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2014 Nissan Rogue: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions July 2016

The 2014 Nissan Rogue is all new for the model year, with more aggressive styling that it shares with the European Nissan X-TRAIL. It's also stretched to accommodate an optional third-row seat with wider-opening rear doors for improved rear access. Both 5- and 7-passenger versions are available.

The Rogue continues to be the best-selling Nissan crossover, blending compact-car efficiency and agility with SUV practicality and versatility. An all-independent suspension imparts a nimble, fun-to-drive feel to the Rogue, belying its generous 32 cu ft. of cargo room behind the second-row seat and 70 cu ft. with the rear seats folded down. New form-fitting Zero Gravity front seats provide all-day driving comfort. A 170-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine provides more-than-ample acceleration, although the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the only one available, sometimes makes the Rogue's forward progress feel disconnected from the engine. Improved aerodynamics and transmission efficiency help boost highway fuel economy ratings by 18 percent.

Both front- and all-wheel drive are available. Unique features include a standard cargo organizer and a fold-flat front passenger seat that allows owners to stow ladders and lumber up to 8 feet long inside the vehicle with the rear hatch closed. For 2014, new technology available includes NissanConnect Apps for Pandora, iHeartRadio and Facebook, as well as new safety tech such as a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning and moving-object detection.

The Nissan Rogue is a smart buy for young families looking for a versatile compact crossover that will fit in the garage and won't strain the fuel budget. Standard safety gear includes stability and traction control, dual front airbags, front-seat side airbags, overhead airbags and anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes.

What We Like

Optional third-row seat; Around View Monitor; compliant ride quality; Zero Gravity front seats; fold-down front passenger seat for carrying long items

What We Don't

No power front passenger seat; engine drones under acceleration with CVT automatic; limited rearward visibility; third-row space tight for adults

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2014 Rogue features a 2.5-liter double-overhead-camshaft 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, developing an ample-for-the-class 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. It burns regular unleaded gas and has a much-improved Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 26 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with standard front-wheel drive and a 25 mpg city/32 mpg hwy rating with optional all-wheel drive. The Nissan XTRONIC CVT automatic is standard.

Standard Features & Options

The 2014 Rogue is available in three trims: the S, SV and SL.

The Rogue S offers standard cloth seats, air conditioning, a trip computer, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with a 5-inch display, a USB port, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming, phone connectivity, hands-free text messaging, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with remote audio controls, a backup camera, illuminated vanity mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, variable intermittent wipers, a cargo organizer, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, 17-in steel wheels with hubcaps, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a split folding rear seat, and power windows, mirrors and door locks. The optional Family package adds a third-row seat, privacy glass and run-flat tires (instead of a spare tire).

The Rogue SV brings standard 17-in alloy wheels, a power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support, upgraded cloth seats, rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto headlamps, push-button starting, roof rails and a 6-speaker stereo with a 5-in color display, SiriusXM radio and NissanConnect apps for Facebook, Pandora and iHeartRadio. SV options include a panoramic sunroof, a third-row seat, run-flat tires and a Premium package with a 7-in color touchscreen, navigation, a 360-degree Around View Monitor, NavTraffic, NavWeather, Travel Link, Google Places, a power lift gate, a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning and moving-object detection.

The SL includes the Around View Monitor, 18-in alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a power lift gate, fog lamps, leather seating, heated front seats, a Bose 9-speaker premium audio system and navigation with NavTraffic and NavWeather. An SL Premium package adds a panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps, forward-collision warning, a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning and moving-object detection.

Pricing

The Rogue continues to be Nissan's best-selling crossover SUV, and along with the Ford Escape, the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, it's been ranked among the top-selling compact crossovers for several years, so you can expect Nissan dealers to have a good supply of clean examples to choose from.

For a better idea of the 2014 Rogue's price range, check out KBB.com, and search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the following recalls for the 2014 Nissan Rogue:

The front-passenger airbag may not deploy as intended in a crash due to incorrect sensing, increasing injury risk.

A corroded lift-gate support stay may break off, allowing an open lift gate to slam closed and increasing injury risk.

The electric fuel pump may fail and stall the engine unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Loose front-wheel hub fasteners may cause the brake caliper to separate from the front axle, affecting steering and braking and increasing crash risk.

Snow and road salt saturating the driver's footwell carpet may cause a short circuit in the electrical harness underneath, creating a fire risk.

An undertightened lug nut on each passenger-side wheel may lead to wheel separation, creating a crash risk.

An incorrect bolt connecting the intermediate shaft to the upper steering column of some models may loosen, increasing the risk of a crash.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they'll fix the car for free.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2014 Nissan Rogue a 4-star overall rating, with three stars for front-impact protection, five stars for side-impact protection and four for rollover resistance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Rogue a Good rating for small- and moderate-overlap front impacts, side impacts, roof strength, head-restraint and seat crash performance.

The 2014 Rogue carries a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.

Nissan certified pre-owned (CPO) cars can't have more than 80,000 miles on the odometer and must be under 6 years old. Every CPO Rogue undergoes a 150-point inspection and gets a Carfax report. The Nissan CPO warranty extends the original powertrain warranty to 7 years/100,000 miles and includes 24-hour roadside assistance.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 Toyota RAV4 -- The RAV4 seats only five but offers an impressive 73.4 cu ft. of cargo space with the rear seat folded. Power comes via a 176-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and a 6-speed automatic. A backup camera is standard. EPA estimates are 24 mpg city/31 mpg hwy with front-wheel drive and 22 mpg city/29 mpg hwy with all-wheel drive. New for 2014 are a blind spot monitoring system and cross-traffic detection, as well as lane-departure warning.

2014 Honda CR-V -- The top-selling compact was all new for 2012 and continues with a 185-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and 5-speed automatic that gets EPA fuel economy estimates of 23 mpg city/31 mpg hwy with front-wheel drive and 22 mpg city/30 mpg hwy with all-wheel drive. Bluetooth for audio and phone is standard. Cargo room is 37.2 cu ft. with the rear seat up and 70.9 cu ft. with it folded down.

Autotrader's Advice

The all-new 2014 Rogue is surprisingly roomy, and it's available with an optional third-row seat. It's also a fun-to-drive compact crossover in a class not known for excitement. We think the Rogue SV offers the best value with its wealth of standard equipment. The CVT takes some getting used to the first time you drive the Rogue because of the disconnected feel between the engine and road speed, which is normal and nothing to worry about.

Go for a CPO vehicle when possible, and make sure the Rogue you're thinking of buying has seen care and maintenance. Also, check with the dealer to verify that the 2014 Rogue you're considering has had its many safety-recall repairs performed.

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