Maybe buy it
You should buy it
Hybrid. Unlike Honda’s CR-V, which is gas-only, the Rogue offers an optional hybrid model. It bumps the fuel economy of this crossover to 31/34/33 MPG city/highway/combined, well above the gas Rogue and the gas Honda CR-V and even the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. This is an appealing option for crossover fans looking for something extra-efficient.
Infotainment. While the Honda’s infotainment system make look sleeker and more modern, it doesn’t work nearly as well as the more simple, but effective screen and setup in the Rogue. The Nissan’s setup just works, which we love it for. The Honda’s can get confusing.
More power. Nearly all trim levels of the CR-V come with a 190-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine (except for the base LX trim). The Nissan Rogue’s non-turbo four-cylinder has just 170 horsepower, a meaningful deficit compared to the Honda.
Space. While the CR-V and the Rogue have the same cargo space with the rear seats up, the Honda has a bit more when they’re folded. And the Honda has more rear legroom and headroom, things that keep the whole family happy on trips of any length.
Refinement. This generation of CR-V is built on a platform that it shares with the Honda Civic and Accord and it’s a good one. It’s quiet, spacious and comfortable and gives the CR-V a high-end feel compared to the rest of the segment. While the Rogue isn’t bad, it’s par for the course and not extra-ordinary like the CR-V.
Safety. In 2018, the NHTSA gave the Honda five-stars for its safety ratings while the Rogue only got four stars. (It’s worth noting that the IIHS gave both models a Top Safety Pick designation for 2018).
The Rogue is Nissan’s most popular vehicle by a wide margin (and it also outsells the Honda CR-V). It’s handsome, well-designed and practical. But so is Honda’s CR-V. And the CR-V adds an extra level of refinement, driving dynamics and safety. So for that reason, we say Buy the CR-V.
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