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Nissan Rogue vs. Honda CR-V

Published on Aug 28, 2023 by Boulder Sales Team


Compact SUVs are the new automotive juggernauts, capturing the sweet spot between space and performance. At the front of the pack? The Nissan Rogue and the Honda CR-V. These aren't just cars; they're statements on wheels. Let's dive into the clash of these titans and see which one conquers the road.

Comfort and Convenience

CRV Interior

Honda CR-V Interior Features

  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with 4-way lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-trimmed seats in higher trims
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column

Nissan Rogue Interior Features

  • 8-way power driver's seat with tailored lumbar support
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Tri-zone automatic temperature control
  • Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel

Verdict: While both offer robust seating comfort, the Rogue nudges ahead with heated rear seats and a tri-zone climate system. The CR-V counters with more extensive driver's seat adjustments and the luxurious touch of leather in upper trims. It’s a draw; choose based on your priorities.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Nissan Rogue Honda CR-V
9-inch NissanConnect® touch-screen 7 to 9-inch touch screens 
Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ (wireless in higher trims)
Head-Up Display HondaLink® mobile app
ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link Bluetooth® Streaming

Verdict: The Rogue's infotainment system is manifestly superior, with a standard 9-inch display, wireless integration, and an intelligent driver assist system that verges on vehicular clairvoyance.

Storage and Practicality

Nissan Rogue Honda CR-V
Divide-N-Hide® Cargo System Multi-function center console
Memory System for seating and mirrors 60/40 split rear seatback
  Illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls

Verdict: The Rogue's Divide-N-Hide® system is the apotheosis of utilitarian ingenuity, offering compartmentalized storage that feels custom-tailored. The CR-V offers versatile seating arrangements, but the Rogue's memory system adds a touch of personalization that's hard to overlook.

Additional Amenities

Honda CR-V

  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Push-button start
  • Rear-seat heater ducts

Nissan Rogue

  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Remote engine start system with intelligent climate control
  • Proactive safety features like Blind Spot Warning


Verdict: Both vehicles are festooned with amenities that cater to a myriad of tastes. The Rogue, however, stands out with its proactive safety features and the ability to precondition the cabin before entering.

Engine Specifications

  Nissan Rogue Honda CR-V
Type  1.5-liter DOHC 12-valve VC-Turbo® 3-cylinder 1.5-liter, turbocharged and intercooled DOHC VTEC® 4-cylinder
Horsepower 201 @ 5,600 rpm 190 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 225 lb-ft @ 2,800-4,000 rpm 179 lb-ft @ 1,700-5,000 rpm

Verdict: If your motoring aspirations incline toward raw power, the Rogue’s 201 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque eclipse the CR-V's 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. The Rogue articulates a sonnet of engineering excellence, with a torque curve optimized for immediate power delivery.

Acceleration and Handling

Nissan Rogue

  • Electronic shifter and paddle shifters for manual-like control.
  • Eco and Sport Modes
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering.
  • Intelligent Trace Control and Active Ride Control.

Honda CR-V

  • 3-mode system (ECON/Normal/Snow)
  • Drive-by-Wire throttle system
  • MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link double wishbone rear suspension
  • Variable-ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPS)

Verdict: The CR-V EX's Drive-by-Wire system and refined suspension provide a balanced and poised driving experience. However, the Rogue’s Electronic shifter and multiple handling technologies offer a more customizable and tactile driving experience.

Pricing Comparison

Trim Levels (ranked by feature-set) Rogue Price CR-V Price


$27,760  $29,500
2 $29,450 $32,010
3 $33,910 $33,350
4 $37,340 $34,660
5 $29,260 $36,350
6 $30,950 $39,500

Verdict: The Rogue starts at a lower base price than the CR-V but scales higher in its more luxurious configurations. If frugality is your watchword, the Rogue S FWD offers a tantalizing option. However, the Honda CR-V starts its lineup with more safety features like Honda Sensing® at a slightly higher base price. Moving up the echelons, CR-V's hybrid options introduce a dimension of ecological consciousness but at a premium.

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