The safety news is mixed for the redesigned 2014 Rogue, which managed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) designation, meaning that it earned top 'good' scores in all of five required categories; it's also been given a 'basic' rating for its front crash protection (with the optional Forward Collision Warning system).
The Rogue Select only manages an 'acceptable' score in the rollover-protection-related roof strength category, and an even more worrisome 'marginal' performance in the new small overlap frontal test, which simulates a frontal, off-center collision in which the vehicle hits a tree or utility pole—a particularly deadly and injurious type of crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), though, gives the new Rogue a four-star overall rating, with a low three-star rating for front-impact protection. offset somewhat by a five-star rating in side impacts.All 2014 Rogues come with standard curtain airbags and stability control, as well as tire pressure monitors. Nissan's Easy Fill tire alert is also included. Visibility is fairly good, though the Rogue's uptick at its rear pillars blocks some rearward vision, though much less than the pillars in the carried-over Rogue Select.
Options include blind-spot monitors, a lane-departure warning system, and a forward-collision alert system.
One feature we'd buy, no question, is the surround-view camera that's available on the Rogue SV and standard on the SL. It stitches together a composite 360-degree view of obstacles from a quartet of cameras--and it makes parking everywhere and anywhere so much simpler. It's packaged with other useful options in the SV like smartphone connectivity, so it's worth the upsell.