trim. Upgrades include a 6-speaker audio system, a 9-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, and voice recognition.

The 2020 Rogue Sport has not yet been evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2019 Rogue Sport earned four out of five stars overall in NHTSA testing. Standard safety features include a reversing camera, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Options include pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, lane-departure warning, and the ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system.

In its first three years on the market, the Nissan Rogue Sport has helped round out the brand’s lineup in a key competitive area. The energetic new look of the 2020 model helps Nissan stay competitive in the hot subcompact crossover segment. The 2020 Rogue Sport will arrive in fall of 2019.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She owns a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx XT, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, 2015 Honda Grom, and 1979 Boston Whaler Montauk.

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