January 23, 2015
After driving 1,500 miles in our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue I turned around and headed home. The trip had taken me from Los Angeles to Nevada City, then to Portland and Seattle and back to Portland again. With about 1,000 miles left in front of me, I split up the remaining distance into two legs: Portland to Sacramento and Sacramento to Los Angeles.
The 600 miles from Portland to Sacramento had several elevation changes and I stopped multiple times for food, so I wasn't setting any records. From Sacramento to Los Angeles, though, was a different story. I was on a self-imposed mission to hit the EPA's highway fuel economy estimate of 32 mpg in the Rogue and I pulled out all the stops, literally.
January 21, 2015
With a thick layer of frost on our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue I started it up and went right back in to the house to pack my bags. I spent the night at my father's house in Nevada City, where the temperature had dropped to 26 degrees overnight, so I let the Rogue idle while I gathered my things and plotted my route to Portland, Oregon, 563 miles away. This was the second day of my 2,500-mile holiday road trip in the Rogue and while things went relatively well on day one of the trip I was about to discover a few more of the crossover's flaws.
January 5, 2015
Recently, I spent some serious time at the dentist, one day having a root canal, and the next having two wisdom teeth removed. I still can't eat much, and my whole head hurts. Let's just say I wasn't my normal jovial self this weekend.
Because of my surly disposition, I wasn't in the mood for music. Not even while on the road.
Stewing in misery and not listening to my normal jukebox, I noticed something while driving our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue.
The Rogue is kinda loud.
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I'm old-fashioned, though, so I'm happy enough in the Mazda 5's outdated interior.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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
April 25, 2014
This is the second update about a recent family road trip I took in our 2014 Nissan Rogue. In the first I covered the Rogue's cargo-carrying abilities. Following are opinions on how the Rouge fared for comfort and performance on the road.
March 18, 2014
The mark of any good crossover is ease of use. Whether it's how it drives, how quickly it connects with your phone or how easy it is to open the doors, everything should work with little effort.