SUVs, like the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue, are great options for getting around the Finger Lakes. They are roomy, offer a smooth ride, and focus on keeping you safe. Both vehicles can be a match for the active lifestyle of upstate New Yorkers.

But, which vehicle is the best fit for you and your family? To help drivers in Ithaca, Elmira, and Corning, NY, choose between the two, Maguire Honda of Ithaca put together this Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue comparison. Read more to see which SUV works best for you.

Honda CR-V vs Nissan Rogue: Specs & Capability

Cruising through the rolling hills of upstate New York requires a vehicle with the power and performance for when you need it most. Which SUV has the performance to traverse our region?

The Honda runs on a turbocharged 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that delivers up to 190 horsepower. On top of providing drivers with great performance, the CR-V's engine can help you tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped. With that kind of towing capacity, your family can haul a utility trailer on your next trip or bring a boat to the lake.

The Nissan Rogue doesn't offer quite as much power as the Honda CR-V. Its 2.5L 4-cylinder engine only gets up to 181 horsepower. The Rogue can also only tow up to 1,350 pounds, giving the CR-V the ability to haul that extra bit of camping equipment.

The Honda CR-V tallies higher marks in overall capacity and performance, a plus for those steep climbs and long hauls. What about fuel economy?

Is the Honda CR-V More Efficient Than the Nissan Rogue?

Fuel economy is an important area for comparison. Less time at the gas pump lets you spend more time doing what matters most.

Both SUVs offer a similar fuel economy that will help you get to work, commute to class, or savor the Finger Lakes Wine Trail. Only one vehicle, however, lets drivers take advantage of new technologies for enhanced efficiency. 

The Honda CR-V is also available as a hybrid SUV, something that is no longer an option with the Nissan Rogue. The Honda CR-V's EX, EX-L, and Touring trims all offer a hybrid engine option that optimizes the world around you.

Drivers can really get around Cayuga Lake with the Honda CR-V hybrid engine. The CR-V averages an EPA-estimated 40 city/35 highway MPG with all trim levels equipped with the hybrid powertrain.1

By combining increased fuel economy with the option for a hybrid powertrain, the CR-V's engine repertoire bests the Nissan Rogue again. Now that we know which vehicle has a wider range of performance options, let's take a peek inside both SUVs to see how their infotainment systems compare.

Does the Honda CR-V or Nissan Rogue Have Better Infotainment?

A great sound system is a critical part of your daily routine and weekends. Enhanced technology not only soundtracks your commute but also lets you bask in sunny days by the lake. Which SUV offers the best infotainment?

Both infotainment systems empower drivers with the ability to monitor traffic and make optimal driving decisions. Nissan offers available Door to Door Navigation with Premium Traffic.

Honda HD Digital Traffic is linked to a satellite system, allowing drivers to save time by taking routes that dodge traffic congestion. Honda HD Digital Traffic is also equipped with voice recognition capabilities.

The Nissan Rogue and Honda CR-V trims come standard with four speakers. They also have similar enhancements to improve your driving experience. For extra features, both vehicles offer audio options, including:

  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth® Streaming Audio

Both vehicles also offer premium packages for improved sound quality. The Nissan Rogue's sound system can be upgraded to a Bose Premium Audio System.

Honda's Touring trim packs an extra punch. Its available premium audio system includes a bass worth boasting about with crystal clear audio quality.

The Honda CR-V's available audio system lays down a groove and lets the party go all night long. The power of Honda's premium audio system allows drivers to be the envy of their tailgates.

Does the Honda CR-V Have More Space Than the Nissan Rogue?

From carrying shopping bags to your skiing equipment, both SUVs offer lots of space inside. Which vehicle offers more space?

The Honda CR-V gives you a little extra room. With the back seats folded down, it offers up to 75.8 cubic feet of cargo room. The Nissan Rogue has a smaller cargo hold that can only provide you with 74.1 cubic feet of storage space.

Both vehicles offer seating for up to five people. While each one gives you plenty of room to stretch your legs, the Honda has a larger back seat. Your passengers can get comfortable with 40.4 inches of legroom.

On the other hand, the back seats are less spacey in the Nissan Rogue. The SUV has only 38.5 inches of legroom.

By combining more legroom with more cargo space, the Honda CR-V is the better option for families that need a little extra. How do they match up in terms of safety?

Safety Feature Comparison of the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue

Safety is key in an SUV. Does the Honda CR-V or Nissan Rogue have better safety features?

With six airbags and a scientifically designed frame, the Honda CR-V is built to keep you safer. It starts with an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.

If you're ever in an accident, the system will absorb the force from the collision and direct that energy away from the interior. Meanwhile, you'll be protected by six airbags. There's a pair of advanced front airbags, SmartVent® front side airbags, and side curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats.

Luckily, there are additional safety features that can also help you avoid accidents. Honda Sensing® comes standard and uses a series of cameras and sensors to help keep you safe. It gives you more awareness with technology that includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist System

The Nissan Rogue includes several of the same driver-assistance features. Unfortunately, the Rogue is not as prepared in the event of a collision. The ACE™ body structure of the Honda CR-V provides increased safety options for the entire family.

Honda CR-V vs Rogue: the Verdict

We hope this comparison of the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue lets you get a feel for how the CR-V is an excellent fit for drivers in our area.

Contact the team at Maguire Honda of Ithaca to learn more about this Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue comparison and take a test drive. The Honda CR-V lets drivers in Ithaca, Elmira, and Corning, New York, explore the Finger Lakes with more space, better safety features, and increased fuel economy.

1 40 city/35 highway/38 combined MPG rating. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

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