Even though Nissan uses the same CVT, it works better in the Rogue, while the Rogue's interior appointments don't feel nearly as cheap.
If you have the opportunity to drive a 2010 Escape, you'll enjoy a much more substantial vehicle that offers V-6 and gas/electric hybrid power in addition to a four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic.
The Hyundai Tucson doesn't win friends with its styling, but it is a good package overall, and a V-6 is available.
The Toyota RAV4 also offers a V-6 and is a very spacious, agreeable vehicle, but most versions have the spare tire mounted in back like an old-style SUV.
The Honda CR-V reigns as the segment leader here for those who don't plan to go off-road; its interior is well appointed and nearly as spacious as a minivan.
|2010 Jeep CompassBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2008 Hyundai TucsonBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan RogueBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility||FWD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|FWD 4-Door Latitude||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual GLS *Ltd Avail*||FWD 4-Door S||FWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||5 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic||Manual w/OD||Continuously Variable||Automatic w/OD|