2013 Nissan Rogue vs. Its Competition

2013 Nissan Rogue
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

What just a few years ago felt like niche models now comprise the heart of the market.

In this hotly contested compact crossover segment, smaller families can find enough space, along with a little extra space for hauling 'stuff.' The Honda CR-V has just this past year been updated, and although it doesn't look much different its interior layout, ride, and refinement are improved.

The Chevrolet Equinox is another alternative, with a fuel-efficient base four-cylinder engine and interior appointments that are pleasing for the most part; it's also slightly larger than other models in this class.

The Subaru Forester offers standard all-wheel drive at a very competitive price, and its ride quality is impressive.

Kia's Sportage is a little smaller than the rest, and its ride is somewhat rougher while its feature set is strong.

The Toyota RAV4 is now the most dated design in this group; it's one of few vehicles in this class to offer a third-row seat, but it’s barely even usable for kids.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2013 Nissan Rogue may not have excitement in its corner, but its layout, features, and affordability make a lot of sense for smaller families.
8.0
The 2013 Chevrolet Equinox is a good, affordable choice for cost-conscious families, but it doesn't skimp on comfort, safety, or the latest connectivity features.
7.8
The 2013 Honda CR-V hits all the right marks for cost-conscious families—with its interior layout and safety ratings both best-in-class—although it doesn't feel as sprightly as former CR-V models.
7.8
A rakish crossover with a 260-horsepower four on tap, the Kia Sportage reboots its image on a few levels all at once.
7.0
The rugged 2013 Subaru Forester handles well and copes confidently with any weather and road surface--and the XT turbo models are sporty--but its economy-car interior and sluggish automatic remain drawbacks.
7.2
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 excels at mass-market talents like gas mileage and interior room--but for turbocharged fun in a crossover, you'll have to look elsewhere.
MSRP From     
$20,310$24,225$22,795$19,000$21,295$23,300
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4Gas I4
EPA Class     
FWD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door LS2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door Base4-Door Manual 2.5X PZEVFWD 4-Door LE (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission     
Continuously variable ratioAutomaticAutomaticManualManualAutomatic