2014 Jeep Cherokee Versus 2014 Nissan Rogue

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Sporting a 1-0 record, the Cars.com long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee headed into its next head-to-head comparison against the redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue. The Rogue makes for a much more suitable comparison with the Cherokee, which dominated the outdated 2014 Jeep Compass.

2014 Nissan Rogue Expert Review

The new Rogue should look familiar by now due to relentless TV commercials placing the Rogue in urban environments, jumping on top of trains and blasting through evil snowmen. It's the same type of urban cityscape editors Joe Wiesenfelder and Joe Bruzek used to test the Rogue head-to-head with the Cherokee on the post-winter, heavily pothole-ridden streets of Chicago.

By Joe Bruzek | April 10, 2014 | Comments (8)

$40,000 3-Row SUV Car Seat Challenge: the Highs and Lows

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Large families basically have two choices when it comes to what to drive: a three-row SUV or a minivan. Both have their merits and handle cargo and passenger room differently. During Cars.com's recent $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge, I spent a few days getting to know seven of the contenders in the midsize crossover class, driving them, climbing in and out of them, and installing car seats in their second and third rows.

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Although they all have to offer a large amount of room in order to fit that third row, it's obvious that not all SUVs are created equal. When it comes to car seats, there were some very clear winners and losers, with the Honda Pilot and Hyundai Santa Fe leading the pack, and the Chevrolet Traverse and Mazda CX-9 bringing up the rear.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Photo Gallery

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The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder finished fourth in our $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge. "The ride is great, and it offers just about anything most families need as far as comfort and convenience features," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below to inspect the Pathfinder's styling, interior and family-friendliness.

By David Thomas | April 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan Armada: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Nissan Armada, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

With its towering ride height and loads of cargo and passenger room, Nissan's largest SUV is king of the road and easily handled all of our child-safety seats. The eight-passenger Armada joins the list of vehicles that can comfortably accommodate three car seats in the second row. Its roomy third row held two with room to spare for an additional small passenger.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two, with room leftover

By Jennifer Geiger | April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan Maxima: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Nissan Maxima, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Nissan's lineup is full of mainstream sedans, but don't let the sportiest one fool you — the Maxima is very family-friendly. Accessible Latch anchors and a roomy backseat helped earn this five-passenger sedan plenty of A's in our car seat check.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

AAA Study: Extreme Cold Has Chilling Effect on EV Range

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When it comes to all-electric vehicles, the primary source of apprehension for most would-be buyers is range, and logically so. After all, once your EV's battery runs out of juice, unless you happen to be pulling into a charging station at that very moment, that's as far as you're going — at least until the tow truck shows up. While good planning can prevent that scenario, EV drivers must also account for the sometimes-dramatic swings in range caused by varying weather conditions, especially extreme cold.

A Winter in the Nissan Leaf

A new study released this month by AAA found that EV range can be reduced by as much as 57 percent based on the outside temperature. At the AAA Automotive Research Center in Southern California, researchers conducted a simulation to measure the driving range of three all-electric vehicles in cold, moderate and hot weather, and temperature played a major role in driving range for all three.

By Matt Schmitz | March 28, 2014 | Comments (17)

2014 Nissan Murano: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Nissan Murano, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Nissan's redesigned family-friendly seven-passenger Pathfinder may have stolen some of the spotlight from its smaller sibling, the Murano, but the midsize crossover still offers a good amount of room and comfort for five passengers. Easy to access Latch anchors made installing most child-safety seats a breeze, but annoying buckle straps complicate booster usage.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | March 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: Nearly 1 Million Nissan and Infiniti Vehicles...Again

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 989,701 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, including model-year 2013-14 Altimas, Leafs, Pathfinders and Sentras; model-year 2013 Nissan NV200s and Infiniti JX35s; and model-year 2014 Infiniti Q50s and QX60s. 

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that the occupant classification sensor software in these vehicles may incorrectly classify the front passenger seat as empty. If this happens in a crash, the passenger airbag wouldn't deploy, increasing the risk of injury.

Nissan faced this problem once before and recalled these vehicles in March 2013 to fix the occupant classification system. The automaker says the new issue is a separate one. "A combination of factors such as high engine vibration at idle when the seat is initially empty and then becomes occupied, or unusual occupant seating postures immediately upon being seated may cause the OCS to classify an occupied front passenger seat as empty," the automaker said in a statement to NHTSA.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

Nissan to Debut 2015 Murano at 2014 New York Auto Show

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With more than three weeks to go until the media days of the 2014 New York Auto Show, Nissan just announced that it plans to unveil the next generation of its two-row SUV. The Murano was last updated for model-year 2011, and Nissan calls the 2015 model "all-new" with a "spacious, premium interior and advanced, purposeful safety and connective technology," the automaker said in a statement.

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Nissan provided a teaser image that hints at a more aggressive front end with upswept LED-accented headlights. Check back with us on April 16 when the Murano debuts at the show.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan Rogue Earns IIHS' Top Safety Rating

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced Thursday that the redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue earned its top crashworthiness designation, the Top Safety Pick Plus designation. The redesigned compact crossover scored "good" in all five test categories — including moderate and small front overlap, side, roof strength and head restraints — along with a "basic" rating in IIHS' new front-crash prevention test for models equipped with forward collision warning. Vehicles must earn a "basic," "advanced" or "superior" rating in this new-for-2014 test category in order to earn the highest safety status.

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In the small overlap test, IIHS said in a statement, the driver's space was maintained "reasonably well," and injury measures recorded on the crash-test dummy indicated low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. The small overlap category was a new addition to IIHS' battery of tests in 2012; it replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole.

"The new Rogue is an improvement over the previous generation, which was rated marginal in the small overlap test and acceptable in the roof strength evaluation," the IIHS said in a statement. "The new Rogue offers an optional forward collision warning system, a first for the model."

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By Matt Schmitz | March 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

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