If you’re reading this abroad, this particular Nissan looks familiar to you as the interestingly-named Qashqai, but to American buyers this is the redesigned 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport. It’s a bit of an odd duck in the brand’s lineup, sandwiched between the bigger Rogue and now the smaller Kicks. However, this still has one crucial feature its little brother doesn’t — all-wheel drive.
The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport features a new hood, bumper and an updated V-motion grille. It’s not radically different from the current Rogue Sport, but then the current model is also a relatively handsome small crossover that offers a good all-around solution for someone shopping in this segment. The redesign also comes with more standard tech by way of Nissan’s Safety Shield 360, which includes:
- Automatic emergency braking (front and rear)
- Lane departure warning
- Blind spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- High-beam assist
Top-spec SL trims also get Nissan’s semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist suite, meant to be a hands-on system that centers the car in the lane and controls the distance between you and the car in front. The suite is optional on SV trims. A 7.0-inch infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support comes standard across all models.
Under the hood of the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport is the same 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine as before. You still get 141 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque, as well as Nissan’s Xtronic continously variable transmission.
2020 Nissan Rogue Sport pricing
If you’re in the market for something like a 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport, you’re in for a price hike here. The base, front-wheel drive S model starts off $900 more expensive, which is substantial given the car’s more economical price tag. Fortunately, the jump isn’t quite so bad the higher up Nissan’s trim ladder you go. However, buy a fully-loaded SL AWD, and you’re paying over $30,000 for a car that competes against the likes of the Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V, all of which are less expensive.