2020 Nissan Rogue vs 2020 Honda CR-V
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2020 Nissan Rogue vs 2020 Honda CR-V

By Autolist Staff | July 20 2020

2020 Nissan Rogue

2020 Honda CR-V

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2020 Nissan Rogue score: 7.6

Highlights:
  • The Rogue offers an excellent array of both standard and optional safety and technology features.
  • Fuel economy figures are some of the best-in-class.
  • Interior space and comfort are class-leading.
  • Ride quality and comfort are both noted to be excellent.

2020 Honda CR-V score: 8

Highlights:
  • Honda Sensing active safety tech is standard, as are impressive crash test ratings, making the CR-V one of the safest SUVs on the market.
  • Legroom, headroom, cargo space, and overall practical interior use are plentiful and class-leading.
  • Stellar fuel-efficiency and a hybrid option provide confidence to more environmentally-conscious consumers.
  • A great overall combination of interior and driving comfort, fuel-efficiency, practicality, features, and value help the CR-V shine as a crossover.

How they stack up:

Safety Features:

Nissan Rogue: 8

  • The 2020 Nissan Rogue has earned solid safety scores from both the National Highway Traffic Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The NHTSA has given the Rogue four out of a possible five stars for overall safety. The IIHS has also rated the Rogue highly in most categories except for the headlight and structural categories in which it falls behind.

  • Driver safety assistance systems also help boost the Rogue’s ratings. Features like blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic emergency braking are all standard on the base Rogue, a robust combination of standard technology not available on several competitors.

Honda CR-V: 9

  • A variety of standard safety equipment on the CR-V includes lane-keeping assist, road departure mitigation, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control, all of which give it some of the highest ratings in crash avoidance. Additional equipment such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beam headlights further enhance its ability to deliver any customer to their destination safely.

  • As great as the standard Honda Sensing systems are in the CR-V, the vehicle itself is also engineered to offer class-leading safety. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have awarded the CR-V with some of the highest crash ratings available, making it one of the safest vehicle purchase options available today.

Value:

Nissan Rogue: 7

  • A base Rogue starts at just over $26,000, including destination. At that price, it undercuts several key competitors like the Toyota Rav4, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, and Honda CR-V. However, this doesn’t make it the least expensive SUV on the market, as it comes in higher than a base model Kia Sportage and Subaru Forester.

  • Slotting into the middle of the segment in terms of price, the Rogue offers a well-rounded approach to potential SUV buyers, providing some of the best cargo space, passenger space, safety features, fuel-efficiency, and ride comfort compared to competitors. The Rogue’s value proposition drops slightly in terms of interior materials and general styling, both of which aren’t as quality or sharps as many competitors.

Honda CR-V: 9

  • The CR-V is an easy choice for those looking to get the most bang for their buck. It is not the least inexpensive compact SUV, but it will also not break the bank for most average buyers, even when fully-equipped. Chief rivals like the Toyota Rav4 and Mazda CX-5 both start at higher price points with the Mazda costing much more than the CR-V in its highest trim levels. Even at its lower price point, reviewers favor the larger interior dimensions, more comfortable ride, and overall practicality the CR-V has to offer compared to most other rivals.

  • Competing SUVs like the Ford Escape and Subaru Forester undercut the CR-V’s starting price, but most do not offer the ride quality, material quality, and fuel efficiency the CR-V has to offer. A hybrid powertrain adds one more consumer option to the lineup, and even though it is not as efficient as the Ford Escape or Toyota Rav4, it is less expensive than both.

Efficiency:

Nissan Rogue: 8

  • Fuel efficiency is one area in which the Rogue shines. Standard front-wheel-drive models return up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway and have a combined rating of 29 miles per gallon. All-wheel-drive models return a combined 27 miles per gallon with only a mile per gallon drop during highway driving. These numbers are among the best in class.

  • The Rogue has also been offered with a hybrid powertrain option, which is being discontinued for the 2020 model year. Front-wheel-drive models get a combined 34 miles per gallon while all-wheel-drive models return slightly lower numbers in both city and highway driving. Not all competitors offer hybrid models, but the Honda CR-V, Toyota Rav4, and Ford Escape hybrid models all outshine the Rogue for hybrid efficiency.

Honda CR-V: 8

  • The 2020 Honda CR-V leads the compact SUV segment when it comes to efficiency. Its standard 1.5-liter gasoline engine produces a combined 30 miles per gallon with its standard front-wheel-drive layout. Even opting for the all-wheel-drive option only brings the combined fuel economy down by one mile per gallon.

  • The CR-V’s hybrid powertrain brings its efficiency score down by just a touch. A larger 2.0-liter gasoline engine combined with two electric motors produce a combined 38 miles per gallon. This puts the CR-V behind its chief rival, the Toyota Rav4. But, its price point is also lower than that of other hybrid SUVs, including the RAV4. Bolstering its stellar efficiency regardless of powertrain or trim is the CR-V’s standard continuously variable transmission.

Driving Experience:

Nissan Rogue: 7

  • Overall, the Rogue provides a pleasant driving experience. Ride quality and comfort are good for the class, plus it has the added benefit of comfortable seats to help smooth out bumps. Road noise is kept to a minimum, and Rogue’s maneuverability is good for a vehicle of this size, allowing drivers to feel like it is not as large a vehicle as it actually is.

