February 9, 2015
Unlike some other modern safety features, I'm a fan of blind-spot monitors. This is especially true as cars get thicker and thicker roof pillars in order to meet roof strength tests. I'd like to think of myself as an attentive driver, but every now and then a blind-spot monitor will give me a beep just as I tap the turn signal. Yes, I use my signals, and so should you.
February 2, 2015
I just took our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue for what may be one of its final visits to our trusty neighborhood car wash.
Not because we've decided to go dirty all of a sudden. Our Nissan Rouge has simply eclipsed the 20,000-mile mark, and that means it's time with us is coming to an end.
January 28, 2015
Back when I used Meguiar's Whole Car Air Re-Fresher in our long-term Kia Cadenza, it was met with mostly positive reactions. I recently decided to give the same treatment to our Nissan Rogue, but the reactions were anything but positive. Ooops.
January 22, 2015
Seattle, Washington is about a four-hour drive from Portland, Oregon. I had just arrived in Portland the day before (Production please link to part 2 of the road trip here) but on day three of my holiday road trip in our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue I decided to make the four-hour trek and meet my friend Russell for lunch. He had just taken delivery on his new Tesla Model S P85D and that was worth the extra 200 miles on its own, but there was some Thai food thrown in to sweeten the deal, so I couldn't resist.
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 20, 2015
I've been critical of our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue in the past, but I needed something with all-wheel drive for a lengthy road trip, and the Rogue is was little short on miles, so over the holiday break, I gave it another shot. The trip went from Los Angeles to Portland with a day trip to Seattle and several stops along the way, so the Rogue had plenty of chances to change my mind.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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...
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 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."
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 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 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.
April 29, 2014
Among the many changes to the redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue is the addition of new safety features. Specifically, our loaded-up Rogue SL comes with 360-degree parking cameras, frontal collision warning, lane departure warning, rear cross-path detection and blind-spot monitoring.
Other popular small crossovers (CR-V, CX-5, Equinox, Escape, Forester and RAV4, for instance) offer some combination of these features but only the Rogue offers all of them. If you want maximized vehicle-based assistance for not crashing into things from your small crossover, the Rogue is at the ready.
April 17, 2014
The bird's eye view parking camera is starting to become mainstream now and for good reason. Of all the parking aids that have been added to modern cars, it's one of the most useful.
There's no doubt that the backup camera is a big help when easing into a space. No more "feeling" around for that bumper behind you.
April 7, 2014
March 27, 2014
Driving into the sun is no fun, especially when a vehicle's sun visor isn't big enough to prevent you from getting zapped in the eyes. Thankfully, the 2014 Nissan Rogue's designers realized this and equipped this compact crossover's big windshield with equally generous visors.
March 14, 2014
The compact SUV segment is crowded and Nissan is clearly trying to load up the 2014 Rogue with features to elevate it in the rankings. Currently the Nissan Rogue is in 4th place behind the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.
March 06, 2014
You might not be familiar with the Nissan Rogue, but more than 160,000 were sold last year, making the compact crossover the second-best-selling vehicle in the company's lineup. Nissan wants to keep that momentum going in the face of stiff competition from Ford, Honda and Toyota, so the Rogue received a full redesign for 2014.