The Price is Right

Next-gen 2021 Nissan Rogue to start at $25,650, just $160 more than the last-gen model

Redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue ups the ante but isn't revolutionary
Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue will have a starting price of $25,650, just $160 more than the 2020 Rogue. Traditionally, vehicles go up much more in price as part of a generational change. This price is higher than the starting MSRP of Rogue's top competitors, the 2020 Honda CR-V, 2020 Ford Escape, 2020 Mazda CX-5, 2021 Subaru Forester, and 2021 Toyota RAV4.

Nissan will sell the Rogue in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. All models come standard with front-wheel drive (FWD). All-wheel drive (AWD) is available across the lineup for an additional $1,400.

2021 Nissan Rogue Remote technology keeps you and your family warm or cool, right away. Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

"Rogue is the first of six new vehicles that will be in Nissan showrooms by the end of 2021," said Mike Colleran, senior vice president, Nissan U.S. Marketing and Sales. "As Nissan looks toward the future with dramatic new models like the upcoming Ariya electric crossover and the just-announced Z Proto, we're updating our model lineup with fresh, exciting and innovative vehicles that will thrill our customers."

Pricing for each trim level is as follows:

  • 2021 Nissan Rogue S FWD - $25,650
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue S AWD - $27,050
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue SV FWD - $27,340
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue SV AWD - $28,740
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue SL FWD - $32,000
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue SL AWD - $33,400
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum FWD - $35,430
  • 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum AWD - $36,830

Two optional packages are available: the SV Premium Package at $2,660 and the SL Premium Package at $1,320.

In addition to being more expensive at the onset, the Rogue tops out higher than most of its competition too. It doesn't have a focused off-road variant like the RAV4, nor a hybrid version (now available for CR-V, Escape, and RAV4).

The Rogue does have some class-leading and exclusive features. It is available with class-exclusive tri-zone climate control and pull-up sunshades, and has the most standard safety technologies in its class. Rogue's 9.0-inch infotainment screen is the largest infotainment screen in its class. It also has Nissan Zero Gravity seats in the front and back, which provided unparalleled comfort.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue will go on sale in late October.

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The iX M60 will hit dealers' lots in June 2022.

BMW

BMW's electric vehicle catalog is growing rapidly as the automaker rolls out new electrified cars and SUVs. The latest is the iX M60, a red-hot five-seat SUV with sleek styling and a spectacular list of standard features. BMW announced the new SUV this week, along with pricing and release date details.

The iX M60 is BMW's first performance-oriented electric SUV, though BMW calls it a sports activity vehicle, or SAV. Its powertrain has been massaged to produce up to 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Maximum power delivery is limited to times when the vehicle's launch control is activated, but even the "normal" numbers are impressive: In regular driving situations, the iX puts down 532 horsepower and 749 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.6 seconds and the iX M60 can go on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

2023 BMW iX M60 Though extremely sporty, BMW doesn't shy away from using loads of luxurious finishes and materials. BMW

The iX brings more than performance, as its charging capabilities are quite strong. Using AC power, the vehicle can charge from 0-100 percent in 10.25 hours on its fastest setting. Using its fastest DC power setting, the iX can charge from 10 to 80% in just 35 minutes.

Two electric motors power the SUV, which provide standard all-wheel drive. Dual-axle air suspension is standard, along with electronically-controlled shock absorbers. BMW says that the air suspension is controlled individually at each wheel, so the vehicle can adjust ride height in several ways to maintain stability and remain level in corners.

2023 BMW iX M60 The vehicle can run from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and features standard AWD.BMW

When it goes on sale in June, 2022, the 2023 BMW iX M60 will have a starting price of $106,095, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's a flagship price tag, but the SUV's got the performance and a flagship-level list of standard features. That six-figure dollar amount buys 21-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, AC fast charging, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, four-zone automatic climate controls, and more.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTS My SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTS The pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTS I'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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