Nissan likes to call its Rogue Sport street-savvy, but road-trip ready. It’s a compact SUV that’s smaller than the Rogue, but it still offers dynamic handling and it also has its own style. The Rogue Sport might be the better vehicle for you if you live in a large city and need something more nimble to get around in, while the larger Rogue is going to be best fit for people and families who need more space for passengers and cargo. The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport comes in three trim levels and all can be optionally fitted with all-wheel drive for added driving confidence. The three trims are S, SV, and SL. The Nissan Rogue Sport also has a slightly more affordable starting price than its larger Rogue sibling. The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport starts from $23,430.
For 2020, the Nissan Rogue Sport has a redesigned exterior with a new hood, bumper, V-motion grille, and more aggressive lighting with LED signature daytime running lights. There are new 19” aluminum-alloy wheels for the SL grade, too. You can also get your Rogue Sport in two bold new exterior colors: Nitro Lime Metallic and Monarch Orange Metallic. In addition to the improvements made to the exterior, you also now have Nissan Safety Shield 360 technologies standard on all grade levels including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and rear automatic breaking. Advanced ProPILOT Assist, meanwhile, is standard on the range-topping SL trim and is available on the SV grade.
To learn even more about the 2020 Rogue Sport including performance details, continue reading below!
Nissan says the new exterior design of its Rogue Sport offers a more technical feel and that helps visually separate it from the Rogue.
The front end of the 2020 Rogue Sport features a new hood, V-motion grille, and more aggressive looking lighting. The revised headlight design features LED Daytime Running Lights.
The Rogue Sport’s rear also looks more aggressive with redesigned boomerang-shaped rear combination lights. There’s also a rear spoiler, available roof rails, and a new 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design that comes standard on the SL trim. The wheels look fun and sporty and add some flair to the Rogue Sport’s exterior.
If you’d like to stand out as much as possible while driving your compact Rogue Sport, you could opt for one of the two new exterior colors: Nitro Lime Metallic or Monarch Orange Metallic. There’s also seven other colors to choose from.
There’s seating for up to five inside the Rogue Sport. With the rear seats down, there’s also 61 cubic feet of cargo space to give you the versatility that you might need while you’re on the go. You can up the ante with your Rogue Sport by opting for the premium leather-appointed interior. There’s also available dual zone temperature control and heated front seats.
There’s a rear seat center armrest for added comfort inside the Rogue Sport and there’s also an available power sliding glass moonroof with sliding sun shade, which can help make the compact SUV feel larger than it is.
There’s standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto inside the 2020 Rogue Sport, which is always helpful. It works with the NissanConnect 7” color touchscreen. There’s also a 5” color driver display behind the wheel. A rearview monitor comes standard, but there’s a more intelligent around view monitor available. You could also opt for available navigation.
The range-topping SL trim offers the best interior features you can get with leather-appointed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, a sliding moonroof, dual zone automatic temperature control, remote engine start, navigation, ProPILOT Assist, and more.
As for cargo space, there’s 61 cubic feet of it and the Rogue Sport’s Divide-N-Hide cargo organizer is particularly helpful. You can fold the back seats flat for larger items, use the flip-up panel to keep things from rolling around, or stash valuables like a purse or laptop with the hide configuration.
The 2020 Rogue Sport is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 141 horsepower and 147 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired to an Xtronic transmission with Eco Mode switch. Each trim level is offered in front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.
The Rogue Sport is admittedly not all that quick off the line, but its nimble driving dynamics do still make it a fun small vehicle to drive.
You also have safety on every side of your Rogue Sport with the standard Nissan Intelligent Mobility Safety Shield 360. It can monitor in front of you, behind you, and to the sides to help keep you safe. Safety Shield 360 includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, radar-based blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and high beam assist.
ProPILOT Assist comes standard on the range-topping SL trim and it’s available on SV. ProPILOT Assist helps you while in stop and go traffic and also while on the open road. In traffic, it helps your Rogue Sport keep a set distance away from the car ahead of you based on the traffic flow. It can even come to a full stop and bring you back up to speed when traffic starts moving again. ProPILOT Assist also helps you stay centered in your lane as you’re driving on the open road, and even through gentle curves.
There’s also available traffic sign recognition, a driver alertness monitor, and the around view monitor that gives you a 360 degree bird’s-eye view of your Rogue Sport.
The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport has a slightly more affordable starting price than the Rogue. It slots between the Kicks and the Rogue in Nissan’s lineup. The 2020 Rogue Sport starts from $23,450.
As always, be sure to do additional research on the Rogue Sport if you think you might be interested in it just to make sure it’s the right fit for you. It’s best to test drive the vehicle before buying. You’ll also want to contact your local Nissan dealer to see if there are any specials you can take advantage of.
As for competitors for the Rogue Sport, you might want to take a look at the Mazda CX-3 or CX-30, Honda HR-V, Kia Soul, Subaru Crosstrek, or the Toyota CH-R.
You could also take a look at the Kicks and Rogue, which the Rouge Sport slots between.
The Nissan Rogue Sport is nimble, agile, and offers dynamic handling. The redesigned exterior looks good and gives it an added bit of flair when compared to its Rogue sibling.
While the engine isn’t overly powerful, the Rogue Sport is still fun to drive. The versatile cargo space is a nice touch, and the 7” touchscreen is also a nice size for such a small SUV.
The Rogue Sport is a stylish vehicle that might just be an excellent buy for you if you are doing a lot of traveling or often park your vehicle in tight spots. We gave the 2020 Rogue Sport an SUVs.com deal score of 79/100. Did you check out our YouTube video review of the Rogue Sport? We’d love if you’d leave a comment on the video!