2014 Nissan Rogue: First Look

2014NissanRogue

Competes with: Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5

Looks like: A mini Nissan Pathfinder

Drivetrain: 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, CVT, front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: November

Nissan's Rogue has been an affordable if somewhat forgettable member of the compact crossover segment. The 2014 gets a complete redesign that adds a little bit of styling flash, a much needed interior upgrade and a surprise: an optional third row of seats.

The 2014 is a hair shorter than the outgoing model, and at 182.8 inches in length it is a few inches longer than the Honda CR-V and RAV4. But the Rogue is wider and taller than before, which allows the stadium-styled third row. The second row of seats also has a remarkable 9 inches of travel to adjust for third-row passengers' comfort.

A third row in a crossover this small is unique, and it's likely most buyers won't opt for it.

Instead those shoppers will care more about the starting price of $23,350 (including destination) that gets you 17-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights, a slide/recline adjustable second row that folds in a 40/20/40 split, power windows and locks, backup camera, CD stereo with USB/iPod integration and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.

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That's a lower price than either the RAV4 or CR-V but higher than Mazda's CX-5. You can compare all three along with the 2013 Rogue here.

Moving the new Rogue is the old 2.5-liter four-cylinder from the current model with identical power numbers of 170 horsepower and 175 pounds-feet of torque. But Nissan expects mileage to improve some 18% to 33 mpg highway for front-wheel-drive models when EPA ratings are released.

Overall, the interior looks to be on par with the company's Altima midsize sedan versus the Sentra compact with the top-of-the-line SL with leather shown in these images looking especially upscale. The "zero gravity" front seats are similar to the ones in the Altima as well; they've gotten love-it or hate-it reactions from our editors.

Maximum cargo area has increased significantly to 70 cubic feet, which is now competitive with the RAV4 and CR-V.

We'll have more on pricing and trim levels later today. For now check out the photos below.

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

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By David Thomas | September 10, 2013 | Comments (21)

Comments 

WTF

The rear is a variation of the Kia Borrego. Toyota is laughing at you Nissan for putting a 3rd row in a compact CUV!

Elliott

I agree with you. Adding that third row was strictly for marketing. What is the point of putting a third row in a vehicle if no one can sit in it, even kids.

Well it is an option so buyers don't have to opt for it. The real issue isn't always can a child fit in these third rows but would they be old enough to not be in a booster seat? What about the second row passengers and bookbags etc. We'll have to test it out in person. The new Outlander has a surprisingly livable third row and is almost same exact length as the Rogue.

Tony

I personally see nothing good in the way companies make their cars look alike. "Small Pathfinder"

Tony

I like the dash and instrument panel

John

I don't see why people are so averse to minivans. Instead of buying this tiny thing with unusable third-row seats, why not a Town & Country with ample room for less money? Crossovers don't make sense to me--I'm either buying a traditional SUV for REAL tow-haul needs or a minivan.

Tony

John,
I see lots of good about a small SUV. This is essentially a large wagon. And the fuel efficiency on these are much higher than a minivan. I have 2009 Highlander, 4cyl. My average mpg is same as 4 year newer Odyssey (6cyl with deactivation) My car is large inside but not as big as Oddy. Basically, perfect family and long trip, moving kids to college kind of car. A small SUV gives you pretty good utility capability plus the mileage. If I had only one car, it would be small SUV. How can you bring home 10 bags of mulch otherwise?

J

Did they learn what happened to the RAV4's 3rd row?

carma

J,
It went away probably to make room for the spare tire to move from outside on the tailgate to inside the vehicle .
This is Nissans best looking SUV.

Kj

Great looking SUV, and far less ugly than the new RAV, and a bit more updated than the CRV. Love that the 2nd row seats side back and forth. This is something Toyota shouldn't have removed from the RAV. As for the 3rd row seat, I'm in favor of it when traveling with passengers small enough to fit in the back.

brian

The 3rd row seats can be useful for limited use. I don't think the purpose of it is to go on a family vacation with 4 kids. You almost have no space behind the 3rd row. Its rather giving a ride for kids soccer practice etc. Even if the adult is small enough ride for a team lunch is feasible as well.

Matthew Anderson

I really like this redesign. I love the way so one has test driven this vehicle or seen it in person, and their talking about the third row. Like david said the outlander is livable for small families.

B

I think those wheels are ugly and need to go.

S

Not even close to the looks of a new Pathfinder.And that's a good thing. New Rogue , I love , new Pathfinder , I hate. This is a very sharp looking SUV. Should be a hit .Good job Nissan .

Mike

I'll be cross shopping this with the Outlander when I decide to trade in my current ride.

Ken

This model is much better than prior years. When we last shopped for a small SUV this one was near the top of our list, but we didn't like the 2.0 liter engine. Now that it has a 2.5 liter, and other refinements, it appears to be a winner. Oh, we finally chose a Mazda CX-5 last time. But, unfortunately our other 2001 RAV 4's transmission also began to go (2 car's, same years getting bad trannies three months apart, and guess what? The cars were manufactured three months apart. Coincidence or not?). So I'll be trying out this one as soon as they appear in the dealerships. Meanwhile, I'll have Toyota check out my Rav4 to confirm my fears.

As for buying a car like this one - for me it's the All Wheel Drive. Mini-van's don't have them. And the only one that does, well it's just cost-prohibitive. And the prices for full size SUVs - you got to be kidding, and that includes the mileage they get. I'll stick with my small SUVs...

And, because of all the problems with 2001 - 2003 Rav 4, and Toyota knowing about the problems and not informing owners, and now not doing anything for them, I will not buy another Toyota. Sorry, but their corporate name is now dirt.

cjm

Ken,
The 2.5 has been the loan engine put in the Rogue since the day it entered the market.

Nora

I have pre-ordered one, specifically because of the third row. I only have two kids, but with some frequency I am unexpectedly carpooling kids to and from school, drama, etc. When the grandparents come to visit, I need to be able to move my kids to the back so the grandparents don't have to drive around a town they aren't used to. The new third row has six inches more legroom than the third row in the 2014 Sorento, which is small, but perfectly comfortable for kids or small adults. I thank you for third row! Can't wait for mine to arrive!

Trinh

I am shopping for SUV , have been compared all small new 2014 SUV on the market so far Rogue is #1 in my choice list by far it get better gas and seats for extra kids want ride with us also save us lot of $$$

Trinh

When we shopped SUV we are looking for thing like 1) save gas 2) save $$$ 3) more people can ride with us , and winner is Rogue

Trinh

Is it true that Nissan Rogue SL won't have 3row seat ? If so I change my mind I will buy Mazda CX-5, without 3 row seat on model SL Rogue no longer in my list

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