The Nissan Rogue is one of the best-known and most beloved models in Nissan’s vehicle lineup. This compact crossover SUV is the number-one top-selling model in Nissan’s lineup, and it comes in 3rd place among all SUVs on the entire auto market. 

This wildly popular compact crossover SUV underwent a complete redesign for the 2021 model year, and the results do not disappoint. Even though the 2021 Rogue only just hit the market, critics are already raving about this all-new compact crossover SUV. Keep reading to learn what it is that makes the redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue stand out to critics and drivers alike on the modern mainstream auto market. 

Structural Upgrades 

The 2021 Nissan Rogue features a completely redesigned exterior and some structural upgrades to its body as well. Its redesigned exterior features a chunkier body with a more vertical fascia, which helps give this compact crossover SUV a bolder appearance on the road. 

For the 2021 model year, Nissan’s Rogue is almost 100 pounds lighter than it was for 2020. Its lighter-weight frame improves the performance of its engine, so it feels more agile and is faster to respond on the road. Its lightweight frame also improves its fuel efficiency. The fuel efficiency of the Rogue for the 2021 model year improved from a combined gas mileage of 29 MPG with FWD and 27 MPG with AWD to 30 MPG with FWD and 29 MPG with AWD. 

Structural changes for safety are also present in the 2021 Rogue model. This compact crossover SUV features rear seat belt pre-tensioners, load limiters, and 10 or 11 airbags—depending on the trim level. It is also designed with a smarter crashing unibody that features front frame rails that curve outward and align with the rear frame rails. This design helps significantly improve the 2021 Rogue’s performance in side-impact crash tests. 

Interior Designed for All 

The 2021 Nissan Rogue’s redesigned Family Hub interior isn’t just for families. It is designed to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable ride for drivers and passengers alike with ultra-comfortable Zero Gravity seats in both front and back and added head- and legroom in the backseat.



A state-of-the-art NissanConnect infotainment system complete with an expanded 9.0-inch display screen keeps Rogue drivers informed and entertained upfront. This infotainment system is equipped with standard CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The 2021 Rogue also features a built-in top-of-the-line navigation system for its highest trim level. 

Upgraded Safety and Driver-Assistance Features 

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is designed to prioritize safety for all passengers and minimize driver distractions on the road. 

Nissan’s impressive Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced safety tech features come standard for all 2021 Rogue models. Safety Shield 360 includes lane departure warning, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and much more. It also includes driver alertness monitoring to ensure drivers’ eyes are always on the road. 

In terms of driver assistance features, the 2021 Nissan Rogue comes newly standard with the ProPilot Driver Assist system. This system includes a smart, adaptive cruise control system that automatically adjusts its speed to account for changing speed limits, busy intersections, and freeway ramps on your route. The highest trim level of the 2021 Rogue also comes with a 10.8-inch, full-color head-up dashboard display to help encourage drivers to keep their eyes on the road at all times. 

It’s no wonder why critics are already raving about the 2021 Nissan Rogue. This innovative, high-performing compact crossover SUV is definitely the one to beat within its vehicle class and on the auto market as a whole.