I did considerable research, and kept coming back to the Rogue to meet my needs. After several weeks of ownership this car has exceeded my expectations. The SL is very luxurious and feature laden. Essentially everything seems to be well executed. And the performance is just fine - much better than I expected after reading some of the reviews. This is a great vehicle for its purpose.
The 360 degree top-view camera. I have not seen anything like this anywhere else. Also I really like the tactile feel of the leather steering wheel and seats. Rear seat space is surprisingly good.
The heated seat settings are too low, the high should be the low setting, it is barely noticeable.
We leased a Rogue in 2009, and again in 2012. We turned the 2012 Rogue in early and leased a new 2014 recently. We enjoyed the earlier Rogues but find this new one to offer features that will be to our benefit.
The 2014 Rogue seems to have more cargo space and more interior comfort. Gone is some of the road noise we did experience with previous Rogues. The new design seem to offer more cargo space, which will come in handy. I also notice more head space when entering the driver's seat. The center console with cup holders in the rear seat area in helpful, as is the ability to somewhat recline the rear seats. The backup camera was improved greatly. The previous camera was dark in the daylight, needed a backlight. This one is super clear and bright.
Not impressed with the new tiny little map lights. The cargo light in the rear, needs to be on the overhead, directly over the cargo, rather than in the lower right as it is now. The light that is low, near the cargo deck, will be covered with items and will be rendered useless. The addition of the cargo tie down on the center overhead in the cargo area, is where the light should be located and it should come on when the rear hatch is raised. The cargo light located on the cargo deck is a poor design.
Did a lot of research and picked the Rogue in Midnight Jade. Surprised every 3rd car on the road isnt 1. Ive found 4 distinct driving modes. The put it in drive and go mode, the Low mode- for slow, bad conditions driving, sport mode-yahoo. when I get it broke in Ill b using almost exclusively. Last is turning off the OD or over-drive. Great for going up hills. I dont have to worry about mph, live close to work, so when the motor is broke in...sport mode! The active trace- inside wheels brake slightly is nice. But the birdseye-view camera is awesome, better than I thought. I feel if I didnt get a lemon, ill be raving about this car for years......update.... It's been over 18 months now and I love it just as much as I did when I bought it. Goes to show, do your research. If the Rogue had an extra 100HP, this would be the perfect vehicle.
Bought AWD SL 2014 Rogue in Apr 14. Only 4800 mils on it but havebeen to dealer two times due to auto AC problems. Dealer replaced seal on one visit but AC still not efficient. Seems to take forever to switch from recirc air to outside air in a relatively mild climate (Maryland). Dealer said AC working properly during last visit - if that's the case then AC is poorly sized for this vehicle. Had several other vehicles witn Auto AC and never had this problem - it was basically set-and-forget. Latest problem is cool air comes out of driver side vents but warm outside air out of passenger side with both sides set at 72 deg. Going back to dealer again.
Styling, technology, and lights
Needs better Air Conditioning.
Current Auto AC, if it is proven to be functioning properly, is inefficient even in mild weather.
Also "AC On" light is not always illuminated when AC is running (i.e, During cabin heating AC could be on even though the AC light is off) - dealer says this is to dehumidify incoming air.
Don't like this setup since you feel cool air coming from vents when you are trying to heat interior.