If you’re shopping for an affordable compact SUV with three rows of seats, the Dodge Journey is currently the only option in the class. However, that will change when the redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue goes on sale in November. “For the first time Rogue offers optional 3-row/7-passenger seating, thanks to its improved interior packaging efficiency,” Nissan writes in a press release. “Among the many interior highlights are the exceptional passenger and cargo flexibility with its innovative EZ Flex™ seating System.”
The 2014 Rogue is slightly taller than the outgoing 2013 model, and it’s also a bit longer than compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. No word yet on how much cargo space the redesigned Rogue offers, but Nissan says that the new EZ Flex seating system allows all passenger seats to fold down, which makes it possible to transport long items like an 8-foot ladder. Kicking Tires writes, “The second row of seats also has a remarkable 9 inches of travel to adjust for third-row passengers' comfort.”
The 2014 Nissan Rogue will come standard with a four-speaker stereo, a backup camera, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a USB port. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a nine-speaker Bose stereo system, navigation and satellite radio. A number of safety and driver-assistance features will also be available, including blind spot, lane departure and forward collision warning systems, as well as Nissan’s Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection system, which uses four cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the Rogue.
The redesigned Rogue will come in S, SV and SL trims, all of which are available with front- or all-wheel drive. A 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission are standard on all models. The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy estimates yet, but Nissan expects front-wheel drive models to deliver 26/33 mpg city/highway, or 28 mpg combined, which is quite good for the class.
After an $860 destination charge, the base front-wheel drive Rogue S will start at $23,350, while the top SL AWD model rings in at $30,280. Nissan also announced some incentives if you want to reserve a 2014 Rogue ahead of time. The automaker is offering a $250 gift card for Rogue buyers or a promotional lease offer of $239 per month for 36 months with $2,599 due at signing. To qualify for either offer, you must sign up by Nov. 12 and take delivery by March 31, 2014.
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