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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Nissan Crossovers:
Three of the Most Cost-effective and Fuel-efficient Cars on the Market!

Crossover vehicles have really caught on with the public at large and families, in particular.  For families wishing for the room of the traditional minivan, but with the power of an SUV, a crossover vehicle is the best bet.  On howthingswork.com, Cherise LaPine writes that crossover vehicles have become the family go-to vehicles.  She cites five reasons why this has occurred:  fresh styling, improved efficiency, competitive pricing, more options and third-row seating.   We are delighted to fill you in on the three distinctly different crossover vehicles Nissan offers:  the Juke, the Rogue, and the Murano.

The Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke

While the Juke is the smallest of Nissan’s three crossover vehicles, it gives rise to the saying, “Big things come in small packages.”  First, its fuel economy blows away its competitors, including the 2013 Kia Sportage EX and the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport V6.  With highway mileage of 32 mpg and city mileage at 27 mpg, the Juke is an excellent choice for those wanting the benefits of a powerful vehicle with all the comfort and look of a luxury car.   The Juke’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which uses a belt and pulley system to transmit engine power to the wheels rather than shifting through gears, guarantees the Juke’s engine efficiency for the long run.

In addition to fuel economy, Nissan touts the Juke as “Built to Thrill.”  And it does!  With its powerful 188 hp engine with 177 lb/ft Torque, this baby really moves when you need it to.  Its lighter weight (up to 800 lbs lighter than its competition) ensures the fuel economy of the Juke, but the interior legroom is actually greater than the competitors.

Pricing on the 2013 Nissan Juke is lower than the average MSRPs of the Sportage and the Santa Fe by almost 20%.  Safety is confirmed with the seat-mounted drive side and passenger side airbags as well as 1st and 2nd row curtain airbags, and a vehicle immobilizer system.

Some Juke owner reviews:

 

  • “The Best AWD for the money!  The size of this car is great for retired folks.  The power from the turbo 4 is a real kick, the modes of drive is genius using the CVT transmission to boost or subdue the performance.  The Juke was great during our first big snow.  We love this car!”
  • “My Awesome Car!  I love my Juke, the mileage, performance and looks!  When I decide on another car it will definitely be a Juke!”
  • “AWD Sports Car.  I am loving it.  It has been everything I hoped it to be.  Overall fun to drive and sporty.”

 

The Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue

The Rogue is the middle offering in Nissan’s crossover line.  “The Crossover that’s the Perfect Fit,” as Nissan puts it, is priced and sized between the Juke and the Murano.   Due to its superb fuel economy (25 mpg combined), it was acknowledged by howthingswork.com as one of the 5 crossover vehicles with the best fuel economy.  A list that was admittedly difficult to compile due to the different connotations of the word crossover, How Things Work says, “While the word ‘Rogue’ might conjure up pirates and thieves…the Nissan Rogue crossover plays by the rules and gets great gas mileage in the process.”  The Nissan Rogue gets markedly better combined fuel economy than most of its competitors.

With a MSRP of over 5% below the average competitors’, the Rogue proves to be a good value as well.  Competitors include the Honda CR-V EX-L, the Hyundai Tucson Limited, and the Toyota RAV4 Limited.

With its CVT and lighter curb weight contributing to its efficiency and front seats that fold flat, the Rogue satisfies discerning drivers with competence and comfort!

Even with its lighter curb weight, the Rogue provides more legroom and headroom than its competition.

Some professional reviews about the Rogue:

  • “The 2012 Nissan Rogue is a comfortable crossover with an unusually nice interior.  It’s also unusually fun to drive.  Unless you require maximum cargo space and rear-seat functionality, it’s a strong contender.  Smooth ride, capable handling, high-quality cabin, comfortable front seats.” — Edmunds (2012)
  • “… I think your average crossover buyer will find more value in the more settled Rogue. ” — CNET
  • “… this compact Nissan gets points for sleek styling, high levels of interior functionality, and value pricing.” — Consumer Guide (2012)

Rogue owners proudly say:

 

  • “This will be a keeper.  My 2012 Rogue Special Edition is getting better mileage than my 08 Altima.”
  • “Reliable, fast, great control on the road and on gas.  The only con I have is that most people envy me for having one!  I have nothing but great things to say about this car.  The best car I have ever bought.”
  • “Best medium-sized SUV…period!  Quality throughout, great audio, gas mileage and reliability”
  •  “I love the Rogue!  Best car I have ever owned.  Great on gas and love the size of it.  Storage space is great!  I went from driving an 06 Highlander and this car is way better on gas and is overall a better car in my eyes!”

The Nissan Murano

Nissan Murano

Nissan says that with the Murano, “Refinement also comes in AWD.”  The Murano is the top offering of the Nissan crossover line and is comparable to the Honda Pilot EX-L, the Toyota Venza XLE, and the Toyota Highlander SE V6.

The Murano’s 260 hp engine is more powerful than its competitors.  However, pricing is much more reasonable on the Murano.  With a MSRP starting from $33,530, the Murano is a great value for what is considered a luxury automobile.  The 31.8 cubic feet of cargo space is much more spacious than that of Murano’s competitors and makes this car a perfect fit for families.

Professionals conclude:

 

  • “The 2012 Nissan Murano stands out among other midsize crossovers thanks to its unique styling, engaging driving experience and overall sophistication.”  — Edmunds
  • “One of the quicker 6-cylinder midsize SUVs, Murano has few peers for smooth throttle response around town and in hilly terrain. Credit the CVT, which seamlessly transfers power without the gear-selection dithers or downshift delays of some conventional automatic transmissions.  Murano is a likable SUV that offers secure handling, a comfortable interior, versatile cargo utility, and a strong, refined powertrain.” — Consumer Guide
    • “On the road, the … Nissan Murano’s torque-laden V6 engine made driving uphill seem nearly effortless, and the CVT transmission kept the vehicle at the correct RPM for the incline’s duration.  The Murano’s edgy styling, performance oriented suspension and Infiniti-like luxury interior place it in a league of its own.” — Kelley Blue Book

Murano owners say:

  • “Luv my new Murano!  Great handling and the power’s there when you need it.”
  • “Nice power, comfort, excellent ride!”
  • “This is my second Murano.  First was a 2009, best cars I’ve ever owned.”

Now that you’ve read all about Nissan’s three crossover offerings, we invite you to come on down and take a look at each of them!  Once you test drive one or all of them, we know you’ll love them as much as we do!

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*Images courtesy of Carpages UK, The Car Connection and Roadfly