2014 Nissan Rogue SV AWD Road Test

The Nissan Rogue takes on the competitive crossover segment.

What It Is
A compact SUV with available third-row seating.
Best Thing
Comfortable seats and versatile seating/cargo arrangements.
Worst Thing
Acceleration could have been much quicker.
Snap Judgment
The 2014 Nissan Rogue is efficient, functional, and a good option for many consumers.

The compact crossover segment is booming here in the States as more families move away from minivans and into small SUVs. Whether that’s because of their styling, gas mileage, or utility, there's a reason for the switch. And while all crossovers are not created equal, they are all very similar. When compared to the Toyota RAV4 or the Mazda CX-5, the Nissan Rogue offers its own set of pros and cons, but how does it stack up against the two? Read on to learn what we thought of the 2014 Nissan Rogue.

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What We Drove

With a starting price of $25,840 before destination and handling, our 2014 Nissan Rogue didn't feature too many options, keeping the price right around middle of the pack for the segment. After the addition of the roof rails ($290); floor mats ($135); the SV Premium package that added an upgraded infotainment system, power liftgate, blind spot monitoring, and more ($1,420); and the SV Family package featuring third row seat and run flat tires ($940), our tester came out to a cool $29,485 after the $860 destination charge.

Owners can rest easy when getting behind the wheel of the 2014 Nissan Rogue as it has earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. Thanks to features like an array of standard airbags, a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, optional blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and moving object detection, the Rogue is one of the safest crossovers on the road.

The Commute

When behind the wheel of small crossovers, there are two things that are immediately noticeable: underpowered four-cylinder engines and excessive road noise. Some automakers have either increased performance or decreased road noise, but there isn't one that has done both. For the 2014 Nissan Rogue, we noticed some road noise at highway speeds, and while acceleration wasn’t great, when up to speeds, it offered a comfortable ride.

The infotainment system was easy to use, and it took little time to pair up our phones. However, the navigation system was a bit testy. You had to put in a destination very specifically or it wouldn’t show up. For instance, while driving over the weekend, it wouldn't recognize a street name. Even with different spelling and spacing, nothing seemed to come up and we had to use our phone to figure out where to go.

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The Grocery Run

Crossovers are known for having ample trunk space behind the second row seats, and the same is true for the 2014 Nissan Rogue. However, if the optional third-row seats are upright, you'll be hard-pressed to fit much of anything in the back. But with the seats folded, almost anything can fit. If extra space is needed, the second row seats split and fold, offering up more seating and cargo configurations.

Thanks to the bird's-eye view and backup camera, it was a breeze to navigate busy parking lots and maneuver into tight spots. Having that 360-degree view around the car makes it much easier to see potential dangers and exactly where you line up. This was particularly helpful when parallel parking on busy city streets, as you had to get in and out of spots relatively quick to avoid getting hit by speeding drivers.

The Weekend Fun

This weekend, we took the 2014 Nissan Rogue to Lake Elsinore. Because we left early enough, we didn't hit any traffic on the freeway and were able to really see what this crossover was capable of. Loaded up, we set out. The first thing we noticed when entering the flow of traffic is that acceleration isn't as quick as we would have liked. While up to speed it was easy to weave in and out of cars, thanks to its great handling. The brakes were sturdy and confident, letting us focus on switching freeways every ten miles or so. Although we were only in the car for less than two hours on the return trip, the seats were comfortable and supportive, and we think they would be ideal for longer trips.

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Like many crossovers, the 2014 Nissan Rogue delivers good fuel economy, a comfortable and functional interior, and plenty of connectivity and safety features to stay with the times. Compared to the Toyota RAV4 or the Mazda CX-5, the Rouge comes in the middle of the pack for us. While it's much quieter on the road than the CX-5, the RAV4 has a slightly more refined interior. But if you're looking in terms of pricing, the Rogue is a solid deal for the amount of features and options for the money. Those looking at crossovers and small SUVs should definitely have the 2014 Nissan Rogue near the top of their list.

Spec Box

Price-as-tested: $29,485
Fuel Economy
EPA City: 25
EPA Highway: 32
EPA Combined: 28
Cargo Space: 39.3 cubic feet
Child Seat Fitment, Second Row: Excellent
Child Seat Fitment, Third Row: Poor
Estimated Combined Range: 406 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: Average

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