December 18, 2014
I like the 2014 Nissan Rogue. I like the way it drives, the way it looks and I have no major complaints about its interior features, either.
But, I'm not so sure the Rogue likes me.
December 17, 2014
As I mentioned in a previous update, I can't help but compare our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue SL to the similarly sized 2014 Mazda 5 Grand Touring minivan I now own. Really, though, if tech features are what you're after, there is no legitimate comparison here. You can't get a factory navigation system or a rearview camera (much less a 360-degree camera array with rear moving object detection) in the Mazda. If features are what you want, the Nissan is for you.
I'm old-fashioned, though, so I'm happy enough in the Mazda 5's outdated interior. However, after commuting to work in both vehicles, there's no doubt the Rogue offers more comfort.
December 16, 2014
My current personal vehicle is a 2014 Mazda 5. It's a Grand Touring, and my husband and I make the payment on it every month. I mention that here because we chose our small Mazda minivan after much deliberation, and based on its available third-row seat (although not on the SL trim level), the 2014 Nissan Rogue is another vehicle we could have considered.
As you see here, the Rogue was able to accommodate my daughter's gigantic rear-facing car seat, the First Years C680 SI. I did have to use a pool noodle to achieve the correct angle, but we also have to use one in our Mazda 5. The only real hassle during the installation process was finding the lower anchors. They're simply buried in the Rogue's rear seats, and hooking the connectors onto them (whilst compressing the car seat) was a blind exercise that I found frustrating and tiring. Welcome to parenthood, though, where almost every endeavor is tiring. No doubt, I'll get better at installing a car seat with the LATCH system with practice.
Although the car seat fit, the 2014 Rogue would not be a great option for our family.
December 15, 2014
I've got a few more thoughts to add based on my most recent trip.
December 11, 2014
Some of us have been lukewarm on the latest Nissan Rogue. The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) has a lot to do with it, but the fact that it's also a mainstream crossover makes it easy to dismiss as boring.
December 9, 2014
We've been steadily adding miles to our 2014 Nissan Rogue. And since we recently cleared 15,000 miles, it was time for our next scheduled service.
I booked an appointment at my local Nissan dealer, Lithia Nissan.
December 3, 2014
November was an average month for our 2014 Nissan Rogue as we added about 1,500 miles to the odometer and didn't do much to change our overall fuel economy. Those miles were spent commuting around Southern California as well as some long-distance driving.
December 2, 2014
We've cleared the 15,000-mile mark in our 2014 Nissan Rogue. Considering we started the year-long test of our Rogue back in early March, we seem to be on track to hit our goal of amassing at least 20,000 miles.
The 15,000 miles we've put on so far have been pretty trouble-free.
December 1, 2014
A few days ago I was talking with my coworker Travis Langness. He had signed up to take the long-term Jaguar F-Type for a long weekend and was rather incredulous that nobody else had snagged it on the car signup board yet.
Well, I can only speak for myself, but when your weekends are full of errands, kid schlepping and generally all things that are boring and related to domestic life, sometimes something like our 2014 Nissan Rogue just works out better.
November 25, 2014
If you go back and look at some of our previous updates, you'll see the continuously variable transmission (CVT) in our 2014 Nissan Rogue hasn't received the most welcoming feedback from my coworkers. And, truth be told, what they've written is quite valid. But I feel like I owe the Rogue at least a little bit of help as I'm one of the few drivers who perhaps doesn't view the CVT as such a deal-breaker.
November 24, 2014
Pretty much every new vehicle these days has a USB/iPod interface either standard or optional. Some of these interfaces are better than others, though. And what you get with the 2014 Nissan Rogue is one of the better ones.
November 14, 2014
The call came in during the Veterans Day weekend. Someone had seen our 2014 Nissan Rogue parked in the Edmunds underground garage with a flat tire.
It wasn't that way when it was parked a few days earlier, but there it sat all cockeyed with the rim nearly touching the ground. It didn't take long to find the screw that was to blame.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) will warn a driver that the pressure has dropped 25 percent below the set pressure. We can't say enough good things about the concept. The drivers of our long-term fleet vehicles have avoided the inconvenience of flat tires and roadside strandings dozens of times due to the early warning it provides.
If the nail is tightly seated the leak-down interval that triggers a warning can stretch out to several days, sometimes more. This screw was obviously there when the last driver parked it, but he had no idea because the warning light hadn't yet come on. The tire hadn't lost much pressure at that point, and it wouldn't have been noticeable to the naked eye.
So TPMS is great, but it can't issue a warning if the car isn't being driven as the air slowly oozes out. You could still return from a week's vacation to the unwelcome surprise of a flat tire in the airport parking lot.
