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2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Long-Term Verdict

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/8/2015 Motor Trend Staff, Christian Seabaugh

In an age of people arguing with Internet strangers about which performance car has the most horsepower or which automaker took the biggest bailout, it's refreshing to drive something as honest, simple, and controversy-free as the Nissan Rogue.

Our Brilliant Silver family-oriented crossover really became a part of my family over the past 21,000 miles. Always willing and able, the Rogue took the girl, the dogs, and me to work and the dog park every day, to Northern California to visit family, and to Lake Tahoe to plan our wedding. It was ever-present, always happy to be along for the trip. Memories were made in that Rogue, from getting nicked for (allegedly) speeding by the ever-vigilant California Highway Patrol to enjoying sunshine and warm ocean air with the windows dropped, panoramic roof open, the sound system bumpin', and dogs happily hanging out the windows.

2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Although the memories are nice, my favorite thing about the Rogue was how versatile it was. It was just as happy hauling five adults and their gear to the beach as it was being filled from the front seats back with boxes on a long road trip. The sliding rear seats and Divide-N-Hide cargo area really allowed the Rogue to excel at hauling duties. The former allowed us to position the rear seats right up against the fronts, making it impossible for our dogs to fall off the seats during road trips while maximizing cargo capacity. The latter was just as suited for dividing and organizing groceries as it was swallowing up boxes, suitcases, and even bikes. Talk about efficient storage solutions.

2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Long-Term Verdict

A long road trip in another MT vehicle really drove this point home. I've made the 550-mile journey from SoCal to NorCal in the Rogue many times, and the Rogue never felt taxed with our usual load of two or three suitcases, two backpacks, dog beds, food, and a handful of other miscellaneous items. Over the Christmas break, I opted to take MT's long-term Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk on the same trip with the same usual load of cargo. I was surprised to find the cargo area filled from floor to ceiling, blocking my view through the back glass. It felt cramped in the Jeep -- it never felt that way in the Nissan.

2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Like any family member, the Rogue was lovable but not without its flaws. It was slow off the line, for instance, making the stoplight race to the turn lane a difficult endeavor. The Rogue also never lived up to the promise of its lofty 25/32/28 mpg city/highway/combined EPA numbers; over its 12 months with us, the Rogue achieved 23.3 mpg, just a hair better than its 23.1 combined Real MPG score. The Rogue's observed fuel economy was bested by our old long-term 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring (25.6 mpg observed), 2013 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.0 (26.4 mpg), and 2013 Honda CR-V (26.5 mpg).

The Rogue never felt taxed with our usual load of two or three suitcases, two backpacks, dog beds, and food.

The Rogue also had a few minor quality issues during its last 5,000 miles in our garage. Although always mechanically sound, the panoramic sunroof started making sounds above 40 mph. The dealer was able to replicate the issue but couldn't actually fix the rattle as nothing was technically broken. There also were a few electrical gremlins hiding in the left-rear passenger door window and in the tailgate. On two or three occasions, the left-rear window would refuse to rise after being lowered, randomly coming back into action again after a period of sitting. The power-operated tailgate also went haywire, refusing to stay open and even causing damage to one of the taillights. The window and tailgate issues were addressed by replacing a control module and the battery at no cost during its 20,000-mile service.

2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD Speaking of service, after accidentally missing its first, the Rogue made three scheduled stops at our local Nissan dealer for service. These three oil changes, two tire rotations, cabin air filter and engine air filter replacements, and a brake fluid change set us back $329.88. Although we got a break on the 20,000-mile service because of the warranty repairs being done at the same time, had we paid for all four scheduled service stops, we'd have spent $648.61 servicing the Rogue. We've had a fair amount of family crossovers pass through our garage over the past few years, and the Rogue is on the high-end of the maintenance-cost spectrum. Our Forester cost us nothing to service, our CR-V $220.66, and our CX-5 $456.21.

Over my past half-dozen or so months with the Nissan Rogue, the question I most often got about it from friends, family, and neighbors was, "Would you buy one?" Personally, no; it's overkill for what I need, and the Lexus RX-lookalike styling isn't my cup of tea. But would I recommend it to someone in the market for a crossover SUV? In a heartbeat. Without hesitation. I truly loved my time in the Rogue and know that it'd just as easily make itself part of someone else's family as it did mine.

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


Our Car
SERVICE LIFE12 mo / 21,550 mi
BASE PRICE$30,280
OPTIONSPremium package ($1,990), auto-dimming mirror ($310)
PRICE AS TESTED$32,580
AVG ECON/CO223.3 mpg / 0.84 lb/mi
PROBLEM AREASRattling sunroof, power window, tailgate
MAINTENANCE COST*$648.61 (4-oil change, inspection; 2-tire rotation; 1-cabin-air filter, engine-air filter, brake fluid change)
NORMAL-WEAR COST$0 (front brake rotor resurface, pad replacement, battery replacement)
3-YEAR RESIDUAL VALUE**$16,290
RECALLSFront hub bolts, loose lug nuts, steering shaft bolt
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON25/32/28 mpg
REAL MPG CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON20.1/28.2/23.1 mpg
*Est, including missed 5,000-mile and warranty-discounted 20,000-mile services.
**Automotive Lease Guide data


2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUTFront-engine, AWD
ENGINE TYPEI-4, aluminum block/head
VALVETRAINDOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT151.9 cu in/2,488cc
COMPRESSION RATIO10.0:1
POWER (SAE NET)170 hp @ 6,000 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET)175 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
REDLINE6,200 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER21.4 lb/hp
TRANSMISSIONCont. variable auto
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO5.69:1/2.15:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REARStruts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO17.1:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK3.0
BRAKES, F;R11.8-in vented disc; 11.7-in vented disc, ABS
WHEELS7.0 x 18-in, cast aluminum
TIRES225/60R18 100H M+S Dunlop Grandtrek ST30
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE106.5 in
TRACK, F/R62.8/62.8 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT182.3 x 72.4 x 66.3 in
GROUND CLEARANCE7.6 in
APPRCH/DEPART ANGLE17.4/25.0 deg
TURNING CIRCLE37.4 ft
CURB WEIGHT3,633 lb
WEIGHT DIST., F/R57/43%
TOWING CAPACITY1,000 lb
SEATING CAPACITY5
HEADROOM, F/R39.5/36.6 in
LEGROOM, F/R43.0/37.9 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R56.6/55.9 in
CARGO VOLUME BEH F/R70.0/32.0 cu ft
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH
0-30 3.3 sec
0-404.9
0-506.8
0-609.1
0-7012.0
0-8015.7
0-9020.1
PASSING, 45-65 MPH4.7
QUARTER MILE17.0 sec @ 83.2 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH118 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION0.77 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT28.9 sec @ 0.58 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH2,000 rpm
CONSUMER INFO
BASE PRICE$30,280
PRICE AS TESTED$32,580
STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROLYes/yes
AIRBAGSDual front, front side, f/r curtain
BASIC WARRANTY3 yrs/36,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY5 yrs/60,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCEN/A
FUEL CAPACITY14.5 gal
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON25/32/28 mpg
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY135/105 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB0.70 lb/mile
REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB20.1/28.2/23.1 mpg
RECOMMENDED FUELUnleaded regular

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