It's been a long time coming, but Nissan finally redesigned its Rogue compact crossover for 2014. The crossover got one heck of a makeover, but there's one area that sets it apart from the rest of this competitive class: the cargo area's numerous storage configurations.
Compact crossovers are a no-brainer for many families since they provide utility and get better fuel economy than their larger siblings, but the cargo areas are often a little, well, compact. The 2014 Rogue has 39.3 cubic feet of storage behind the second row; that's an improvement of 10.4 cubic feet over the 2013 model. It's also larger than 2014 Toyota RAV4 (38.4), 2014 Honda CR-V (37.2) and 2014 Ford Escape (34.3).
For 2014, the two-row Rogue — a 50/50-split third row is optional — has a Divide-N-Hide cargo system that makes it simple to compartmentalize the space with easy-to-use, multilevel grooves built into the cargo-area walls. It comes with flat panels that can easily slide in to the grooves like oven racks and make the most of those available cubic feet. Even better, handles make the panels convenient to grab and pull out with one hand. The storage configuration possibilities seem only limited by the imagination. I arranged five configurations at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show; Nissan claims upward of 25 arrangements.