2014 Nissan Rogue: Another Family Road Trip
December 15, 2014
I've got a few more thoughts to add based on my most recent trip.
I did go back and re-read my previous April update. Everything I wrote back then still seemed accurate.
I like the amount of cargo space the Rogue offers and I believe that's one of this Nissan's greatest strengths. The sliding rear seats allow you to fine-tune the available space for either passengers or cargo. On a family road trip with little kids, sliding up the rear seats really comes in handy to pack in an extra amount of stuff behind the second row as you can take advantage of rear legroom space that would have otherwise been largely wasted.
The Rogue is still a solid long-distance companion, too. The front seats are comfortable for sure, and our test car's tech features come in handy. It didn't seem as quiet on the highway as I had remembered, but the Rogue certainly isn't loud.
I was pleased that I was able to accurately calculate my total trip fuel economy this time. Well, I was pleased that I got the numbers, but not the result. For those 800 miles (mostly on the highway), the Rogue posted 26.0 mpg. The Rogue AWD's EPA numbers are 25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined. Granted, there was some heavy traffic at times, the air conditioning was on most of the time, and my typical cruising speeds were California typical 70-plus mph. But just one mpg better than EPA city? That's pretty disappointing.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor