What Are the Differences Between the 2021 Nissan Rogue S vs. SL?

Are you ready to get up and go in the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue, but aren’t sure which trim level has the features you’re looking for? If so, the Rogue S and SL are two top trim options to consider. While the Rogue S is an impressive base trim with standard driver assist technology, the Rogue SL adds a vast array of comfort, convenience, and connectivity features to elevate your daily drive. Learn more about the differences between the 2021 Nissan Rogue S vs. SL by using the following comparison prepared by the team at Nissan of Rochester.

Once you decide on your preferred 2021 Nissan Rogue, search for it in our new Nissan Rogue crossovers for sale in Rochester, MN, Lock in a great monthly rate with one of our current specials. Have questions? Contact a Nissan of Rochester representative with our convenient online contact form or by phone at (507) 361-5900.

2021 Nissan Rogue S vs. SL

2021 Nissan Rogue S vs. SLSimilarities

The similarities between the 2021 Nissan Rogue S and SL trims start under the hood, extend through the cabin, and wrap around the exterior to create a standout crossover no matter which trim you choose.

Key similarities include:

Powertrain

The 2021 Nissan Rogue S and SL trims share the same 2.5L DOHC Direct Injection Gasoline™ four-cylinder engine paired with an Xtronic CVT® (continuously variable transmission) that makes 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, while intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) is available.

Safety features

Featuring the most standard safety features in its class*, the 2021 Nissan Rogue includes Nissan Safety Shield® 360 technologies. The Nissan advanced airbag system, intelligent forward collision warning, intelligent driver alertness, rear sonar system, and intelligent driver alertness help round out the standard Rogue safety features.

Dynamic driving technologies

Enjoy the drive in every 2021 Rogue with intelligent trace control, active ride control, hill start assist, and automatic brake hold.

Exterior lighting

Illuminate the road ahead with LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights.

Connectivity

Both the S and SL trims feature a standard NissanConnect® 8-inch touchscreen and Advanced Drive-Assist® display. Connect to your compatible smartphone with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, or Bluetooth®, and stream your favorite tunes with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.

*AutoPacific Segmentation. 2021 Rogue vs. latest in-market competitors. See Owner’s Manual for safety information. Availability of features vary by vehicle model year, model, trim level, packaging and options. Base Models Compared. Based on manufacturers' websites.

2021 Nissan Rogue S vs. SLDifferences

The 2021 Nissan Rogue was named a Consumer Guide® Automotive 2021 Best Buy, in part, for its “broad range of comfort and technology features.” The SL trim exemplifies this excellent selection with a long list of enhanced appointments and sophisticated systems compared with the S trim. To account for these differences, the 2021 Nissan Rogue S starts at $25,650 MSRP, while the 2021 Nissan Rogue SL starts at $32,000 MSRP.

2021 Rogue SL vs. S upgrades include:

  • Wheels - The 2021 Rogue S rolls on 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, while the SL includes 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
  • Seating - Find an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory system and a four-way power front passenger’s seat in the SL trim. By comparison, the S trim includes a six-way manual driver’s seat and four-way manual front passenger’s seat. Additionally, the SL trim clads its seats with supple leather, while the S provides cloth seats.
  • Speakers - The SL comes with six speakers; the S comes with four.
  • USB ports - Find one USB port and one USB-C port in the S, and two USB ports plus two USB-C ports in the SL.
  • Camera capabilities - The S trim helps you back up confidently with a RearView Monitor, but the SL trim includes an Intelligent Around View® monitor for 360 degrees of visibility.

In addition to the upgraded features, the Nissan Rogue SL comes equipped with many advanced systems and options that the Rogue S does not have.

DifferencesExterior

  • LED fog lights
  • Heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators and tilt-down feature
  • Roof rails
  • Motion activated liftgate
  • Dual-panel panoramic moonroof
Red 2021 Nissan Rogue driving on a city road

DifferencesInterior

  • Heated front seats
  • Tri-zone automatic temperature control
  • Rear sun shades
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Divide-N-Hide® cargo system
  • Remote-folding rear seats
2021 Nissan Rogue interior side view

DifferencesSafety

  • ProPILOT Assist®
  • Intelligent lane intervention
  • Intelligent blind spot intervention
  • Traffic sign recognition
2021 Nissan Rogue parked by a cliff

DifferencesTechnology

  • NissanConnect services
  • Wi-Fi® hotspot
  • Remote engine start system with intelligent climate control
  • Nissan Intelligent Key®
2021 Nissan Rogue infotainment system

DifferencesAvailable Features

  • SL Premium Package
    • ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link
    • NissanConnect 9-in. touchscreen
    • Nissan door to door navigation
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay integration
    • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link®
    • Front and rear sonar system
    • Bose® premium audio system
    • Traffic sign recognition
2021 Nissan Rogue driving in the desert

2021 Nissan Rogue S vs. SLSchedule a Test Drive at Nissan of Rochester

Ready to experience the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue S or SL? Find your preferred Rogue trim in our new inventory below, then schedule a test drive. Have questions? Give us a call at (507) 361-5900.

