2021/04/09 | Test drive
The Nissan Rogue Ranks in the Top 5 of Compact SUVs
The compact SUV segment is certainly one of the most coveted in the industry, if not the most coveted by consumers. In fact, aside from the full-size pickup category, this is the segment that sells the largest proportion of models on the market.
There are dozens of players in this category, and many are excellent choices. One, however, stands above the rest, mainly because of its overall performance.
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For now, we take a look at the top five in the compact SUV segment, with some additional explanations on its most outstanding model, the Nissan Rogue.
5 — Ford Escape
The Ford Escape was completely redesigned in the fall of 2019, making the 2020 model the first redesign of the product since 2013. Ford has done a great job with this SUV, which looks more balanced than ever. It will have to prove itself in terms of reliability, however, because with the previous generation, things had not been easy.
4 — Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5 is often praised for the driving experience it offers, and admittedly, it's a compelling one. However, this SUV offers less space for rear occupants and its cargo volume is behind many in the class. This is a major drawback when you want a spacious SUV. 3
— Honda CR-V
Here's one that needs no introduction. Available for nearly 25 years, the CR-V has built a solid reputation over the years. However, not everything has been perfect with the current generation. One will remember the engine vibration issues with the current generation's first editions that made its debut in 2017. Besides, we have to face reality; it's starting to get old.
2 — Toyota RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling SUV in North America. We would lie to you if we said it was a bad product. However, not everything about it is perfect, especially when it comes to crash-avoidance stability. The model had a lot of problems with some tests in Scandinavia. Corrections have been made, but if safety is important to you, there is reason to hesitate here.
1 — Nissan Rogue
All of which brings us to the 2021 Nissan Rogue, a model that is entirely new this year. With a solid chassis, it offers a reassuring ride and impressive handling. The level of comfort it offers is matched only by the sense of security it confers.
Its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which suggests 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, is a model of flexibility. The CVT that tangos with it does an excellent job, and the simulated gears it offers ensure lively acceleration at all speeds. Best of all, fuel economy is incredible, at around 7 L/100 km on the highway when in use.
On board, you'll find a quality environment with all versions of the model (S, SV, Platinum). As you move up the range, you get the impression that you're in a luxury vehicle. The multimedia system is a delight to use and is sure to please those who like to be connected. As for the layout, it's neat and visually appealing, especially with the digital instrument cluster, which offers a display that couldn't be more accurate. Moreover, the head-up display has a 10.8-inch screen with clear, colourful graphics.
As for the cargo space, it's one of the most generous with 2098 litres once the rear seats are lowered. Speaking of seats, what about Nissan's "zero-gravity" approach? You can now spend hours behind the wheel without ever feeling tired. By far, we're talking about the comfiest seats in the industry.