2014 Nissan Rogue: Performance Testing
September 23, 2014
Nothing about the specs sheet on the 2014 Nissan Rogue screams "track." Sure, all-wheel drive helps with the going fast sometimes, but the application here is geared for bad-weather safety and not lap times. Our Rogue's also got a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine pumping out 170 horsepower and a continuously variable transmission with a bent towards, you guessed it, fuel economy.
So we weren't expecting to tear up the pavement when we took our 2014 Rogue to the track. But what kind of numbers does this four-cylinder, 3,641-pound crossover do when the pedal hits the metal?
Vehicle: 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
Driver: Josh Jacquot
Drive Type: Transverse Front engine, all-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Continuously variable
Engine Type: Naturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 2,488 / 152
Redline (rpm): 6,400
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 170 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 175 @ 4,400
Brake Type (front): 11.8-inch one-piece ventilated with single-piston sliding calipers
Brake Type (rear): 11.7-inch one-piece ventilated with single-piston sliding calipers
Suspension Type (front): Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Tire Size (front): 225/60R18 100H M+S
Tire Size (rear): 225/60R18 100H M+S
Tire Brand: Dunlop
Tire Model: ST30 Grandtrek
Tire Type: Regular
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,641
0-30 (sec): 3.4 (w/ TC on 3.7)
0-45 (sec): 5.9 (w/ TC on 6.2)
0-60 (sec): 9.3 (w/TC on 9.6)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 9.0 (w/TC on 9.6)
0-75 (sec): 14.1 (w/TC on 14.3)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 16.9 @ 81.7 (w/TC on 17.1 @ 81.8)
30-0 (ft): 30
60-0 (ft): 124
Slalom (mph): 63.5 w/TC on
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.81 (0.79 w/ESC on)
RPM @ 70: 1,950
Acceleration comments: The Rogue is soft off the line and acts like a typical CVT-equipped car during hard acceleration. Though it has simulated shifts as it progresses down the quarter mile, engine speed only drops about 1,000 rpm each time so engine noise is always present. Sport mode increases response in normal driving but does nothing to improve performance here. Best launch technique is a simple pedal transition without overlap.
Braking comments: The Rogue's brake pedal is long travel, but braking performance is consistent during this test. There's ample dive but the Rogue remains straight and stable at full ABS.
Slalom: The Rogue is soft and exhibits ample body roll during rapid transitions. ESC is quite conservative and staying below its aggressive limits means sacrificing a lot of speed. Trigger the ESC and it will crush any hope of a good run by backing out the throttle.
Skid pad: Body roll dominates the Rogue's cornering character on the skidpad. Though its steering effort is fairly high, feedback could be better. Understeer is aggressive and once it begins the only way to eliminate it is to slow down enough to regain front grip. This is a family car and it handles like one.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 1,222 miles