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2014 Nissan Rogue First Drive

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,112
edited September 2014 in Nissan

image2014 Nissan Rogue First Drive

Edmunds' First Drive of the 2014 Nissan Rogue. Includes driving impressions, specifications and photos of Nissan's redesigned compact crossover.

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  • emajoremajor Posts: 332
    Looks like an improvement, particularly interior design and the more vertical rear glass to improve cargo capacity. The last Rogue's styling just killed the cargo space behind the rear seats. From the pictures, it looks like the interior design and materials put the Honda, Toyota, and Mazda to shame.

    The CVT in our 2012 Altima snaps to attention quickly and doesn't lug the engine, and is far more responsive and intuitive than many 6-speed autos I've driven. However, that 2.5 is a really coarse and unrefined engine and I'm surprised more reviews don't mention that. Perhaps Nissan stuffed some more sound insulation in the firewall in the new Altima and this Rogue.
  • Looks more aggressive which I appreciate. However, the Forester is still the best in class.
  • @emajoe:

    How does the CVT do in stop-n-go traffic or city traffic? Does it give a good amount of engine braking or does it feel like the it rolls ahead too much and you're constantly stressed you'll re-end someone?
  • @patinthecity- Since test driving both the Altima and Maxima with the updated Nissan CVT's, I have not experienced any negative issues in stop n go or city Traffic. Had an Altima for a week with the 2.5i and CVT, and the performance was solid. I still not
  • emajoremajor Posts: 332
    patinthecity,
    I don't get much time in stop-n-go (thank god almighty), but the few times I have the CVT has been well behaved. It's smooth, doesn't shuffle and shudder between gears like some automatics do in stop and go. Not much engine braking, unless you put it in the manual ratio mode, but roll-ahead isn't really a problem either. It's a great transmission for normal driving, but it magnifies the lawnmower engine when driven harder.
  • alex38alex38 Posts: 30
    the previous Rogue was very handsome imo...clean crisp lines. This one looks horrendous imo. Still underpowered, has that awful CVT and now, they've messed up the look to match. no surprise that Nissan stock -10% in Japan this morning..
  • As a current owner of a 2011 Rogue SL AWD, I can attest to the fact that the previous version is not only a great car, but a good looking one a that. I've never been able to understand why, whenever there's a new car (or anything for that matter), reviewers always feel they have to deride the previous version in some way in order to make the new version seem better. This is especially irritating when they contradict themselves. Here, Edmunds describes the previous Rogue as "dowdy." Yet, in their own review of it they describe it as an attractive, "distinctive" crossover with "crisp lines." Contradictory much? :-/

    To me, the new version does look good. Perhaps, even better than the previous. But, just because there's a new one doesn't mean the old one's ugly.

    Also, I really don't understand all the hate being thrown at CVT's. I think they're awesome. And, the one in the Rogue works really well. There's NO shift shock whatsoever. Why do you need to FEEL shifts on an automatic? Doesn't make sense. That's what manuals are for. Plus, automakers have done everything in their power to make their regular automatics shift as smoothly as possible. So, why is it a bad thing that CVTs are seamless with no shift points?

    As far as my Rogue goes, the power just comes seamlessly. The only time the engine "drone" is present is when you accelarate hard and/or floor it. Honestly, that doesn't happen much. But, when it does, the Rogue does get loud, but it at least you feel the engine working and it makes up for the noise with good accelaration. My Rogue hauls!

    Speaking of which: To Alex38: The Rogue is NOT underpowered. Edmunds clocked it at 8.6 to 60, with some other sources getting even quicker numbers. For a heavy, 4-cylinder crossover, that is not underpowered at all. As far as power, not noise-level, I've always felt my Rogue feels like it has a V6, as have other people who have driven my car. They've all been surprised when I tell them it's only a 4. So, if Nissan's saying this new one is even quicker, then cool! Can't wait to test it out.

    And, to answer the question about roll-ahead issues. I've actually noticed the opposite with CVT's vs. regular automatics. Regular automatics, to me, seem to roll-ahead more than CVT's. I kinda wish my Rogue would roll ahead a little more than it does. At some times, it even behaves kinda like a manual. And, if you want engine braking, then just turn overdrive off and it'll provide a lot more of it.

    All in all, I really like this new Rogue and can't wait to test drive it. If I like it even more in person, then I'm definitely trading my 2011 in as soon as possible. :) (Curious to see just how small the third row is - I still wish it would be an option on the SL, though.)
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