2014 Nissan Rogue – Review and Test Drive

By Jeremy Del Nero on 17 January 2014
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If somebody had told me that I might need air conditioning on a drive in late October, I’d have taken it as a joke.  But that was before I knew that, the day before Halloween, I would be behind the wheel of a 2014 Nissan Rogue, enjoying the picturesque parkways that run through the mountains surrounding Nashville, Tennessee.

Given that the previous-generation Rogue failed to impress me with its (ahem…) interesting design, I was less than enthusiastic about driving its progeny.  But my disinterest was perhaps a bit premature, and they say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.  The 2014 Rogue did, after all, receive a facelift in addition to numerous other enhancements.

The newer design makes the 2014 Rogue much more mainstream – it looks a little less than a pair of axles with some car parts thrown in between and much more like a normal car.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue is equipped with a 2.5-liter 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine that develops 170 horsepower and supplies 175 pound-feet of torque.  Available in six trim levels, S, SV, or SL, as front- or all-wheel drive options, all models get the same engine with Nissan’s CVT (continuously-variable) transmission.  Front-wheel drive models achieve an estimated 26 mpg (9.05 l/100 km) in the city, 33 mpg (7.13) on the highway and 28 mpg (8.4) combined, while all wheel drive models return just a smidge less at 25, 32, and 28 mpg (9.4, 7.35, 8.4) respectively.

The Rogue fits snugly into the crossover market, blurring the line between a small commuter car and a utility vehicle.  It can seat seven people comfortably or one can swap out the optional last row of seats for a truly impressive amount of cargo space.  Nissan introduced a new compartmentalized trunk that makes it easy to separate and organize a variety of items.

Inside and out, the Rogue looks and feels like a family car; I could almost envision a parent dropping off a daughter at soccer practice, picking up another child from an after-school club, and stopping at the mall on the way home, all in a brand new Rogue.

Nissan offers a variety of options and upgrades, such as Around View Monitor – a system of cameras that provides an overhead view of the car on the monitor–, dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated seats, and Nissan’s navigation system.  Other features, such as Nissan Connect, the car’s entertainment hub, and RearView monitor, a camera that activates when selecting reverse gear, are furnished part of the standard package.  Nissan Connect proved to be a useful and easy-to-use system that allowed me to pair my smartphone via Bluetooth to the console and stream media or make mobile calls.

At Nissan’s launch event for the Rogue, my driving partner and I were given a fully-optioned 2014 Rogue SL to take for a spin in the mountains.

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