The latest addition to Nissan’s lineup in North America might have a bit of tongue twister for a name, but one thing is perfectly clear when it comes to the Qashqai: it’s going to do well in Canada not only because of its modern design and amenities, but also because of its just-announced pricing.

2017 Nissan Qashqai front

2017 Nissan Qashqai

Starting at just $19,998 CAD, this sub-compact crossover that slots in just below Nissan’s already No.1 best-selling Rogue crossover (in Canada) is set to turn some heads in the showrooms. The best part about that price, in my opinion? It’s for the base, FWD that comes with a manual transmission. Yes, you read that correctly. You can row your own gears in the Nissan Qashqai S FWD and I think that’s a glorious thing.

With room for 5 and a sizable trunk that offers up Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide Cargo System that creates a flat cargo area with the second row folded down so you can keep your cargo secured and in place while driving.

2017 Nissan Qashqai vs Nissan Rogue

2017 Nissan Qashqai vs 2017 Nissan Rogue

Of course, there are other models available in the lineup (sadly not equipped with a manual transmission), and at the very top of the range sits the Nissan Qashqai SL AWD Platinum Package with a starting MSRP of $32,198 CAD. If you think that’s a lot for a vehicle that’s smaller than the already compact Rogue, consider you get a host of amenities such as leather wrapped and heated steering wheel, standard front heated front seats, available SiriusXM satellite radio, and a sport-mode shifter.

Truly, the only foible this sub-compact crossover seems to have so far is its hard-to-pronounce name… but here’s a little loophole: In the USA Nissan’s calls the Qashqai the Rogue Sport… You’re welcome.


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As compact and race-ready as an Austin Mini Mk1 Cooper Works; don’t be fooled by her small stature. Miranda packs a serious drive, and a fair amount of ambitious horsepower, beneath her bespectacled grille. Plucky and always ready to hit apexes with precision, Miranda’s been round the track a few times with over a decade of driving and writing experience under her seatbelt. With an opinionated backseat driver who calls her Mum, and two cats at home that could care less what she’s got parked in the drive, Miranda passionately spends her time driving anything and everything she can. When she’s not behind the wheel, going for a quick run or exploring the world with her son, she’s relaxing with a glass of red wine, and must never be disturbed in those moments. Seriously. Unless you’re bringing her more wine, then pull up a chair…

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