Crossovers here, crossovers there—it’s the world we live in. At the top of the heap is the Honda CR-V, the country’s best-selling SUV. With indescribable allure and the iconic Honda emblem adhered to its grille, the CR-V has been the head of the class for years. But can the Nissan Rogue, a relative newcomer to the field, put up a fight in this crossover throw-down? It’s doubtful, but stranger things have happened.
Read on to see who emerges as the champ from this CR-V vs. Rogue bout.
It’s All About Comfort & Style
The 2017 Honda CR-V understands its target demo: The typical American family. Car-like styling is at the core of the CR-V, with angular lines that differentiate it from Honda’s larger Pilot model. It looks both spacious and modern upon first glance, and even better once the doors are opened. The standard infotainment system has been upgraded, dashboard modernized, and USB charging ports are scattered throughout the cabin. And the new CR-V is no longer volume knob-less (thankfully).
Cargo area is another perk to owning the CR-V. The 40/40-split rear seats now collapse all the way to the floor, opening the cabin up to store up to 75.8 cubic feet of room, which bests the Rogue’s 61 square feet. An added convenience is the hidden under-floor storage compartment.
Nissan’s new Rogue has certainly upped its game compared to recent years, boasting a refreshed frame and styling. However, it needs some fine-tuning on the inside, particularly on its lackluster infotainment system. The touchscreen is pixelated and slow to react to commands—if at all. If you’re constantly traveling, you might want to print off instructions, because the NissanConnect system might just up and quit at the most inopportune moment, like when you’re taking an off-ramp into a new city. There’s also no compatibility with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (yet).
All the Performance You’d Need
We’re venturing into an era that emphasized efficiency over power, but that doesn’t stop the CR-V from showcasing its muscles. Base CR-V LX models are fitted with a 2.4L inline-4 that produces 184 horsepower, while higher trims can be equipped with a meaty 1.5L turbo-4 that makes 190 hp. Thanks to the best-in-class CVT, the 2017 CR-V is never left abandoned in the slow lane; just punch it and soar through the passing lane.
In the handling department, the 2017 Honda CR-V scores big thanks to a tight steering ratio, wider stance, and active noise cancellation that keeps the cabin quiet enough to calm a fussy baby. Overhauled underpinnings ease cabin sway and roll around turns, and the enhanced suspension makes driving over even the rockiest road comfortable.
The 2017 Rogue is a good-looking crossover, sure, but handsomeness can take you only so far. Under its hood is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that generates just 170 horses. While the CR-V comes with two engine options, the Rogue sticks with just this sole powertrain. It wouldn’t be a bad scale-back if the engine inspired confidence; instead, the Rogue feels sluggish even with the pedal to the floor, leaving much to be desired.
Buy or Lease the Winning 2017 Honda CR-V
It may not be surprising that the all-new CR-V overwhelmed the Rogue, but what might be surprising to you is how affordable it is. Just browse our selection of Honda CR-Vs and our current new car specials. When it’s time to upgrade to the world’s classiest crossover, you know who to call: Central Florida Honda Dealers. Find your closest dealership location online, and stop in for a test drive of the world-class CR-V. We have dealerships ready to serve you throughout central Florida, including the areas of Ocala, Leesburg, Orange City, and Orlando.
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