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Nissan Rogue tops for utility, tech (pictures)

The Nissan Rogue, all new for 2014, offers LED headlights, Google search for navigation, and a host of other tech features.

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Nissan gives its Rogue model a major update for the 2014 model year, making this one the second generation of the crossover.

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LED headlights are a surprise option for the Rogue.

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Nissan offers the Rogue in three trim levels: S, SV, and SL, all with the option for four-wheel drive.

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Innovative suspension technologies uses braking and throttle to lessen pitch when the Rogue drives over bumps.

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For the S and SV trim, Nissan offers an optional third row of seating.

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On this SL trim Rogue, the rear hatch is power-operated.

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Smuggler compartments under the cargo floor make for added utility.

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A large sunroof stretches over the rear seats.

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This high trim Rogue has a power adjustable driver seat, but manual adjustment for the passenger side.

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The rear bench folds down for maximized cargo space.

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Soft-touch materials cover the dashboard.

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Electric power steering is well-tuned for the Rogue, with a comfortable amount of heft.

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An LCD between the gauges shows everything from current track playing on the stereo to trip information.

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Nissan's new continuously variable transmission accounts for a gain of almost 4 mpg over the previous generation Rogue.

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This flash memory-based navigation system comes standard at the SL trim.

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A Sport mode makes the transmission hold lower drive ratios, and the four-wheel-drive system includes a differential lock for slippery road conditions.

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The head unit takes in external data through satellite radio and through NissanConnect apps.

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Satellite radio offers fuel prices, weather, and stock listings.

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NissanConnect includes apps such as Google local search, Pandora, Facebook, TuneIn radio, and iHeartRadio.

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The Bluetooth phone system comes standard at all trim levels.

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The Bluetooth-streaming interface is very limited, only offering pause and skip controls.

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The Rogue includes a USB port for music playback from thumb drives and iOS devices.

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The USB-port interface shows track information and album art.

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A nine-speaker Bose audio system delivers distinct sound, but comes up short on bass.

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The surround-view camera system makes for easy and safe parking.

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