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2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Long-Term Update 2

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/16/2014 Motor Trend Staff, Christian Seabaugh

In my mind, there's no better way to get to know the quirks and characteristics of a new car than packing the family up and hitting the road. All these years later, I can still remember when our family got our first car, a 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan (that I oddly still remember the trim name and license plate number of, go figure), piled in, and pointed the van south for a trip to see my grandparents. With the MT Garage Nissan Rogue now officially "my" first long-termer, I thought I'd repeat what my parents did, packing up my new Nissan with the girl and our pups, and heading out for a road trip to get to know the Rogue.

Just as was the case back when I was a kid, packing for a family road trip remains an exercise in seeing just how much stuff we can cram into the car. We had two suitcases, two dog beds, a dog crate, big bags of dog food, some dog toys, backpacks, and probably more than I'll ever be able to remember to stuff into the Rogue. You would've thought we were never coming back. And yet everything fit -- remarkably easily at that. The suitcases, backpacks, dog beds, and other miscellaneous junk easily fit in the trunk, while our year-old Lab-Aussie Cattle Dog mix Brooklyn and our then-four-month old Beagle- Dachshund mix Rex got comfy in the backseat, with the little one stuffed quite comfortably in his crate behind my seat. Up front, I was completely comfortable, while my fiancée Elayna had plenty of room at her feet for our bag of road trip junk food.

2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD With the Rogue packed up, we hit the road right in time for L.A.'s annual Fourth of July traffic jam. While annoying, it did give me a chance to feel out the Rogue's braking performance and throttle response. The Rogues brakes offered up a reassuring feel, but without too much bite. Throttle response was good too, with the Nissan's CVT and four-pot combo avoiding the over-aggressive throttle tip-in that throws man and canine heads alike back into their seats.

At speed and with the roads opened up, the Rogue was a perfectly comfortable and quiet family cruiser. It was quite happy humming along at 10-15 mph over the speed limit on I-5 (as the Highway Patrol can unfortunately attest to), though at times it feels like the Rogue is really working to get up to those speeds. Even with our un-scheduled CHP stop, the dogs remained quiet and content in the roomy backseat, and we rolled up to our destination just before two in the morning.

After a quiet vacation, it was time to return home. Somewhat maddeningly, we somehow had even more stuff to schlep back home with us than when we arrived. Even with all of our original cargo, plus two or three extra boxes and a child's wading pool (don't ask), we all still somehow fit in the Rogue. Our drive back home was even less-eventful than the ride up, with us hitting pockets of traffic here and there and the Rogue providing a nice cocoon away from it all.

Overall, the Rogue averaged 25.4 mpg over the journey, with its best tank being 26.7 mpg, and worst 22.8 mpg. Now that my Rogue and I really know each other, I can't wait to see what else this year has in store.

More on our long-term 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD here:

Brooklyn and Rex comfy in back of the loaded Nissan Rogue© Provided by MotorTrend Brooklyn and Rex comfy in back of the loaded Nissan Rogue


Our Car
Service life8163 mi
Average fuel economy23.6 mpg
CO2 emissions0.82 lb/mi
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ25/32/28 mpg
Energy consumption143 kW-hr/100mi
Unresolved problemsNone
Maintenance cost$0
Normal-wear cost$0

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