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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
A new NissanConnect smartphone app allows for additional features, including Pandora compatibility and voice texting.
Compared with the Escape's overcomplicated MyFord Touch system, the Nissan's infotainment interface -- with real buttons and knobs, no less -- is refreshingly accessible and easy-to-use.
Nissan's price includes standard features such as Bluetooth phone connectivity, steering-wheel audio controls, sliding and split-reclining second-row seats, backup camera and the cargo divider system.
Once you've used AroundView to park, you'll never want to use anything else.
Divide N’ Hide is a simple 2-piece cargo organizer and hidden floor storage that keeps items separate using one easily cleaned lower level. So dirty socks from your weekend camping trip stay separated from your organic broccoli. Ingenious.
With the new Rogue, Nissan applies lessons it's learned on other models lines, particularly the Altima. That is, mainstream the look and standardize some inexpensive tech features, and outflank the South Korean crossovers on value.
The base Rogue S starts from a very reasonable $22,490, not including destination charges, and comes with all the features most drivers need to plug and play it into their garages. It gets power windows, locks, and mirrors; an AM/FM/CD player with a USB port; Bluetooth with audio streaming; and a rearview camera. Add all-wheel drive, and the price rises to $23,840 before destination.
On five-seat models, the Rogue comes with the Divide-N-Hide cargo storage system. The third-row seat is offered only on the Rogue S and Rogue SV.The $24,230 Rogue SV ($25,580 with AWD) gains 17-inch wheels; satellite radio; a power driver seat; automatic climate control; pushbutton start; and NissanConnect, which enables use of smartphone apps like Pandora. This connectivity kit is one of the easier systems you'll find in the class, with more limited functionality but plainer operation than the befuddled Ford setup, for example.
For $28,070 ($29,420 with AWD), the Rogue SL gets Bose audio; navigation; a power tailgate; surround-view cameras, one of our must-have features now that's it's spread outside the Nissan/Infiniti empire; 18-inch wheels; heated front seats; and leather upholstery.
Options on the 2014 Rogue include third-row seating on base and SV models; run-flat tires; a panoramic sunroof; those advanced-safety features; and LED headlights.
The Rogue is well-equipped and simply packaged; its surround-view cameras are a must-have.