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2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Nissan Rogue

  • 2021 Honda CR-V

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    2021 Nissan Rogue

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    190Horsepower (hp)181
    75.8Max Cargo Volume (cu.ft.)74.1
    1,500Max Towing (lbs)1,350

    In terms of quality, reliability, and fuel economy, buying a Honda CR-V is a sound investment and sensible choice. The CR-V has been around since 1997, and it has only gotten better and better as technology has continued to advance. Each year, drivers are amazed at the advancements in the CR-V, and just when you don’t think they can improve on it, they do just that. But not everybody is necessarily sold on the Honda CR-V; some people are still interested in other SUV options. Take, for example, the Nissan Rogue, which is a fierce competitor of the CR-V. The Rogue is a good SUV in its own right, but many are probably curious how it stacks up when the competition is the 2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Nissan Rogue.

    We are going to look at how these vehicles compare when it comes to the interior, features, power, fuel economy, and other specs. Then, you will be able to see why you might want to choose the CR-V over the Rogue. The competition is fierce, but which vehicle has what it takes to be your next ride?

  • Interior Features

    The interior of a 2021 Honda CR-V Touring shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

    Both the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue are considered compact crossovers, which means they have a reputation for smallish interiors. But you should check the facts before forming an opinion on that matter. The CR-V is actually quite spacious, and the interior dimensions prove it’s bigger than you will find in most other vehicles. Honda has done an excellent job in utilizing the space as well, and the proof is when two adults can comfortably sit in the back without feeling cramped. While the Rogue and the CR-V are really close in terms of total passenger volume, the CR-V slightly beats out the Rogue.

    Interior Design

    When the current generation of CR-V was introduced in 2017, there was a lot of talk about the quality of the interior. In terms of materials, assembly, and aesthetics, the CR-V had a rather impressive interior. Since then, well, not much has changed. The interior of the CR-V is still just as impressive, and it is sure to win you over when you get behind the wheel. Nissan has made significant steps in improving the interior of the Rogue, and there are nice touches, including a two-tone dashboard. But, in the end, interior aesthetics are subjective, and these two choices are definitely a toss-up.

    Interior Space

    Now, when it comes to interior cargo space, the thumbs up goes to the CR-V, hands down. As we mentioned before, both interiors are quite spacious, but the CR-V boasts 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and this number gets bumped up to a whopping 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seat is folded down. On the flip side, the Rogue offers 36.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the back, and when the seat is folded down, that number increases to 74.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which isn’t bad, just not as impressive as the CR-V.

    In terms of features, both the CR-V and Rogue fair quite well. Both models offer several standard features, including a backup camera, power mirrors, and steering wheel controls. In addition, the CR-V does offer standard adaptive cruise control, while the Rogue only offers standard cruise control. There are also a few available features you can opt for with the CR-V that the Rogue doesn’t offer, including a hands-free liftgate, a heated steering wheel, and a luggage rack.

  • Capability

    A blue 2021 Honda CR-V Touring is shown parked in front of a lake.

    The Engines

    The CR-V is powered by a 1.5-liter turbo engine, but don’t think it isn’t a zippy four-cylinder. This little gem of an engine cranks out a surprising 190 horsepower with excellent acceleration. It’s paired with a well-programmed CVT. What you get is a combination that gives the CR-V good acceleration and good fuel economy. All-wheel drive is an option on all trim levels. There is also a hybrid option with standard all-wheel drive that boasts excellent fuel economy if you enjoy saving money. The Nissan Rogue enjoys a nice 2.5-liter engine under the hood, but don’t let that bigger number fool you. The 2.5-liter engine in the Rogue offers up 181 horsepower, which is not as powerful as the 1.5-liter in the CR-V.

    Fuel Economy

    In terms of fuel economy, the CR-V will get you 28 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway.<sup>2</sup> The 2.5-liter under the hood of the Rogue gets 27 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway, which is basically a wash in terms of which gets better overall gas mileage. However, if you opt for the hybrid CR-V, your fuel economy estimate jumps up to 40 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.<sup>2</sup> Unfortunately, the Rogue does not have a hybrid option at this point.

    The CR-V offers an impeccable driving performance and handles very well. Should you opt for the hybrid, that driving experience is even better, thanks in part to the added horsepower and super quick acceleration. When you are behind the wheel of the CR-V, you feel that everything is under control as you go into those curvy roads with ease and grace.

  • Trims

    A silver 2021 Honda CR-V Touring is shown parked in a city after winning a 2021 Honda CR-V vs 2021 Nissan Rogue comparison.

    The CR-V LX

    The LX is the CR-V base model that offers a lot more than just the basics. With the LX, you enjoy 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear stabilizer bars, and active noise cancellation. The LX also includes several safety features, including Brake Assist and Forward Collision Warning. You will also enjoy a Vehicle Stability Assist system which helps stabilize the SUV while cornering and assists the driver while accelerating on loose or slippery road surfaces. It does this by applying the brakes and regulating the engine’s power as needed. It’s a feature you don’t get in the Nissan Rogue base model.

    The CR-V Special Edition

    The Special Edition trim enjoys all of the goodies in the previous trim and offers a few more features. For example, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included with this trim, as are heated front seats. In addition, passengers in the Special Edition trim will enjoy the comfort offered by the dual-zone automatic climate control system. On the exterior, the Special Edition trim features body-colored door handles and a roofline spoiler.

    The CR-V EX and EX-L

    The EX and EX-L trims add comfort and convenience features like illuminated vanity mirrors and a retractable cargo area cover. You also will enjoy the hybrid engine option in these trims, as well as a moonroof, rear privacy glass, and LED foglights. It is also at the EX trim that 18-inch wheels fitted with all-season tires are present. Drivers of the EX and EX-L trims will surely appreciate the 12-way power-adjusted driver’s seat with lumbar support; it makes those long trips comfortable. At the EX-L trim level, you get a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel.

    The CR-V Touring

    At the top of the trim levels is the Touring model, which adds all sorts of exciting features. In addition to 19-inch alloy wheels, drivers are sure to enjoy the 330-watt premium audio system with nine speakers and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Touring trim is packed with the features and amenities that make it the ultimate ride.

    The Rogue S and SV

    The S is the base model for the Nissan Rogue, and it offers several great features as well. These features include 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. The SV adds on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and provides a little more safety with the Intelligent Around View Monitor.

    The Rogue SL and Platinum

    As the price gets higher, Nissan starts to slowly introduce more interesting features. The SL comes with 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a dual panel panoramic moonroof. Meanwhile, the top-tier Platinum features a digital dashboard and leather seating.

    In making a side-by-side comparison, both the CR-V and Rogue offer very similar features and options. The one big difference is price. The comparative trims for the CR-V are priced lower, which means you are getting more for your money. For example, while the top line CR-V Touring trim and Rogue Platinum trim offer many of the same amenities, the Touring choice will save you about $2,000. That is a big chunk of money. So, all things considered, the CR-V is just a better bargain. In the end, if getting more for your money is essential to you, then the clear choice is the CR-V.

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