Nissan Rogue vs. Honda CR-V

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - December 8, 2020

Japanese manufacturers are some of the most successful in mainstream segments, thanks in large part to frontrunners like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue. These two compact crossovers are similar in size and price, but which is the better buy? Here’s our take.

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What the Rogue Gets Right

Styling-wise, the Honda CR-V plays things right down the middle. The Nissan Rogue is bolder, with more liberal use of chrome and unconventional tiered headlights. The CR-V is a safe bet, but for those looking for a fashionable ride, the Rogue is a step in the right direction.

Design is thoughtful on the inside as well, with clever storage in the front and rear. The trunk floor has extra space underneath, and the panels can be arranged into tiers or dividers. In the front row, the center console has two levels of useful nooks.

The Rogue has slightly more ground clearance than the CR-V. Neither will match a Jeep, but if you need to leave the beaten path every once in a while, the Rogue is the better bet.

Especially in base form, the Rogue has a better feature set. The CR-V starts with a simplistic 5-inch infotainment system that lacks smartphone compatibility. With its 8-inch touchscreen and generous features, the base Rogue S is more appealing.

What the CR-V Gets Right

The Nissan Rogue may get more features to start, but the Honda CR-V is the cheaper buy. The difference is slight, but the CR-V comes in a few hundred dollars cheaper in either front- or all-wheel drive.

The difference is larger in the cabin, where Honda manages to find more cabin space despite a footprint nearly identical to the Rogue’s. The CR-V has over 40 inches of leg room for second-row passengers, nearly 2.5 more than the Nissan.

There’s more space for cargo, too. The CR-V starts with nearly 40 cubic feet of space behind the seats, which expands to more than 75 with the second row folded. Both numbers improve on the Rogue’s capacity.

Finally, the Honda has an extra powertrain option — the CR-V Hybrid. It costs a few thousand more than the gas-powered version, but gets an EPA-estimated 38 miles per gallon combined. That’s excellent for a crossover, and substantially better than the Rogue’s 30 mpg combined.

Form or Function

Both of these crossovers have distinct virtues. Although the Honda CR-V starts slightly cheaper, the Nissan Rogue is arguably better value thanks to its feature set and tech. It cuts a more daring shape, and its cabin makes good use of the available space. But the Honda simply has more cabin space to work with, and it offers extra room for both passengers and cargo. On top of that, the CR-V's hybrid powertrain offers fuel efficiency that the Rogue can’t match.

Our Verdict: Honda CR-V

The Nissan Rogue gets closer than ever to toppling the Honda CR-V in this latest iteration. It deserves a place on a shopping shortlist, but the CR-V is still the essential compact crossover. Thanks to its spacious cabin, it’s a vehicle with few compromises – just don’t buy it in base trim.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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