2014 Nissan Rogue: Wide-Open Spaces
September 8, 2014
Passengers and cargo are the 2014 Nissan Rogue's forte, and rear doors that open to 77 degrees emphasize the point.
Seventy-seven degrees feels close enough to 90 degrees to be useful and this kind of utility seems rarer than it should be among crossovers and SUVs.
It's odder still when it seems like most crew cab trucks offer similar functionality, and what are crossovers but more palatable covered trucks on comfier platforms?
Our former long-term Honda CR-V had them, and I believe they exceeded even 77 degrees. Offhand, I can't recall any notable others. Although the width between the B-pillar and the widest point of rear entry is almost 33 inches, the actual useful aperture is really about 28.5 inches, taking into account the space consumed by the rear door panel.
That may not sound like a lot, but it's enough for loading and stacking a few rows of 18-inch boxes or larger, more awkward sizes. It looks wide enough to shimmy a dog carrier suited to your average terrier. I'm pretty sure it's enough to load a whole bin of TransAm parts destined for the junkyard.
Added utility comes from the sliding and reclining second row, its 40/20/40-split folding configuration and, ultimately, the 70 cubic-foot cargo space more fully accessed from an open lift-gate.
Anyone who's even gone camping and fully loaded the rear access before remembering they still need to load coolers full of bacon, brats and beer will appreciate the Rogue's wide open door angles.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor