With the Rogue and Pathfinder, Nissan offers drivers pretty much everything they could want in a small or midsize SUV. From high levels of performance and safety, to the latest technological advancements, these two genre-bending vehicles provide unmatched quality – and both in a distinctive, modern, eye-catching design. And, with a redesign of both (the current 2021 Rogue and the unveiled 2022 Pathfinder), this isn’t really a matter of the Rogue vs. the Pathfinder… this battle is you vs. yourself over which one you’ll be driving home!
Both the Pathfinder and the Rogue have new looks. They share some common Nissan DNA, but have distinctive looks all their own.
The 2022 Pathfinder makes the biggest impression here, as it is all-new from the ground-up, with a strong front face, wide stance, blister fenders and a shorter front. Overall, the SUV has a larger design along with larger tires, giving it an authentic, rugged look. All the while, fans will still recognize key Nissan features in the new design, such as the V-motion grille with a three-slot grille (incorporated as an homage to the original Pathfinder), C-shaped headlights, and floating roofline. There is also a two-tone paint option – a first for Pathfinder – and newly designed aluminum-alloy wheels.
The design of the 2021 Rogue, both exterior and interior, is new and was meant to “reflect the spirit of the vehicle – versatile, fun, edgy, and adventurous and always rogue.” The adventure-ready exterior gives the impression of athleticism, with a premium appearance. The new Rogue brings in several signature Nissan design elements such as the floating roof and an evolved V-motion grille that drivers have been singing the praises of. Nissan also threw in a unique headlight shape and “U-shape” bodyside highlights, new multi-level LED headlights with an expanded illumination area, and LED fog lights (standard on SL and Platinum grades). Designers kept the Rogue roomy inside, while taking 1.5 inches off the body length and dropping it 0.2 inches lower than the previous generation Rogue, adding to the look of strength while also making the Rogue more maneuverable. To complement the new 2021 Rogue’s new look, Nissan is offering a wide range of color combinations, including – for the first time – five two-tone combinations.
Performance Upgrades & Specs
Though slightly different, each of these SUVs got some serious tech and performance upgrades from Nissan with their new launches. Both the Rogue and Pathfinder offer drivers the advanced convenience of NissanConnect with Wi-Fi HotSpot, a wireless smartphone charging pad, wireless Apple CarPlay, Bose Premium Audio with 13 speakers, NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM, Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation, and Intelligent Around View Monitor, which features a higher resolution and wider image viewing angle than the previous model.
The all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue is truly one of the most advanced Nissan SUVs ever, representing one of the most comprehensive model redesigns in Nissan history. There are dozens of new available Nissan technologies, ranging from a more powerful 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine and electronic shifter to new Vehicle Motion Control system and ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link that uses navigation map data to help predict the highway ahead. The 2021 Rogue also adds a new Platinum grade level (in addition to S, SV and SL grades), which features quilted semi-aniline leather-appointed seating, a 12.3-inch Digital Dashboard meter display, head-up display, heated rear seats, wireless smartphone charging pad, Bose Premium Audio System, Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, and more.
The new 2021 Rogue also gets a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder direct injection engine rated at 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft or torque. The engine is matched with an advanced Xtronic transmission with manual mode. All four Rogue grades are offered with a choice of Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system or front-wheel drive.
The 2022 Pathfinder features a proven engine with the 284-horsepower 3.5-liter Direct Injection V6 with 259 lb.-ft of torque newly matched with an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission. This combination gives the sturdy Pathfinder a smooth, strong, direct response, as well as strong acceleration and driver confidence when merging or driving out of a turn, and minimizes rpm variation on a grade. The Pathfinder stands out a bit with 4WD drive models that feature Nissan’s all-new Intelligent 4WD with 7-position Drive and Terrain Mode Selector. The 4WD system features direct coupling, which allows torque transfer directly on the clutch pack using oil pressure, allowing for confident, immediate take-off in low-traction situations. Mode selection – Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut and Tow – is displayed as a pop-up notification on the meter cluster. These new capabilities are marshalled by a new dual-pinion electric power steering system combined with wide, 255-mm tires to give drivers stable handling without losing any of that sporty feel. The all-new 2022 Pathfinder features a best-in-class available 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity – plenty for towing boats, ATVs, camp tents or trailers.
Improved Safety Features
One area where these SUVs truly shine is in safety features. Both the Pathfinder and the Rogue offer the incredible Nissan Safety Shield 360, which provides front, side and rear safety monitoring and intervention technologies. Safety Shield 360 also 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.
The new Rogue has the most standard safety technologies in its class, and provides drivers with the comfort of 10 standard supplemental air bags and extended crumple zones to help protect occupants. In addition to Safety Shield 360, the new Rogue also offers Nissan’s innovative Intelligent Driver Alertness technology and Rear Door Alert as standard equipment on all grade levels. Also available is Blind Spot Intervention and Traffic Sign Recognition. Intelligent Cruise Control is included as part of the available ProPILOT Assist system. This hands-on, driver-assist technology reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving and makes long drives on the open highway easier. ProPILOT Assist combines steering assist and Intelligent Cruise Control to help control acceleration, braking and steering in both heavy traffic and on the open highway.
For the first time ever, the 2022 Pathfinder SV and SL grades offer Nissan’s innovative ProPILOT Assist as well. Pathfinder Platinum grade adds the new ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, which was recently introduced on the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue. By linking ProPILOT Assist with Nissan’s advanced Door-to-Door Navigation System, the navigation map data can proactively reduce speed for upcoming freeway curves or junctions and also help the driver slow for freeway exits.
The 2021 Nissan Rogue is a fantastic compact SUV that is big enough for families, starting at $26,800. It’s front-engine, all-wheel-drive, holds 5 passengers, and has a great fuel economy of 28 mpg combined, 25 mpg city, and 32 mpg highway. In terms of power, it’s in-line 4-cylinder engine produces 181 hp @ 6000 rpm and 181 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm. If you like comfortable seating and spacious interiors, the 2021 Rogue is 183” long, right at 72.4” wide and just a hair under 67” tall, allowing for an impressive 39 cubic feet of cargo space.
The 2022 Pathfinder is a mid-size, three-row SUV that can carry a family but comes with some decent towing capacity, off-road capability and a more rugged look than other SUVs. It is expected to start around $33,000 and is offered in 2WD and 4WD, and in four well-equipped trim levels – S, SV, SL and Platinum. Two packages – SV Premium and SL Premium – are also available. Additional details will be available closer to the vehicle’s summer 2021 on-sale date.