Son's Automotive Group Compares 2018 Honda CR-V VS 2018 Nissan Rogue Near Buford, GA

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Nissan Rogue

Safety Comparison

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Rogue doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Rogue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 27th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 3 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine Comparison

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (184 vs. 170) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V LX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (184 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (190 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the CR-V LX is faster than the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V 1.5 Turbo gets better fuel mileage than the Rogue:







Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/34 hwy

26 city/33 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto


Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

27 city/33 hwy

25 city/32 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rogue doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The CR-V stops shorter than the Rogue:





60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Rogue (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CR-V Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (27.9 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The CR-V is 3.9 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the CR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rogue doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Rogue doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The CR-V has 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom and 2.5 inches more rear legroom than the Rogue.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The CR-V has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Rogue with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 70 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rogue doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Rogue doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the CR-V has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The CR-V’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes fully with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Rogue’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to open or close it. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and its driver’s window also automatically closes. With the Rogue SV/SL’s power windows, only the driver’s window opens or closes automatically.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the CR-V owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the CR-V will cost $205 less than the Rogue over a five-year period.

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 49.22% to 51.49% of its original price after five years, while the Rogue only retains 43.21% to 44.99%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Rogue because it costs $549 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Rogue, including $120 less for a water pump, $224 less for an alternator, $13 less for front brake pads, $200 less for fuel injection, $406 less for a fuel pump, $562 less for a timing belt/chain and $846 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $1946 to $2302 less than for the Nissan Rogue.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda CR-V and the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rogue was rated second.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Nissan Rogue by 8% during 2016.

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