November 6, 2014
We added just over 1,500 miles to our 2014 Nissan Rogue in October, during which time we improved on a few of our previous "bests."
November 4, 2014
October 31, 2014
I'm not sure when someone fooled around with the door-lock settings on our 2014 Nissan Rogue, but it only took me one carpool trip to school to realize they were no longer automatically unlocking when the SUV was put in "Park."
October 30, 2014
It's not like I wasn't aware that our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue test vehicle had a supersized sunroof, it's just that I've never had the occasion to open it.
October 27, 2014
At first glance, the cargo area of our 2014 Nissan Rogue looks poorly designed. I mean, whose bright idea was it to stick those dividers right in the middle of the load floor?
Turns out it's a perfectly useful space.
October 24, 2014
For whatever reason, maybe because it uses a CVT, our 2014 Nissan Rogue lacks a gated shifter. Because of this, and because I give it little attention, I often find myself in Low when I intend to be in Drive.
October 23, 2014
October 21, 2014
I noticed this week that our 2014 Nissan Rogue is designed to accommodate three child seats across its second row. Though it lacks three sets of LATCH attachment points in the second row, there is a third top tether mounted to the roof just inside the hatch. Using the middle seat belt it is possible to install three child seats across the second row and have the safety of three top tethers.
October 7, 2014
We added more than 1,100 miles of mixed driving to our 2014 Nissan Rogue in September. The car was passed between various staff members with no on person dominating September's miles.
September 30, 2014
Too many car companies do seat heaters wrong. Not Nissan. The bun warmers in our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue are the template for others to follow.
September 29, 2014
When I took our long-term Chevy Silverado to a Tough Mudder event a few months ago, it proved to be the perfect transport for a group of dirty, sweaty and sore adults. Last weekend, I signed myself up for a 12.5-mile obstacle course called the Spartan Beast that promised similar levels of mud and pain. The forecast was for 105 degrees, and a few of my friends were joining me, so we needed seating for four, good air conditioning and a place for our muddy gear when the race was over.
For space and mud-friendliness, the obvious choice was our Ram 1500, but it was spoken for, so I went with our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue. It has enough space for four, and plenty of cargo capacity, but it turned out to be the wrong vehicle for the job.
September 23, 2014
Nothing about the specs sheet on the 2014 Nissan Rogue screams "track." Sure, all-wheel drive helps with the going fast sometimes, but the application here is geared for bad-weather safety and not lap times. Our Rogue's also got a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine pumping out 170 horsepower and a continuously variable transmission with a bent towards, you guessed it, fuel economy.
So we weren't expecting to tear up the pavement when we took our 2014 Rogue to the track. But what kind of numbers does this four-cylinder, 3,641-pound crossover do when the pedal hits the metal?
September 17, 2014
While other parts of the country are getting hit with major thunderstorms, drought-struck Southern California finally scored itself a substantial sprinkle.
September 16, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released its safety rating for the 2015 Nissan Rogue, which earned the same four-star overall rating as our 2014 Nissan Rogue long-term test vehicle.
September 10, 2014
While our 2014 Nissan Rogue didn't venture on any long road trips this month, our crossover still racked up a respectable 1,830 miles during the month of August.
Thank the Rogue's spacious storage area and trick 360-degree camera for its popularity among our staffers.
September 8, 2014
Passengers and cargo are the 2014 Nissan Rogue's forte, and rear doors that open to 77 degrees emphasize the point.
Seventy-seven degrees feels close enough to 90 degrees to be useful and this kind of utility seems rarer than it should be among crossovers and SUVs.
It's odder still when it seems like most crew cab trucks offer similar functionality, and what are crossovers but more palatable covered trucks on comfier platforms?
September 5, 2014
I like the simplicity of the climate controls in our 2014 Nissan Rogue. Nothing fancy, just large buttons and dials that can be used at a glance.
Fellow editor Mark Takahashi can't stand the recessed temperature knobs, but I find them easy to find without looking, a definite plus compared to systems with too many lookalike controls.
August 26, 2014
With 10,000 miles on the odometer, our 2014 Nissan Rogue was due for its first scheduled service. This visit was about as easy as they come. It might have been even easier if the dealership had its online scheduling system dialed-in...
August 21, 2014
Maybe you can see the problem here. The 2014 Nissan Rogue is a nice enough crossover even with a lousy transmission, but you really can't see squat behind and outside of it. Now, this may be a biased photo, taken from around the center of the dash for demonstration and not wholly representative of the driver's perspective.
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).