2014 Nissan Rogue Earns IIHS' Top Safety Rating


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)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


The top half of this week's list of most-read reviews isn't much different from past weeks, with the 2014 Nissan Rogue again holding steady at No. 1. The bottom half of the list, however, is composed entirely of list newcomers that debuted on Kicking Tires within roughly the past two weeks. Moreover, this week marks the first time the roster entirely comprises 2014 models, with nary a 2013 to be had. Check out what was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2014 Subaru Forester
3. 2014 Honda Pilot
4. 2014 Infiniti Q50
5. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
6. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
7. 2014 Buick LaCrosse
8. 2014 Dodge Durango
9. 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop
10. 2014 Infiniti QX80

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | March 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week


The 2014 Nissan Rogue most decidedly did not go rogue this week, instead doing exactly what anyone recently paying attention to our list of most-read reviews might expect: It remained at No. 1. It's not all encores this week, however, as three reviews make their list debuts, including the 2014 Honda CR-V crossover at No. 2, the 2013 Bentley Mulsanne luxury sedan at No. 5 and the 2014 Honda Pilot SUV at No. 7. Meanwhile, the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage returns to the list after previously disappearing. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2014 Honda CR-V
3. 2014 Subaru Forester
4. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
5. 2013 Bentley Mulsanne
6. 2014 Infiniti Q50
7. 2014 Honda Pilot
8. 2013 BMW 328i
9. 2013 Lexus CT 200h
10. 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman
By Matt Schmitz | February 23, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Nissan Rogue Video

No offense, ladies, but the Nissan Rogue that's so popular among your demographic is butching up for 2014 in hopes of gaining greater acceptance in the boys club. Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman reunited with the compact SUV, which he previously reviewed, at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, pointing out the masculine-looking features like LED headlights and taillights, daytime-running lights and an aggressive-looking grille.

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The oomph of the redesigned Rogue's 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder isn't quite as manly as Bragman would like, but vastly improved interior quality and comfort more than make up for it.

By Matt Schmitz | November 26, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Nissan Rogue: Trim Level Breakdown


Nissan just announced its redesigned Rogue will go on sale this November with a starting price of $23,350 including destination. That's a significant increase from the 2013's $21,170 starting price but less than the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

But sometimes it isn't the starting price that determines the best value. Automakers attach different features to their varying trim levels, and those trim names, of course, vary from brand to brand.  

Luckily Nissan carries over the trim designations from the outgoing Rogue for 2014. The base level is the S, followed by the SV and the top-line SL. All three models come standard with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional across the lineup. Check out trim level pricing below; all prices include destination.

By Jennifer Geiger | September 11, 2013 | Comments (2)

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept: Photo Gallery


Today's Nissan Hi-Cross Concept may very well be tomorrow's Rogue — and not a moment too soon. The automaker's compact crossover hasn't received a substantial update in five years, and with the implied potential for both a hybrid model and a third-row option, Nissan could fill an existing void in the class.

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The seven-passenger Hi-Cross, making its North American debut at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, uses Nissan's first in-house engineered front-wheel-drive hybrid system. The crossover's high-waisted design features slanted, vertical headlights and trapezoidal taillights. Exaggerated fenders help define the front end, with prominent styling lines along the hood and grille. Check out more photos below.

By Matt Schmitz | December 5, 2012 | Comments (0)

Behold, 2010 Nissan Rogue Krom Edition

We’re not much for special editions that tack on different wheels and some glorified grille cosmetics, but the 2010 Nissan Rogue Krom at least goes full-bore in the grille cosmetics department. As you can plainly see in the image above (a shot of the standard 2010 Rogue is below), the Krom Edition gets a chrome two-bar grille that replaces the three-piece grille of the regular model.

Along with a larger lower bumper and secondary grille, the Krom Edition also has polished 17-inch wheels and a sport-tuned exhaust. It only comes in three colors, Venom Red, Wicked Black and Gotham Gray. That sounds just right for a Halloween theme.

The Krom Edition will be limited, but it’s available in both front- and all-wheel drive starting in December. No pricing has been announced.
By David Thomas | October 23, 2009 | Comments (16)

Nissan Updates Incentives for Cash for Clunkers


Now that Cash for Clunkers has a fresh round of funding, automakers who didn’t see huge sales the first time around are making sure their own incentives will lure in shoppers. Nissan launched a new sale called the Bottom Line event. There are significant cash-back offers on a number of models including $3,000 off a 2009 Nissan Quest and $2,000 cash back on a 2009 Nissan Sentra.

The program runs through Aug. 31; a detailed list of incentives is below.

By David Thomas | August 10, 2009 | Comments (4)

Reader Review of the Week: 2009 Nissan Rogue

Reader Review “Reliable Roguer” from Massachusetts traded in his Nissan Altima for the Rogue and immediately liked the SUV for its practicality and comfort. Still, the Rogue leaves a little something to be desired when it comes to the driving experience. After all, he didn’t name himself “Thrilling Roguer," right? Read his full review of the 2009 Nissan Rogue, and write your own here.

By Stephen Markley | April 11, 2009 | Comments (2)

Discount-Club Challenge: Compact SUVs

Every few weeks, I get to shop at the local discount club and load up on 20-packs of paper towels, a few dozen chicken breasts and all those other essentials that cost less when you buy them in bulk. Chances are many of you also share in this routine, shopping regularly at Costco or Sam’s Club, but then have issues getting all your purchases — along with family members — into your car. Besides testing the fit of child-safety seats, this is one of those “you have to do it yourself” requirements in new-car shopping. Unfortunately, while dealers will usually let you install a seat into a prospective new car, they won’t let you run errands.

So we’ve done that for you in four compact SUVs: the 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2009 Ford Escape, 2009 Nissan Rogue and 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan. We didn’t fold the second-row seats down, as any compact SUV would be able to handle the load doing that. We also wanted to show how capable these vehicles are as family cars. When you have to tow children with you to the store, you can’t fold down seats filled with booster, convertible or infant-safety seats buckled in. Even a family of four with teenagers still needs somewhere to sit.

Check out the video below and see how the four contenders managed.

By David Thomas | March 2, 2009 | Comments (11)

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