2014 Nissan Rogue: Power Door On/Off Switch, Revisited
August 13, 2014
Blame it on Road Test Assistant Cameron Rogers. He's the one who initially thought the door was broken, not knowing some power function had been eliminated because someone had turned the main power switch to "off." I'm into blamestorming.
The reason Nissan gave us for the purpose of this main power button had to do with the "distraction" of the exterior power hatch button related to kids. Put in non-politically-correct speak, this feature means you can eliminate the annoyance of your kids constantly hitting the power button.
But that got us to thinking, is that really the whole reason? Just to turn off the exterior power button? I mean, it also turns off the functionality of the power hatch close button, too, but that is situated so high, how would your kids get to it? Or did it also serve so that, on models equipped with a third row, a kid couldn't open the hatch from the inside when the tailgate door is closed?
Now even though our Rogue is a two-row model, I still wanted to find out. So last weekend I took one for the team, climbed in the back and hit the hatch's interior power button, closing the door on myself. I then realized that once the hatch is closed, the power button is located in a position that makes it nearly impossible for anyone to hit the button anyway. Which totally makes sense.
Through much effort I was in fact able to squeeze my long, lady-like slender fingers far enough between the floor and the hatch to push the button, but it turns out Nissan built in a safety feature so that the button is only functional when the hatch is open. Meaning this button is strictly for closing, not opening. I know this because when I pressed the button, nothing happened. Even with the main power switch "On."
You don't need to say it, I'll say it for ya. I need to get a life. But it's all Cameron's fault anyway (see, more of the "blaming").
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 9,984 miles