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2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Long-Term Update 4

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/16/2015 Motor Trend Staff, Christian Seabaugh

If there's one thing I can usually count on when I'm out of town at new vehicle launches, it's that my Nissan Rogue sits parked in the corner of the MT garage like an unloved child. I guess with a long-term fleet that includes an M3 and an F-Type R Coupe, there are a lot more interesting cars vying for attention.

2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Long-Term Update 4

That's quite sad, really -- I'd never expected to be copping to this at the beginning of my chaperoning stint in our long-term Nissan Rogue, but I genuinely like this thing. The Rogue is an honest little cute-ute that's got a lot going for it. Under my tutelage, our Rogue usually spends the majority of its time shuttling me, the girl, and the dogs on errands around L.A., with the occasional road trip thrown in for good measure.

2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD For those tasks it really excels. From a packaging perspective, the Rogue is a spacious little SUV, able to swallow up loads more cargo than I'd ever expect. Allowing it to do so is the one-two punch of the Rogue's split-folding (and sliding!) rear seat and its Divide-N-Hide cargo storage system. The latter uses two sliding shelves to organize or cover cargo and expand the available storage area. The sliding rear seats are also a boon for cargo space and have the added bonus of bringing the dogs in back within arm's reach of those in front.

Other positives: The Rogue's ride is excellent, and the NASA-inspired "Zero Gravity" seats remain comfortable on long journeys, even after 8-plus hours in the saddle. The Rogue's 360-degree camera system has also become indispensable, though I do wish it displayed high-resolution images.

For all the good, there are a couple small things that have started to annoy me about the Rogue, chief among them the array of buttons mounted down by the driver's left knee. The buttons, which include Sport mode and the tailgate switch, are completely out of my line of sight and all feel the same, making using any of them while on the move dangerous. My sole other complaint: lack of USB ports. There's just one, which feels like a remarkable oversight considering how many portable devices most drivers are packing these days.

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2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

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