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2015 Nissan Rogue Preview

What will change? Maybe some equipment shuffling, possibly new paint colors. That’s about all to expect for the 2015 Nissan Rogue after this popular compact SUV was redesigned for model-year 2014. It got new features and a new styling inspired by the larger Nissan Pathfinder crossover SUV.

Why wait for the 2015 Nissan Rogue: Because you don’t like to purchase a new or redesigned vehicle during its first year on the market. While major first-year mechanical troubles are rare today, things do happen. For example, customers and critics dinged the redesigned-for-2013 Nissan Sentra compact car for its noisy cabin, lackluster handling, and lazy transmission. For 2014, Nissan added sound insulation to the Sentra, retuned the electric power-steering system, changed the shock-absorber damping force, and reprogrammed the transmission for quicker response. Should the 2014 Rogue receive similar complaints, expect Nissan to act in short order to address them.

Why buy a 2014 Nissan Rogue: Because you’re onboard with the idea of a pint-size Pathfinder. The 2014 Nissan Rogue is unusual in that it’s one of only two compact crossovers (the other being the Mitsubishi Outlander) to offer available three-row, seven-passenger seating. It’s also available with a host of safety and convenience features that aren’t offered on the Pathfinder, including Nissan’s innovative Around View Monitor surround-camera system and blind-spot alert. If you’re not a fan of the redesigned Rogue, Nissan plans to continue production and sales of the previous-generation model under the name Rogue Select.


Styling The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder laid the foundation for the company’s current SUV design language. The 2014 Rogue follows closely in its larger sibling’s footsteps, with many styling cues that are designed to improve aerodynamics, which should result in a quieter ride and better fuel economy. Expect 2015 models to look identical to their 2014 counterparts.

Mechanical The 2014 Nissan Rogue borrows its drivetrain from Nissan’s Altima midsize sedan. The sole engine/transmission pairing is a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that operates like a conventional automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is optional on all trim levels. We don’t think anything new or different for 2015, though if the transmission doesn’t live up to expectations, Nissan could re-program it.

Fuel Economy EPA estimated fuel economy for the 2015 Nissan Rogue should see no change from the 2014 models’ ratings of 26/33/28 city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive and 25/32/28 with all-wheel drive.

Features Rogue should return for 2015 in base S, volume SV, and top-line SL trim levels. The S includes most features buyers would expect from a compact SUV, including power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, and the like. The SV gains dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry with pushbutton engine start, power driver seat, roof rails, satellite radio, and the company’s NissanConnect infotainment system with “Apps” support. SL versions have standard leather upholstery, heated front seats, power liftgate, Bose-brand audio system, Around View Monitor, navigation system. Navigation is optional on the SV. The aforementioned 3rd-row seat is optional on the S and SV. Selecting this feature eliminates the spare tire, so Nissan includes run-flat tires as part of the deal. A power panoramic sunroof is optional on the SV and SL, as are blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision alert.

QUICK HITS: NissanConnect Apps is a suite of built-in applications that works in conjunction with supported smartphones. It includes Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, e-mail, and audio streaming from Pandora and iHeartRadio. The upgraded NissanConnect with Navigation adds a larger touchscreen display (seven inches versus five) and SiriusXM Travel Link, which includes fuel prices, movie times, a stock ticker, and weather. Travel Link requires an active SiriusXM subscription, which is sold separately. Some NissanConnect features will also require their own subscription, which is complimentary for the first three years and $19.99 per year thereafter.

Prices Expect the 2015 Nissan Rogue S with front-wheel drive to start at about $23,000, including destination fee. A loaded all-wheel drive SL, which includes the extra-cost Premium Package, should top out around $33,000 or more if you elect to add any dealer-installed accessories.

Competitors Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan

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About Ed Piotrowski

Ed Piotrowski has more than a decade of experience as a community and automotive journalist. As a former editor for Consumer Guide Automotive, he wrote new car news and reviews for the publication's magazine and website. He served as the lead editor of Consumer Guide's auto show coverage, managed its short- and long-term vehicle test fleet, and made regular appearances on a suburban Chicago radio station. He is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association where he served as the lodging logistics manager for the organization's annual Spring Collection road rally. Ed writes from Chicago's northwest suburbs.

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