The Honda CR-V was all-new for 2017.
The Rogue offers unique features, like a 360-degree surround-view camera.
Both vehicles are named IIHS Top Safety Picks.
The 2018 Honda CR-V and 2018 Nissan Rogue are two of the top-selling compact SUVs on sale today. Either model offers safety, reliability and great practicality through ample cargo space and available all-wheel drive. Deciding between the two can be difficult, so below we take a look at their differences in an effort to determine which is the better vehicle in 2018.
The Honda CR-V received a full redesign for the 2017 model year. Including destination costs, 2018 models start at $25,245 and reaches close to $36,000 in fully-loaded Touring trim. The Rogue was introduced for the 2014 model year and received an update for 2017. The Rogue starts at $24,800 and also exceeds $36,000 in loaded SL Hybrid form.
The entry-level CR-V LX comes with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine putting out 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. All other trim-levels offer a more modern 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making 190 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines are mated exclusively to a continuously variable transmission. All trim-levels are available with optional all-wheel drive.
With all-wheel drive and the more common 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, the CR-V earns 27 miles per gallon in the city, 33 mpg highway and 29 overall. Stick with front-wheel drive, and each of these figures increases by one. See the 2018 Honda CR-V models for sale near you
In addition to offering one traditional powertrain, the Rogue offers a hybrid model. The non-hybrid powertrain is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid model mates a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with a hybrid system for a combined total output of 176 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque. Like the CR-V, a CVT is the only transmission available on the Rogue. With all-wheel drive, non-hybrid Rogues earn 25 mpg city/32 mpg hwy/27 mpg combined. Opt for front-wheel drive and these figures each improve by one.
The Rogue hybrid offers significant fuel savings, earning 33 mpg city/35 mpg hwy/34 mpg combined in front-wheel drive guise. Add all-wheel drive and these figures become 31 mpg city/34 mpg hwy/33 mpg combined. See the 2018 Nissan Rogue models for sale near you
In recent JD Power reliability studies, Honda and Nissan both came in just above the industry average, and CR-V and Rogue buyers should both see good reliability from their vehicles. Nissan and Honda offer a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is right in line with the rest of the industry.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named both the Rogue and the CR-V a Top Safety Pick for 2018 due to their crash test performance. Both models receive scores of Good across the board in all major categories.
Aside from the base LX model, all CR-Vs come with Honda’s suite of driver assistance safety features, which the automaker refers to as Honda Sensing. This means adaptive cruise control, front automated emergency braking, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and rear cross-traffic monitoring come on all CR-V EX, EX-L and Touring models.
The Rogue offers a comprehensive suite of driver assistance safety features as well. Starting with the 2018 model year, all new Nissan models come with forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking as standard. On top of these features, the Rogue is available with adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and rear cross-traffic monitoring.
The CR-V is 180.6 inches long, 73.0 inches wide and 66.5 inches tall. The Rogue is almost four inches longer than the CR-V at 184.5 inches. Width and height are similar, as the Rogue is 72.4 inches wide and 66.6 inches tall. Both the Rogue and CR-V offer 8.2 inches of ground clearance.
Up front, the CR-V offers 40.1 inches of headroom and 41.3 inches of legroom to the Rogue’s 41.6 and 43.0 inches. In the back seat, the CR-V is larger, offering 39.2 inches of headroom and 40.4 inches of legroom compared to the Rogue’s 38.5 and 37.9 inches.
The CR-V offers slightly more cargo room than the Rogue with the second row up, and a good bit more with the seats folded. With their second rows up, the CR-V offers 39 cu ft. of space to the Rogue’s 39. Fold the seats down, and the CR-V offers 76 cu ft., while the Rogue offers 70.
Given that the vehicle was all-new for the 2017 model year, the CR-V’s interior features a modern design. At the center is a large infotainment screen beneath two high-mounted center air vents. Like previous models, the CR-V’s gear shift knob is mounted at the base of the dashboard, rather than on the center console, freeing up space below. LX and EX models come with fabric seats, while EX-L and Touring models come with leather. Both the leather and fabric are available in either black or gray. While the 2018 Honda CR-V’s interior is modern and attractive for the most part, the incorporation of wood-appearance trim feels like a step backwards. We’d prefer brushed aluminum or a geometric pattern in its place.
The Rogue’s interior design is for the most part basic and conservative. Black or beige fabric is offered on lower-end models, while SL models and up come with leather, available in black, beige or a unique orange-tan color. On top of the basic leather interior, Rogue SL models are available with a unique "Platinum Reserve" package that adds high-end quilted leather. All trim levels get a center-mounted touchscreen, along with an LCD screen in the gauge cluster, although it isn’t as big as that in the CR-V.
Technology & Infotainment
Among the features offered on the CR-V are an available panoramic moonroof, a foot-activated power rear liftgate, LED headlights, power and heated passenger and driver seats, a heated steering wheel, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The Rogue offers many of the same features as the CR-V, along with a few additional items. These include a 360-degree surround-view camera, additional storage under the cargo floor, a Bose sound system and a tire pressure monitoring system that beeps when the desired pressure has been reached during refill.
Starting with the CR-V’s EX trim level, all models get a 7-inch infotainment screen. Honda’s HondaLink infotainment system is said to be somewhat frustrating to use, but the presence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on these trim levels allow users to circumvent the vehicle’s home-grown infotainment system. The CR-V has one 12-volt outlet and four USB ports.
All Rogues come with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Unlike in the CR-V, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi is available. The 2018 Rogue offers two 12-volt outlets and two USB ports.
Despite the CR-V being a few years newer than the Rogue, the two vehicles are pretty evenly matched. While the Rogue offers some interesting bonus features like a 360-degree camera, storage space under the cargo floor and that unique system that beeps when the desired tire pressure has been reached during refill, the CR-V is more powerful than the Rogue and offers a better driving experience, as the Rogue is plagued by a continuously variable transmission that is particularly whiny and wheezy. Due to this, it’s hard to say that one vehicle is better than the other. If you value the CR-V’s added power, better driving experience, modernity, space and Honda sensibility, the CR-V might be right for you. If you’re excited by the Rogue’s additional available features, the added luxury of the Platinum Reserve package and the availability of a hybrid powertrain, the Rogue is worth a look. In the end, we recommend strongly considering both in your search for a compact SUV. Find a Honda CR-V for sale or Find a Nissan Rogue for sale