Active Grandparents SUVs WAPO carchat

Car manufacturers are listening to you and have created the compact SUV. I call it the AGSUV – active grandparents SUV. Grandparents are around sixty years old, almost at retirement, while their kids are in full tilt with their kids and all of their stuff. Grandparents take their grandkids in their cars, and they buy cars that fit that lifestyle.

Grandparents don’t need as much room as parents with kids in their cars, but they need to have extra space in that car. Enter the compact SUV, including the new Nissan Rogue Sport.

What’s the difference between the Rogue and the Rogue Sport? I asked my colleague, and 6′ 9″ friend, Brian Armstead, to sit in the front seat of the Rogue and the Rogue Sport. I then took pictures of the front row of both and the backseat of both. Brian set the configuration the same in each car so that you can see the difference in the picture. There were fewer inches in the rear, making it snug, but I was still able to fit nicely. The big deal for Brian was the headroom; fortunately, he was in a car that had a moonroof 🙂

Most people are not 6′ 9″, Stretch is only 6′ 4″. He would fit nicely, have more room in the rear seat and plenty of headroom. And the price is right –

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport S FWD – $21,420 USD
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport SV FWD – $23,020 USD
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport SL FWD – $26,070 USD
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport S AWD – $22,770 USD
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport SV AWD – $24,370 USD
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport SL AWD – $27,420 USD
* Destination and Handling $960.

If you need a bigger SUV, the 2017 Nissan Rogue starts at $24,760 with an EPA-estimated City/highway/combined mpg 25/32/28 AWD 26/33/29 FWD. The Rogue has more horsepower than the Rogue Sport at 170 hp @ 6000 rpm 175 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm and is twelve inches longer. The Rogue competitors are Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape.

Compare that to the compact Rogue Sport starting MSRP of $22,380 with an EPA-estimated City/highway/combined 24/30/27 AWD 25/32/28 FWD mpg. The Rogue Sport is tuned to be more fun to drive with less horsepower; 141 hp @ 6,000 rpm 147 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm. The Rogue Sport competitors would be more like Hyundai Tucson, Honda HR-V, and Mazda CX-3.

I also drove the 2017 Infiniti QX 80 AWD Limited at $90,445. A 5.6-liter V-8 with 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque is the only engine available in the 2017 Infiniti QX80, and it’s paired exclusively to a seven-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimated fuel economy is 13 city/ 19 highway/ 15 combined mpg; I got 14.1 mpg. Some of the competitors are Cadillac Escalade, Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX 570, Lincoln Navigator, and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

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By | 2017-08-14T13:57:31+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: #carchat, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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