2014 Nissan Rogue: A Comfortable Ride
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I'm old-fashioned, though, so I'm happy enough in the Mazda 5's outdated interior.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.
These two vehicles couldn't be more different in personality. Even with 18-inch wheels and tires (versus 17s on my Mazda), the Rogue has a lot of compliance and an easygoing demeanor, as we noted in our rating. It's also quieter on smooth sections of freeway, whereas the 5 and its noisy OEM Toyo Proxes give you a bit of a pounding all the time.
So why don't I prefer the Rogue? I have two main reasons. One, I'm smitten with the Mazda's handling. This thing goes around turns like no minivan ever. In normal driving, it feels more buttoned down than our Macan. Not surprisingly, it earned A in the handling category when we rated it.
Two, while both of these vehicles are slow (9.3 seconds to 60 mph for the Rogue, 9.5 seconds to 60 for an automatic-equipped 5), the throttle response is almost night and day. Even in Sport mode, the Rogue doesn't get going with the haste I'd like, whereas the Mazda responds and gives me hope that I won't lose out on that opening in traffic. Predictably though, I don't get very good fuel economy in my Mazda. My high so far is 26 mpg. In the Rogue, we've already seen 30 mpg.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 16,015 miles