It’s hardly been a year since Nissan introduced an all-new Rogue compact SUV as a considerably changed two-row model for the 2021 model year. Bigger, better, more stylish and loaded with tech, the new Rogue topped our recent 2021 Compact SUV Challenge; it beat stalwart favorites like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester, not to mention redesigned models like the new Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan. By all measures, we found it to be a perfectly executed new SUV, winning not on any exceptional merits but by Nissan simply avoiding doing anything stupid.
But then, just a year after the Rogue hit U.S. dealerships, Nissan told us it’s changing the beating heart of its SUV, swapping the old engine and transmission for a newly standard powertrain that’s more powerful, more efficient and more responsive. We had a brief spin in the 2022 Nissan Rogue with its new turbocharged engine to see if the switch improved a vehicle we already thought was top-notch.
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