The Nissan Rogue has always been a popular model among compact crossover buyers, and has been Nissan's best-selling SUV model in the U.S. for several years now. This despite a design that went back to 2008, with only minimal interim changes. Not that that's an egregiously long model run, but since its introduction, many newer, fresher competitors have come on to the scene. With the 2014 Nissan Rogue, the company is hoping the addition of more practicality and better fuel economy will strengthen its position in the compact crossover market even further.
Starting at $23,350 for a front-drive Rogue S, the 2014 starting price represents a $2180 increase over the 2013 model, but Nissan points out that the 2014 model features standard Bluetooth hands-free calling, audio streaming, and hands-free messaging assistant. Two-row models get Nissan's class-exclusive Divide 'n Hide cargo configurability system, and the second row offers 9 inches of fore-aft adjustability. All models also get standard LED driving lights, exterior signal mirrors, and LED headlights are optional. Exterior styling shows a strong family resemblance to the larger Nissan Pathfinder.
On paper, it doesn't seem like much has changed under the hood, with the proven QR25DE port-injected 2.5-liter I-4 producing the same 170 hp and 175 lb-ft as last year's model, still mated to a CVT automatic. But enhancements to drivetrain calibration and tuning result in a significant 5-mpg increase in highway fuel economy, to 33 mpg for 2WD models.
Production for the North American market also shifts from Kyushu, Japan, to Smyrna, Tennessee. The Rogue will be sold in Europe as the X-Trail.
|2014 Nissan Rogue Pricing*|
|S FWD $23,350|
|SV FWD $25,180|
|SL FWD $28,930|
|S AWD $24,700|
|SV AWD $26,440|
|SL AWD $30,280|
|*All prices include 4860 destination charge|