- Completely redesigned for 2014
- New optional third row of seats
- New styling inside and out, much improved fuel economy
Nissan’s compact crossover, the 2014 Rogue, gets a much needed redesign that brings new exterior styling and an upgraded interior with new technology and better materials.
The Rogue had fallen behind the times after much of the competition including the Toyota RAV4 and the Ford Escape were both redesigned in 2013. However, the new, updated Rogue is now better equipped to do battle in this hotly contested segment. It is both wider and taller than the previous Rogue, which allows the addition of an optional third-row which can push seating capacity to seven. The Rogue’s second row can slide forward and back 9-inches, which gives it flexibility and extra room for either second- or third-row passengers when needed.
The exterior styling is similar to that found on the larger Pathfinder, with a new v-shaped front grille that replaces the honeycombed look of the previous Rogue. It is also less curvy, with a sculpted hood and sharper lines, especially in the rear. 17-inch steel wheels are standard, while higher trim levels get 17- and 18-inch alloys. New LED daytime running lights line the bottom of the headlight clusters.
Under the hood, the Rogue keeps the same dependable 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which outputs 170-hp and 175 pounds-feet of torque through a CVT. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Though the engine and transmission options are the same, mechanical changes have been made which makes the CVT 10-percent more efficient. Overall, the new Rogue has an 18-percent improvement in highway fuel economy versus last year’s model. Front-wheel drive Rogue models return 26/33 mpg city/highway, which is best in class (AWD models get 25/32 mpg).
Inside, the 2014 Rogue welcomes a new interior layout and plenty of new technology. Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, USB port, and steering-wheel mounted audio controls are standard. Newly available is NissanConnect, which integrate apps like Pandora internet radio and Google search results. The second-row is split 40/20/40, which aids cargo flexibility. The Rogue has 39.3 cubic feet of storage behind the second-row which bests both the Escape and RAV4.
The Rogue also welcomes plenty of optional safety technology, including blind spot warning, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and Nissan’s very cool Around View Monitor system. The Around View Monitor uses cameras located around the exterior of the Rogue to display a top-down view of the car in the center console, which makes maneuvering the Rogue in tight spaces easier and safer.