Who Reigns Supreme: 2021 Honda CR-V vs. 2021 Nissan Rogue

January 19th, 2021 by

Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you’ve surely done some research on the wildly popular compact SUV category. This size of SUV beautifully blends the surprising spaciousness of the midsize SUV segment with the drivability of the sedan segment. And while there are many different makes and models to choose from, if you’re looking for the best overall compact SUV in a crowded field of great options, you’ve certainly come across the Honda CR-V and the Nissan Rogue.

We love a good comparison article and in this particular one, our team at Hendrick Honda in Charlotte will show you why we think the new 2021 Honda CR-V reigns supreme against the competition by comparing it to one of its worthiest adversaries: the 2021 Nissan Rogue.

Passenger and Cargo Space

If you haven’t looked into these two “compact” SUVs, you might be fooled by the name of the segment into thinking these vehicles are actually compact. If that’s the case, let us enlighten you.

2021 Honda CR-V
While the new Honda CR-V is compact from the outside with a total length of 182.1 inches (just over 15 feet, making it easy to zip in and out of Charlotte), when you look inside you’ll see the incomparable 105.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and the shocking 75.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row. And with the 60/40 flat-folding second-row seating and low load-in height, it’s easy to fill up the back with any combination of passengers and cargo, making it one of the most versatile options in the Honda SUV lineup.

2021 Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue is also spacious, but it falls short of these capacities with a maximum cargo space of 74.1 cubic feet and a passenger volume of 105.4 cubic feet. It also has an overall length of 183 inches, making it oddly larger on the outside and smaller on the inside than the 2021 Honda CR-V.

Performance and Safety

2021 Honda CR-V
The new Honda CR-V comes standard with an in-line 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine that has 190 horsepower and a combined highway and city fuel economy rating of 30 mpg (Unless you look at the more efficient Honda CR-V Hybrid). Couple that performance with the several standard active and passive safety features like Vehicle Stability Assist™ with Traction Control, Forward Collision Warning System, and SmartVent® front side airbags, and you can see why this is the perfect compact SUV to take you and your precious cargo on the open roads of North Carolina.

2021 Nissan Rogue
The Rogue is equipped with a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve Direct Injection Gasoline™ 4-cylinder engine that only produces 181 horsepower with a combined fuel economy of 30 and 29 mpg (depending on the trim level). Nissan also discontinued their Rogue Hybrid in 2019. And while this year’s Rogue does have some nice safety features like a slide-away brake pedal assembly, it fails to offer any preventative active safety systems.

Comfort and Interior Design

2021 Honda CR-V
The engineers at Honda continue to put a lot of stock in comfort and convenience on the Honda CR-V. With its perfectly placed front and rear cupholders, deep door-pocket storage bins, and available push start button, this ideation of the CR-V is as convenient as ever.

It is also one of the most versatile SUVs on the market with adjustable seating throughout the cabin and a 4-way power lumbar support driver’s seat available in the EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. Couple that comfort and convenience with an entertainment center equipped with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ and you can see why the CR-V is the perfect family vehicle for anyone living in the Charlotte area.

2021 Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue comes with a standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat with the option of remote-folding rear seats. But, while this is a comfortable cabin with ample space, the convenience doesn’t seem to compare to the 2021 Honda CR-V. The new Nissan Rogue does come standard with Android Auto™, but you have to get the more expensive trims to get the Apple CarPlay® feature.

Who Reigns Supreme Among Compact SUVs?

The SUV that truly reigns supreme as an extremely versatile SUV with a wide array of complementary features is… drum roll please… the new 2021 Honda CR-V! It’s hard to find an SUV that compares to the size and performance of this well-crafted SUV, and while the Nissan Rogue is a worthy adversary, the Honda CR-V continues to own the segment as the best compact SUV available.

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