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MSRP: $22,790 - $29,630
Invoice: $21,413 - $27,824
MPG: 26 City / 33 Hwy
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Nissan Rogue Interior

Reviewers like the 2014 Nissan Rogue's new interior styling, as well as its soft-touch materials and padding appointed throughout the cabin. Automotive journalists also love the Rogue's front seats and say they remain comfortable on long drives. Most reviewers suggest skipping the available third row of seats, noting that they are small, flimsy and have limited legroom. Test drivers like the Divide-N-Hide cargo system, which can be adjusted to better hide cargo contents.

  • "Inside, the Rogue's cabin has grown in style and scale with lots more soft-touch surfaces, increased people/storage space and better accommodations in the available S, SV and SL trims." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Nissan points shoppers looking for a $31,000 three-row crossover toward the larger Pathfinder instead; we think it best to avoid the seven-seat Rogue altogether and get yourself a midsize crossover if you really need the extra capacity." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Materials are also excellent. While the Rogue is no high-end luxury car, we think its cabin is an improvement over nearly all its rivals. There's an abundance of padded surfaces and nicely textured plastics, and panel gaps in the Rogue are noticeably smaller than gaps in rival models." -- AutoTrader
  • "Although the exterior changes are minor, the interior takes a big step uptown." -- Car and Driver

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Seating

The 2014 Nissan Rogue seats five and comes standard with cloth seats. Leather-appointed seats and heated front seats are only available on the highest trim. The Rogue is one of the few compact SUVs that’s available with a third-row seat, but reviewers say that it’s cramped and has barely enough space for children. Still, this isn’t an unusual complaint among three-row SUVs. Test drivers say Nissan's "zero gravity" front seats, which are inspired by NASA, are comfortable and supportive. One reviewer says that the front seats remain comfortable even after lengthy trips. Some auto reviewers also say that the Rogue's cabin remains quiet over various road surfaces.

  • "This roomier interior leaves space for an optional third-row seat, which Nissan says is for "occasional use." We say this is an overstatement, as the ridiculously cramped sixth and seventh seats are more like jump seats barely even large enough for kids." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "It is quiet inside, and the ride is comfortable over the varied surfaces on which we drove." -- Car and Driver
  • "The NASA-inspired ‘zero gravity’ front seats are superb and the 40/20/40-split rear seats have padding in all the right places. Even the middle seat is livable." -- Edmunds
  • "The company's ‘zero gravity’ seats are used here, and they're great, especially in the nice leather finish of the SL model. Those front thrones are nice and supportive, too - after a full day of driving, fatigue wasn't an issue, and while driving, you won't find yourself sliding around or wiggling for better support or comfort." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2014 Nissan Rogue include a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a rearview monitor, hands-free text messaging, an auxiliary audio input and a USB port. Optional features include a NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation and a 7.0-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio, push-button start, a six-speaker Bose stereo system, dual-zone automatic climate control and a panoramic moonroof. On higher trims, the Rogue can be equipped with a number of safety features, which include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, moving object detection, blind spot warning and Nissan’s Around View monitor, which combines images from four cameras to give drivers a comprehensive view around the vehicle.

Test drivers are thrilled with the Nissan Rogue's tech amenities, particularly the Around View monitor. It's a favorite feature among reviewers, who say it provides significant help when reversing and parking. Auto writers also love the Rogue's easily accessible controls, which they say help drivers keep their eyes on the road. One automotive journalist appreciates the infotainment system's physical buttons and knobs and says they are easier to use than some competitors' touch-screen systems.

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  • "Compared with the Escape's overcomplicated MyFord Touch system, the Nissan's infotainment interface -- with real buttons and knobs, no less -- is refreshingly accessible and easy-to-use." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Among our favorite gadgets is Nissan's available Around View Monitor. … Better yet, it's now available with a feature called Moving Object Detection, which sounds a chime if there's movement outside the car when reversing. Working together, the two systems effectively eliminate the danger of a tragic back-over accident." -- AutoTrader
  • "Nissan's excellent AroundView Monitor is accessed here, too, and seriously, I cannot stress enough how awesome this system is. Once you've used AroundView to park, you'll never want to use anything else." -- Autoblog
  • "That interior is sensibly laid out, and the buttons and switches respond in the manner you'd expect, taking minimal eye time from the road. … We do love the Around View monitor that gives a bird's-eye view around the car when backing up." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The Rogue has 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats upright and 70 cubic feet of space with them folded, making it one of the roomiest SUVs in the class. Reviewers are fixed on the Rogue's new Divide-N-Hide cargo system. It allows those with two-row models to adjust cargo space into 18 different configurations to keep its contents hidden. Most reviewers agree that it's more useful than traditional cargo nets and dividers, and that the Divide-N-Hide system does a good job of keeping your contents out of sight. One auto writer notes that the Rogue's larger liftgate makes loading and unloading easier.

  • "We're not sure how much owners will use it, but the Rogue has a unique Divide-N-Hide cargo system that lets drivers separate items in the cargo area. It's more substantial and practical than the nets and plastic dividers in rival models." -- AutoTrader
  • "For those vehicles without the rear bench, Nissan offers a helpful shelf system that can be configured for a variety of cargo. It's a bit cleaner than the standard net-and-tether setup and fairly intuitive, though I wonder how many buyers will realize they have the utility at their disposal." -- Road and Track
  • "Also new on five-seaters is the Divide-N-Hide cargo system that, once learned, does a reasonable job of keeping your stuff in the way back in place and/or hidden." -- Car and Driver
  • "Even the loading/unloading functions have been made easier thanks to the large liftgate." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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