2016 Honda CR-V 2WD EX vs 2016 Nissan Rogue

2016 Honda


2016 Nissan

Yes185 HP No170
Yes181 Torque No175

2/2 Winner

  • Horse Power 100%
  • Torque 100%

Built upon decades of reliability, the reputation of Honda is one of the best in the entire automotive industry. Advanced engineering, thoughtful interiors, and constant innovation in the field of safety have made Hondas highly valued vehicles across a number of segments, including its legendary Civic and Accord sedans.

While the sedan classes have decades to build on, Honda has also emerged as the leader in the compact crossover segment. Offering the versatility and improved passenger space of traditional SUVs but with the efficiency and easygoing, comfortable ride of a passenger sedan, the crossover has become the dominant class when looking at market share. Unsurprisingly, Honda made one of the first successful crossovers, one that continues to be a leader in the field to this day – the Honda CR-V

Other manufacturers have tried – take, for instance, the 2017 Nissan Rogue. A vehicle that has evolved little over the years, it is nonetheless very popular, with Nissan’s bargain pricing a clear factor. Price isn’t everything though, and there are certain areas where even the few extra thousand you may keep in your bank account is not worth the decrease in quality. Has the 2017 Nissan Rogue caught up to the Honda CR-V in any of those areas?

Not so much.

Rabbit, or Tortoise?

Potency has never been a strong point of the Nissan, and while a new hybrid engine helps out in the fuel efficiency department, the 2017 Honda CR-V is making leaps and bounds.

To start, a look at the base engines – both of which are 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated power plants. You’ll get more power out of the CR-V’s engine, which produces 184 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The base Rogue, meanwhile, can only hit a maximum of 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. It’s not like that power reduction is saving you anything at the pump either, as both engines see 29 miles per gallon combined.

Yes26 City MPG No25
Yes33 Highway MPG No32
Yes29 Combined Fuel Economy No28

3/3 Winner

  • City MPG 100%
  • Highway MPG 100%
  • Combined Fuel Economy 100%

Nissan’s attempt to counter this is to provide a new Rogue Hybrid, utilizing a 2.0-liter gasoline engine aided by an electric motor. Total system horsepower is 176 horses – not particularly enthralling stuff, considering the fuel economy only bumps up to 34 miles per gallon combined.

Of course, while they were fiddling with a hybrid, Honda went the opposite way – the 2017 Honda CR-V offers a 1.5-liter, turbocharged engine in all models above the base trim. With 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, it has get-up-and-go. That extra push won’t cost extra at the pump, either, as fuel economy actually improves by a few miles per gallon combined over the base engine. It’s really the best of the bunch.

A Little Wiggle Room

What makes a crossover a crossover is the ability to haul everything from your future FIFA stars and their equipment, to your flea market hauls, to sacks of mulch. You need every inch, both for your passengers as well as for what you are hauling.

The Nissan Rogue prides itself in offering seating for seven, but what it doesn’t mention is that those extra two passengers better be very small children who don’t mind being cramped – and forget about bringing any sort of cargo with you. In the optimal layout, it has seating for five and space for 32 cubic feet of cargo. It’s respectable, but the 2017 Honda CR-V gives passengers a touch more headroom, while opening the cargo hold up for a whopping 39.2 cubic feet of gear. Folding the seats helps the Rogue to catch up a bit, but it still trails the CR-V by 3 cubic feet with the second row stowed.

Yes413.1 City Range No362.5
Yes520.2 Highway Range No464
Yes70.9 Cargo Capacity No70
No104.1 Passenger Volume Yes105.8

3/4 Winner

  • City Range 100%
  • Highway Range 100%
  • Cargo Capacity 100%
  • Passenger Volume 98.39%

What You Do With It

Honda knows you can’t just give folks that extra space and hope they thank you for it. The 2017 Honda CR-V also offers standard features above and beyond what you’ll find on the 2017 Nissan Rogue. Most importantly for families out there, the new CR-V makes the Honda Sensing system standard on all but the base model – featuring cutting-edge active safety systems such as Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Blind-Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor, and Automatic High-Beam Headlights. These are safety features you’ll need to chip in a bit more to access if you go for the Rogue.

Who do you trust more, a company that feels these safety features should be easily accessible, or one that want to squeeze as many pennies out of you as possible for your peace of mind?

8/9 Winner

  • Over all 90% 16 Best Family Cars Best Buy Award   U.S. News Best Cars for Families   2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+   NHTSA 5-Star Safety Ratings

2016 Honda CR-V is the clear winner!

A Word from the Experts

“Honda’s numerous upgrades to the popular CR-V have resulted in a compact crossover that’s better positioned than ever to do battle in this competitive segment… no other competitor offers such a well-rounded package as this more efficient, more refined, and better-equipped CR-V does.” – Automobile Magazine

“… Nissan Rogue is a pleasant enough small crossover SUV. But subpar performance holds it back from being a truly desirable choice.” – Edmunds

Always a Step Ahead

It’s clear that the 2017 Nissan Rogue makes some solid moves with a refreshed interior and exterior, plus a new engine – but as it has been since its introduction, it is still trying to catch the segment leader, the 2017 Honda CR-V. The combination of better features, power and handling, packaged in graceful and mature sheet metal, means the CR-V is still the unquestionable king of the compact crossover mountain.

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The 2016 CR-V has been named to the list of 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 in the 2-Row SUV class by Kelley Blue Book’s[1]. Each vehicle was praised for impressive comfort, driving dynamics and family practicality. [1] For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. We’re proud to announce that the 2016 Honda CR-V has been named Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy of the Year in its respective class of Small SUV/Crossover. [1] For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. U.S. News has recognized the 2016 CR-V as the Best Car for Families in its class of Compact SUV. This vehicle was recognized for its expansive standard features, spacious interior, and safety and reliability ratings. [1] View U.S. News Best Cars at The 2016 CR-V Touring has been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its superior crash safety performance. Safety matters most, and the 2016 CR-V earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)1. [1] Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).