Nissan has sold the better part of three-quarter million Rogues since the introduction of the model in 2007. A year ago I wrote a review of the 2013, first generation Rogue, and at that time their sales were up 13% for the year. Now I have been testing a 2014 Rogue, much redesigned, and as I understand it, sales are up again this year to the tune of 14%. That percentage also applies to the fuel efficiency of this new Rogue, and nicely, it is an increase in such, through the employment of a reduced drag coefficient, among other things.
My test Rogue was an SV model, which is the middle offering of Nissan, with cloth interior and no sunroof. It was painted Midnight Jade (green) metallic and the interior was almond. M.S.R.P. of the Rogue was $29,215.00, including the base price of $25,580.00, freight of $860.00, and a number of options. Those included roof rail crossbars ($290.00), carpeted floor mats ($125.00), an SV Premium package ($1,420.00), and an SV Family package ($940.00). Those last two packages included the following: navigation system, 7” touch-screen display, satellite radio, around-view monitor for parking, power liftgate, blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, moving object detection, third row seating for kids only, and run flat tires all around. They were Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus, P225/65R17s, and added road noise to the Rogue at highway speeds.
Power for the Rogue comes from a four-cylinder, 170 horsepower engine with 175 lb. ft. of torque. The all-wheel drive vehicle has an Xtronic CVT (continuously variable) transmission with a sport mode switch and hill start assist. Acceleration is leisurely, but fuel economy is above average for this class of vehicle – 32 mpg highway, 25 mpg city, 28 mpg combined. This 3,600 lb. crossover is, after all, a seven-passenger vehicle. I observed 24.5 mpg with the Rogue in mostly city driving for a week.
The interior of the Nissan is tasteful, with soft surfaces in abundance and a stylish dash and console. The front buckets are power-left and manual-right, pushbutton start is on hand as well as tilt/telescope, folding second/third row seating, backup camera and 6-speaker stereo. Luggage space behind all the seating is 32 cubic ft. Ride is good, not sporty, and guidance, visibility and handling are similar with road noise already addressed in this report.
Styling for 2014 of the Nissan Rogue is an improvement over last year’s offering, and LED daytime running lights adorn the new, bolder front end. The new car is an inch longer, 1.5 inches wider, and an inch taller than the 2013 Rogue. Dressy chrome door handles, deep tint rear windows, and ten-spoke alloy wheels all serve to enhance the look, and devotees of the 2013 Rogue can buy what is called the Rogue Select, a carryover SUV.
Inside, the Rogue probably holds too many people, but customers seem to like the capability to do as much. I have to admit I like the three-row seating, and in fact really liked the Rogue. Its evident to me why it is a top seller (#2 in Nissan’s lineup).