Driving with Dan: 2014 Nissan Rogue

Driving With Dan
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(KTVI) – If you’re in the market for a small SUV, the 2014 Nissan Rogue is getting some attention.  It’s a redesign second generation made in Tennessee.

Post-Dispatch automotive writer Dan Wiese shows us one.

1.)  The old Rogue, which shared a platform with the Sentra sedan,  is built in Japan.

2.) Remarkably, Nissan, at least for the “immediate future,” will continue to sell the first-generation Rogue, introduced in 2008. Renamed “Rogue Select”, it is priced under $20,000. The reason, Nissan says, is to satisfy demand for Rogue–it’s Nissans’s second-best seller–and to “provide customers an additional choice in the segment.” (This is not unheard of. Back in 2008, Chevy, for example, continued to sell for one year the old Malibu next to the all-new Malibu under the name “Malibu Classic.”)

3.) The all-new Rogue features a family resemblance to Pathfinder. It is slightly wider and taller but half an inch shorter in length. And, for the first time, Rogue is offered with an optional third-row seat. (Our car doesn’t have hit.)

4.) Rogue is no enthusiast favorite. Its carried-over I-4 and CVT automatic, though tweaked, still provide merely workman-like performance. (Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape are a lot more fun.) But Rogue is great at making everyday life easier. Its 2nd-row seats scoot fore/aft for more cargo/leg room, and all seats but the driver’s fold flat. Also, the cargo bay in two-row models has a floor that’s height-adjustable.


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