2017 Honda CR-V vs Nissan Rogue: This Isn’t Even A Contest

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When it comes to the 2017 Honda CR-V taking on the Nissan Rogue it really isn’t much of a contest.

Those looking for a compact vehicle may be considering the Honda CR-V or the Nissan Rogue as both do have plenty to offer in the compact SUV market. The Rogue has been treated to some interior updates along with styling updates, better sound insulation and there is a new hybrid version out. The CR-V comes with new styling, bigger dimensions, a brand new engine and wheelbase that is bigger by 1.6 inches.

Both the Honda CR-V and the Nissan Rogue is available in all trims with a choice of all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. So how do the two compare against each other?

The Nissan Rogue offers the 170 horse 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine and this has CVT that offers lazy acceleration unless you really put your foot down on the gas. It does come with absorbent suspension, so the ride is going to be comfortable, even if you go for the 19 inch tires on the SL.

The Honda CR-V comes with a choice of engines but the acceleration on them all is nothing to get excited about. The LX trim offers the 184 horsepower 2.4 litre four-cylinder that was seen on the previous generation. On the EX and above you get the 1.5 litre 190 horsepower turbocharged 1.5 litre with CVT. The winner for the engine has to be the Nissan Rogue.

The Nissan Rogue is offered with two or three rows. In the two row versions there is a 40/20/40 split with second row recline and seating that slides fore and aft. There is an optional third row of seats that means it can seat seven but then you only get 9.4 cubic feet cargo space when seats are in use.

The Honda CR-V has seating for five and there is a 60/40 split folding backseat which can fold down flat. The seats in the back recline but don’t slide forward. Legroom in the back has grown by 2.1 inches and this means a total of 40.4 inches. It offers 39.2 cubic feet of cargo room with the maximum being 75.8 cubic feet. The winner in this category is the CR-V.

The Nissan Rogue has a 5 inch multimedia display, satellite radio, backup camera and audio streaming. There is an optional 7 inch touch display and a navigation system but Android Auto and Apple CarPlay isn’t available. You do get a 360 degree camera system as standard if you go for the SL but this is optional on the SV.

The Honda CR-V comes with a 5 inch display but the EX and higher trims get a 7 inch display along with the Display Audio System. It does come with the volume knob so it is easier to use and you do get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so the CR-V wins for this category.

The Nissan Rogue does tick a lot of boxes if you have a small family and it is above average for reliability. The Honda CR-V offers plenty of cargo and passenger space along with an interior that is well-appointed, plenty of charging ports, good resale and its reliable.

The over winner here has to be the Honda CR-V with it taking three out of the four categories, but perhaps you disagree and would go for the Nissan Rogue.

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