According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, at least 386,000 people are injured every year on America’s roads because of distracted driving. 3,285 people are killed. Those figures reflect only 18 percent of the total number of crashes that occur.
Driving a safe car becomes more important with every single journey you take.
What You’re Dealing With
While you may be the least distracted of drivers, your life and those of your family and friends are also in the hands of every other road user around you. There’s no effective way to legislate their behavior, and mistakes do happen. They happened to the tune of 10.8 million collisions in 2009 alone (the latest figures available at time of writing), as reported by the United States’ Census Bureau, and the CDC states that they’re increasing exponentially every single day.
Happily, there’s a solution on the market that won’t break the bank, but will afford you and your loved ones a much-enhanced level of safety. The 2014 Nissan Rogue has just been awarded an “A+” rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS’s) crash tests; that’s the top safety award that can be earned through a formidable barrage of testing.
Safety Features at a Glance
The standard Rogue comes with:
- Four-wheel antilock disc brakes
- Front-seat side airbags
- Hill-start assist (with hill descent control on the all-wheel-drive variant)
- Rearview camera
- Side curtain airbags
- Stability control
- Traction control
Additional, available safety features include:
- Around View camera system
- Blind-spot warning system
- Forward collision warning system
- Lane-departure warning system
The IIHS issued a formal press release, dated March 20, 2014, which in part reads:
- “The Nissan Rogue… earns the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for good performance in each (italics ours) of the Institute’s five crashworthiness evaluations…”
To earn the Institute’s highest designation, the tested vehicle must rate as “Good” – although a less-than-dramatic word, “Good” marks the absolute best ranking available – in:
- moderate overlap front evaluation
- moderate overlap side evaluation
- roof strength evaluation
- head restraint evaluation
Further, the Institute uprated its grading qualifications for 2014, making success even more difficult. Front crash prevention is now a tested component, and Rogue’s forward collision warning system (an available option, a first for the model) met the established performance criteria.
So This Thing’s a Tank, Right?
Wrong. Rogue is a small crossover SUV that balances three-row seating – available on S and SV models – with excellent fuel economy (expect 26 MPG city, 33 highway).
This is a character-rich and comfortable automobile, functional and filled with versatile storage (the innovative, configurable rear storage system, called “Divide-N-Hide,” is a class-unique option). Cargo capacity is seventy cubic feet, and the front two rows of seating accommodate five adults comfortably, yet it remains one of the most frugal vehicles in its market segment.
Model year 2014 sees the debut of Generation II, which introduces that aforementioned optional third-row, seven-passenger seating, four-wheel independent suspension as standard, electric power-assisted steering, vehicle dynamic control, active trace control, active ride control and active engine braking.
What’s All This Going to Cost?
Available in six variants, determined by trim level (S, SV and SL), with or without all-wheel drive, all Rogues are powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and CVT transmission powertrain.
The full range of Nissan vehicles, including all models and trim levels of the Rogue, are available for inspection and test driving at Cherry Hill Nissan in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Check out their selection of Rogues, and then use the Contact Us page to pose any further questions, or to schedule that all-important test drive.