2014 Nissan Rogue: Engine Up to the Task
March 21, 2014
Looking at the 2014 Nissan Rogue from the outside, it looks too big to only have a four-cylinder engine. But that's the way crossovers of its size are headed these days. It's pretty much a four-cylinder or nothing.
After driving it for several hundred miles this weekend, however, I'm not so sure it needs anything bigger under the hood. It feels adequately powered on the highway and although it can be caught out on occasion in town, it's pretty rare.
Much of it has to do with the standard Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Because it's able to adjust the gearing to fit the situation, the engine is often running in the heart of its powerband. It's only when the CVT is "thinking" about it that the Rogue gets a little sluggish.
Thankfully, that doesn't happen all that often. In fact, once you get used to the CVT's tendencies, it's pretty easy to predict how it will react to various throttle inputs. I wouldn't go as far as to say I wouldn't prefer a standard automatic just yet, but so far I'm fine with the CVT in this Rogue.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor