Top 5 Sub-Compact SUVs: The 2021 Nissan Qashqai Stands Out from the Crowd!

Without a doubt, subcompact SUVs are gaining in popularity and are the most popular category in 2021; they are efficient, robust and durable. When it comes to making the right choice for a new or pre-owned vehicle, it’s important to focus on the right criteria, such as value, reliability and overall performance.

Among the 19 subcompact SUV models on the North American market, five models stand out from the rest and knowing this will help you make an informed choice.


The Nissan Qashqai review often points out its qualities such as:

  • Its smooth ride
  • Its comfortable and spacious interior
  • Its reliability
  • Its modern look
  • Its efficient all-wheel drive

Nissan Qashqai price make it stand out from the rest, it is more affordable to buy or lease than its rivals. It thus wins the prize for low cost of ownership. Even more, the Nissan Qashqai interior offers plenty of space.

For 2021, the Nissan Qashqai features an even sportier and bolder look with 19-inch all-black alloy rims, smoked headlights and taillights, and several black trims.

The 2021 Qashqai also offers many advanced technologies included as standard, such as the ProPILOT Assist driver assistance system that monitors highway driving and helps to:

  • Keep the vehicle in the lane
  • Regulate speed
  • Navigates traffic jams


Like the Nissan Qashqai, but also other Nissan products, such as the unbeatable priced 2020 Nissan Kicks and the 2021 Nissan Rogue for example, the Mitsubishi RVR SUV is reliable, but sports a squarer, less trendy look. We also agree that the RVR 2021 is much less fuel efficient than the 2021 Nissan Qashqai (9.4 L/100 km vs. 8.4 L/100 km). In short, if it is a reliable SUV, the 2021 RVR is out of fashion and more expensive than its rival.


With its above-average handling, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is a subcompact SUV that stands out for its reliability and durability. This model also offers good resale value, but it is considerably more expensive than the other two SUVs featured in this blog; the hybrid version costs close to $43,000 (before taxes).

Antoine Joubert goes so far as to write the following:
"[...], but let’s say that at $840 per month in financing over a five-year period (taxes and credit included), the relevance of the PHEV version is questionable"
(Le Guide de l’auto 2021).


At first glance, this attractive sport utility vehicle is available with a choice of gas and electric engines; it is reliable and is gaining popularity. On the other hand, the rear space is far from generous and you’ll have trouble getting a good view with the small rear window. Trunk volume is not comparable to that of the 2021 Nissan Qashqai with its 544 to 1297 liters. Finally, it’s important to note that the electric version is overpriced ($53,000).


With its spacious interior and legendary Honda reliability, the 2021 HR-V SUV is versatile and loaded with modern features. It has a trendy look and compares easily to the 2021 Nissan Qashqai in terms of power (141 horsepower each), but has less torque, at only 127 lb-ft.

To help you compare the models, here is the Nissan Qashqai’s technical sheet:


2021 Nissan Qashqai


2.0 L 4-cylinder


141 horsepower/147 lb-ft

Consumption (L/100 km)

8.6 (city) / 7.3 (highway) / 8 (combined)

Cargo capacity

648 à 1 730 L

The 2021 Nissan Qashqai stands out and distinguishes itself from the competition; it’s less expensive than the others, more economical, more reliable and offers more space than the other four SUVs. The only question that remains is which Qashqai model to choose?

To answer this question, you can rely on the expert advice of the Alma Nissan team, your used car dealer for sale in Lac-Saint-Jean, near Saint-Bruno. You can also consult the details online on the versions of the Nissan Qashqai Canada to choose your level of equipment!

Posted in on Feb 18, 2021