August 19, 2014
Normally I'm not a big fan of stuffing multiple features onto one part, but the visor clip in our 2014 Nissan Rogue isn't a problem. In fact, it's actually quite handy.
August 18, 2014
I don't know if I have particularly bony elbows or what my problem is (don't answer that last question) but I pay special attention to armrests, both door and center, and how well-padded they are.
I absolutely can't stand it when I get into a car and there's either near-zero padding or your elbow falls readily onto a piece of plastic trim.
So: how are the armrests in the 2014 Nissan Rogue?
August 15, 2014
As Executive Editor Ed Hellwig pointed out earlier this year, our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue's climate control system offers rear vents for backseat passengers. However, we've found that the vents do little to increase the comfort of the rear seat riders during the hot summer months.
August 14, 2014
Here it is: our celebratory 10,000-mile photo of the 2014 Nissan Rogue brought to you 92 miles late. The pic is late because the odo clicked to five digits while I was southbound on the 405 freeway, headed to San Diego.
August 13, 2014
Blame it on Road Test Assistant Cameron Rogers. He's the one who initially thought the door was broken, not knowing some power function had been eliminated because someone had turned the main power switch to "off." I'm into blamestorming.
The reason Nissan gave us for the purpose of this main power button had to do with the "distraction" of the exterior power hatch button related to kids. Put in non-politically-correct speak, this feature means you can eliminate the annoyance of your kids constantly hitting the power button.
August 7, 2014
We put 2,645 miles on our 2014 Nissan Rogue during the month of July. We averaged 24.2 mpg during that time, using 109.3 gallons of 87-octane fuel. Our best fill-up for the month was 27.7 mpg, our worst tank was 19.5.
July 30, 2014
What's the point of that "Power Door On/Off" switch to the right of that cluster on the 2014 Nissan Rogue's dash?
Well, first I'll tell you what it does: If you turn the button to "off," the power hatch function will no longer work via the push-button on the exterior of the hatch, or the one on the inside of the hatch. If you press that exterior hatch button when the main switch is "off," you'll still be able to lift the tailgate manually, though.
Full power will still work via the key fob as well as the button on the dash.
What I couldn't figure out was why have an "off" switch in the first place...
July 22, 2014
Just back from our annual wine country road trip in the 2014 Nissan Rogue. Several of my colleagues have commented on the compact crossover's roomy cargo hold, so we decided to really put it to the test.
On the way up from Southern California to the Napa and Sonoma regions there were four adults and luggage for a long weekend, not a terribly challenging load.
On the way back we lost our two passengers, who flew home. But we kept some of their luggage and augmented that with eight cases of wine (not all for my cellar; we buy for a small group of enthusiasts).
July 17, 2014
Steering-wheel-mounted cruise control buttons are a nice convenience feature to have if they're designed well. Some designers try too hard to make them look interesting while others don't try very hard at all. In either instance you're left with buttons that require far too much attention to use on a regular basis.
July 11, 2014
A hot summer weekend in Las Vegas: the perfect time and place for...a librarian's convention? Perhaps not. They must have got a screaming deal on hall space in the heat of summer. Nevertheless, my non-librarian wife had business there, so the four of us loaded into the 2014 Nissan Rogue and headed out across the desert on a recent Friday evening.
The odds of escaping town without hitting traffic were not in our favor, so we left at 8:00 p.m. It wasn't late enough. The Rogue's navigation system showed the dreaded dark red line extending some 80 miles east on Interstate 15 from just past Barstow.
So we took Interstate 40 and some deserted two-lane Mojave Desert back roads instead.
July 04, 2014
We drove our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue 1,517 miles during the month of June, but we still haven't matched the EPA's estimates for fuel economy. The lifetime MPG for the Rogue dropped slightly again this month (from 23.9 to 23.8 mpg overall) but on the bright side, we set a new best for most miles travelled on one tank of fuel.
And just how far did the Rogue go on one tank of gas? Glad you asked.