  • Performance is where the overall driving experience falls off a little bit. Most reviewers note that the 2.5-liter, 170 horsepower engine and continuously-variable transmission are a bit slower and more sluggish than many other offerings in the segment. Additionally, many note that many other competitors offer a much more engaging driving experience than the Rogue’s average handling ability can provide.

Honda CR-V: 6

  • A 1.5-liter engine offers efficiency and performance in equal parts by producing a reasonable 190 horsepower. The hybrid powertrain feels livelier due to its increased torque and power numbers from the electric motors, but the hybrid also causes the engine to drone on at freeway speeds, which gets annoying after a while.

  • But, where the CR-V may lack in sheer sportiness, it more than makes up for in ride comfort easy driving. The spacious interior, supple suspension, even acceleration, and solid brake feel all contribute to a rather pleasant, if not mundane driving experience. Road noise is kept to a minimum as well, but reviewers note that the continuously variable transmission can be slightly noisy when a large amount of throttle is necessary.

Tech Features:

Nissan Rogue: 9

  • Standard technology features make a strong showing in the Rogue compared to other models within the segment. A seven-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker audio system all come on the base model.

  • Available technology equipment offered on higher trim levels and as possible options include navigation, surround-view camera, a Bose sound system, power liftgate, and dual-zone climate control. ProPilot Assist – Nissan’s suite of semi-autonomous driving systems – is also offered as standard on the highest Rogue trim levels.

Honda CR-V: 6

  • Honda delivers the most basic standard tech features to make the CR-V competitive. Automatic climate control, a five-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port all come as standard equipment.

  • Even though additional cash is needed to add more features, opting for a higher trim level adds much more equipment and competes better with others in the segment.

  • An average infotainment system prevents the CR-V from outshining the competition. Notable standard feature omissions include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, putting Honda farther behind the segment leaders, though these features are standard on most trims.

Style & Design:

Nissan Rogue: 6

  • The Rogue’s exterior design falls within the typical compact SUV parameters. The headlights, body lines, and overall dimensions are attractive for a vehicle of this size. Many agree that there’s nothing too exciting about the rest of the exterior but also note that rear visibility is somewhat limited because of the rear window and pillar design.

  • Interior design is also noted to be adequate but does not provide the best-in-class design and quality that rivals such as the Rav4 and CR-V offer. Numerous plastic pieces throughout the interior give mixed signals with high-quality seating materials. The interior layout is average and beginning to feel dated (an all-new generation of Rogue is due for 2021). Still, the spacious cabin provides plenty of space in both front and back, even for larger passengers.

Honda CR-V: 8

  • While the Mazda CX-5 is usually considered the style frontrunner in the segment, the Honda CR-V is not necessarily a slouch. It is a sleek, handsome, well-designed SUV that combines a slightly sporty look with a touch of luxury, especially with its slightly refreshed design for the 2020 model year.

  • The CR-V’s interior spells out much of the same story as the exterior. It is not as edgy as some of the exterior lines, but the cabin is well thought out, contains quality materials, and has a refined, if not simple, look and feel. Most reviewers agree that interior quality and style are better than most in the class.

Practicality:

Nissan Rogue: 8

  • Excellent fuel-efficiency, one of the largest interiors in the segment, and the availability of all-wheel-drive boost the Rogue’s practicality level to the top of the class. All doors are easy to access, and a motion-sensing power liftgate enables excellent ease of access to the cargo area. As a typical, practical family hauler, the Nissan Rogue excels.

  • Though the Rogue is an SUV, it falls behind many competitors when it comes to towing capacity. Available roof rails help when additional storage and hauling is necessary. Reviewers also note that competitors like the Subaru Forester and Jeep Cherokee are far more capable vehicles when tough weather conditions and offroad situations present themselves.

Honda CR-V: 9

  • Like most other Honda models, the CR-V is incredibly practical. It can do just about everything exceptionally well, a difficult feat for any vehicle manufacturer without some serious sacrifices. Perhaps where it shines the most is its use of interior space. Cargo room is class-leading with the CR-V besting its chief rival – the Toyota Rav4 – by two cubic feet with the rear seats in their upright position and six cubic feet with the seats folded down.

  • For additional practicality, the CR-V is offered with all-wheel-drive, 1500 pounds of total towing capacity, an optional hands-free tailgate, and a roof rail system for additional storage. Serious off-road capability and outdoors adventuring may be off the table for the CR-V, but most buyers will use its utility features more for daily commuting and family hauling, all of which are adequate for the everyday urban adventurer.

Cost of Ownership

2020 Nissan Rogue

2020 Honda CR-V

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,208
15k miles at $2.175/gal
$1,125
15k miles at $2.175/gal
Fuel Economy

25 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
27 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
32 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
32 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2020 Nissan Rogue

2020 Honda CR-V

NHTSA Crash Test Results

Overall
Overall
Safety Features

Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2020 Nissan Rogue

2020 Honda CR-V

Interior Features

Standard
Leather
Standard
Leather
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Navigation System
Standard
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2020 Nissan Rogue

2020 Honda CR-V

Powertrain

Transmission
Transmission
FWD
Drivetrain
FWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

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