What Is It?
The 2014 Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover that's fully redesigned for the new model year. While last year's Rogue will continue on as the Nissan Rogue Select, the new 2014 model boasts an enlarged interior, upgraded amenities and all-new styling.
On the outside, the Rogue ditches the old model's rounded look for a more grown-up style. The new model's lines recall the larger Nissan Pathfinder, which fits above the Rogue in Nissan's crossover lineup. Inside, the Rogue boasts an entirely new cabin that features higher-quality materials and one big addition: an available third-row seat. That means the Rogue is the only compact SUV offered with 3-row seating, as the Toyota RAV4 gave up the feature last year.
Under the hood, the Rogue still boasts the same 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder as last year's model. Coupled with the standard CVT automatic, the Rogue can return 26 miles per gallon in the city and up to 33 mpg in highway driving.
Some of the Rogue's most important updates, however, are its new gadgets. There's an Around View Monitor, which provides 360-degree visibility -- a big help when backing up or parking. And there are many active safety features, such as a forward-collision alert system, a lane-departure warning system and a blind spot monitor, that help the Rogue remain on the cutting edge.
When Can You Get It?
Add It to Your Shopping List Because...
Although last year's Rogue wasn't among the top vehicles in its class, don't let that dissuade you from considering the new one. The 2014 Nissan Rogue is better in almost every way, from interior room to ride quality, equipment and technology to styling. And while the third row may be small, it's nice to have. With its latest updates, the Rogue certainly deserves to be on your shopping list.
Other Cars to Consider
Ford Escape -- The recently redesigned Escape offers several new engines and a stylish cabin. We miss the hybrid model, but the Escape still boasts excellent fuel economy.
Honda CR-V -- Also offered only with a 4-cylinder, the CR-V is among the most popular vehicles in the compact crossover segment. It boasts an excellent reputation for durability, though the Rogue rides a little better.
Toyota RAV4 -- Like the Rogue, the Toyota RAV4 is a compact crossover with 4-cylinder power and lots of technology. We happen to think the Rogue's interior is a little nicer than the RAV4's, however.
Used Ford Explorer -- If you use a third-row seat often, you may want to consider a larger crossover. We like the Explorer, as it offers lots of equipment, a powerful V6 engine and comfortable 3-row seating. However, you'll have to look at used models to find one priced like a Rogue.