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2014 Nissan Xterra: Power Packed Off Roader

The changing times have made crossover SUVs the most sensible choice for today’s shoppers, but the craze for traditional truck based SUVs it still not over and that becomes clearly evident with the popularity of 2014 Nissan Xterra, which excellently qualifies to become a function over form midsized five seat SUV. The all new 2014 Nissan Xterra is designed specifically keeping in mind the requirements of buyers who love to enjoy great outdoor travels especially while travelling on beaten tough path and can also make a good drive to handle daily chores. For the out goers, Xterra has simple and easy to go interiors with compartments for muddy gears, it’s quite a bit off road capability is because of its rugged suspension and an all wheel drive feature.

For out and out dirt and snow trail kind of buyers, the 2014 Nissan Xterra comes with a pretty good and appealing package. Its comfortable and more civilized ride is an exception especially when you are comparing it with other off road themed body SUVs. A standard 4.0 liter V6 engine of 2014 Nissan Xterra is certainly enough to blow your mind away only if you do not drive it along any other modern crossover SUV falling under this price range as it may make you feel a little rudimentary or even crude. Talking about the negatives, you will find that turns in tight spaces are clumsy and from inside you will find a lot of hard plastic surfaces which are actually the part of its interior and also quite common with Nissan. The addition of Bluetooth across this line is a welcome change from Nissan and is also highly appreciated by many of the reviewers. If you take a step ahead and move up to 2014 Xterra Pro 4X you will also be blessed to enjoy features like Pandora and iHeartRadio, making song streaming like a dream come true, but this facility can only be availed if you smartphone has cell service even in the remote locations.

If you are looking for some serious kind of four wheel drive SUV, then there are some other considerable options falling under Nissan Xterra’s price range. The toughest competition is coming from 2014 Jeep Wrangler which is even more capable in it’s off road abilities and also boasts off a vast section of aftermarket additional performance parts. But the Wrangler is not meant for your daily use and it is where the 2014 Nissan Xterra becomes an ideal off roader. Another competition is coming from 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser, which is still in its final production year and is speculated to be as off road capable as the Wrangler with the only drawback of reverse opening rear doors, which can become quit a headache if dealing with kids on the backseat.

Meanwhile, of an off roader is a complete no-no for your list and you are in search of peaceful SUV, then you can go for any of the current generation all wheel drive SUV like Jeep Cherokee or Subaru Forester as they both are light duty and easy to handle offering better driving manners. But for off roaders, 2014 Nissan Xterra deserves at least one deep look.

2014 Nissan Rogue: Fully Redesigned

With all the big names hitting on the small crossover market, the newly launched 2014 Nissan Rogue seems like a newcomer to many. The original model of Rogue is introduced by Nissan way back in 2008 and to make it competitive for 2014 market, Nissan has launched its 2.0 version of Rogue, which can easily be qualified as a first generation Nissan Rogue. Appealing style, excellent driving dynamics and improved cabin quality are some of the highlighted features of Rogue that can give its competitors a run for their money. Nissan, also is keeping its hopes high with the newly redesigned model and has made all possible efforts to make it the best among the class starting from its improved fuel economy, to third row seats and additional advanced technology features which have actual remedied some of the deficiencies of its old original model.

Last years’ Rogue was highly criticized for its compromised cargo space, which was around 59.7 cubic foot, but this time 2014 Nissan Rogue comes with 70 cubes of cargo space, which makes it competitive for the class, additional divide-n-hide configurable rear storage system is an advantage. The earlier Nissan Rogue versions don’t come with second row seat reclines and slide feature which has been added in the 2014 Nissan Rogue with the useful 40/20/40-split configuration to make the measures good for the vehicle. To make it even better, Nissan added optional third row seat feature, which has been taken as a shrewd move from the maker because its toughest competitor Toyota RAV4 has discontinued this feature. Remarkable thing about all these changes is that, Rogue offers all these features without adding anything to its weight and size.

Once we start looking under the hood of the 2014 Nissan Rogue, we found that things are more or less same in this department. Rogue carries on with 2.5 liter four cylinder engine which is capable of generating 170 horsepower along with revised and variable transmission. The powertrain is capable enough to offer satisfactory performance along with improved fuel economy. Combined 28 mpg EPA with four wheel drive makes Rogue one of the most economical non hybrid SUVs to spend on.

Despite all the glittery and obviously appealing improvement, Nissan’s Rogue still fails to outdo its rivals in some areas and this where it lacks to match the competition. If you are looking for more power, then 2014 Nissan Rogue is absolutely of no good, instead you can look up to Kia Sorento which boasts off robust V6 engine with third row seats to give Rogue tough competition. Softened suspension of Rogue is a bit disappointing, which makes its handling tepid if compared to other smarter and fuel efficient SUVs like 2014 Mazda CX-5. 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport can also be a good option if looking for smart performance with a unique sense of style.

