The compact crossover SUV market is jam-packed with good vehicles. Call us biased, but we think the Honda CR-V is the best in the business. All it takes is one look to discover all the fantastic features, style, comfort, and fuel economy to realize how awesome it is. But there are some models in the segment that think they compete. That’s why we’re pitting ours against the competition: the 2019 Honda CR-V vs Nissan Rogue. Apples to apples, we’ll compare the Rogue and CR-V similarly equipped. We’ve chosen the CR-V EX AWD and the Nissan Rogue SV AWD to make the comparison as fair as it can be. See who comes out on top.
The Nissan Rogue offers up a relatively decent total cargo volume for the segment at 70.0 cubic feet. Not bad, but Honda does better. The CR-V has a total cargo area of 75.8 cubic feet, and in all the right places. It means that behind the front seats, there’s more rear-seat passenger space too, and that’s never a bad thing. The rear seat on the Honda CR-V EX is a 60/40 split, giving you flexibility for people or cargo. The Rogue has a bench seat, and it’s just not the same. But what about the person behind the steering wheel? The Rogue has power front seats, but so does the CR-V. In fact, the CR-V has power lumbar support for the front occupants, and that’s not something Nissan offers for the SV trim.
More Standard Features
For compact SUVs, standard equipment is quite plentiful including the infotainment system and advanced driver assistance features.. You’ll get all the common power features like power windows, door locks, automatic climate control, and the like. The 2019 Honda CR-V does more, though. Standard equipment includes a power moonroof and fog lights in the EX trim level, two features you’ll need to pay extra for in the Rogue lineup.
Whether a compact SUV or any other segment, you want the power to get yourself out of a jam. The 2019 Nissan Rogue has a 170-hp 4-cylinder engine – not too shabby. But would you rather have more power if it’s available? Of course you’d take more, and the CR-V has it. With 190 horsepower from a fuel efficient turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, you get power without sacrificing at the pump.
Better Towing Capacity
And what does versatility actually mean for an SUV if you can’t tow? With the 2019 Honda CR-V EX, you’re able to take your toys with you on the hitch with maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. The Rogue comes up short with just 1,102 pounds.
You’d expect to pay more when you get more, right? With the Honda CR-V, it’s a different story. The 2019 Honda CR-V is more than $3,000 less than the similarly-equipped Rogue, concreting its value. Hands down, in the Honda CR-V versus the Nissan Rogue battle, the CR-V comes out on top. Find the trim level that suits you best when you visit Jay Wolfe Honda in Kansas City. *CR-V 190 horsepower at 5600 rpm (SAE net).