If you’re looking to make an SUV your next vehicle, this highly competitive vehicle class may freak you out. Still, you persist, because you want a vehicle that is comfortable and spacious for daily driving, offers plenty of cargo space, and performs well whether commuting to work or taking an adventure. When you include your need for modern safety and convenience features, the field of SUVs narrows considerably—and the 2017 CR-V and Nissan Rogue may well be on it.

When you do a side-by-side comparison of the new Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue, it’s clear that there is only one winner. Let’s take a look.

What’s New for 2017

The new Honda CR-V has been the best-selling SUV for over 20 years in a row due to its combination of style, performance, and high-quality craftsmanship. For the 2017 model year, Honda has completely redesigned the CR-V, which is now entering its fifth iteration and comes available in four trims: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring.  While this whole new design has some fantastic features, the available turbocharged engine, updated safety systems, and increased cargo space have both professional reviewers and drivers excited.

The Nissan Rogue remains mainly unchanged from the previous model year.  Its exterior has some updated styling, a newly available hands-free lift gate and insulation around the windows to provide a quiet experience inside the cabin.  The Rogue comes available in three trims: S, SV, and SL. 

Peppy Crossover Performance

Drivers wanting a compact SUV that offers an impressive performance needn’t look any further than the 2017 CR-V.  While the LX is equipped with a solid 2.4-liter inline-four engine, all other trims are equipped with the exciting, new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that offers an impressive 190 horsepower.  This peppy new engine gives drivers an impressive amount of acceleration, going from zero to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds.  Both engines are paired with Honda’s premier continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a sport mode to make the ride even better, and all trims are available with all-wheel drive (AWD).

The 2017 Nissan Rogue has one engine available for all three trims: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that provides 170 horsepower.  In a timed acceleration test, the Rogue went from zero to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds (ouch). Like the CR-V, the Rogue is also paired with a CVT that features normal, sport, and eco modes, but it doesn’t make up for the fact that it’s a verifiable slowpoke.

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Loads of Interior Space

Both the CR-V and Rogue are two-row SUVs with room for five, and they each have 60/40 split-fold rear seats to maximize interior cargo space. Both also offer 39 cubic feet of passenger space behind the second-row seats, but that is where the similarities end between the two crossovers.

While the CR-V is considered a compact SUV, you wouldn’t think it given the spacious interior.  Once the rear seats are folded down, the CR-V opens up 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space, the most in its already-packed class.  The Nissan Rogue has significantly less maximum cargo space at only 70 cubic feet, which would be decent if Honda’s rival SUV wasn’t so dang good.

Top-Tier Safety

When you’re driving, whether commuting, heading across the country, or taking your kids to school, you need a vehicle that is equipped with modern safety technology.  All 2017 CR-Vs are equipped with a suite of airbags, a rearview camera, and brake assist.  The 2017 Honda CR-V now also comes available with the Honda Sensing safety suite on EX, EX-L, and Touring trims.  This suite of safety features offers a combination of both active and passive amenities, including:

  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise with Low-Speed Follow
  • Blind-Spot and Cross-Traffic Monitor
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Collision Braking Mitigation
  • Rear-View Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

While no one ever likes to think about being in a car accident, if you should be in one, you want to be in the safest vehicle possible.  The 2017 Honda CR-V is just that, earning excellent crash test ratings across the board.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick+ and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the CR-V five out of five stars in all of their crash testing scenarios.

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The 2017 Nissan Rogue also has both active and passive driver-assist features including Blind-Spot Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, advanced airbags throughout the cabin, and a rearview camera. Additional features are optional only on the SL trim, and those include:

  • Intelligent Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning and Prevention
  • Forward Emergency Braking

The 2017 Rogue received good ratings from the IIHS (Top Safety Pick+). However, in crash tests performed by the NHTSA, the Rogue received an overall four-star rating.  While it performed well in some of the tests, such as the side-crash simulations, front collision tests left a lot to be desired. It’s a shame—our Avondale Honda dealers were hoping for a fight.   

The ’17 CR-V is a Hands-Down Winner

With more space, comfort, features, and better safety ratings, the latest Honda CR-V is unsurprisingly a better buy than the Nissan Rogue. The only question to ask yourself now is this: “Am I ready to experience the world-class flair that seems to be inherent in America’s best-selling SUV?”

The answer is an astounding “yes.”

Head on over to any of our Peoria or Surprise Honda dealerships to test drive the brand-new CR-V. With car dealerships all across Arizona, including Tempe and Phoenix, our Valley Honda Dealers are always just a stone’s throw away! Find your nearest Valley Honda Dealers location online, schedule a test drive, and love the road like never before in any of our new Honda models. We’ve even got special Honda offers to help you keep more money in your savings account. You know, for those rainy days.

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