2020 Nissan Rogue Sport receives styling updates and higher base price

Japanese carmaker Nissan recently announced base prices for the 2020 Rogue Sport compact SUV. And while the price has jumped by quite a bit across all trim models, Nissan gave the Rogue Sport some much-needed styling updates to keep pace with newer competitors in the same segment.

How much is the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport?

The base Rogue Sport S FWD starts at $23,240. It comes with 16-inch wheels, cruise control, a rear spoiler, LED daytime running lights, and 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with four speakers and Bluetooth connectivity.

Meanwhile, the Rogue Sport SV FWD starts at $24,750 and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, standard roof rails, keyless entry, automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control, and a six-speaker audio system.

The Rogue Sport SL starts at $28,450. It comes with 19-inch wheels, front fog lights, leather upholstery, remote engine start, standard navigation, a surround-view camera, and a Bose audio system with HD radio and nine speakers.

All prices are exclusive of $1,095 destination and handling charges. For the record, the base S trim is now $900 more than the outgoing model while the SV and SL are pricier by $600 and $400, respectively. As usual, Nissan will include an all-wheel drivetrain for $1,350 more across all trim models.

The refreshed Rogue Sport is now more stylish

It’s not as if you’re not getting anything in return for the minor price bump. The 2020 Nissan Rogue features a redesigned front look with a new hood, a resculpted V-motion grille, and new taillights.

Also, the Rogue Sport SL now comes with a new 19-inch wheel design while all trim models receive two new paint colors: Nitro Lime Metallic and Monarch Orange Metallic.

Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard as well

All trim models of the refreshed Nissan Rogue Sport come standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360, a comprehensive suite of advanced safety systems that includes automatic emergency braking, rear automatic braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and high beam assist among many others.

However, Nissan’s ProPILOT Assist, a system that enables semi-autonomous driving along marked lane highways, is standard on the Rogue Sport SL. Also standard across the range is Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.

Nissan didn’t update the engine

All trim models of 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport are motivated by a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder mill churning out 141-horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to an Xtronic CVT transmission.

For the most part, the CVT shifts unobtrusively when puttering around town. But if you want to drive aggressively, the syrupy feeling of the CVT may offend sporty drivers. But then again, part of the blame also goes to the weak engine, which is an oxymoron for the ‘Sport’ in Rogue Sport.

But the Rogue Sport is hard to fault in terms of practicality

The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport offers admirable interior space for four grown adults. However, it manages to outshine other small crossovers in cargo space. With the rear seats up, the Rogue Sport offers 30 cubic feet of room. But folding the rear seat gives you around 62 cubic feet of cargo space, which is easily accessible through the wider rear door.

In addition, the Rogue Sport SV also receives a Divide-N-Hide cargo system for better practicality, which is also available as an option in the SL grade.

The 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport is now available at Nissan dealerships.