Pros: Fuel-economy numbers are among the best in the class; broad range of standard and available equipment; much-improved interior materials; availability of 3rd-row seat; generously sized, versatile rear cargo area
Cons: Mediocre acceleration; transmission isn’t as responsive as some class competitors; engine is noisy during acceleration; the 3rd-row seat is sized mainly for children
CG Says: Nissan’s compact SUV has been redesigned for 2014 and now offers 3rd-row seating for seven. A power liftgate, a 2nd-row seat that slides fore and aft, and a host of newly available technology features are also part of the redesign. The Nissan Rogue and Mitsubishi Outlander are the only vehicles in the compact SUV class to offer a 3rd-row seat, but not surprisingly, that seat is too small for most adults to sit in comfort. Rogue’s acceleration is also a bit sluggish, but its classy interior trimmings and outstanding cargo versatility rank among the best in its class.