2014 Nissan Rogue: In Partial Defense of the CVT
November 25, 2014
If you go back and look at some of our previous updates, you'll see the continuously variable transmission (CVT) in our 2014 Nissan Rogue hasn't received the most welcoming feedback from my coworkers. And, truth be told, what they've written is quite valid. But I feel like I owe the Rogue at least a little bit of help as I'm one of the few drivers who perhaps doesn't view the CVT as such a deal-breaker.
A lot of the CVT issues we've pointed out so far come down to situations involving highway passing and full-whack acceleration. But if you're the sort of driver that's more commonly just going with the flow of traffic and not in a hurry, then these aspects won't really be an issue for you. In typical city traffic, the CVT is just fine. Its gearing changes are unobtrusive, acceleration is entirely suitable and the engine stays reasonably quiet. You could drive for weeks at a time and be quite happy with the way the Rogue performs.
The CVT also holds at least one advantage: It's helpful when you're driving along on rolling hills. Unlike a conventional automatic that can get caught flat-footed before it finally downshifts as you head up a hill, the Rogue's CVT just seems to get the right engine rpm almost immediately. If the region in which you live has a lot of hills, this could be a beneficial aspect to you.
I'm not trying to be Will Gardner here and get the Rogue's CVT off scot-free. It's certainly a drawback you'll want to consider during your shopping process. But with so much else that's positive about the Rogue, it might be a hurdle worth jumping over.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 14,481 miles