We drive the Nissan Rogue SL AWD

2014 Nissan Rogue

First introduced for the 2008 model year, the Nissan Rogue has become a key player in the highly competitive compact SUV market – addressing both the functional and emotional needs of buyers while offering great value. Now, with a complete redesign for the 2014 model year, the Rogue has grown up.

Now assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee, the 2014 Nissan Rogue is the first vehicle to utilize the new jointly developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture. The added efficiencies provided by the joint development allow Nissan to deliver better value.

Rogue is one of a family of new Nissan global compact crossovers, along with the European version, called the Nissan X-TRAIL. As high-volume global growth products, Rogue and X-TRAIL are projected to be available in 190 countries around the world.

The Rogue now offers a third row seating along with a host of other improvements and innovations. The first thing that you notice when you get into the Rogue is the larger interior. Other parts have been moved around to increase interior room.

Nissan Rogue seats

Nissan is introducing their EZ Flex seating system where every seat except for the driver's seat can easily fold down. The front passenger seat folds rearwards, allowing transport of long items such as an 8-foot ladder when combined with the flat folding 40/20/40-split 2nd row seat. We tried to load in a full size bicycle in the Rogue and it swallowed it like it was nothing.

We decided to take the Rogue on a long trip to Las Vegas and to see how the Rogue has improved with age. The interior features on our SL model were numerous including electroluminescent gauges, leather heated seats, 7 inch touch screen navigation system, Bose nine speaker stereo, USB port for iPod, Bluetooth, and much more.

The navigation system was a huge bonus on our trip and it worked great with easy menus to help us go where we needed to go. The 'zero gravity'� seats that Nissan says were developed for maximum comfort did their job and made spending hours behind the wheel easy on everyone.

The fantastic Bose audio did its part to keep the occupants entertained during the trip. There are three 12 volt sockets in the car which help keep cellular phones and other gadgets charged on the trip. Perhaps our only complaint was that the heated seats did not get hot enough.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]The Rogue only gives you one engine choice, a 170 hp 2.5 liter four cylinder. The engine is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The Rogue is not pretending to be a sports car and although CVTs are not entertaining, it uses that CVT to get good fuel economy.

With a 40 percent reduction (versus previous generation) in friction loss, along with an improved belt and pulley system, reduced oil churning friction, compact oil pump, new electronic control, wider gear ratio and other enhancements, the new CVT is approximately 10 percent more efficient than the previous-generation CVT according to Nissan.

The Rogue with four wheel drive is rated at 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Those are very good numbers for a large vehicle that can carry seven passengers. We managed to get around 27 mpg on the highway.

The new Rogue also features Nissan's new suite of confidence-inspiring dynamic technologies with Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking and Active Ride Control. The Active Trace Control system utilizes Rogue's standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system to help improve cornering feel by automatically applying the brakes or smoothing engine torque characteristics while accelerating.

Active Engine Braking helps slow the Rogue as the driver brakes, resulting in less brake effort by the driver. Active Ride Control helps smooth out the drive by automatically applying the brakes and adjusting engine torque after the vehicle hits a bump, reducing the typical "head bobble" pitch.

Perhaps the most useful and popular feature of the Rogue is the Around View Monitor that uses several cameras around the car to post a video of the car from above that you can use to help park in tight spots. It is a very useful tool in tight areas but it only comes up when you are in reverse. It would be nice if there was a separate button to have it come up at any speed in any gear.

The Rogue is a great bargain and should remain the second best-selling Nissan in America. The entry level S with front wheel drive starts out at $22,790. Our top of the line SL with AWD costs $29,630. That is a lot of car with a lot of features for not much money.

Specifications

Year Make Model 2014 Nissan Rogue SL 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Vehicle Type AWD 4dr 5-passenger SUV
Base MSRP $30,280
Options on test vehicle Cayenne Red, Premium Package ($1,990 — includes power panoramic moonroof, LED headlights with auto levelizer, forward collision warning, blind spot warning, lane departure warning; moving object detection); Four-Piece Floor Mats ($125).
As-tested MSRP $32,395
Assembly location Smyrna, Tennessee
Drivetrain
Configuration Transverse, front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine type Naturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in) 2,488/152
Block/head material Aluminum/aluminum
Valvetrain DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1) 10.0
Redline, indicated (rpm) 6,400
Horsepower (hp @ rpm) 170 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 175 @ 4,400
Fuel type Regular unleaded
Transmission type Continuously variable
Transmission ratios (x:1) 2.64 ? 0.378
Final-drive ratio (x:1) 5.694
Differential(s) Center: electronically lockable; front and rear: brake-actuated limited slip
Chassis
Suspension, front Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rear Independent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering type Electric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1) 17.1
Tire make and model Dunlop ST30 Grandtrek
Tire type All-season front and rear
Tire size 225/60R18 100H M+S
Wheel size 18-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel material Alloy
Brakes, front 11.8-inch one-piece ventilated with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear 11.7-inch one-piece ventilated with single-piston sliding calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.) 3.4
0-45 mph (sec.) 5.9
0-60 mph (sec.) 9.3
0-75 mph (sec.) 14.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph) 16.9 @ 81.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.) 9.0
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.) 3.7
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.) 6.2
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.) 9.6
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.) 14.3
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph) 17.1 @ 81.8
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.) 9.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.) 30
60-0 mph (ft.) 124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON 63.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) 0.79
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON 0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB) 39.1
@ Full throttle (dB) 71.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB) 64.5
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm) 1,950
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
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.
Handling comments Slalom: The Rogue is soft and exhibits ample body roll during rapid transitions. ESC is quite conservative, so 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 skid pad. 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.
Testing Conditions
Test date 2/25/2014
Elevation (ft.) 1,121
Temperature (°F) 52.4
Relative humidity (%) 86.31
Barometric pressure (in. Hg) 28.9
Wind (mph, direction) 6.69
Odometer (mi.) 1,222
Fuel used for test Regular unleaded (87)
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi) 33/33
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg) 28 combined/25 city/32 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg) 25.1
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.) 14.5
Audio and Advanced Technology
Stereo description Bose audio system with in-dash CD changer AM/FM with RDS, USB/auxilliary input, satellite radio, nine speakers
iPod/digital media compatibility Standard generic aux jack , USB port
Satellite radio Optional
Bluetooth phone connectivity Standard
Navigation system Optional with traffic 7-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Smart entry/Start Optional ignition doors trunk/hatch
Parking aids Optional back-up camera, around view, moving object detection
Blind-spot detection Optional
Lane-departure monitoring Optional departure warning
Collision warning/avoidance Optional — frontal
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.) 3,605
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.) 3,641
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%) 57/43
Length (in.) 182.3
Width (in.) 72.4
Height (in.) 66.3
Wheelbase (in.) 106.5
Track, front (in.) 62.8
Track, rear (in.) 62.8
Legroom, front (in.) 43.0
Legroom, rear (in.) 37.9
Headroom, front (in.) 41.6
Headroom, rear (in.) 36.6
Shoulder room, front (in.) 56.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.) 55.9
Seating capacity 5
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft) 70
behind 2nd row (cu-ft) 32
behind 3rd row (cu-ft) 9.4
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.) 1,000
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain 5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion 5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance 3 years/36,000 miles

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