Funky New-Car Smell - 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Nissan Rogue: Funky New-Car Smell

May 29, 2014

2014 Nissan Rogue

The interior in our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue has a strong "new-car" smell and it's a bit funkier than it is fresh. In most cars I enjoy the new-car smell but not in the Rogue, and here's why.

Number one: The smell is too strong. If I put the A/C on or open the windows for a minute, the smell will temporarily go away. But if I spend any significant time parked with the windows up, the interior fills up with the smell again.

Number two: It smells cheap. Without a modern breakthrough in smell-o-vision I can't relay exactly how the interior smells but it's a synthetic odor that I'd describe as a mild stench rather than a strong scent.

If you were picking up a first date in the Rogue without airing it out first, she won't say, "Oh it smells nice and new in here." She'd probably just avoid mentioning the smell and stop returning your calls. Yeah, it was totally the car's fault.

The extended periods of time our long-term cars spend parked underground in cool garages and driving around with the windows up probably contributes to the smell lasting longer, but next time I drive the Rogue, I'll be investing in some overbearing, flower-scented air freshener to cover it up.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 5,100 miles

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