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

Nissan: At Home and Abroad

Nissan

One thing that’s admirable about Nissan is that it sees itself as a global company with global responsibilities. Take its latest humanitarian effort in the Philippines. Nissan has pledged 20 million yen (roughly 200,000 U.S. Dollars) in support of recovery efforts taking place in areas hit by the recent Typhoon Haiyan. Nissan’s support comes in the form of both cash and vehicles.  As a “citizen of the world”, Nissan empathizes with the victims and feels an obligation to join in helping them create a brighter future.  

At home, Nissan is on the lookout for interesting start-ups which can add to their marketing reach. To understand what they’re up to, we can look at their first acquisition, “Stadium Stock Exchange (SSE)”.  SSE has organized a mobile app and a website so sports fans can play fantasy football at the college-level. Nissan feels that the “no fear” factor, as well as the fresh ideas and technologies of the start-ups, will help keep the Nissan design team inspired. In addition, it will give them some new items to incorporate into upcoming vehicle designs. However, back to the football… at the moment, Nissan says that interested players “can find links to Nissan’s Heisman House website planted on both the side and top of several spots on SSE’s site”. 

e-NV200Another futuristic Nissan enterprise is the “e-NV200”, Nissan’s second all-electric vehicle. Estimated to arrive to the Japanese market some time in 2014, the e-NV200 will “take a leaf” out of the LEAF’s book and offer the same roomy interior, usefulness, and practicality. In contrast, the e-NV200 will be a zero-emission vehicle. The e-NV200 will extend the business potential of the LEAF by supplying power in the luggage area (useful for outdoor activities or as emergency power) and an advanced telematics system. Visitors to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show were able to see the e-NV200 as a reference exhibit in the Nissan booth. 

2014 Nissan RogueStepping back from the future into the now, we arrive at Nissan’s new small cross-over, the all-new 2014 Rogue. The Rogue’s new technologies give an easier and more fun driving experience. Nissan says that the systems, such as Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking, and Active Ride Control, are “typically what you see on performance-oriented vehicles”. Nissan engineer Matthew Hart describes the effect as a greater ability to “follow the intended path, subtle assistance to help brake more confidently, and more confidence when maneuvering the car”.  

What do you think of all the exciting and innovative things that Nissan has going on? Leave your comments below to start the conversation!

The All-New 2014 Nissan Rogue:

Designed to Energize Everyday Activities with Style

2014 Nissan Rogue
Source: Nissan Image Library

Nissan has announced details for the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue, expected to hit showrooms in November. In fact, eager Rogue enthusiasts can take advantage of a special pre-sale early reservation initiative launched by Nissan. But if you’d like to learn a little bit more about this totally-redesigned-for-2014 model, be sure to read on.

First, a little bit of the back story: the Rogue was introduced in 2008 and has since quickly become a highly-favored vehicle in the compact SUV market. It is one of the best-selling Nissan models in the states, second only to the Nissan Altima. According to Fred Diaz, divisional Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nissan North America,

“There is growing demand for compact SUVs around the world due to their user-friendly combination of right-sized exteriors, flexible interior utility and low environmental impact.”

Adding to that, Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas, goes on to say,

“Rogue’s bold, dynamic new styling is going to generate tremendous attention. And once buyers take a look inside at the roomy, premium interior and experience the long list of affordable user-friendly technologies, we think they’ll be delighted.”

What are the characteristics of the new 2014 Rogue that these big-wigs at the top are referencing? After all, it’s us, the buyers, that have to be convinced and fall in love with the specs of a car we’ll potentially buy. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the features of the new Rogue.

Exterior

Nissan explains the 2014 Rogue’s completely redesigned exterior provides a premium, high-quality look and feel with no compromise of the functional aspects that are so important to owners in this class. Some of the available exterior features include:

[from Nissan]

  • halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights and Smart Auto function
  • body color outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • rear spoiler
  • LED headlights with auto levelizer
  • fog lights
  • privacy glass
  • roof rails
  • heated outside mirrors
  • power panoramic moonroof with sliding shade
  • power rear liftgate
  • wide-opening rear doors for improved entry and exit
  • eight available exterior colors: Midnight Jade, Saharan Sun, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Cayenne Red, Moonlight White and Graphite Blue

Interior

Those are some impressive exterior options! And the premium look of the Rogue doesn’t stop there. Nissan has made efforts to keep the interior of the new Rogue on par with the same quality and style.

Even though the Rogue is a compact crossover, fear not—it still offers ample interior roominess and comfort. In fact, one of the stand-out interior features of the 2014 Rogue is the optional 3-row/7-passenger seating—a first for the Rogue family. Some available interior features include:

[from Nissan]

  • “Zero Gravity”-inspired front bucket seats
  • 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • power driver’s seat (including power lumbar support)
  • Quick Comfort™ heated front seats
  • EZ Flex™ seating system, offering exceptional passenger and cargo versatility
  • sliding/reclining 2nd row 40/20/40-split folding seat with 9.0 inches of fore/aft travel
  • Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Start
  • standard Divide ‘n Hide® Cargo System
  • Two interior colors: Charcoal and Almond

Technology

And what about technology? In this day and age, modern drivers have come to expect auto-manufacturers to deliver technological advancements that make life on the road convenient and safe. With the new Rogue, Nissan has maintained those commitments. Some available tech features include:

[from Nissan]

  • available NissanConnectSM with Navigation
  • 7.0-inch color touch-screen display
  • Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio
  • NavTraffic and NavWeather
  • SiriusXM Travel Link® (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
  • NissanConnectSM Apps
  • Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection (MOD)
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Suite of confidence-inspiring dynamic technologies featuring Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking and Active Ride Control  

We also know our drivers are concerned about fuel economy and the environmental impact of their driving. You’ll be happy to learn from Nissan that,

“Fuel economy is projected to be best-in-class 33 mpg highway for front-wheel drive CVT-equipped models (2014 EPA ratings not available at press time) – representing an 18 percent improvement in highway fuel economy versus the 2013 model. Rogue city fuel economy is rated at 26 mpg, while combined fuel economy is 28 mpg (front-wheel drive models). The new Rogue carries the distinctive “PURE DRIVE” badge, signifying Nissan’s commitment to developing more environmentally friendly transportation for every market.”

The new 2014 Rogue will be offered in three trims—S, SV, and SL. Each offer front-wheel drive or intuitive all-wheel drive. There are also several package options including the Family Package with 3rd row seating (S, SV), Moonroof Package (SV), and Premium Package (SV, SL).

The 2014 Nissan Rogue (not to be confused with the 2013 Nissan Rogue, now renamed the “Rogue Select”) has something to offer everyone. This new model is sure to bring you the quality you’ve come to expect in Nissan models, while also delivering new features that today’s drivers will find helpful to their busy lifestyles. We think Fred Diaz summed it up best when he said “Like every Nissan, Rogue is designed to energize owners’ lives by not only meeting their expected needs, but by going beyond the norm…”

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*information source: Nissan press release