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 JIMILEE on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Value for price"
Cons: "None so far."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great mid sized SUV. I'm over 6' with a large build and am very comfortable driving this vehicle. The third row seat is comfortable for small children. Was able to travel with my son, his wife and three small kiddies. Great pep for a 2.5 engine. Nice audio system for standard stock. The SV has the back up camera and push button start and smart entry key system. The LED lighting is really cool. Exceptional ride for a smaller SUV. The ride is very smooth on the interstate and the car does not struggle at 75 MPH> This is my third Nissan and I'm very satisfied."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By car guy on Monday, February 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "360 camera, unique,everything enhances,total>sum"
Cons: "none uncovered"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I needed to replace 2000 A6,and started looking at options since May. There really wasn't much to get excited over cx5, forester and crv were 30k to get a pkg that was comfortable. Then came Rogue,that delivers the goods in all areas,style,economy,4WD,engine/cvt drive train,tech,comfort,inovation,safety,and value. So glad I waited. This is a grand slam,so get ready to see a lot of them on the road. Look at the others or save the time, the Rogue can't loose."
7 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Migatron on Sunday, February 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 350overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Attractive in and out, versatile, amazing tech!!"
Cons: "Tad underpowered, noisy cvt, embarrassing horn"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"As a father with two young children, I needed something that was functional, but not devoid of style. I hadn't even considered the Rogue as the outgoing model was fugly and boring. While researching a Mazda CX5 (my first choice) I noticed a Rogue ad and was intrigued enough to give it a test drive. My first impression was WOW! What an improvement over the old model! The exterior looks more like a Lexus or a much more expensive SUV (plus its not as girly looking as many others), and the interior was incredibly well done. Slightly understated, but very functional and attractive and not at all gaudy like the '08-13 model. It all felt much larger than its class as well. For me the features for the price put this well above any CUV in my price range. I ended up getting the SV model with AWD (Michigan winters) and the premium package which comes with nav, power liftgate, and a slew of awesome safety tech like the aroundview 4 camera monitor, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warnings, and moving object detection. Having kids, these features give piece of mind which is priceless. I also love the amount of storage and possible configurations of the divide n hide storage system and folding seats for trips to Home Depot. As for actual driving, I had to take it down a couple points for power. I am more of a utilitarian guy, so I don't need a racecar, but the acceleration and the cvt leave a bit to be desired. This can be slightly improved by switching into sport mode, which I have found useful for highway merging. The tranny also is a bit noisy but nothing that I can't overlook. The mileage is great, although I'm not getting nearly what was advertised. If I keep it consistent around 50 mph, I can easily get mid 30s mpg, but throw in some hills and stops and it quickly drops to mid 20s. Also highway speeds seem to drop it to high 20s. Overall with 2/3 highway and 1/3 city driving I am getting around 25 mpg which is a little disappointing but acceptable. The actual handling of the vehicle is great though. The feedback is outstanding and the ride is smooth and very quiet (other than the cvt noise). The awd is also very well done. It is all time awd and only kicks in power to the rear when needed. There is also a button that provides 50/50 power distribution when needed on ice or deep snow, but is reserved for speeds under 20 Mph. So far it seems like a beast in the snow, and I have had no problems whatsoever. Being a bit of a tech geek, this car is leaps and bounds above any vehicle I have ever seen. The large 7" nav screen is bright and attractive and is one of the best nav systems I have seen. It also synchs with my iphone and allows Bluetooth phone, email, and text reading as well as music streaming and contact importing. You can also use Facebook on it if you're into that sort of thing. There is also a slick driver info center between the tach and speedometer which is incredible. It shows you colored overlays of thing like tire pressure monitoring, real time and accumulated mpg's, front and rear awd power distribution, turn by turn nav, and driving aid feedback. It just takes the vehicle to another level. The led running lights are also really cool and ad some nice road presence. There is also a button cluster down and to the left of the steering wheel that has options for your awd, sport mode for better acceleration, and hill assist features. This vehicle really has no shortage of wow features if you are not used to driving a Lexus or Mercedes. Overall the only negatives I can come up with are the lack of power and the slightly noisy cvt. Also in a weird design decision, Nissan apparently selected a horn from a small European microcar. I am too embarrassed to honk at people so I switched to putting down the window and yelling obscenities instead;). I had to leave off reliability ratings since I have only owned for a week, but as of right now I would highly recommend this to anyone. If you are into high tech, safety conscious, attractive (inside and out), fun to drive awd vehicles that give outstanding bang for the buck, you can't go wrong here!!!"
18 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Kunal on Friday, January 31, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 400overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Everything is good"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought and fully loaded SL a car couple of weeks ago and I am loving it. It has a very smooth transmission. Its easy to ride and has a good grip on road. I am yet to explore a lot in this car but as of now I am enjoying every bit of it. On my last trip, i got my best MPG as 32.9, that also when I was driving at a speed of 50 miles per hour."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By kombaiah on Thursday, January 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "FUN TO LONG DRIVE"
Cons: "NO Cup holders in back seat passengers,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"1-when i bought a car after there days one big sound coming from my A/C. 2-INTERIOR finishing not good 3-When you driving above 6O MILES speed big noise coming from outside. 4-cold time my fuel tank open switch not working.(in my 2009 rogue fuel tank open was manual,so manual fuel tank opener is best) 5-GPS-Worthless(When i traveled from florida to tennessee ,i used one more GPS . 6-When u traveling night time the GPS SCREEN DISPLAY VERY DISTURBED. 7-WHEN rainy time my blind spot warning light does not working properly. 8-static electricity created from car seat,when i off the engine,and opened door,i touch the door,then one time electric shock from my door,i don't feel my 2009 ROUGE MODEL. 9-only one positive i travelled 850 mile continuously 12 hours driving-its great."
5 people out of 23 found this review helpful
By Richard on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,900overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks, driving & handling qualities, fit & finish."
Cons: "Fuel efficiency, distracting noise."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"A solid vehicle with many outstanding features. Particularly like looks, driving & handling, interior displays, and fit & finish, both inside & outside. Car seems a bit underpowered and not at all sprightly, but performs well at highway speeds. Mine had an unusual noise in right side that has only been partially removed. Also, EPA fuel efficiency ratings of 25/28/32 for city/combined/highway are substantially above car performance, so far. I am getting about 24.5 mpg for mostly highway driving. Also, had trouble getting information on AWD system. Dealer information incomplete and User's Manual almost no help. Nissan Consumer Affairs finally provided better information, but still have unanswered questions. Overall, I like the vehicle and am still trying to figure out all the high tech stuff that came on it."
39 people out of 45 found this review helpful