CR Says Avoid The Nissan Rogue Sport Buy The Subaru Crosstrek Instead
What are the best small SUVs for shoppers this fall? Consumer Reports ranks all new models and says you should avoid buying the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport and buy the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek instead. Why does CR say the Crosstrek is the best of fifteen subcompact SUVs? It gets the highest scores for safety, reliability, road test performance, and owner satisfaction.
Why should you pick the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek?
Consumer Reports says the 2021 Crosstrek delivers good fuel mileage (29 mpg overall), has “impressive ride comfort, has competent and enjoyable handling, and the infotainment system is easy to use.”
How could the Crosstrek be better?
CR says the biggest knock against the Crosstrek is the EyeSight driver assistance safety technology isn’t standard on all trim levels. EyeSight isn’t available with the 6-speed manual transmission, only on Continuous Variable automatic Transmission (CVT) models.
Why should you avoid the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport?
CR says the total mileage is less than its peers (26 mpg overall), the rear seat is small and uncomfortable, “cargo space is skimpy, and the driving experience is far from sporty.” CR goes on to says the Rogue Sport trim has below-average predicted reliability.
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek has an overall score of 84, while the Nissan Rogue Sport has a score of just 59 and also scores low in owner satisfaction.
More reasons to buy the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek
The Crosstrek comes standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system as standard on all trim levels. Crosstrek has 8.7-inches of ground clearance (exceeding the competition) and features X-Mode for all-weather traction and improved off-pavement performance.
Check out the complete 2021 Subaru Crosstrek model guide here.
For the 2021 model year, Subaru now offers the Crosstrek Sport and Limited trim levels with a new 2.5-liter engine upgrade with 30 additional horsepower over the standard 2.0-liter Boxer engine.
What is the fuel mileage of the Crosstrek Sport?
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek with the larger 2.5-liter Boxer engine gets an EPA estimated fuel mileage of 27/34 city/highway mpg and 29 combined mpg. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine gets an EPA estimated 28/33 mpg and 30 combined mpg.
What is the price of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek?
The 2021 Crosstrek subcompact SUV comes in five trim levels for customers. The base trim is priced from $23,295, Premium ($24,345), all-new Sport ($27,545), Limited ($29,045). Prices include destination and delivery ($1,050).
Consumer Reports says the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is the best small SUV you can buy because it gets high scores for safety, reliability, road test performance, and owner satisfaction.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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