Let's be honest here - body-on-frame SUVs are a dying breed. Unibody variants are far more comfortable, and thus, far better equipped for the average suburbanite that will be hauling four people around, each represented by a stupid vinyl stick figure on the back window. Nobody wants the bone-shaking, cabin-swaying experience that comes with living on an Arctic fishing vessel ... erm, we mean, driving a body-on-frame SUV.
Nissan forced their way into the crowded hatchback marketplace in 2013, replacing their Versa hatchback for the Note, renamed the Versa Note. It has appealed to consumers because it's among the least expensive cars on the market, but Nissan is trying to appeal to customers' senses too, not just their wallets. They've finally succeeded, sort of, with the 2015 Versa Note, offering a SR trim that has sportier designs but the same driving capabilities as the standard model.
There was nothing really wrong with the three-year old current-model Honda CR-V, but Honda, knowing how on fire the compact SUV/crossover market is right now, is intent on grabbing as much market share as it possibly can, which is why it gave the 2015 CR-V some 60 changes, even though it's already among the best-selling small SUVs on the market.
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