2014 Nissan Rogue: Sunroof Tilt Caveat
May 22, 2014
Let it be known immediately that I am no fan of sunroofs. I'll spare you the rant.
Our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue has a sunroof. A big panoramic job. And what do you know, it can tilt. However, there's a caveat to its tilting function.
The tilting of a sunroof provides one of the vanishingly few functions of such contraptions, that of ventilating a hot cabin of, erm, fouls smells and stiflingly hot air. Hot air is caused by (among other things, some will argue) the sun. The sun, it turns out, is a giant firewall of nuclear fusion looming large over our heads.
In the pursuit of ridding an automobile cabin of hot air whether parked or in motion, it would behoove a sunroof to tilt (and thereby vent) while simultaneously blocking the radiation spewing from said nearby star. Many sunroofs/moonroofs allow this. They tilt while the sunshade can remain closed, as it moves independently of the glass portion. Thus, they ventilate while preventing the 4-billion-year-old sphere of horrific plasma from further heating up the cabin (and/or your skull). Genius!
Not so with the Rogue. You want to tilt its sunroof? No problem, it'll tilt. However, the catch is that its powered sunshade must necessarily be retracted halfway, exposing half of the glass area overhead and putting your pate in direct line of sight of the screaming nuclear inferno. And since the Rogue has a gigantor panoramic sunroof, half of something the size of Africa is still pretty danged huge.
So, yeah, it'll tilt, but only on its own terms.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 4,832 miles