Nissan Rogue vs. Honda CR-V

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John Moroney graduated from the Vehicle Research Institute before moving on to become a race mechanic. He currently works as a motorsports editor and automotive journalist.

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, Automotive Editor - January 22, 2015

When Nissan unleashed the Rogue for 2008, the then-fledgling crossover market offered less competition. The Rogue proved that smaller SUVs could offer flashy style and practicality at an affordable price.

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For 2015, Honda took notice of its competitor's surging popularity and restyled the CR-V to be bolder, more aggressive and stylish enough to compete with the handsome Rogue.

What Nissan Rogue Gets Right

The Rogue is small-but-stylish, and Nissan continues to enhance its technology and convenience features. It's the first non-luxury vehicle in the United States to offer a 360-degree camera that relies on four small super-wide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side and rear of the vehicle to provide a complete view of surrounding objects. You'll have a hard time finding a more technologically advanced vehicle in this price range.

What Honda CR-V Gets Right

This model has come a long way since it debuted for 1996. The current CR-V features a more dynamic and sophisticated appearance, while also offering better fuel efficiency and interior versatility.

Honda has found a way to lower the roofline and increase the headroom. The new look gives CR-V a more aggressive stance with deeper sculpting of the body lines and a bolder front fascia.

Why has Rogue Remained a Best-Seller for Nissan?

The Nissan Rogue offers excellent value while satisfying both the functional needs of buyers and their desire for something sporty -- that has made Rogue one of the best-selling vehicles in the Nissan lineup. The investment in design paid off for the automaker, and other competitors such as Honda found themselves in catch-up mode.

Our Verdict: Honda CR-V

Honda may have had to come from behind in this market, but it certainly succeeded. The bold look of the CR-V is eye-catching and looks more expensive that its entry-level status may indicate. The availability of all-wheel drive allows the CR-V to meet the needs of light-duty off-roading, yet the improved interior space capitalizes on practicality.

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John Moroney graduated from the Vehicle Research Institute before moving on to become a race mechanic. He currently works as a motorsports editor and automotive journalist.

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