For the 2014 model year, Nissan has completely redesigned the popular Rogue compact crossover, first introduced for the 2008 model year.This second generation has bolder styling, an enhanced driving experience, a softer, more inviting interior, and — my favorite feature — unique passenger and cargo versatility, all without compromising roominess or visibility.Also for 2014, production of the Rogue has been moved from Japan to Smyrna, Tenn., where the first new Rogue came off the line on Oct. 15. Nissan’s goal for 2015 is to produce 85 percent of the vehicles sold in the U.S. in North America.Nissan has launched five new models at Smyrna in the past 18 months — the 2013 Infiniti JX/QX60, Altima, Pathfinder, and Leaf, as well as the 2014 Rogue.For 2014, Rogue offers three trim levels, S, SV, and SL, each available with front-wheel drive or intuitive all-wheel drive.The Rogue is the lowest-priced vehicle in its class, Nissan says, with prices ranging from $22,490 (plus $860 freight) for the basic, well-equipped S FWD, to $29,420 for the fully-loaded SL AWD.Nissan is also still offering the previous-generation design as the Rogue Select with simplified content and availability, for a low-cost choice at under $20,000.For the second-generation Rogue, several options packages are available, depending on trim level. For $1,190 the Family Package for the S includes third-row seating, privacy glass and run-flat tires. The Family Package for the SV includes the third seat and run-flat tires for $940.A Moon Roof Package (SV, power panoramic moon roof) adds $1,320. A Premium Package (SV, $1,420) includes NissanConnect with navigation, seven-inch color touch screen, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, NavTraffic and NavWeather, SiriusXM TravelLink, the Around View Monitor, a power liftgate, Blind Spot/Lane Departure warning, Moving Object Detection, and heated outside mirrors.For this report, I drove the base S model and the fully loaded SL AWD with the Premium Package during the recent Rogue national media introduction event in the Nashville, Tenn., area. The drive route included city streets, freeways, country roads and even a portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway, part of the U.S. National Park System.Nissan Connect with Navigation and a seven-inch color touch-screen display, voice recognition, NavTraffic and NavWeather, and SiriusXM Travel Link are standard on the SL. The navigation system was simple, intuitive and easy to program. Nissan Connect encourages hands-free operation, with hands-free texting, text-to-speech, cloud-connected apps and more.For $1,990, a Premium Package for the SL added the power panoramic moon roof, LED headlights with auto-levelizer, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Moving Object Detection. The warnings can be deactivated, which is a plus — especially since the Lane Departure can be rather annoying while driving on narrow two-lane roads.All 2014 Rogues come with a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, advanced Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission, Vehicle Dynamic Control and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. All models also feature Nissan’s new confidence-inspiring dynamic technologies: Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking and Active Ride Control. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires are standard, with 18-inch alloy wheels available.The 2014 Rogue boasts a best-in-class fuel economy rating, with 33 mpg on the highway, 26 in the city and combined 28 for the front-wheel drive models, an 18 percent improvement in highway fuel economy over 2013 models.As a sign of Nissan’s commitment to producing more environmentally friendly vehicles, Rogue now carries the distinctive “PURE DRIVE” badge. Even though the new Rogue is larger and better-equipped, the weight has increased by less than 100 pounds, thanks to an aluminum hood, a composite rear hatch with integrated spoiler, and lighter front and rear bumpers. Aerodynamic improvements include a front tire deflector, an engine under-cover, a fuel-tank deflector, a rear-suspension cover, a rear-fascia closeout panel and, new to Nissan, a muffler spoiler — all designed to reduce drag.Rogue’s more robust exterior styling features muscular front fenders, wheel arches and hood, and sharper character lines from windshield to front bumper and from front bumper and fender to rear fender, and wraparound taillights for a sporty, confident appearance.The strong “V” signature is also reflected in the LED daytime running lights and the taillights.Rogue comes with roof rails, power/folding body-color outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, rear spoiler, and wider rear doors.The rear doors open 77 degrees to allow passengers easier entry and exit. The wider opening also makes it easier to position child-safety seats and secure children in those seats. Rogue is available in eight exterior colors, including new Midnight Jade and Saharan Sun.The new Rogue interior is more inviting, with softer surfaces on the dash and door panels. The front bucket seats are influenced by the NASA inspired “zero gravity” seats of the Nissan Altima, designed to optimize comfort and reduce fatigue.Premium cloth seating is standard on S and SV models, with heated leather seats standard on the SL model.The S model has a manually adjustable driver’s seat, and the SV and SL models have power-adjustable driver’s seats with lumbar support. Quick Comfort heated seats warm the hips and thighs first and the lower back later, increasing initial comfort, especially on cold mornings. Front passenger seats on all models are manually adjusted.On all models, the standard second-row seat features the class-exclusive EZ Flex seating system. It seats three passengers, splits to fold or recline 40/20/40, and slides nine inches fore and aft in a 60/40 configuration.The optional third-row stadium-style seat in the S and SV seats two and folds 50/50. Cargo space behind the third row is 9.4 cubic feet.The advanced Divide ’n’ Hide Cargo System — my favorite feature — is standard on all models, but is replaced by the third-row seat option when chosen.It offers 18 adjustment variations between the cargo and occupant areas. For example, with the second row folded down, the system creates a 70-cubic-foot flat cargo area. With the second row in upright position, cargo space is 32 cubic feet.For carrying tall or bulky items, the floorboard can be lowered to create a deeper cargo well. Placing the divider board in the vertical position creates an area to contain grocery bags or small items or to separate clean items from dirty items, such as hiking boots or baseball cleats. The rubber floor covering can be removed for cleaning.The divider board can also be placed above the cargo area to create a shelf to separate heavy items such as bulk canned goods from lighter items, such as paper goods. There are handles, which can be placed at the edge of the shelf to form a “fence” to keep the light items from sliding off.A large covered area under the floor can be used to keep valuable items out of sight.To protect vehicle occupants, the Rogue employs the “Safety Shield” philosophy: Monitor -- using tire-pressure monitoring, forward collision warning, blind spot warning, lane departure, and moving object detection; Respond — with vehicle dynamic control, traction control, anti-lock braking, and electronic brake-force distribution; and Protect — advanced air bag system with seatbelt and occupant-classification sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags and LATCH system (for child seats).Rogue raises the driver’s confidence using Active Trace Control to maintain the vehicle’s intended direction of travel in tight curves, Active Engine Braking to slow the vehicle with less effort/more confidence, Active Ride Control to reduce vehicle vibration and body motion on braking, Hill Start Assist to control starting and driving away on a steep incline, and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with Hill Descent Control to maintain a smooth, controlled descent without input from the operator.I drove the Rogue on a wet circular track and felt much less anxiety in the tight curves thanks to the Automatic Trace Control and Active Engine Braking Active Ride control helped smooth the ride over several small bumps and one large “speed bump” on the test track.The Rogue is Nissan’s second-best-selling vehicle in the United States, and is aimed primarily at women. Overall, it’s a great package – roomy, comfortable, easy to handle, and nice to look at. The automotive columns of Emma Jayne Williams appear weekly in the Star-Telegram. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org .