SUM UP (3 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Rogue in 2014

The redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue is now available with a host of tech and convenience features, including a seven-passenger configuration, NissanConnect with Navigation and smartphone intergration, Around View Monitor, blind spot warning, and lane departure warning...
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Vehicle Overview

The 2014 Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover slotting above the subcompact Juke and below the midsize Murano and larger Pathfinder in Nissan’s lineup. It is sold in S, SV and SL grades in front- and all-wheel drive configurations.

Summary

The 2014 Nissan Rogue’s 2.5-liter I-4 making 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque carries over from the previous generation but it’s not paired to an updated continuously variable transmission (CVT). As a result, it is now one of the most fuel-efficient compact crossovers in the US with EPA rating front-drive models at 26/33 mpg city/highway and 25/32 mpg with all-wheel drive. On the road, the Rogue handles well for a tall crossover with “controlled body motions, well-weighted steering, and nicely tuned brake feel.” Additionally, it’s “ride was composed and surprisingly firm,” which makes it feel “buttoned-down.” However, the Rogue’s refinement is lacking with a coarse-sounding powertrain despite the well-tuned CVT.

Increased interior space means the 2014 Rogue is an ideal family vehicle for those looking at compact crossovers. It offers an impressive 70 cubic feet of maximum space with the rear seats folded while the “Divide and Hide” floor expands its cargo-carrying capabilities with the availability to create extra underfloor storage. Passenger space for five is ample but the third row is cramped and has limited usability. Tech features include a new navigation system with NissanConnect smartphone integration, Around View Monitor, panoramic moonroof, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system available as part of packages or standard in the SL grade.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue has a four-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, earning a good score in all of its tests (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2014 Nissan Rogue is a highly competitive entry in the compact crossover segment with many available premium features and impressive fuel economy. It is an ideal family vehicle due to its generous space and user-friendly cabin with straightforward infotainment controls and generous standard features, including Bluetooth connectivity. In a 2013 First Drive review, we said that the Rogue’s cabin is “bigger in nearly every interior dimension despite its unchanged exterior footprint,” improving its practicality and ability to carry passenger or haul cargo. However, in the same review, we noted that despite a smooth and well-tuned CVT, the powertrain is unrefined because the “coarse 2.5 liter four-cylinder still produces an unpleasant racket under hard acceleration.” Additionally, the conservative exterior styling is not up to par with some competitors despite being a new generation with its “inoffensive, contoured lines that take inspiration from the larger Pathfinder.”

You’ll Like

  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Spacious cabin
  • User-friendly infotainment system

You Won’t Like

  • Unrefined powertrain
  • Small third row
  • Conservative exterior styling

Key Competitors

  • Honda CR-V
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Kia Sportage
  • Ford Escape
  • Mazda CX-5

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