2014 Nissan Rogue Expert Review

Editor's Overview

Having climbed from its 2008 debut to number two on Nissan’s sales charts, the Rogue is all-new for 2014. It’s the only compact SUV with a standard CVT, and it continues to offer an extensive array of tech features such as an available 360-degree Around View Monitor. But the biggest news is the addition of a 3rd-row seat option.

You'll Like The 2014 Nissan Rogue 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.

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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

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.

Interior Features

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 Features

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.

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.

Pricing Notes

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.

Notable 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.

Notable Options

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.

Favorite Features

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.

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)

Editors' Notes

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.

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Perfect for a college student!

2014 Nissan Rogue

This car is really good for a college student. Its short enough to easily park parallel, but long enough to be a five seat vehicle with storage. The backup camera is a very nice feature, and allows for smoother parking. The pairing with your phone is also very helpful, especially with curbing distracted driving, and the fact that it has a USB port has been a life saver. There is ample space in the trunk, and it also has the ability to lay down the middle seats for extra storage for when you are trying to move big loads. It does not have the smoothest ride, but that could also just be the tires that I have on it, and the ac automatically turns on whenever you turn on the air. I very much like the cloth seats better than leather seats, specifically since you are not able to burn yourself on the seats in the summer. Since it is a shorter car, leg room in the back row is slightly compromised, but the car still allows for a comfortable ride. I know that my passengers especially enjoy having an air vent in the back row so that no one gets too hot or cold throughout the ride. Speaking from a college student view, this car is perfect. It's just big enough to transport your friends, or lots of items, and it's small enough so that you do not feel overwhelmed when it is just you in the car singing along to the radio.

- Samantha I

Family friendly car or just a mere car that isn't what it seems.

2014 Nissan Rogue S

It does not have a lot of room in the back seat for the kids, the seats do not lay flat when laid down it's slightly inclined cup holders in the back get stuck, now the car gets really good gas mileage and it rides really smooth, the features are very standard, CD player with an auxiliary port, adapter port for a really old iPod it has two ports to plug in chargers for your phone. Oh another issue is storage not a lot of places to store things you have your center console the glove box and two pouches in the back that are located on the seat one on each of them. The back hatch is pretty spacious however if your going grocery shopping and have something else back there you may want to take it out if you intend on it being a relatively larger grocery trip.

- Cassandra K

Medium size ban, with decent gas mileage. Comfortable but not a luxury.

2014 Nissan Rogue S

Problems: maintenance stays on. Needed to get my brakes and oil replaced, no light on the dashboard indicated this. Replaced both, also replaced tires, put air in a few to balance. No removal of the lights. My headlight on the left side is currently blinking faster than the right. Unsure of what to do. Also dislike the face that the back seat of my car does not have the head rest you can push up. So not sure of what car seat mirror to buy for my baby. Performance: with the exception of what is stated above, my car runs well. Great gas mileage. No grand problems. Car has never overheated, never broke down. Reliability: see above. Comfort: soft seats, CD player, bluetooth wireless for phone. Nice speakers. Okay leg room. Not to big of a car thank god.

- Ashley L

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