2021/03/12 | Test drive
2021 Top 5 Compact SUVs: the Nissan Rogue Impresses!
The compact SUV category has plenty of big players. Some models do stand out from the crowd, however, so it's quite easy to establish a rough top 5. One model that particularly stands out this year is the 2021 Nissan Rogue.
Alma Nissan, your Nissan dealer for new and used vehicles in Alma, Lac-Saint-Jean, near Saint-Bruno, conducts a review of this top 5, starting with one that’s been completely redesigned this year, the 2021 Rogue. You'll be so impressed that you’ll want to log onto the Nissan builder to customize your own dream Rogue.
1. Nissan Rogue
The Rogue hit the market in 2008 and was an immediate sensation. The good impression it left was only reinforced when the second generation was introduced in 2014. For 2021, we are treated to the third iteration and this time, it truly hits the nail on the head. Nissan has not skimped on anything with this spectacular model – it’s a true testament to the manufacturer’s know-how.
Nissan’s engineers had a field day coming up with the Rogue design. The lines are more aggressive and defined, yet classic and timeless; this Rogue will stand the test of time.
Inside, both quality and technology have been upgraded. With the 2021 Rogue can be equipped with wireless charging, a 10.8-inch head-up display, and all the possible smartphone connections. The multimedia system has been updated and is more efficient than ever.
On the road, the Nissan Rogue’s new platform is surprisingly smooth. So much so that it offers the best balance of comfort and sportiness of its category. What's more, the 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine (181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque) is smooth and fuel efficient, thanks to the excellent continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Behind the wheel of your new Rogue, you’ll realize how well Nissan delivers.
2. Toyota RAV4
The RAV4 is a sure bet in its category and remains the best-selling model in both Canada and the United States. Available with a gas engine or hybrid and plug-in hybrid configurations, this model provides a comfortable ride while offering a high level of performance, especially with electrification.
3. Honda CR-V
The CR-V is entering the fifth year in its current configuration, making it a veteran of the category. We don’t consider this a weakness, however, as this mature model is as efficient as ever before. Its 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is a benchmark for reliability and frugality, not to mention amazing performance. You’ll be satisfied with all aspects of the CR-V.
4. Mazda CX-5
The CX-5 is another notably reliable performer in the compact SUV category. For those who prioritize driving experience, it's clearly worth considering. It's also the only one in our select group to offer three engines, a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder (187 horsepower), a 2.5-litre turbo 4-cylinder (227 to 250 horsepower depending on the type of gas), and a 2.2-litre turbo 4-cylinder diesel engine.
5. Subaru Outback
The Outback is all about efficiency and versatility. This versatility is especially evident in its spacious and ample interior. When it comes to efficiency, Subaru's all-wheel drive system is among the best in the industry. Add to that a choice of two 4-cylinder engines (naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre and turbocharged 2.4-litre), comprehensive and standard safety features, and an undeniably amazing comfort level.
Alma Nissan Has a Rogue for You!
At Alma Nissan, our advisors take the time to listen to you, present you with your options and guide you through to your final choice. Our service experts know Nissan models inside and out, so your vehicle will receive all the attention it needs when it's time for maintenance. What's more, your dealer offers you flexible and advantageous financing solutions.