Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its latest crash scores for new vehicles. Nissan's redesigned 2014 Rogue received a four-star overall score out of five stars with just a three-star frontal crash score, which are low numbers for an all-new compact SUV. NHTSA's ratings are especially strange since the Rogue earned top crash scores across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, giving it the highest Top Safety Pick Plus designation.
Other compact SUVs such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Cherokee, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Toyota RAV4 also have four-star overall scores but with four-star frontal crash scores. As does the outgoing Rogue now called the Rogue Select.
Only Volkswagen's Tiguan has a four-star overall and three-star frontal score.
NHTSA's overall five-star-rated compact SUVs are the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester and Subaru XV Crosstrek.
We contacted Nissan about the results and if there was any reason for the contrast in scores but only received a general statement on the Rogue's safety. "The 2014 Nissan Rogue is an all-new design. Its four-star overall NHTSA NCAP rating (five-star side crash rating) and IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating indicate an overall safety improvement over the previous generation. Nissan reviews data from every crash test, and the product safety and engineering teams constantly strive to refine and improve all of our products."