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2014 Nissan Rogue: Multifunctional Visor

August 19, 2014

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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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Armrest Report

August 18, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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?

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Rear Vents Revisited

August 15, 2014

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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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: 10,000 Miles

August 14, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Power Door On/Off Switch, Revisited

August 13, 2014

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If you read our first post on the 2014 Nissan Rogue's power door on/off switch, then you know we were initially confused. Not so much what it did, but more why it did it.

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Fuel Mileage Update for July

August 7, 2014

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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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Power Door On/Off Switch

July 30, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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...

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Hauls More Than You'd Think

July 22, 2014

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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).

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Well-Designed Cruise Control Buttons

July 17, 2014

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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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Las Vegas Road Trip Observations

July 11, 2014

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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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Fuel Economy Update for June

July 04, 2014

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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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Super-Sized Crossover

June 30, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Loose Lug Nut Recall

June 25, 2014

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This month, Nissan issued a recall for a handful of vehicles, including the 2014 Nissan Rogue, because a loose lug nut could lead to wheel separation.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Recessed Knobs

June 24, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Edmunds Rating

June 23, 2014

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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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: First Oil Change

June 20, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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. 

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Terrific Front Seats

June 17, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Real-Time Traffic

June 10, 2014

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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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Do You Know What Pure Drive Is?

June 9, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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."

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Fuel Economy Update for May

June 4, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Solid Rear Seats

May 30, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Funky New-Car Smell

May 29, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Graphic Display

May 28, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Glad To See Rear Vents

May 23, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Sunroof Tilt Caveat

May 22, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: 5,000 Miles

May 16, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Fuel Economy Update for April

May 8, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Perfect Storage Tray

May 5, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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2014 Nissan Rogue: LED Headlights

May 2, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

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.

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Nissan Rogue in VA is:

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