2021 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2021 Hyundai Tucson

When it comes to extra-small SUVs, there are two of the most popular ones on the road worth taking a look at. Both the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport and the 2021 Hyundai Tucson feel like they've taken over the streets of Crystal River and beyond. These two small SUVs are packed with high-tech features and built for performance and handling. Both of them pack a powerful punch for their value, but which of them is the clear-cut choice for you?

That's exactly what the Nissan professionals at Maus Nissan of Crystal River wanted to dive into today with this head-to-head fight to the end to decide who is the king of the small-SUV market.

As you look at these two small SUVs, you may find it hard to tell which one is more durable, has larger cargo space, and is simply more exciting to drive. So today, we're going to find out for ourselves. And when you discover that the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport is the clear winner, be sure to come down and visit our showroom at Maus Nissan of Crystal River to take one for a test drive!

Are you ready for the ultimate small-SUV showdown? Blue corner, ready? White corner, ready? Fight!

Interior Features

The Rogue Sport is no stranger to high-tech features and well-equipped creature comforts on the inside. It comes with a standard 8-inch infotainment system complete with Wi-Fi, satellite radio, two USB charging ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Add on Nissan's state-of-the-art driver safety and assistance features that come standard, and the Rogue just can't be beaten.

The Hyundai Tucson comes with a standard touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it lacks driver safety and assistance features without upgrading.

Point for Nissan.


Under the hood of the Rogue Sport, you'll find a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a powerful 141-horsepower. With standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive, you can have racing-inspired performance while keeping all four tires touching the road and in control at all times.

However, in the Tucson, the handling isn't as sporty as you'd want, and the acceleration doesn't hold up to the test. That's because the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and its 164 horses just aren't quite enough. With an available 2.4-liter 181-horsepower four-cylinder engine, you can pay for a little more power, but is it worth it without the handling?

Design Features

The all-new 2021 Rogue Sport is designed with sleek and sporty in mind throughout every detail. Complete with LED headlights and top-quality 17-inch alloy wheels, you can put them to the test as you open the panoramic sunroof and cruise the Crystal River roads. With features like heated mirrors and available, larger 19-inch wheels, you can configure the perfect Rogue Sport for your needs.

However, on the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, you won't find any modern LED headlights or alloy wheels. And if you wanted the wind through your hair, you have to pay for the top-of-the-line upgrade to get a panoramic sunroof.

Bottom Line

There's no mistaking it, friends. The clear winner by knockout is the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport. While both small-SUVs offer interior features and comfort, the lack of performance, no solid handling, and safety technology you have to pay extra for, make the Rogue Sport the can't miss small-SUV of the year.

Here's a quick breakdown of the ways that the Rogue Sport knocked out the Tucson:

  • Better standard driver safety and assistance features.
  • Finely tuned handling.
  • Better acceleration.
  • Updated exterior design.
  • Smoother ride and more powerful standard engine.

Test Drive A 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport Today!

If you want to experience the durable and sporty 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport for yourself, then it's time you came down and took one for a test drive!

Come down to Maus Nissan of Crystal River today, or give us a call to schedule your test drive