2012 Nissan Rogue vs. Its Competition

2011 Nissan Rogue FWD 4-door SV Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

There are many, many alternatives to the Nissan Rogue, which lands right in the middle of the now-crowded compact crossover class.

Nearly all the vehicles in this class offer very respectable safety features and comfortable interiors that are good enough for the needs of a small family, or for people who need a little more space to haul ‘stuff.’ The Chevrolet Equinox has a somewhat more fuel-efficient base four-cylinder engine and much-improved interior appointments.

And for 2012, the Honda CR-V has been made more refined and gets even better gas mileage, though its styling isn't any more exciting.

The Toyota RAV4 is one of few vehicles in this class to offer a third-row seat, but it’s barely even usable for kids.

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for 2009, for better comfort and refinement, and it offers standard all-wheel drive at a very competitive price.

And in base form, Kia's Sportage is one of the value leaders, although its interior is a little more cramped than the others.

2011 Nissan Rogue FWD 4-door SV Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Rogue
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2012 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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2012 Honda CR-V2012 Honda CR-V
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2012 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-door EX Angular Front Exterior View2012 Kia Sportage
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2012 Subaru Forester2012 Subaru Forester
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2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 20122012 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Nissan Rogue's comfortable ride and versatile layout make it a good fit for a value-conscious small families--but it's far from exciting to drive.
A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families.
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
The Kia Sportage cuts a rakish new figure and spins out 260 turbocharged horsepower for a total image reboot--watch the options, though.
The 2012 Subaru Forester is tough, all-weather-capable, and one of the best-handling compact crossovers--plus, a blast to drive in XT turbo form--but an old-tech automatic transmission and econo-caliber interior remain letdowns.
The unlikely Toyota-Tesla partnership has produced what may just be the best battery-electric vehicle below Tesla's own Model S luxury sedan. Its power, 100 miles of real-world range, and interior space add up to a very appealing electric crossover.
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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 Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4Gas I4
EPA Class     
FWD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - AWDSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door LS2WD 5-Door LX2WD 4-Door Base4-Door Manual 2.5XFWD 4-Door I4 (SE)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Continuously variable ratioAutomaticAutomaticManualManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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