2014 Nissan Rogue: Charming, Thoughtful and Misnamed
April 16, 2014
The 2014 Nissan Rogue is misnamed. This comfortable, competent crossover is not brash or belligerent, and its only unruly behavior comes from its loud and lazy continuously variable transmission. True, this is not an easy characteristic to overlook. For some, it will be a deal-breaker. But we've all got a derelict among our gene pool, so for the moment, overlook it we will.
Nissan would like you to think the Rogue rebels against its rivals, that it has uncommon swagger in its segment because of things like optional third-row seating and an ability to drive atop trains.
Please. The Rogue is simply thoughtful and considerate. It has two rear cargo trays, for example. I needed to test one of them and this seemed like an appropriate and vaguely scientific method. All CUV/SUVs should offer these, especially as flat rear floors become more common and that happy byproduct of the transmission/exhaust tunnel — the two- or three-grocery bag cradle — disappears.
The contents here slid around a bit en route to the task at hand, but arrived at destination unbroken, unshaken and still cold. Success.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor