The 2014 Nissan Rogue appears poised to shed its perennial dark horse ranking in the compact SUV market by way of its most recent redesign. In some ways more mainstream than any version of the Rogue to have come before it, the 2014 model addresses some of the older model's shortcomings while at the same time advancing into new territory that will help it appeal to a new range of buyers. Nissan has also been careful to price the 2014 Rogue to remain competitive with the same set of rivals it attempts to leap-frog with its fresh platform.
Let's take a quick look at 10 things you need to know about the 2014 Nissan Rogue.
01. The 2014 Nissan Rogue Has Been Redesigned
The 2014 Nissan Rogue rides on a new chassis, and it comes packing a more aerodynamic look that the older edition of this compact SUV. The Nissan Rogue is now 10 percent slipperier in a wind tunnel than it was the year, and the Japanese automaker has been careful to make sure that the people mover hasn't grown too much in any dimension in its quest to become more practical. In fact, the 2014 Rogue checks in as just a little bit shorter than it was in 2013, helping to keep its weight in check. A fresh front fascia brings the Rogue more in line with current Nissan stable mates like the Altima and the Sentra, and its greenhouse is reminiscent of that found on the much larger Nissan Pathfinder SUV.
02. The 2014 Nissan Rogue Now Offers Three Rows Of Seating
Despite being not as long as last year's model, the 2014 Nissan Rogue has been given the option of a third row of seating for the very first time. Lest you think that this means the Nissan Rogue's interior must be inexcusably cramped, the company has done a much better job of maximizing interior space. This includes a second row of accommodations that can slide backward and forward as much as nine inches in order to create the most comfortable arrangement when the vehicle is loaded with its full complement of seven passengers. The Rogue is also wider and taller than before, which means that no one is bumping their heads on the ceiling in the back row.
03. The 2014 Nissan Rogue Delivers Much More Cargo Space
Last year, the most gear you could stuff into the Nissan Rogue - even with the rear seats folded forward - was 59.7 cubic feet. Thanks to the same interior management that has given the 2014 Nissan Rogue access to a third row of seating, the available cargo room offered by the compact SUV has blossomed to 70 cubic feet, which puts it more in line with competitors from Ford, Toyota, and Honda. It also helps to differentiate the Nissan Rogue from the compact hatchbacks that came very close to duplicating the 2013 edition's practicality in a smaller package.
04. The 2014 Nissan Rogue Maintains Four-Cylinder Power
The 2014 Nissan Rogue continues to offer a four-cylinder engine as its only available power plant. It's actually the same 2.5-liter, four-cylinder mill that was offered the year before. The only aspect of the Nissan Rogue that has not been redesigned for 2014, this unit produces 170 horses and 175 lb-ft of torque, which is about average for its segment. If there's one thing missing from this year's Rogue, it's the lack of a turbocharged four-banger or six-cylinder option to please those who are looking for a little more excitement from their compact SUV.
05. The 2014 Nissan Rogue Offers Available All-Wheel Drive
The 2014 Nissan Rogue provides buyers with the choice between an all-wheel drive system or a front-wheel drive setup, with the latter being standard. Although the Nissan Rogue's all-wheel drive option provides better grip on slippery roads, it shouldn't be mistaken for an off-road-ready system. The Rogue lacks low-range gearing, a rugged suspension system, or the kind of ground clearance that can handle anything other than the occasional rutted trail or snow drift. That's perfectly fine with the Nissan crossover's target demographic, which is most likely completely uninterested in exploring the great outdoors from behind the wheel of the Rogue.
06. The 2014 Nissan Rogue Is Now More Fuel Efficient
Despite the fact that the 2014 Nissan Rogue carries forward last year's engine, the vehicle manages to post fuel mileage that is a whopping 18 percent better than it was in 2013. The Nissan Rogue now delivers 26-mpg in stop and go driving and 33-mpg on the highway, an excellent performance for a seven-passenger vehicle. How is this possible? Nissan claims that the secret lies within the guts of the continuously-variable automatic transmission that is standard with each and every version of the SUV. The CVT is a next-generation unit from Nissan that stands as the backbone of the brand's fuel-saving strategy across almost its entire lineup.
07. The 2014 Nissan Rogue Comes In Three Trim Levels
The 2014 Nissan Rogue starts out in S trim, which offers the NissanConnect hands-free smartphone interface, a rearview camera, a cargo management system, air conditioning, power door locks and windows, keyless entry, and cruise control. The Nissan Rogue SV upgrades to a power driver's seat, a push button ignition, dual automatic climate control, and 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Rogue SL introduces 18-inch rims, a navigation system, Nissan's Around-View top-down camera system, heated leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. The SL edition also provides a louder stereo system that comes with a satellite radio receiver.
08. The 2014 Nissan Rogue Features Several Options Packages
The 2014 Nissan Rogue can be customized by way of a number of options packages. The Nissan Rogue S and SV are eligible for the Family package, which provides a third row of seating along with tinted glass and run-flat tires (due to the necessary deletion of the spare tire well). The SV trim is eligible for the Moonroof package, which installs a panoramic roof, as well as the Premium package (navigation, Around View, active safety gear, power liftgate). The SL gets its own version of the Premium package, including an even higher spec of safety gear, plus a moonroof and LED headlights.
09. The 2014 Nissan Rogue Introduces Several Advanced Safety Technologies
Aside from its new look, better fuel mileage, and roomier interior, some of the most interesting changes that have been made to the 2014 Nissan Rogue can be found in the safety department. Specifically, the Rogue can now be had with a forward collision warning system as well as a moving object detection system, each of which works to detect a potential impact before it occurs and warn the driver that there is something in the vehicle's path. The Nissan Rogue can also be ordered with a lane departure warning system as well as a blind spot warning system, giving it a leg-up over the 2013 edition of the SUV in terms of active safety.
10. The 2014 Nissan Rogue Competes Hard Against Toyota And Honda
10. The 2014 Nissan Rogue Competes Hard Against Toyota And Honda
The 2014 Nissan Rogue has clearly been designed to meet segment leaders like the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V head-on. With a starting price of $22,490, the Nissan Rogue is only a touch more expensive than the year before but still a bit cheaper than either of its rivals. The Rogue also brings third row seating to the party at the same time as the Toyota leaves that particular option behind, giving Nissan the potential to scoop up customers who can't live without the ability to haul up to seven passengers in a pinch.