2014 Nissan Rogue: Family Road Trip, Packing Up
April 24, 2014
Recently, I had to take a family road trip to visit my in-laws for Easter. Edmunds has a few three-row crossover SUVs in its fleet right now, but I had yet to drive our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue. This trip seemed like a good opportunity to see how well the Rogue would serve a family of four for about 700 miles round trip.
Unlike some of my trips in the past with long-term vehicles where I had expedition-levels worth of stuff to bring (here's one example from Edmunds' long-term 2011 Toyota Sienna) this trip was pleasingly normal. I had two big suitcases, two duffel bags and a few other bags and items, but nothing excessive.
The Rogue handled our luggage with ease. I slid the second-row seats up a few inches to better fit the suitcases. I didn't have a need to utilize the cargo area's underfloor storage areas, but it was nice to know they were there. The power liftgate also came in handy.
I've got a near three-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl. I wrote about installing their safety seats earlier, but, in short, the safety seat installation was trouble-free. The other nice aspect about the sliding second-row seat is that it placed our kids closer to my wife sitting up front. Snack distribution would just be an arm's length away. The Rogue's cupholders, door bins and center console storage areas also worked well for holding our water bottles and personal effects.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the Rogue's amount of room and cargo customization possibilities. Next up, how it drove.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,552 miles