Compact utility vehicles are doing very well. The choices are multiple, and their qualities undeniable. That is why it is sometimes hard to choose between two models, such as the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek or the 2020 Nissan Qashqai.
The comparison between both small utility vehicles is the obvious one, especially for drivers from Montreal and Laval who must face the sometimes harsh conditions in the city and who also dare to venture of the beaten track from time to time.
The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek proudly features the distinctive qualities of the Subaru family. We thus find the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre 4-cylinder BOXER engine of 152 horsepower, which delivers both fuel economy and responsiveness. Its horizontally-opposed configuration also allows it to be placed lower in the vehicle’s structure, providing a lower center of gravity and higher driving stability.
This unique configuration is paired to an elevated ground clearance, and to the standard Symmetrical Full-Time All-Wheel Drive system, which allows for transfer of power to all four wheels quickly and efficiently.
As for the Nissan SUV, it instead proposes a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine of 141 horsepower, housed in a European-inspired elevated profile. Its drive it pleasant, but the all-wheel drive is optional. Although less powerful, its powertrain consumes more, thus resulting in a higher average rating than the Subaru utility vehicle.
To ensure that family rides in Downtown Montreal and the West Island are even safer, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek adds the EyeSight system, a set of in-car active safety technologies, as well as something new this year, the StarLink Connected Services on all its models.
The 2020 Nissan Qashqai also includes its own range of safety services, but they are only standard on the high-range versions of the small utility vehicle.
The 2020 Nissan Qashqai has something to offer, with its unique profile. Nevertheless, a test drive of the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek at your Subaru Montréal dealer will convince you that nothing beats a Subaru when you feel like going on an adventure… even if this adventure is just driving around the streets of Montreal or Laval!