You may not find 2014 Nissan Rogue to be the best at everything but its quite extensive range of talents seems to attract more people towards it especially the ones looking for compact crossovers with modest price.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder: Eco Friendly Model

For quite some time it has been observed that most of the car makers have started transforming their truck based SUVs into gentler and kinder crossovers. To go by the flourishing trend, Nissan has come forward with its 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, which has also emerged as the latest example of the ongoing trend and for almost every reason, the emergence seems to be for nothing less than good. Although, the newly introduced 7 passenger SUV has lost its towing and off road capabilities which were the main attractions of its predecessor, but just like any other transition mode this large crossover from Nissan has also gone under some tremendous changes that will make it high on utility. The all new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder has been redesigned completely and is ready to impress the buyers with its spacious and refurbished interior with main highlight of adult sized seating for both second and row passengers. Superior ride and excellent handling qualities will surely make 2014 Nissan Pathfinder an ideal option for carpool or tough shopping trips.

3.5 liter V6 engine is the main source of power in pathfinder along with its continuously variable transmission that provides the option to drive on front wheel or on the all wheel mode in the all wheel drive models. With the availability of CVT the pathfinder manages to achieve fuel economy of 22 mpg for the front wheel drive models and 21 mpg for all wheel drive models. These numbers might not be very attractive for some but if compared to several other seven seat pathfinders Pathfinder stands among the most efficient ones.

If you are unaffected by the mpg number of Pathfinder, then company has also introduced the Hybrid version of 2014 Nissan Pathfinder which is fitted with a supercharged 2.5 liter four cylinder engine powered by 15 kilowatt electric motor. If you take a look under the hood of the hybrid version you will find the neatly packed lithium ion battery under the third row seat, which has also lead to significant fuel economy improvements without making any compromise in cargo and passenger space. Because there are very less number of 7 passenger hybrids in the market, 2014 Nissan Pathfinder can be your potential preferred choice over the slightly more fuel efficient 2104 Toyota Highlander’s Hybrid version, which is also the only option falling under this price band.

If you are still not settled with the positives of 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, then there are some mid to large size three row crossovers to consider. We would recommend you to consider 2014 GMC Acadia if roomy and spacious cabin is your top priority, while on the other hand 2014 Mazda CX-9 also has roomier cabin than 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, CX-9 also excels in ride and handling dynamics which are quite impressive for such a large sized crossover. The Dodge Durango and 2014 Ford Flex can also be your picks if you are looking for engine and performance based SUV, but in none of these alternatives you will find Pathfinders’ great strength, exceptional interior and great fuel economy.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is one impressive crossover in its niche. This compact crossover debuted back in 2006. The 2014 Nissan Rogue is a completely redone version of the model. In its very initial stages, the Nissan Rogue was already an impressive small SUV with an array of features like its fine styling, impressive driving dynamics, and a rich looking cabin that was better that a lot of crossovers in the segment. Keeping up the good work, the automaker rolled out the next generation of the Nissan Rogue and has redone it for the better. The 2014 Nissan Rogue now comes with enhanced fuel economy, a third row of passenger seats and better technology, which were initially few of the down points of the original model.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue has got itself three trim levels. The S being the base, followed by SV and SL. The standard 2014 Rogue offers two row seats while an available third row come with the S and SV trim levels. The 2014 Nissan Rogue S rolls on 17 inch wheels. With features like LED running lights, cruise control, power mirrors, a rearview camera and an infotainment display that spans about 5 inches, the S in itself is one finely equipped version. The SL trim level sports 18 inch alloy wheels. Foglights, roof rails, heated mirrors, leather upholstery and an amazing infotainment and navigation system is what the model offers. And then there is the SL trim, which is the top-of-the-class. Along with everything that the Rogue can possibly feature, the 2014 Rogue SL has a nine speaker Bose surround sound.

Under its hood, the 2014 Nissan Rogue boasts a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine that is good for generating about 170 horses and 175 pound feet of twist. Standard features include a front wheel drive as well as a continuously variable transmission. The CVT has been enhanced, as the brand claims, and it is now quicker than the earlier Nissan Rogue. The standard Nissan Rogue begins cruising at a speed of 60 mph, starting from rest, in a sprint time of 8.6 seconds.

The engine in the compact crossover and its mated transmission do not work very well for the driving impressions of the 2014 Nissan Rogue. The fuel economy was put in the centre of the plan while the redesigning of the 2014 Nissan Rogue and to justify that cause, the automakers had to compromise with the agility of the vehicle. There is absolute absence of quick acceleration in the 2014 Nissan Rogue. Also, the CVT, as it is infamous, produces unpleasant drone noises when you try and accelerate faster.

This is a simple drive and is appealing to a lot of people that seek for an easy compact crossover in budget. While the driving dynamics are not breathtaking, they are fine enough for everyday drives. While the 2014 Kia Sorento, 2014 Mazda Cx-5 and the 2014 Santa Fe Sport remain amazingly tough competitors for the vehicle, the 2014 Nissan Rogue is a fine vehicle to check out.