June 30, 2014
The 2014 Nissan Rogue may be categorized as a compact crossover, but this latest building-wrap billboard along the 405 freeway near the Los Angeles airport is anything but small.
June 25, 2014
June 24, 2014
I haven't spent a lot of time in our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue, but one thing popped out to me immediately. Recessed knobs. Yes, I'll admit I get obsessed with the weirdest things.
June 23, 2014
If you're not familiar with the ratings section of Edmunds.com, it's a great way to find out our test teams' collective feeling about each new model.
June 20, 2014
At 5,000 miles our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue was due for its first oil change. I had already signed up to drive the Rogue for a few days this week, so test-fleet task master Mike Schmidt asked if I could take the Rogue to a local Nissan dealer.
June 17, 2014
If there's an area Nissan continues to get spot-on these days, it's the seats in its cars and SUVs. Particularly the front ones. And it's no different with this 2014 Nissan Rogue.
I was suffering from a sore and tired lower back when I got into the Rogue to drive to work this morning (I'm blaming it on a hard mountain bike hill workout, not old age), yet almost instantly the seat's support, in all the right places, made me feel better.
Nissan calls these seats "zero gravity," and says they were inspired by NASA.
June 10, 2014
The above photo is a glimpse into a usual day in the life of an Edmunds editor. That's my afternoon commute. Our 2014 Nissan Rogue displays real-time traffic on its map. Unfortunately, it's always red in my direction.
The irony of our jobs is that we get many cars to drive and test, but we're usually stuck in L.A. traffic.
June 9, 2014
There's a "Pure Drive" badge on our 2014 Nissan Rogue.
Does that mean it's a hybrid? No.
A hydrogen-powered Rogue? Nope, not that either.
Those would be reasonable guesses, but they give that little badge too much credit. Turns out "Pure Drive" is simply a name for what Nissan says is "our action to improve fuel economy of engine-powered vehicles."
June 4, 2014
Our 2014 Nissan Rogue did normal mixed driving duty this month. There were no big road trips, just commuting, school runs, weekend errands, etc.
We added a little more than 700 miles this month, averaging 22.8 miles per gallon. This brought our lifetime average down .2 to 23.7 mpg.
May 30, 2014
Rear seats tend to be afterthoughts in most crossovers. Other than the ability to fold, second row seats don't often have much in the way of features.
May 29, 2014
The interior in our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue has a strong "new-car" smell and it's a bit funkier than it is fresh. In most cars I enjoy the new-car smell but not in the Rogue, and here's why.
May 28, 2014
This quick shot of the center display in our 2014 Nissan Rogue test vehicle doesn't really do justice to the system's fantastic graphics.
May 23, 2014
Midsize crossovers often offer rear seat entertainment systems, rear seat heaters and even rear window shades, but rear air conditioning vents aren't always an option. No idea why as it seems like anyone stuck in the back seat would at least want to be comfortable if not entertained.
May 22, 2014
Let it be known immediately that I am no fan of sunroofs. I'll spare you the rant.
Our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue has a sunroof. A big panoramic job. And what do you know, it can tilt. However, there's a caveat to its tilting function.
May 16, 2014
I spent the last few days tooling around in our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue running errands, driving kids to school, and driving grown-ups to a fancy Mother's Day dinner.
May 8, 2014
After two months of driving the 2014 Nissan Rogue, the crossover finally hit its 28 mpg combined EPA rating. Brent Romans' recent road trip showed that the Rogue will reach the combined number, but the highway estimation is a lofty 32 MPG. On this trip, the Rogue was loaded with luggage and a family. Perhaps a solo journey is necessary to reach that top-end number.
May 5, 2014
Yes, this one falls into the no-brainer category. You would expect there to be a handy storage tray in the center console of a modern crossover like the 2014 Nissan Rogue, but that's not always the case.
Sometimes, the enclosed section of the center console takes up all the space, while other times this area in and around the shifter is used purely for cupholders or control buttons.
May 2, 2014
We've written a few updates already about the LED headlights on our long-term Acura MDX. But going largely unnoticed so far is that our 2014 Nissan Rogue has them, too.