Both vehicles are named IIHS Top Safety Picks.
Neither the CR-V nor the Rogue sees any significant changes for 2019.
The 2019 Nissan Rogue and the 2019 Honda CR-V are sure to be two of the best-selling compact SUVs on the market in the coming model year. Both come with a variety of strong points — practicality, safety and reliability. Below, we’ll take a look at the two head-to-head in a number of categories to help you to determine which is the better vehicle for you.
The Rogue was last all new for the 2014 model year, but did receive an update for 2017. Pricing starts at $24,800, while fully-loaded AWD SL Hybrid models top $36,000. The CR-V was fully redesigned for 2017. Expect to pay $25,345 for a base model, while a top-of-the line AWD Touring model approaches $37,000.
The entry-level CR-V LX is offered with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder making 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. All other trims are fitted with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 190 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. All CR-Vs come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and offer optional all-wheel drive.
Equipped with AWD and the 1.5-liter turbo, the CR-V is rated at 27 miles per gallon in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in combined driving. Forgoing AWD results in a 1 mpg savings all around. See the 2019 Honda CR-V models for sale near you
The Rogue is offered with one traditional powertrain along with a hybrid model. The basic powertrain is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. Hybrid examples put out a total of 176 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque from a hybrid-assisted 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. Just like in the CR-V, a CVT is standard all around.
AWD, non-hybrid Rogues are rated at 25 mpg city/32 mpg hwy/27 mpg combined. The hybrid offers respectable fuel savings, with ratings of 33 mpg city/35 mpg hwy/34 mpg overall with AWD or 31 mpg city/34 mpg hwy/33 mpg combined without it. See the 2019 Nissan Rogue models for sale near you
Honda and Nissan both score slightly above the industry average in recent JD Power reliability studies. Given this, Rogue and CR-V owners should see generally good reliability from their vehicles. Both Honda and Nissan offer a 3-year/36,000-mile basic and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, right in line with most other mainstream automakers.
Both the Rogue and the CR-V perform well enough in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) crash testing to earn Top Safety Pick designations, achieving scores of Good across all major categories.
In terms of driver-assistance safety features, the Rogue comes standard with forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking. Also available are adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.
Except for the entry-level LX model, all CR-Vs come equipped with Honda’s suite of driver-assistance safety features, which includes 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.
At 184.5 inches long, the Rogue is almost four inches longer than the CR-V, which sits at 180.6 inches. Width and height are extremely similar, as is ground clearance, with both vehicles offering 8.2 inches.
The Rogue offers slightly more front seat headroom, with 43.0 inches to the CR-V’s 40.1 inches. The tables are turned in the second row, where the CR-V offers 40.4 inches of legroom to the Rogue’s 37.9
Behind their second rows, the CR-V and Rogue both offer 39 cu ft. of cargo room. With the second row folded, the CR-V offers 76 cu ft. while the Rogue offers 70 cu ft.
Both the Rogue and the CR-V offer conservative interiors. The Rogue’s is pretty basic on the inside, offering a few different interior options, including a unique orange hue and attractive looking quilted leather if you opt for the Platinum Reserve interior package. Regardless of trim level, the Rogue comes with a center-mounted infotainment screen and a display in the gauge cluster, although it isn’t as nice as what you’ll find in the CR-V.
The CR-V’s interior features a relatively modern design. All examples get a center-mounted infotainment display, although higher trim levels get a larger screen, along with an additional screen in their gauge cluster. The CR-V’s most notable interior feature is the gear selector, which is mounted at the base of the dashboard, rather than on the console, freeing up space between the driver and passenger seats. EX-L and Touring models are offered with either black or gray leather. While the CR-V’s interior is attractive overall, the use of fake wood trim seems out of place in 2019.
Technology & Infotainment
The 2019 Honda CR-V can be optioned with a panoramic moonroof, LED headlights, power adjustable heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, rain sensing windshield wipers and a foot-activated power rear liftgate.
The 2019 Nissan Rogue is available with most of the same features as the CR-V. In addition, Rogue buyers can opt for a 360-degree exterior camera, a Bose-branded premium audio system and a trick tire pressure monitoring system that beeps during refills when the desired pressure has been reached.
Starting on its EX trim, the CR-V offers a 7-in touchscreen infotainment system. Unlike certain Honda products offered in recent years, the 2019 CR-V includes a physical volume knob. Honda’s "HondaLink" infotainment system has been met with negative reviews, but the presence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto should serve to ease buyer’s frustration with Honda’s own system. One 12-volt outlet and four USB ports are offered.
The Rogue comes standard with a 7-in touchscreen offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, regardless of trim level. Also available on the Rogue is 4G LTE with Wi-Fi capability, something not offered on the CR-V. The Rogue comes with two 12 volt outlets and two USB ports.
Altogether, these two vehicles are pretty evenly matched. The CR-V offers a slightly newer design and makes a little more power, while the Rogue offers a few more features, like that surround view camera and 4G LTE connectivity. Drivers looking for better driving dynamics and a greater focus on intangibles like design and build quality will likely prefer the CR-V, while buyers looking for those extra features will probably prefer the more value-focused Rogue. Find a Nissan Rogue for sale or Find a Honda CR-V for sale