You’re looking at two of the most recognised, popular and practical medium SUVs money can buy — the new-generation Honda CR-V, and recently upgraded Nissan X-Trail.
In a market infatuated with design-led offerings such as the Mazda CX-5, this pair stand out with their unashamed focus on family-friendly characteristics.
The CR-V launched in this generation a few months ago and immediately returned the brand towards the top of the pile in Australia’s fastest-growing vehicle class.
Yet it’s the slightly longer and narrower X-Trail that is proving more enduringly popular, regularly managing monthly sales of 1500-2000 units thanks to its strong reputation for dependability and user-friendliness. Oh, and price.
As well as the CX-5, this pair compete with other big-sellers such as the Hyundai Tucson (often the segment-leader) Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Forester, Kia Sportage, Volkswagen Tiguanand — soon — the Holden Equinox.
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