The 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

It’s just not the Land Rover that has got the cheeks to pull off an SUV that’s a convertible too. The automaker, Nissan with its 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet does just the same. Topless utility vehicles have a charm of their own. It’s like owning the best of both worlds in a single vehicle. Of course, this is an unconventional pairing but hey! Who doesn’t want to ride a convertible? A convertible SUV!

Nissan Murano has been a well known competitor in the midsized crossover niche and the Murano CrossCabriolet carries about the same size besides a little increment in its height. The standard all wheel drive, this topless crossover, is one fine ride and offers enough ruggedness to be driven in every sort of weather.

Under its hood, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet features a 3.5 liter six-cylinder engine that readily produces 256 ponies and 248 pound feet of twist. Both the numbers travel a notch up as compared to the Murano with a fixed roof. Along with the all wheel drive, that is standard, as told, the Murano CrossCabriolet’s engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission. 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is capable of reaching 60 mph from rest in a sprint time of 8.2 seconds, which is quite comparable to the regular version of the vehicle. Offering 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet gives an EPA rating of 19 mpg combined.

On the inside, the Murano CrossCabriolet carries interiors, just as indulging as the regular Nissan Murano. There is a prominent use of chic and plush materials like leather and wood to add to the richness of the whole look. The vehicle, to anyone’s surprise, is also quite roomy. One can easily enjoy a laid back drive in this ragtop. Also, the user interface of Murano CrossCabriolet’s navigation system is amazingly simple to use, grabbing a positive mark for the vehicle.

The 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet drives quite finely. The engine is just right to provide the needed power for the vehicle and it becomes fun driving a Murano convertible. The CVT is a good choice for this vehicle, enabling smooth shifts as well as sparing you from the awful noises that are usually accompanied with a continuously variable transmission. Handling doesn’t impress as much when it comes to the 2014 Nissan Murano convertible. Also, while the convertible cruises comfortably, offering a relaxing ride, it does not give you the least bit of the pleasure of athletic turns and sporty driving. Foe the very reason that its roof is missing, the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet has got a tad bit of rickety frame and henceforth, a shaky steering.

A utility vehicle that lets you take the roof off when you’re cruising on an expressway, on one fine sunny day, is somewhat of a treat and the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is one such treating vehicle. Appropriate for easy leisurely cruising, the 2014 Murano Convertible looks simple and drives sensible, while offering all the space one could need from a vehicle this size.

The 2014 Nissan Juke

The 2014 Nissan Juke is one high fashion vehicle that is designed to turn heads around anywhere it goes. A crossover plus hatchback, the 2014 Nissan Juke is one unconventionally styled ride that also offers an equally exciting driving experience. Everything about the 2014 Nissan Juke is fun and young. This vehicle demands attention.

While on the outside it carries bold curves and contours that are amazingly stylish and futuristic, almost creating a whole new niche of exteriors, on the inside, the crossover wagon is equally spicy with an aggressive turbocharged four-cylinder grunt, an extremely precise steering and a sport-tuned suspension, all combining to for a machinery so agile, that driving the 2014 Nissan Juke becomes addictive. Despite being a small hatchback, this vehicle comes with an option of an all wheel drive model. Now that is one impressive offer to avail from a hatchback! While the passengers on the rear may have to compromise a bit with the room it offers, and the cargo capacity might not feel enough as compared to other models in the niche, the 2014 Nissan Juke is one different sort of vehicle, that stands out from the crowd and that too for all good reasons.

Lying underneath the hood, in the 2014 Nissan Juke, is a turbocharged 1.6 liter inline four cylinder engine. Good for generating 188 horses and around 177 pound feet of torque. There are four trim levels to the 2014 Nissan Juke. The S being the base, followed by impressively equipped SV and SL and then the amazing Juke Nismo that sits on the top. The Nismo features the same engine as the base, but yanked to yield about 197 ponies and 184 pound feet of torque. The S and SL models of the Juke come standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the SV and Nissan Juke Nismo offer an option of a six speed manual transmission as well.

A CVT featuring Nissan Juke is capable of reaching 60 mph from rest in a sprint time of 7.3 seconds, which, as a matter of fact, is an amazingly swift acceleration for a vehicle in this niche. Just as agile is the all wheel drive model too. However, the manual transmission lags a bit, making it to the speed of 60 mph in about 8.1 seconds.

The 2014 Nissan Juke is an entertainer. Be it the looks or the driving. When cruising in the Eco mode, the Juke takes a leisurely stroll with maximized fuel economy. When hit with the Sport mode, the Juke puts on its jogging shoes and becomes as agile and responsive as it can get. However, the fuel economy gets compromised in the Sport mode. The handling is simply amazing and is a result of the precise steering and firm suspension that the vehicle features.

The 2014 Nissan Juke is one fashionable vehicle to sport. But for those who have an inclination towards more conventional crossover based hatchbacks, models like the 2014 Kia Soul, the 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman or the Scion xB are available in the market. But the 2014 Nissan Juke is simply one of its kinds.

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