2013 Nissan Rogue vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior 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
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.
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.
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.
A rakish crossover with a 260-horsepower four on tap, the Kia Sportage reboots its image on a few levels all at once.
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.
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     
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
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 2.5XFWD 4-Door LE (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Continuously variable ratioAutomaticAutomaticManualManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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