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2014 Nissan Rogue

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2014 Nissan Rogue Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2014

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 the Rogue

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.

2014 Nissan Rogue Details
2014 Nissan Rogue photo Interior

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
2014 Nissan Rogue photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

2.5-liter inline-4
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)

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2014 Nissan Rogue Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 84 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Overall, Love this SUV

By on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "MPG, Design, Comfort,"

Cons: "Take off power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This SUV is the perfect size for me. I love its look both inside and outside and the gas milage is excellent! My best so far is ~34MPG. My only complaint is its pick-up-and-go. My old Accord had more take off power! But all in all, I love it! I would not trade it for anything."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Vibration Problems 2016 Nissan Rouge

By on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 179

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
1/10
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Cons: "Vibration issue steering wheel and gas pedal"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I just purchased a 2016 Nissan Rouge. I did not feel the vibration on the test drive because car engine/trans was cold. Driving home from dealer I noticed the vibration in steering wheel and gas pedal. This is consistent at around 1200/1300rpm. I had 12 miles on the odometer when I left the dealer. I now have 179. This vibration is worse. Had it back to dealer 3 times. They finally admitted that it has the vibration but said there was no fix that it is related to the CVT and the overlapping bands?? I called Nissan of America and they assigned a Regional Specialist. I am waiting on the outcome."

15 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Great SUV for Winter Drive, Fuel Economy, Comfort

By on Thursday, December 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fuel Economy, Winter Driving, Comfort, Space"

Cons: "So far none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have the SV AWD trim. After almost a year, I have no major maintenance problems with the Rogue, and I still like it. My main criteria for a SUV are comfort/space, winter driving, safety, fuel economy and good handling. I want to review the Rogue's winter driving ability since I live in Canada where harsh winter and thick snow can be a driver's nightmare. The all-wheel drive Rogue with winter tires handles superbly in feet-high snow and ice. Not once did it get stuck in the snow, or slip dangerously from side to side, and the brakes never lock and stop safely. I feel safe with this car. In snowstorms, to get off of my snow deep driveway and unplowed street, I turned on "AWD Lock", turned on regular mode (turned off Eco mode), turned off "Traction", and then my Rogue just ate the snow and I am on my way. I am totally impressed by the Rogue's winter handling ability. This car is used for my daily commute to work and frequent long trips, so comfort and fuel economy are very important to me. The Rogue fits the bill. The driver's seat with lumbar support is very comfortable and so are the passenger seats. The engine with CVT delivers noticeably on fuel economy. Overall, I am happy with the Rogue."

14 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Good Vehicle

By on Thursday, December 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfort and ease of driving"

Cons: "Blind Spot extremely to large"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I would give this vehicle a better rating but for the blind spots. I have used mirrors, looking over my shoulder, raising myself in the seat to look over my shoulder, raising the seats. None help when attempting to change lanes. There is a massive blind spot in the rear side. It is caused by the high rear seats and the extremely small rear side windows. This has caused me some near misses."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Would be my dream car...if it wasn't in the shop

By on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Appealing design, comfortable, spacious"

Cons: "Poor reliability, poor quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I love this car. I loved it when I bought it and it still looks great. It's tons of fun to drive because of its size, comfort, and looks. But that's about the end of it. I've owned 4 Nissan's now and have been committed to the brand. I'm not so sure after this. In 2 years it's been in the shop about 10 times for various issues other than regular mx. I've had seat brackets replaced that wouldn't stop creeking, various recalls, lights stop working, ac issues, filler cap cracked, and a couple other things. There's also a couple design issues that I don't bother bringing up. For one, the AC blower is useless when compared to the old rogue. That thing could pump some air, this new one is so weak you have to pump it up to full to get good airflow. The "technology package" seems like it was designed in 2010. It barely works properly. The navigation is terrible and often gives bad directions. The Bluetooth apps are terrible and work maybe 25% of the time. I've got two different phones that I've tried regularly and they're just so barely operative with the head unit that more often than not I don't bother using it. The head unit itself randomly crashes and restarts. Sometimes it doesn't come back on right and you have to shut the car off to get it completely reset. The trunk storage under the floor is ridiculously useless. It's about 4" tall which isn't enough to store anything, and there are no dividers or anything to keep things from flying around under there. If I could afford it I would trace it in for just about anything else. I'm not sure if I'll come back to Nissan after this, which is a shame because it's all I've ever driven."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great car, watch for vibrating upon acceleration!

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 850

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "87 gas questionable (noted in manual). 91 better!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased this over a month ago and have less than 1,000 miles on it. Best mileage so far is 32.4, which is great! Averaging 25 in City. I did read reviews regarding a funny sound upon acceleration. When I bought the car it didn't make a sound but once I put gas in it the noise came upon acceleration almost immediately after gassing up. I ended up switching from 87 (noted in manual) to 91 and going to a completely different gas station after the 87 gas ran out. Within a few minutes of using the new and better quality gas the noise appears to be completely gone! The car rides great and it has a wider rear seat than the CX-7 that I got rid of and the CX-5 that I was looking at. I have a high back booster and regular car seat in the back with room for another person to sit in back which I did not have with the CX-7. Also, I really like the trunk and the way it can be divided into different sections for grocery shopping and privacy. Overall, I really like my car and I'm glad I purchased it. As far as comfort, since I'm under 5 ft tall my right knee usually hits the dash when I get into the car because the dash sits a tad lower and my seat is all the way forward... Short people problems."

23 people out of 32 found this review helpful

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