Is the 2014 Nissan Rogue Better Than Its Competition?

Nissan Rogue competition

The 2014 Nissan Rogue has already received accolades in the automotive industry for several best-in-class features such as starting MSRP, city/highway mpg, and max cargo capacity. As far as more specific details are concerned, how does it compare to other highly-favored vehicles in its class? For purposes of this post, let’s take a look at two popular comparable vehicles—the 2014 Honda CR-V LX (A5) and the 2014 Toyota RAV4 LE as our test competitors and see how the 2014 Nissan Rogue S FWD holds up.

Exterior

These particular models all represent some of the best in the  small SUV/crossover market. To really see what sets each one apart, we have to dissect the nuts and bolts (no pun intended) of each car. So let’s start from the outside.

We already mentioned Rogue’s best-in-class features, and it does indeed have a better starting MSRP and fuel economy when compared to both the CR-V LX and the RAV4 LE.

As far as exterior features and details, these models offer (except where noted):

  • 4 doors
  • Liftgate rear cargo doors
  • Rear spoilers (not available for this CR-V)
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers (rear bumper is black on the RAV4)
  • Power driver and passenger outside mirrors
  • Halogen headlights
  • Auto-off headlamp control

In addition, the Rogue also has LED daytime running lights and standard driver and passenger side turn-signal-indicator-outside mirrors—which happen to be nice safety features when you’re navigating some heavy traffic in a bigger car, especially around here in the Baltimore/DC metro area!

Interior

When we move to the interior aspects of these models, again we will find some similarities and some key differences—differences which, depending on the buyer, can hold a lot of sway in terms of purchasing decisions.

All three models offer:

  • Air conditioning
  • External digital memory control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows
  • Cargo tie downs
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls
  • Front and rear beverage holders
  • Full floor console
  • Tilting and telescoping steering wheel
  • 6-way driver seat
  • 4-way front passenger seat
  • Cloth seat material
  • Wireless phone connectivity

Now, here’s where the interiors differ. The Rogue has three, not just 2, 12V DC power outlets compared to the CR-V and RAV4. An overhead console storage area is available in the Rogue, unlike the RAV4. The Rogue has illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors, two (as opposed to one) first row LCD monitors, and variable intermittent windshield wiper blades (as opposed to fixed interval wiper blades).

For drivers who have a concern for cabin versatility, the Rogue has a 40-20-40 split rear seat folding option versus the 60-40 split in the competitor models.

For the maintenance-minded driver, there is a maintenance reminder in the Rogue that is not available in the RAV4. Another interior feature special in the Rogue is a tire-specific low tire pressure warning. We don’t know about you, but we would like to be told which tire is low on pressure, versus checking each tire!

Build and Safety

When it comes to the mechanics of these models, it’s another tight race. For instance, all have (except as noted):

  • Electric power-assist, speed-sensitive steering
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Steel wheels (Rogue and RAV4, CR-V styled steel)
  • 17-inch wheels (16-inch for CR-V)
  • 2.5 liter engines (2.4 liter for CR-V)
  • DOHC valvetrains
  • Front wheel drive

The most varied aspect that might be of importance to drivers is the transmission. A CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) powers the Rogue, whereas the CR-V and RAV4 have a 5-speed automatic transmission and a 6-speed automatic transmission, respectively.

For the power-minded driver, the Rogue with 170hp @6,000RPM has negligibly less horsepower than the RAV4 (176hp @6,000RPM) and the CR-V (185hp @7,000RPM). But, as far as torque goes, the Rogue with 175lb-ft @4400 RPM beats both the RAV4 and CR-V.

It’s reassuring to know, that no matter which vehicle you consider, all are equipped with similar safety features such as:

  • Passenger front/driver side/passenger side-impact airbags
  • Side impact beams
  • Height adjustable seatbelts
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • 4-wheel ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Traction control systems
  • Vehicle dynamic control
  • Vehicle immobilizer systems
  • Panic alarms
  • Child safety rear door locks

Two safety features that come standard in the Rogue are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd airbags (the other models have only 1st and 2nd airbags) and a vehicle security system—something optional in the RAV4 and not available in the CR-V.

Where the Rogue really breaks the mold compared to these competitors is in its sizing. It is larger in its exterior length/width/height, has a larger wheelbase, and more interior cargo volume. It also boasts better front and rear legroom, front and rear headroom, rear hiproom, rear shoulder room, and passenger volume (the total amount of space available to the occupants of the vehicle).

With best-in-class features, NASA-inspired zero-gravity comfortable seats, cargo and seating versatility, and having been fully redesigned for the 2014 model year, you can understand why we LOVE the 2014 Nissan Rogue! If you’d like to read more detail about the Rogue, please check out our review. Or, for a hands-on approach to researching the Rogue on your own, simply click on the button below to schedule a test drive!

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*images courtesy of Nissan, Honda, and the Car Connection