One of the most popular classes among modern car shoppers is the compact crossover SUV. Somewhere between a full-sized SUV and a hatchback, compact crossovers give drivers both the cargo space and drivability they expect out of a smaller vehicle. The Nissan take on the compact crossover SUV is the Nissan Rogue. For the 2020 model year, the Rogue keeps most of the designs that have made it a success since 2014. How well does this compact car perform? Read on to find out.
The engine in the 2020 Nissan Rogue is a 2.5L inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine that produces up to 174 lb-ft of torque and 170 horsepower. This hardly makes the Rogue a speed demon, but it does make it powerful enough to get around at highway speed comfortably. The lowest possible trim level has front-wheel-drive, but all trim levels above it have all-wheel-drive available.
Transmission and Fuel Economy
Like many compact crossover SUVs, the transmission in the 2020 Nissan Rogue is not the usual automatic transmission, but a continuously variable-speed automatic transmission (CVT). This type of transmission is getting more and more common since it uses only one physical gear, and that means fewer moving parts. The tradeoff comes in a lack of that old gear-changing feel even traditional automatics would deliver. This transmission and engine combination results in a decent fuel economy. The Nissan Rogue averages 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for a combined mpg of 29.
Not to be left behind in a world of daily technological evolution, the Nissan Rogue keeps up with the competition in terms of infotainment and connectivity. It has a modest $25,300 starting MSRP and a full suite of modern automatic safety sensors that make up for whatever the Rogue may lack in power. If all you need is the power to get around and carry more than a sedan’s trunk can hold, the 2020 Nissan Rogue may be right for you. You can contact the Krenzen Auto Group dealership in Duluth, Minnesota today to set up a test drive in a Nissan Rogue today!