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The Nissan Qashqai was pitted against the newer Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 but it still managed to come out on top with it's 1.5 diesel engine. All three models were the most frugal variation.

Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi 110 Acenta Smart Vision pack
-cheapest to buy if you’re paying with cash because of dealer discounts
-adjustable lumbar support comes standard
-most accurate and natural-feeling steering
-rides smoothly on big bumps
-quiet ride
-getting up to speed takes longer

Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC 120 SE Navi 2nd Place
-consistently weighted steering
-marginally more leg room than the Qashqai
-biggest trunk
-hold it's value longest
-more delay in steering response
-jolts from potholes
-loud engines noise
-touchscreen not very user friendly
More expensive than Qashqai


Mazda CX-3 1.5D 105 Sport Nav 3rd Place
-good response to steering
-upright no twisty roads
-most lavishly equipped
-lots of road noise
-cramped rear passenger seats
-average interior quality
-bumpy ride
-most expensive of the three
 

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What I like about the CX-3 is that although interior quality isn't that great, it does have a pleasing design. Then there's performance which is great for someone who wants something a bit zippy for those times when they need it.
 

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The Qashqai may be new to North America, but it isn't new overall. Is there any danger that it will just not seem new and fresh to consumers?

I think the low price is definitely a good move on Nissan's part though. Being the most affordable can get you quite a long way.
 

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This type of vehicle is all about serving needs, as long as it does that and Nissan has done the market research to see it fills a need in the market....it will do well.
 

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Considering that the Juke is very small, it isn't so far-fetched to see the need for something between the Rogue and the Juke. The Juke may be a CUV, but if it were a car, instead of a utility vehicle it would be a city car with the size that it is.
 

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The Juke is quite small too, good for those starting a family with one child, maybe two, but even then it has limitations, the Quashqai can better market to that same crowd for a reasonable price.
 

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The Juke is quite small too, good for those starting a family with one child, maybe two, but even then it has limitations, the Quashqai can better market to that same crowd for a reasonable price.
It may even be worth it simply because the Juke has pretty extreme styling. Some people would buy the Qashqai even if it was the same size as the Juke because the styling is a bit less experimental.
 
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