Nissan Rogue: Bigger and Better

by The Car Family

There are few cars so misnamed as the Nissan Rogue. Indeed, it is an honest vehicle that has great reliability and is ranked among the best affordable compact SUVs for families, and certainly no rogue. And although 909 readers have an average household income of about $100,000, Nissan went so far as to provide a Select model with a starting price around $20,000 for those on a budget.

Labeled a crossover, the Rogue has an abundance of cargo space, fairly good fuel mileage, and excellent crash scores. The standard four-cylinder engine runs through a continuously variable transmission and they combine for a 26/33 mpg average, near the top in this segment. The handling is fine for commuting and the whole kit and caboodle make for an ideal drop off the kids, go to the mall, or take a trip to Las Vegas. Top that off with a third row seat and you have a handy utility vehicle well worth a test drive. There isn’t any real sport in the Rogue, but that is just fine with us. No doubt, the new Nissan Rogue is both bigger and better.

2014 Nissan Rogue

Mom’s view: I enjoyed driving the Nissan, although the third row is best left for the younger set. You have a large cargo bay made even better as the rear seat has a 40/60 split and the seats can fold flat. I liked Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide cargo system designed to keep things in place as well as away from prying eyes. Very handy, but read the manual first. The interior is rather plain, but the Rogue’s useful dash display and handy buttons makes it very workable. I especially liked the optional Nissan’s Around View monitor that uses four cameras to provide an aerial perspective of what is around the vehicle. You must order this system, especially for those who park in crowded lots. Standard features include a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, auxiliary audio jack and a USB port. Safety-wise the Nissan can be ordered with LED headlights, Forward Collision Warning and Safety Shield, a phrase for a battery of safety features that includes Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning and more. I liked the theater type seating for those in the second row. Overall, this is truly a family vehicle. It does everything a carrier of people should with a touch of elegance and a huge amount of safety equipment. Best of all, it does this in a workmanlike fashion

Rogue 2014 de Nissan

Young working woman’s view: If you need a third row of seats on a consistent basis move up to the Pathfinder. Secondly, although the base price of $22,490 is attractive, it only takes a couple of option packages to drive that sticker price well north of $33,000. However, Nissan is offering some great lease deals that make the Rogue an extremely attractive alternative. The Roguege is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety top award and its did well in other crash tests as well. As Mom said, a great family vehicle especially with the optional Forward Collision Warning. The Rogue is Nissan’s second top selling vehicle and it is easy to see why with additional standard features including Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection among other features. The Nissan is easy to drive and maneuver and park. It is a handy size and the entry height isn’t too high, but the rear hatch is a reach. Dad’s view: No question that the Rogue’s engine comes in for a fair amount of criticism due to its noise under stressful conditions. I didn’t mind it knowing that the 2.5-liter four cylinder engine produces 170 horsepower and uses Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission to provide an excellent fuel economy. In fact, the Sport mode helped make the transmission respond more appropriately to driver input when driving in the mountains. Tight canyon turns were  no challenge and driving down valleys found that Nissan had provided the transmission with the ability to help brake the Rogue (Active Engine Braking). Nissan is promoting its NASA inspired zero gravity driver’s seat to reduce stress. I found it comfortable, but you need to test it yourself. One interesting feature was the Easy Fill Tire Alert system that uses the Rogue’s horn to signal when the tire inflation at the correct level. Young working male’s view: This vehicle is loaded with useful features. For example, the Moving Object Detection enhances the driver’s awareness of objects around it when starting out. The electronics are good with a seven-inch color monitor and a GPS that is quick to refresh. The standard stereo is mid-range. What impressed me was the interior storage space. With the rear seats down you get 70 cubic feet of room and the rear seats can be reclined and can move forward or back. The Rogue doesn’t live up to its name, thank goodness. Hey, check out my latest music video ( Family conference: The Rogue is a good choice and an excellent value and a trustworthy, family friendly vehicle,