2021 Nissan Rogue scores just 2 stars in NHTSA crash test

Despite its average score of four stars, the Rogue's poor showing in the front passenger crash test is cause for concern.

Kyle Hyatt Former news and features editor
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
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The 2021 Rogue is a pretty cool crossover, unless you're the front passenger, apparently.

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Safety in general, and crashworthiness in particular, are crucial things when it comes to cars. They're especially important when the vehicle in question will be used to transport a family, as with a minivan or an SUV. 

That makes the 2021 Nissan Rogue's front-passenger crash test score particularly galling. Specifically, we're talking about the official governmental National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test, for which the 2021 Rogue managed just two stars out of five, according to an initial report by The Car Connection. That's really bad for a new car. Overall, the Rogue managed an average score of four stars, which is pretty good, but why is the front passenger score so bad?

We don't know for sure, but based on Nissan's change to the front passenger restraint systems in vehicles built after Jan. 28, we'd assume that it has something to do with that. Nissan is quick to point out in a statement issued to the press that its score reflects vehicles built before Jan. 28 in Nissan's Kyushu plant in Japan. Most Rogues for the US will be built in Nissan's Smyrna, Tennessee plant.

"Nissan is committed to vehicle safety and is pleased with the 2021 Nissan Rogue's overall four-star NCAP safety rating," a Nissan representative said in a statement. "All 2021 Rogue vehicles fully comply with federal safety standards."

NHTSA will retest the Rogue with its updated restraint systems and expects to publish the results of the new tests in May. The other major crash testing agency -- the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety -- hasn't posted any results for the 2021 Rogue yet.

2021 Nissan Rogue is a comfy, competent crossover

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