2015 Rogue New Car Test Drive
The 2014 Nissan Rogue marks the debut of the second generation of this compact crossover that seats five (or seven with an optional third row). Based on a car platform, the 2014 Nissan Rogue is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The 2014 Nissan Rogue was redesigned from the ground up, starting with a new, global platform. Dimensions have been slightly tweaked: the 2014 Rogue is an inch-and-a-half wider, and rides on a wheelbase about a half-inch longer. And although the overall length is about an inch shorter, Nissan has done a good job reconfiguring the Rogue's space to eke out slightly more head, leg room and hip room over its predecessor.
Previously only available as a five-seater, the 2014 Rogue offers optional third-row seating, which brings maximum capacity to seven. However, the third-row seats are small and cramped, suitable only for small children or for carrying adults short distances in a pinch. The second row is quite comfortable, and now has the ability to slide and recline.
While the previous Rogue fell short when it came to cargo space, the 2014 Rogue is much improved. The 2014 Rogue offers a maximum of 70.0 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down, much more than the previous generation. With all seats in place, the five-seat Rogue offers 32 cubic feet of cargo capacity, more than what's found in the Chevrolet Equinox and only slightly less than that of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. The seven-seat Rogue has just 9.4 cubic feet of cargo space available when all three rows of seats are in place.
Utility in the Rogue is enhanced by numerous convenient storage features, including an oversized glove compartment, a large center console and a variety of cupholders and cubbies.
All Rogue models use the same four-cylinder engine and CVT. Carrying over from the previous Rogue is Nissan's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, with some minor tweaks for 2014 for improved efficiency. It's paired with an updated Continuously Variable Transmission, or CVT, which Nissan claims is 10 percent more fuel-efficient than the previous iteration.
Behind the wheel, the Rogue offers carlike ride and handling. We think it's one of the better handling small SUVs. Ride quality is improved over the previous generation, and the 2014 Rogue is quieter, although we noticed moderate tire noise.
Towing capacity on the 2014 Nissan Rogue is now 1,000 pounds, down from 1,500 on the previous generation vehicle, both small numbers. If towing is one of your requirements, we'd suggest you look elsewhere. With relatively low ground clearance, the Rogue is not suited for off-roading. However, if you're looking for an agile, roomy small crossover with good handling and configurable cargo space, the Rogue is a solid choice.
Smartphone connectivity is available via the NissanConnect app, which allows users to access their phone's data, stream audio, use social media with compatible devices. Other technology includes optional safety features like blind spot detection, lane departure warning and moving object detection.
In addition to a redesigned exterior and interior, a new platform lies underneath the Rogue's swoopy panels (known as the Common Module Family architecture, or CMF). For the first time, the Nissan Rogue will be built in the U.S., with vehicles rolling out of Nissan's assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Previous models were assembled in Japan.
Fuel economy for the 2014 Nissan Rogue is also improved, with EPA ratings of 26/33 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive, 25/32 mpg City/Highway with all-wheel drive.
Competitors to the 2014 Nissan Rogue include compact crossovers Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Toyota RAV4.
The 2014 Nissan Rogue comes in three trim levels: S, SV and SL. (All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices. The dealer sets the price. MSRPs are subject to change without notice, and do not include $860 for destination and handling.)
Rogue S ($22,790) comes with manual air conditioning, cloth upholstery, tilt steering wheel with multifunction controls, six-way manually adjustable front seats, cruise control, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, a 4-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary audio ports, a 40/20/40 split-folding reclining second-row seat with center pass-through, trip computer, rearview monitor and 16-inch steel wheels with covers. Rogue S AWD ($23,840) adds all-wheel drive. The Rogue S Family Package ($1,190) adds a third row seat, privacy glass and run-flat tires.
Rogue SV ($24,490) and Rogue SV AWD ($25,840) upgrade to dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded cloth upholstery, power driver seat, fold-flat front passenger seat and add a 6-way power driver's seat with lumbar, pushbutton start, a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio capability, Bluetooth, the NissanConnect interface, automatic headlights, roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels. The SV Premium package ($1,420) adds navigation with voice recognition, an upgraded 7-inch color touchscreen, the NissanConnect interface, 360-degree camera, power liftgate, heated outside mirrors, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and moving object detection. The Family Package ($940) adds the third-row bench and run-flat tires.
Rogue SL ($28,280) and Rogue SL AWD ($29,630) upgrade to leather upholstery and add heated front seats, a Bose 9-speaker audio system, a larger touchscreen with navigation, 360-degree camera, a power liftgate, heated outside mirrors and fog lights. The SL Premium Package ($1,990) adds a power panoramic moonroof, LED headlights with auto-leveling feature, forward collision warning, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and moving object detection. Third-row seating is not available on SL trims.
Safety features standard on all models include dual front airbags, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, roof-mounted side curtain airbags, ABS with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution (EBD), traction control and electronic stability control.