2018 Honda CR-V VTi-L v Nissan X-Trail ST-L Comparison : Two popular and well-equipped seven-seat midsizers face off

The all-new Honda CR-V and significantly updated Nissan X-Trail – two big nameplates in one hugely popular mid-sized SUV segment – arrived in the second half of 2017. And in November, we kicked off comparing these two revised protagonists’ ranges by pitching petrol-powered, all-wheel-driven, five-seater flagships in the form of Honda’s VTi-LX and Nissan’s TI versions against one another.

Spoiler alert for boat-missers: the Honda took a narrow half-point victory (8 plays 7.5 overall), countering a slight lack of equipment with a fresher, superior cabin treatment and generally finer driving experience.

Rematch time. This time out, we’ve added two seats, dropped the trim level to upper-middle class, kept the petrol-powered format but, for this match-up, paired up front-wheel drives. A twin test, then, between the 2018 Nissan X-Trail ST-L 2WD with 7 seats and the Honda CR-V VTi-L 7-Seats, as they’re officially named.

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