By Tony Swan, Contributing Editor
Based on Nissan's popular Sentra sedan, the 2014 Nissan Rogue is a compact SUV designed to stand out from the competition by way of its sleek carlike styling, class-exclusive in-vehicle technology, and a new 3rd-row seat option. Similar to the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, the Nissan Rogue is powered by a thrifty 4-cylinder engine, offers an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and starts under $24,000. The 2014 Rogue is also one of the only vehicles in the segment to feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which enhances fuel economy. By incorporating a satisfying blend of SUV, sedan and wagon DNA, the versatile 5-passenger Nissan Rogue can accommodate a wide variety of unique uses. That's why we named it one of the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000 for 2014.
If you prefer fluid lines to the boxy look of traditional SUVs, the 2014 Nissan Rogue continues to be a design trend-setter. Strong fuel economy, affordable pricing and the option of seats for seven combine to make the Rogue one of the most appealing small SUVs on the market.
If you believe practicality and power shouldn't be mutually exclusive, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 all offer more muscle, plus conventional automatic transmissions as well as some manual gearboxes. Also, while the Rogue's comparatively low starting price looks attractive, most competitors offer additional standard equipment for a marginal price increase.
Redesigned inside and out, the Rogue is all-new for 2014. The wheelbase has been stretched just over a half-inch, width and height have increased, and increased volume allows the option of a very snug 3rd-row seat. A new Divide `n Hide Cargo System provides 18 storage variations in 5-passenger models.
Driving Impressions Although the efficiency of the Rogue's 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine has been enhanced for 2014, contributing to improved fuel economy ratings, power continues to be relatively modest compared to some of...... the powerplants available in this class. Acceleration is adequate in ordinary driving, but a little tepid in passing situations and on steep uphills. The Xtronic CVT has artificial steps programmed into its operation, simulating conventional transmission shifts, though there are still hints of CVT wheezing under full throttle. On the other hand, the Rogue's dynamics are a pleasant surprise. Body motion is well controlled, the electric-assist power steering is accurate, with good feedback, and ride quality is supple. SUVs aren't the kind of vehicles that inspire back-road excursions just for the fun of driving, but the 2014 Rogue acquits itself better than many when the pavement gets kinky, and also responds briskly in emergency maneuvers.
AROUND VIEW MONITOR
Ordinarily, keeping your head on a swivel is the best way to maneuver a car in tight confines. Using a series of external cameras to create a composite view of surrounding, the Nissan Rogue's available Around View Monitor lets you see everything, including moving objects – without the swivel.
DIVIDE 'N HIDE CARGO SYSTEM
Securing odds and ends, including groceries, is always a challenge, and the Rogue's new storage option answers the challenge with an ingenious system that can be configured to accommodate all sorts of small to medium cargo. New for 2014, the system provides 18 possible variations. Unfortunately, it's limited to 5-passenger models.
The interior of the 2014 Rogue is typically Nissan, with attractively illuminated instrumentation, quality materials, lots of soft-touch surfaces, and a tempting list of infotainment and connectivity features. The front seats – heated and leather-clad in SL models – are supportive and comfortable. Front-seat legroom and headroom are good for tall drivers, and rear-seat legroom has expanded. Nissan refers to the 3rd-row perch as "occasional seating," and it's very tight. On the other hand, wider rear door openings improve access to the Rogue's nether regions. Storage space is ample and includes a slick new cargo system option in 5-passenger models.Exterior
The Rogue's 2014 makeover extends to its foundations, shared with the Nissan Sentra Sedan. The wheelbase has been lengthened by just over a half-inch, while overall length shrinks by a similar amount, reducing front and rear overhangs. Expanded width plus a taller profile gives the 2014 sportier proportions, while side panel sculpting lends a more sophisticated look. In addition to attractive styling, the 2014 Rogue also represents a significant gain in aerodynamic efficiency, with a coefficient of drag value (Cd) of 0.33 versus 0.36 for the 2013 model, contributing to a significant improvement in EPA fuel economy ratings.
For 2014, the basic Nissan Rogue S includes a multi-information display, 60/40-split rear seatbacks, a handy under-floor storage compartment, and a 4-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio port. SV models add a power-adjustable driver's seat, premium fabric seating surfaces and a 6-speaker audio system with a 5.0-inch full color display and a USB port for portable music systems. A standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel lets you fine tune your driving position even closer to ideal. Standard safety equipment is comparable to most other small SUVs, but not exceptional.
