Today, I was thinking about the Nissan Rogue. People on here hate them, but they’re great cars. My sister drives a 2008 model; it’s the oldest car in my family and the car my parents have kept the longest, both in terms of age and mileage. I remembered that the 2011-2013 (facelift) SV and SL models are some of the best compact crossovers for a first-time driver or a driver in general; they provide the conveniences of today (backup camera, smart key access, etc.) with the good interior design of the first generation Rogue. Even newer Rogues used are a pretty good value.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are my RAV4 and my mom’s CR-V. The Rogue is a much better car for carrying people than my RAV4, and the CR-V does everything well. Except for being a good value...

This is the norm. Used CR-V’s, with FWD, selling for only a couple grand less than what my parents paid for their AWD CR-V new. Cars.com says these are good values, so that tells you how wild the market is. I know some cars like Tacomas are bad about this, but the CR-V? No wonder there are barely any of those Rogues I mentioned for sale! At $22,000, that’s new CR-V EX (with a whole lot more equipment) with a discount money. Sure, the new ones look funky, but styling doesn’t matter much for vehicles like these. The reputations are too cemented into people’s minds.