The Nissan Rogue used to be a sensible, businesslike entry in the compact crossover segment. It was roomy, comfortable, and affordable, but it had little in the way of verve or panache. That changed for the 2021 model year, when a full redesign brought in sharper styling, crisper driving manners, and a richly finished interior.
What changed the least was the Rogue’s engine. A few updates made this 2.5-liter four-cylinder quieter and slightly quicker, but it still wasn’t a class standout. So after just one year on the market, Nissan scrapped that engine in favor of a technologically advanced turbocharged three-cylinder, which promises more power along with better fuel economy. We spent a week in the 2023 Nissan Rogue, which is priced from $27,360, to see how it lives up to its promise. Keep reading to hear what we learned and to find out if the Rogue is the right small SUV for you.