Toyota and Nissan are adding more fuel to the subcompact crossover fire this spring with the arrival of two compelling packages, C-HR and Rogue Sport. C-HR stands for Compact High Rider and brings a lot of style to the segment and Toyota brand. The Rogue Sport is a twin of the larger Rogue, but in a smaller package.
Both are similar in size and intention: sporty, versatile, eye-catching, efficient and loaded with technology. Priced below their larger compact segment siblings, they’re also just the right amount of vehicle a lot of people need.
Toyota said the C-HR ushers in a new era of style for Toyota and we’re sure we’re not the only ones excited to see and hear that. With the introduction of the redesigned 2018 Camry at the NAIAS earlier this month, Toyota is finally showing a true feeling of design and sculpture.
Nissan virtually duplicates the current Rogue’s V-motion design language for the Rogue Sport, and we’re happy with that.
Inside, both should provide enough room all around for the driver and front passenger, and the rear will be an interesting test when we have the opportunity to check them out. Like other vehicles in this segment, we expect them to be better for quick trips with adults or longer journeys with children.
Safety tech-wise, Toyota is loading nearly all of their vehicles with Toyota Safety Sense, a suite of collision prevention or mitigation, and adaptive cruise technology. Nissan will likely offer it on top trim SL models only as they do with the larger Rogue.
In the connected world of infotainment, don’t expect Android Auto or Apple CarPlay in either of these vehicles. Toyota is sticking with their own interface and Nissan just refreshed the Rogue without either of the tech giants being introduced. We know CarPlay is newly available on the 2017 Maxima, so it may be in the pipeline for Rogue Sport.
Surprisingly, AWD is missing from the C-HR. If it’s on your must-have list, that leaves Rogue Sport as well as several other contenders in this segment.
Expect pricing to begin around $20k for both and topping out in the upper 20s loaded up. That’s perfect for young professionals, or empty nesters that like the easier entry/exit of a crossover without the hassles of maneuvering a large vehicle.