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When it comes to compact crossover SUVs, few options stand out in the same way as the 2018 Honda CR-V and 2018 Nissan Rogue. With impressive ride height, upscale cabins, and efficient engines, these small crossovers can help you dominate the roads of Milledgeville, Eatonton, and Sparta.

But which suits your needs better? That's a question we'll try to help you answer in this car comparison, which pits these vehicles against each other in a 2018 Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue head-to-head. If you have any questions as you read, drop us a line at Butler Honda!

CR-V vs Rogue: Interior Features

 Cabin quality in the 2018 CR-V and Rogue is truly top-notch, especially in higher trims. The CR-V Touring features a tasteful mix of faux-wood accents, chromed plastic, and brushed satin finishes that lend a look of luxury to this crossover.

The Rogue is no slouch as far as design. Its Platinum Reserve Interior Package adds tan leather-appointed with quilted leather inserts, which really help lighten up the cabin.

However, with the CR-V's full redesign last year, rear legroom was expanded to a roomy 40.4 inches. That rivals the front-row legroom of many vehicles and gives even very tall riders the space they need to relax and extend their legs. The Rogue has solid rear legroom, but at 37.9 inches, it lags a bit behind the CR-V. 

Quality Crossover Performance Specs

Similarities abound in the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue performance specs. With available all-wheel drive (AWD), each of these rides can handle wet or slippery roads with tractive ease. Combined with almost 8 inches of ground clearance, it will help you drive on most graded dirt roads without worrying about losing grip or damaging the vehicle underbody.

Under the hood, the Rogue has just one engine choice: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 170 horsepower. It'll get you around town and handle freeway driving, but will take some time to get up to speed. The 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4 available in the CR-V, by contrast, offers 190 horses and more authoritative driving.

Active Safety Technology & Ratings: CR-V vs Rogue

 Crossover SUVs are often popular family vehicles, and you want to feel safe putting your loved ones in a vehicle like the 2018 CR-V or Rogue. Luckily, each comes with a range of available driver-assist features to help you stay alert, including:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist

But, the Honda Sensing® driver-assist suite includes these features and more on the EX trim (the one just above the base LX trim). The Rogue, on the other hand, reserves some of them exclusively for the top SL trim, reducing access.

And, unfortunately for the Rogue, it falls behind in terms of safety ratings as well. It earned a 4-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA, having earned just 4 out of 5 stars on the frontal crash and rollover testing. The CR-V earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating¹, showing confidence in its ability to reduce risk of injury in an accident. 

Honda CR-V vs Nissan Rogue: The Verdict

At Butler Honda, we want Milledgeville, Eatonton, and Sparta shoppers to find the compact crossover SUV that offers plenty of practicality for road-based adventures. As you can see from our 2018 Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue car comparison, these are two highly capable options.

But, you may find that you like the livelier engine, roomier backseat, and advanced driver assist features of the 2018 CR-V. Find out for yourself! Schedule a test drive and stop by our showroom to get a feel for this popular small crossover from Honda.  

¹Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (


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