Seize the day behind the wheel of the 2020 Nissan Rogue. This crossover SUV is ready when you are with a flexible interior and advanced technology at your command. But which Rogue trim is right for you? The base model Nissan Rogue S offers an impressive combination of standard and available features, but the lineup-topping Rogue SL maximizes your comfort and connectivity. To help you decide between these two models, the team at Nissan of Rochester in Rochester, MN, created this research guide pitting the 2020 Nissan Rogue S versus the SL trim. The 2020 Nissan Rogue S starts at $25,300 MSRP, while the 2020 Nissan Rogue SL starts at $31,690 MSRP.

Once you decide which trim offers the features you need to facilitate your lifestyle, find it for sale in our new Rogue S and new Rogue SL inventory in Rochester, MN. Be sure to explore our Rogue specials to find an outstanding financial deal today. If you have any questions, let us answer them when you send us a message online or call us at (507) 361-5900.

2020 Nissan Rogue S vs SL

2020 Nissan Rogue S vs. SLSimilarities

Empower every drive with the standard capability and design of the 2020 Nissan Rogue in both the S and SL trims. Both models feature a standard 2.5L DOHC 16-valve I4 engine producing 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is paired with an Xtronic continuously variable transmission (Xtronic CVT®) with a sport mode shifter, plus eco/sport mode. Both models also offer available intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD).

Key similarities include:

SimilaritiesExterior

Key exterior features both the S and SL share include:

  • LED tail lights and daytime running lights
  • Intelligent auto headlights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Rear spoiler
2020 Nissan Rogue driving on a mountain road

SimilaritiesInterior

Moving inside the Rogue S and SL, you’ll have plenty of room for up to five people, plus 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Or expand your hauling capabilities when you fold the 40/20/20-split EZ FLEX® second-row seats down for 70 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Both the SL and S give you the added flexibility of the Divide-N-Hide® cargo system.

2020 Nissan Rogue interior front seats

SimilaritiesSafety

The 2020 Nissan Rogue S and SL boost your confidence behind the wheel with Nissan Safety Shield® 360 features that include:

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Intelligent lane intervention
  • Blind spot warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • High beam assist
  • Intelligent trace control
  • Intelligent engine brake
2020 Nissan rogue collision sensors

SimilaritiesTechnology

Staying connected and in control on the go is easy with the NissanConnect® 7-inch touchscreen, plus Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Bluetooth® tech in both the Rogue S and SL trims. You can enjoy your favorite tunes with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and speed-sensitive volume controls , all while staying connected with an Advanced Drive-Assist® display.

2020 Nissan Rogue infotainment system

2020 Nissan Rogue S vs. SLDifferences

While there are many strong similarities between the features of the 2020 Nissan Rogue S and SL, the SL takes standard interior comfort and tech to another level. Inside the cabin of the Rogue SL, you’ll enjoy an eight-way power driver’s seat with two-way lumbar support and position memory versus a six-way manual driver’s seat for the S. Your front passenger will also enjoy an upgrade on seating comfort with a four-way power seat versus the four-way manual front passenger’s seat in the S trim. The SL also upgrades the seats from cloth to leather and gives you supreme control over your driving environment with a remote engine start system with intelligent climate control, dual-zone automatic temperature control and a heated steering wheel.

The SL includes several standard features that the S makes available with the Special Edition Package, such as:

  • Chrome exterior door handles
  • Quick Comfort® heated front seats
  • Power body-colored heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Roof rails
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Rear privacy glass

In addition to the upgraded features, the Nissan Rogue SL comes equipped with many advanced systems and options that the Rogue S does not have.

DifferencesExterior

Key exterior upgrades for the SL exterior include upsized 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels and a motion-activated liftgate. The available SL Premium Package also upgrades the exterior with LED headlights and a dual-panel panoramic moonroof.

2020 Nissan Rogue parked on the highway outside the city

DifferencesSafety

While the Safety Shield 360 safety technology sets an impressive standard for every Rogue model, the Rogue SL adds convenience and assurance with:

  • ProPILOT Assist
  • Intelligent Around View® monitor
  • Rear sonar
  • Rear automatic braking
2020 Nissan Rogue Collision Sensors

DifferencesTechnology

Enjoy the connectivity and entertainment features of the 2020 Nissan Rogue with a Bose® premium audio system with nine speakers, including dual driver woofers in the SL. Other intelligent upgrades for the SL include:

  • Nissan Intelligent Key® with push button ignition
  • Nissan door to door navigation with premium traffic
  • SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link®
2020 Nissan Rogue infotainment system

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Experience the differences between the 2020 Nissan Rogue S and SL for yourself when you schedule a test drive at Nissan of Rochester in Rochester, MN. If you have any questions, give us a call at (507) 361-5900.

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