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2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum adds luxe to the family SUV

Nissan's best-seller gains a new top trim with surprisingly upscale features.

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Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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Say hello to the 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum, born in Smyrna, Tennessee.

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This third-generation Rogue SUV rides atop a new platform and includes more advanced safety and convenience tech as standard than its predecessors.

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All-wheel-drive Platinum models like this one can expect to get 25 miles per gallon in the city, 32 highway and 28 combined. Roadshow's real-world testing suggests these are realistic fuel economy estimates.

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Nissan says the Rogue is 5% more aerodynamic than last year's model, thanks in part to features like active grille shutters, underbody cladding and tire deflectors.

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While base, front-wheel drive Rogue S models start at $26,745 delivered (including $1,095 destination fee), this top-rung Platinum AWD starts at $37,925 delivered. While that's quite a bit of money for a nonluxury compact SUV, it's something of a value price versus comparable models from Toyota and Honda.

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Nissan says the new Rogue is inspired by its 2018 X-Motion SUV concept, and while the lineage is clear, the show car was substantially more aggressive and futuristic.

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Platinum-specific creature comforts include Bose premium audio and a larger 9-inch touchscreen, plus there's wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay.

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The Rogue Platinum also includes a 12.3-inch reconfigurable, fully digital gauge cluster along with a head-up display.

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The Platinum gains a more capable version of Nissan's ProPilot Assist intelligent cruise control with lane centering. Known as ProPilot Assist with Navi-link, this system uses mapping data to proactively reduce speeds in curves, as well as at junctions and exits.

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The Platinum trim features quilted semianiline leather, a higher-quality hide than what's offered on lesser trims.

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Rear seats are plenty capacious and there's separate HVAC controls, USB-A and USB-C charge ports and deployable sunshades.

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The Rogue's brash new split headlamps are the model's defining visual feature.

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