When people hear the word "Sport," they think of something energetic, youthful, athletic, agile, and fun. These words perfectly describe what Nissan was aiming for with the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport, which was first introduced to the American driving public in 2017. An extension of the popular Nissan Rogue compact SUV, the Rogue Sport is a smaller version designed for more maneuverability and a lower price point while still staying true to the Rogue's reputation for dependability and excellent fuel economy. The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport follows a slight cosmetic redesign of the model in 2020, giving it an even sleeker and sportier appearance in line with its name.
The Rogue Sport is a full 10 inches shorter than the standard Rogue, with a 2-inch shorter wheelbase providing a tighter overall turning radius. However, you wouldn't know that when you are inside of the Rogue Sport as it is just as spacious and luxurious as its big sister. What's more, the 2021 Rogue Sport has an excellent powertrain, a choice of front-wheel drive or Intelligent all-wheel drive, and an amazing array of standard safety features. The Nissan Rogue Sport is built on the Nissan Intelligent Mobility theory, utilizing cutting-edge technology to improve the overall performance and safety of the vehicle.
Nissan has equipped the 2021 Rogue Sport with an efficient engine that stays true to the name Sport by providing solid acceleration and overall performance. The Rogue Sport has a 2.0-liter I-4 gas engine with a dual overhead camshaft configuration for its 16-valves. It utilizes the Nissan Direct Ignition System with platinum-tipped spark plugs to improve efficiency, allowing the engine to produce up to 141 horsepower and 147 pounds-feet of torque. That is the kind of power and performance you will need to get in and out of traffic.
Nissan has paired the engine on the Rogue Sport with an Xtronic CVT with manual shift mode. CVT stands for continuously variable transmission, which means that it can make use of a nearly infinite number of gear ratios to optimize engine output. Nissan has also included a manual shift mode so that you can emulate the performance and control of a manual transmission without the downsides and inefficiency of having to clutch between gears.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport comes with standard front-wheel drive. This drivetrain will give your vehicle exceptional fuel economy, especially in highway driving, while also providing solid control and traction in inclement weather. However, if you want even more traction, you can opt for Intelligent all-wheel drive on any of the Rogue Sport's three trim levels. This all-wheel drive system developed by Nissan adjusts to provide the right amount of horsepower to each wheel to assist with cornering. It also will automatically shift to front-wheel drive in highway conditions to boost the Rogue Sport's fuel efficiency.
One of the best reasons to buy a 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is this vehicle's exceptional fuel economy. Just like the bigger Nissan Rogue, the Rogue Sport has been designed to provide excellent energy efficiency without detracting from acceleration and performance. The front-wheel drive Rogue Sport will provide you with an estimated 25 miles per gallon in city driving, 32 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined 28 miles per gallon overall. If you opt for the available Intelligent all-wheel drive on your 2021 Rogue Sport, you will see a slight decline in fuel economy. However, the all-wheel drive Rogue Sport still gives you an estimated 24 miles per gallon in the city, 30 miles per gallon on the highway, and 27 miles per gallon combined.
As you would imagine from an SUV that has Sport in the name, the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is really fun to drive. That is because Nissan has taken advantage of the vehicle's tight 104.2-inch wheelbase to enhance its maneuverability. This is complemented by a suspension system that features independent struts in the front and an independent multi-link system in the rear, with front and rear stabilizer bars. The Rogue Sport also features electric power steering with a special Sport Mode to give you better cornering on the highway. Finally, the four-wheel vented anti-lock disc brakes give you the confidence that you can always bring your Rogue Sport to a quick and control stop when required.
Unlike a great many compact SUVs, the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport provides you with a very roomy and comfortable interior. Despite having only 96 cubic feet of passenger space to work with, the designers at Nissan have figured out how to offer your five passengers in the Rogue Sport a great amount of space, even in the rear seats. The front row of seats offers 39.6 inches of headroom, 42.8 inches of legroom, 53.4 inches of hip room, and 56.6 inches of shoulder room. If you opt for an available moonroof, the front row headroom will diminish slightly to 38.5 inches. The rear row passengers will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of space to stretch out, fully 38.3 inches of headroom, 33.4 inches of legroom, 46.9 inches of hip room, and 55.7 inches of shoulder room.
The designers at Nissan may be running the risk of being accused of alchemy since the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport has an incredible amount of cargo space, especially for an SUV in its vehicle class. The rear can hold up to 22.9 cubic feet of your belongings, which can magically expand to 61.1 cubic feet with the rear row of seats easily folded down. The Rogue Sport with the available moonroof has slightly less cargo space of 19.9 cubic feet in the rear that can be expanded to 53 cubic feet by folding down the rear seats.
If you are into shopping or moving things with your Rogue Sport, you can opt for the available Divide-N-Hide Cargo System. This innovative system can be reconfigured in a variety of different ways, making it easy to organize and secure small items, keeping them from sliding around in the back. However, if you need to move something large, the dividers neatly fold flush with the load floor.
Nissan has shown its commitment to its customers' safety by making the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of active safety features standard on every trim of the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport. This is in addition to the rearview monitor and advanced airbag system that is featured on each vehicle. Nissan is to be commended for making all of these crucial active safety features standard on the 2021 Rogue Sport. Where most similar vehicles in its class require you to buy a higher trim to get features like those on the Nissan Safety Shield 360, the Rogue Sport does not make you pay a premium for you and your passengers' safety.
Nissan Safety Shield 360 consists of six different active safety features that will improve the safety of your Rogue Sport, giving you the peace of mind you need when it comes to vehicle safety. Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection will engage the brakes if it detects an imminent collision with another vehicle, pedestrian, or object in your path. This will either avoid or mitigate the damage of a frontend crash. Similarly, Rear Automatic Braking will bring the Rogue Sport to a stop if it detects an object in its path when you are backing up.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert will warn you if another car is about to pass into your path when you are driving in reverse. Rear Automatic Braking and Rear Cross Traffic Alert will be especially helpful when you are in a parking lot. Blind Spot Warning will alert you if there is another vehicle in your Rogue Sport's blind spot when you are changing lanes on the highway. Lane Departure Warning will alert you if you begin to drift out of lane so you can avoid an accident. Finally, High Beam Assist will automatically turn the high beams on if the system detects especially low light, and then turn them either when it detects another vehicle approaching or when the road lighting situation improves.