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MSRP: $22,490 - $29,420
Invoice: $21,132 - $27,628
MPG: 26 City / 33 Hwy
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Nissan Rogue Review

The 2014 Nissan Rogue ranks 5 out of 22 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Rogue, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Reviewers say the redesigned Nissan Rogue has ample cargo space, great fuel economy and a polished cabin, but its powertrain could be more refined.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that some reviewers say offers adequate power and decent acceleration. However, others write that the 2014 Rogue could use a bit more power. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard, and receives criticism from reviewers, who say that while it performs better at faster speeds, it can be excessively noisy, and it transmits vibrations into the cabin. While critics aren't fond of the CVT, many note that it helps the Rouge earn excellent fuel economy for the class. Nissan says it expects the Rogue to get up to 26/33 mpg city/highway. When it comes to the Rogue's handling, some reviewers say that you can get better driving dynamics with a competitor like the Ford Escape. However, they say the Rogue offers a more comfortable ride than rivals like the Chevrolet Equinox and Toyota RAV4. Test drivers like the Rouge's strong brakes and say its steering is well-weighted, but numb.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue is the one of the few compact SUVs that seats up to seven when equipped with an available third-row seat. The Nissan Rogue's front seats get high marks from reviewers who say its zero-gravity technology reduces fatigue and maintains comfort. Still, critics say the optional third row is too small for most adults and children, and some write that buyers in need of a third row should consider a midsize SUV like the Nissan Pathfinder. Test drivers are pleased with the Rogue's ample cargo space and its Divide-N-Hide cargo system, which is ideal for concealing items in the cargo hold. The Rogue also receives praise for its redesigned interior, which includes soft-touch materials and high-tech features. They like the Rogue's physical buttons and knobs, noting that they are large and easy to access. The Rogue comes standard with a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, hands-free text messaging, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port. Optional features include navigation, push-button start, a nine-speaker Bose stereo system, dual-zone automatic climate control and a panoramic moonroof. Nissan’s Around View monitor is also available, and is one of test drivers' favorite optional features. The monitor combines images from four cameras to give drivers a comprehensive view around the vehicle, and auto writers say it provides a great view around the Rogue when parking.

  • "It's easy to say the latest Nissan Rogue is in the running for our favorite compact crossover, but that doesn't mean it's perfect." -- AutoTrader
  • "If you like the idea of a sporty compact SUV, the 2014 Nissan Rogue isn't for you. Try the 2014 Ford Escape instead. The Rogue is all about no-fuss transportation from A to B, and it delivers on that promise as well as anything in the class. In the process it offers flawless usability, competitive mileage numbers and a first-rate interior. In other words, it does all the things a compact crossover should. Oh, and it doesn't look half-bad either." -- Edmunds
  • "It doesn't completely rewrite the compact crossover formula, but it doesn't need to. Everything the Rogue does, it does well, and it's a far better offering than the model it replaces. There isn't anything to get particularly excited about here, but all in, the Rogue is a competent and relatively enjoyable offering in this incredibly competitive class. And that, folks, is just fine." -- Autoblog
  • "Nissan has finally given the Rogue the teeth it needs to be competitive in the face of segment giants like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. For 2014, the Rogue brings an all-new exterior design, a more refined cabin, and a spate of tech wizardry to the fight. It's enough to move the CUV from back-of-the-pack obscurity to the front of the class." -- Road and Track

Other SUVs to Consider

Test drivers say the GMC Terrain offers a remarkably quiet, serene ride. They also love the Terrain’s upscale interior, which is appointed with numerous standard tech features, including a rearview camera, Bluetooth and satellite radio.

If you're looking for a compact SUV with great handling and a spacious back seat, test drivers say the Ford Escape will likely suit your needs. Reviewers also love the Escape's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which they say provides plenty of power for highway passing and merging.

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Details: 2014 Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is fully resigned for 2014 and is available in three trims: S, SV and SL. A version of the 2013 model, known as the Nissan Rogue Select, continues to be sold alongside the redesigned Rogue for the 2014 model year. The Rogue seats up to seven and has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional on all trims.

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Review Last Updated: 4/16/14

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