With the majority of its feature content bundled into packages, including an expanded array of electronic safety features, the main individual options available for the 2014 Nissan Rogue are an enlarged panoramic moonroof, 7-passenger seating, Bluetooth, and all-wheel drive. S models offer a Special Edition Package comprised of 16-inch alloy wheels, a mid-grade audio system and a rear backup camera. Available on SV trims, the SL Package includes 18-inch alloys, navigation, a 9-speaker Bose premium audio system, Nissan's exclusive Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, and leather seats.
The 2014 Nissan Rogue is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine matched to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is well-suited for everyday driving. For those who need a vehicle that can tackle a variety of driving conditions and road surfaces, opting for all-wheel drive extracts only a minimal reduction in fuel economy.
170 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/33 mpg (front-wheel drive), 25/32 mpg (AWD)
A base front-wheel-drive 2014 Nissan Rogue S has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $23,350. The pricing ladder includes two more rungs, culminating with the SL ($28,930). Add $1,350 for all-wheel drive with all trim levels. Comparably-equipped Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage models are slightly less expensive, while the 2014 Toyota RAV4 and the 2014 Honda CR-V share a similar pricing structure with the Rogue. Our Fair Purchase Price located at the bottom of this page shows what consumers in your area are paying for their Nissan Rogues, so be sure to give it a look before heading to the dealership. Over time, the Rogue is expected to retain better resale values than the Ford Escape, but lag behind the Tucson, Sportage, RAV4 and CR-V.
By Nicoley on Tuesday, January 27, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 850overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "rear view camera"
Cons: "no push button start, speaker sound quality"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"We traded in our dying 2006 Nissan pathfinder for a 2015 Nissan rogue sv 2wd. When searching for the right rogue we requested metallic blue but the dealership we were purchasing from did not have one so they DROVE one from another dealership. Added 200 miles to the car before it was even purchased. Asked for no special package, but it did have mud guards and pin striping (I didn't even know that was still a thing). I test drove another rogue that was the same model and liked it. I test drove this one and it didn't change my opinion. So we decided to purchase it. We put on 500 miles in two weeks, we live out of the city. I noticed while driving it took a little extra umph to get it up inclines, but nothing I couldn't handle. It sat in the garage all day Friday and Saturday evening me and the family were heading out for some shopping. We back out of the driveway and put the rogue in gear and step on the gas and go nowhere. RPMs don't move past .5. speedometer doesn't go above 5. Turned the car off and back on. Same thing. By this time dealership is closed and they are closed sunday so we call Monday morning and they tow the car to the dealership. Took them 3 days to find out what was wrong and 2 weeks to fix it because of back orders. They had to replaced the entire transmission at 745 miles."
By BobOB on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable seats, LED lights, technology"
Cons: "USB port location"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We purchased the 2013 Infiniti JX and 2012 Nissan Rogue months apart. We purchased the Infiniti because it has an incredible amount of technology. The Rogue was our get around town car. When the 2014 Rogue came out, there were enough significant changes that made it worth trading in the 2012. The changes in the new Rogue are significant and make the car enjoyable to drive. The seats are incredibly comfortable, the styling is very attractive and the enhancements like blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning are a huge plus. A few owners complain that it doesn't have the memory or heated seats, remote engine start, etc. For those features, you need to look at the Murano or Infiniti. For the price point and comparison to its competition, I think Nissan did a fantastic job with this car. I feel this car handles better than the older models. It does get better milage, but not exactly as posted, but still good. There is plenty of power and overall comfort is very good. The only thing I don't like is the USB port being taken out of the center console and moved to outside in below the dash. I liked having the IPod always hooked up and hidden in the console, and now I have to take it out each time I use it. Just don't like items like this exposed when not in use. It would be nice to have a second USB outlet. I still think the Nissan Connect has a ways to go. It was a pain to connect it when we first got the car. After being synced to the BlueTooth system, it took a while to get the applications to react. Something must have changed because it works better now with the same smart phones. I really like the Google search feature. It is so nice to get a map location without having to pull over. Its also nice to find a listing and call the business while driving. I'd rather have these applications available for long trips. Overall, I'm very impressed with the re-design and don't regret trading in the previous model."
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By CK_!23 on Saturday, January 17, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "New infotainment system, premium package"
Cons: "Family package, noise, problems connection phone"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Bought SV with Premium and family Package in October 2014. Since then the car has been to dealer 3-4 times for various defects: 1) Engine noise 2) AC problems 3) Problem with Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System 4) And worse-there is a design defect in adjustment mechanism of third row seat. Adjusting it requires to pull the strap at a particular angle which can cause/aggravate back pain. I contacted Nissan several times but no help from them so far except for standard letter, which states 'Nissan carefully reviewed all the available facts pertaining to you situation. Unfortunately, Nissan is not in a position to repurchase or replace your vehicle at this time'. I do not know what to do-my first Nissan car and I am regretting my decision."
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