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Top 5 Sub-Compact SUVs: The 2021 Nissan Qashqai Stands Out from the Crowd!

Without a doubt, subcompact SUVs are gaining in popularity and are the hottest category in 2021; they are efficient, robust and durable. When it comes to making the right choice for a new or pre-owned vehicle, it’s critical to look at important criteria such as value, reliability and overall performance.

Alma Nissan, in Lac-Saint-Jean near Saint-Bruno, has done this for you and underlines its main thoughts on the most popular SUVs on the market. In addition, they’ve made a full range of Nissan products and used cars available for you at Alma.

Nissan’s Product Stands Out from the Crowd!

Among the 19 subcompact SUV models on the North American market, five models stand out from the rest and knowing this will help you make an informed choice.

– The 2021 Nissan Qashqai

With its smooth ride, comfortable and spacious interior, reliability and modern look, the Nissan Qashqai impresses with the quality of the materials used and its efficient all-wheel drive. What makes this SUV stand out from the rest is that it’s less expensive to buy or lease than its rivals; the Qashqai offers the best value in terms of acquisition cost, and it offers plenty of interior space.

In 2021, the Nissan Qashqai is even sportier and bolder with 19-inch all-black alloy rims, smoked headlights and taillights, and a blackened front grille treatment and high-gloss black rearview mirror housings.

In addition to being more dynamic, the 2021 Qashqai SUV outsmarts many of its rivals, both in the city and on the roads of Quebec and Canada. It offers many advanced technologies in its standard model, such as the ProPILOT Assist Driver Assistance System that monitors highway driving, helps keep the vehicle in the lane, regulates speed and navigates traffic jams.

– The 2021 Mitsubishi RVR

Like the Nissan Qashqai, but also other Nissan products such as the unbeatable priced 2020 Nissan Kicks and the 2021 Nissan Rogue, for example, Mitsubishi’s RVR SUV is reliable, but has a squarer, less trendy look. It’s a well-known fact that the 2021 RVR is much less fuel efficient than the 2021 Nissan Qashqai (9.4 L/100 km vs. 8.4 L/100 km). In short, although t’s a reliable SUV, the 2021 RVR is out of fashion and more expensive than its rival.

– The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

With its above-average handling, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a subcompact SUV that stands out for its reliability and durability. This model also offers good resale value, but it is significantly more expensive than the other two SUVs featured in this article; the hybrid version costs close to $43,000 (before taxes).

Antoine Joubert goes so far as to write: "[…] let’s say that at $840 per month in financing over five years (taxes and credit included), the relevance of the PHEV model is questionable." (Guide de l'auto 2021, p.619).

– The 2021 Hyundai Kona

At first glance, this attractive sport utility vehicle is available with a choice of gas and electric engines; it’s reliable and is gaining in popularity. On the other hand, the rear space is far from generous and you’ll have trouble getting a good view through the small rear window. Trunk volume is not comparable to that of the 2021 Nissan Qashqai (544 to 1,297 litres versus 566 to 1,730 litres in the Qashqai). Finally, it’s important to note that the electric version is arguably overpriced ($53,000); the Korean automaker will have to revise its strategy if it wants to put more vehicles on the market.

– The 2021 Honda HR-V 2021

With its spacious interior and the legendary reliability of Honda products, the 2021 HR-V SUV is versatile and loaded with modern features. The 2021 HR-V SUV has a trendy look and compares easily to the 2021 Nissan Qashqai in terms of power (141 horsepower each), but with less torque (127 lb-ft for the HR-V versus 147 lb-ft for the Qashqai).

Alma Nissan Renders Its Verdict!

This comparison provides useful information for those about to choose their next sub-compact SUV. The 2021 Nissan Qashqai stands out and distinguishes itself from the competition; it’s less expensive, more economical, more reliable and offers more space than the other four SUVs. The choice is clear: the 2021 Nissan Qashqai is the all-around winner at Alma Nissan!

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