Behind The Wheel

2020 Nissan Rogue Review: The ageing yet comfy crossover still has a lot to like

The Nissan Rogue is the third best-selling SUV in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Despite being long in the tooth, the Nissan Rogue was America's third best-selling new SUV in 2019. A weeklong test drive proved that despite not being as rugged as the Toyota RAV4 or having as much cargo space as the Honda CR-V, the Rogue is still a formidable choice for buyers.

It's a compact SUV, meaning it has room for adults in both rows of seating. It's a size up from the Nissan Kicks and Rogue Sport, but below the Nissan Pathfinder and Armada. The Rogue is similarly proportioned to the Nissan Murano. However, the Rogue is marketed as a more budget-friendly model.

2020 Nissan Rogue The Rogue's design falls into line with the other vehicles in the Nissan lineup.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

On the outside, the Rogue doesn't look dated. Its sculpted design still plays well with the rest of the Nissan lineup. That's a bit of the beauty of having a stable of front ends all with similar grille and headlight designs.

Inside, there are numerous wins. The Rogue has an updated D-shape steering wheel, unlike the Armada and Pathfinder. Its surfaces are covered in appealing materials that are pleasing to the fingertips and look plush- something that Nissan typically excels at.

Nissan has equipped the Rogue with comfortable seats that are spacious enough for adults in both rows. Sitting all day in the Rogue while on a road trip does not create any posterior fatigue.

Each new Rogue comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment touch screen that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Navigation and NissanConnect services are available on higher trim levels. The system isn't as high-tech as some on the market, but it works very well for the average customer.

2020 Nissan Rogue Nissan has made ProPilot Assist technology available on higher trim levels of the model.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Rogue has enough cargo space for everything from a Costco run to carpool pickup to a family road trip.

Rogue's steering is engaging yet relaxed. The car parks easily and navigates the highway with aplomb. Driving the Rogue is relatively effortless.

Where the compact SUV falters is with its Xtronic transmission. The transmission is noisy, and it features what is commonly referred to as a "rubber banding" effect. Rogue's 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is powerful enough for its class though it's not anything more than competent.

Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard on Rogue SV and above models. The suite of safety and driver assistance technology 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 is a great add-on for buyers and includes lane centering technology among other features.

2020 Nissan Rogue The Rogue features a divide and hide shelf for easy storage.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Nissan Rogue isn't the newest model out there, but for the average customer, it checks many of their boxes. It is a true crossover, riding low and delivering a sedan-like drive quality. Nissan makes it easy to like the Rogue, despite its age.

The 2020 Nissan Rogue is on sale now and starts at $25,300.

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Ahead of its official debut at the Geneva International Motor Show, Kia has released images of the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento. The midsize three-row SUV's last redesign was in 2015.

Kia says that its design was inspired by "refined boldness" but really it just looks like the Seltos and Telluride mated and formed an attractive offspring. Sure, it's refined and bold, with a more sculpted design than its predecessor. There's plenty of geometric detail, as is apparent on the other Kia models, and elongated proportions.

2021 Kia Sorento face front The front of the Sorento is reminiscent of the Seltos.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The SUV has a longer wheelbase this this fourth generation than in the past

Sorento gets new "tiger eye" LED daytime running lights in this iteration, which thankfully do not pop out like the Sportage's.

The inside of the Sorento shows off what Kia does best - deliver high-quality, premium level design and appointments to the masses. Kia brags that the 2021 Sorento has, " One of the highest quality interior spaces found in any Kia to-date." There are metallic trims, leather upholstery, and embossed wood-effect surfaces

Its sophisticated design features fresh technology that Kia calls "intuitive." There's a 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen front and center on the dashboard and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver.

2021 Kia Sorento rear back The rear of the Sorento is similar to the Kia Telluride's backside.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The automaker is also promising that the redesigned Sorento is more comfortable than in the past. Unlike the Hyundai Santa Fe, which was downgraded to two rows when the Palisade debuted, the Sorento is retaining its three-row design for 2021.

Kia has confirmed that there will be a 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid model.

The three-row 2020 Kia Sorento starts at $26,990. It is likely that Kia will continue to offer the Sorento at a starting price near that level in its new generation. That 2020 Sorento was named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Cars for the Money.

2021 Kia Sorento cabin interior The Sorento's cabin is an evolution in Kia design.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

The new Sorento will make its debut on March 3.

There's a new horse in town - actually, 1,233 horses.

Photo courtesy of Czinger

The man behind the Divergent Blade, a 3D-printed supercar, is at it again. Czinger Vehicles is poised to debut its U.S.-developed model, the 21C in front of the crowd during the Geneva International Motor Show in early March.

An early peek at the car has revealed Pagani and Koenigsegg-like looks and a smiling LED taillight at the rear sitting below a giant wing. Led by company CEO and founder Kevin Czinger, the designer of the Divergent Blade, Czinger Vehicles has put forth some impressive stats regarding the C21. It says that it has 1,233 horsepower and can get from zero to 62 mph in 1.9 seconds.

Czinger 21C hypercar At the back is a smiling LED taillight.Photo courtesy of Czinger

In an interview last year with Road and Track, Czinger said, "We're looking to combine computing power, science, and additive manufacturing into one system."

Ahead of the car's debut Czinger has released two hype videos:

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When describing the Divergent Blade, Czinger revealed that it's made of 3D-printed sections that are fused together using reinforced carbon fiber elements. That structure also included aluminum and titanium. The 21C likely features much of the same components.

We already know that the 21C will not have traditional seats. Like in a fighter jet or a Renault Twizzy, the two seats will be one behind the other at the center of the car.

Czinger will build customer versions of the 2C1 in Los Angeles where the company has its headquarters. The company already has a worldwide dealer network with salespeople in Los Gatos, Beverly Hills, Miami, Mexico City, Dallas, New York, London, Munich, Frankfurt, and Stuttgart.

Czinger 21C hypercar The car has Pagani and Koenigsegg-like looks.Photo courtesy of Czinger

Watch for more news on the model following its debut in Switzerland on March 3. Follow all of our Geneva International Motor Show coverage here.