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If you’re in the market for a high-quality, versatile midsize SUV, the 2016 Nissan Rogue and the Honda CR-V are excellent choices. They share a similar size, powertrain setup, and number of standard features along with a comparable level of utility.
In fact, the Rogue stands out over the CR-V only through a few key differences. Most notably, the Rogue features an optional third-row seat that isn’t available with the CR-V. The Rogue’s more upscale interior also beats out the CR-V’s utilitarian one. On the outside, the Rogue’s bold, distinctive styling could also be said to outclass the CR-V’s blander, boxier design.
Barring the third row, matters like these can be subject to individual needs and tastes. Malvern drivers should come to Full Throttle in Malvern, PA, to try the 2016 Nissan Rogue for themselves and see how it stacks up against competitors like the CR-V.
Honda has made an effort to freshen the CR-V’s boxy image while maintaining a conservative overall design. While the efforts have certainly improved the vehicle’s front profile, the overall effect is still that of a tall hatchback or medium-size minivan. Drivers concerned about style may end up blending in rather than standing out.
The Rogue, by comparison, has a stunning design that occupies a wholly unique look. Curvaceous fender flairs and side bodywork make the Rogue intriguing to observe from a variety of interesting angles. Angled rear pillars and a rounded-out tailgate avoid the box look that can quickly date an SUV’s image.
Nissan’s Rogue also has more presence because of its bigger dimensions. While the difference is slight—the Rogue is around 2 inches longer, 1 inch wider, 2 inches taller, and has a 3-inch longer wheelbase — observers get the overall effect of a stouter, more capable vehicle.
For families who need to seat more than five people on a regular basis, the CR-V’s lack of a third row is a deal breaker. The 2016 Nissan Rogue has a stowable third-row seat that can quickly fold flat.
Another big advantage that the Rogue touts is its 40/20/40 split second-row seats which, when compared to the CR-V’s 60/40 split row, offers more versatile stowing configurations.
Owing to its bigger exterior size, the Rogue offers marginally more room for passengers and cargo. Passengers have 5 more cubic feet of volume, and the front row gets 2 more inches of legroom. With both their second rows up, the Rogue offers 4 more cubic feet of cargo space than the CR-V.
Reviewers also praised the Rogue’s conveniently lower loading floor. However, with the seats all folded flat, the CR-V and Rogue both come out to around 70 total cubic feet of cargo room.
Looking at materials and comfort, some reviewers noted that the CR-V had a utility-focused interior, with some materials feeling relatively cheap for the segment. By contrast, the Rogue has been praised for its comfortable, upscale interior, and use of higher-quality finishes.
Both vehicles have similar powertrains and outputs, with the Honda CR-V beating out the Rogue by 15 horsepower and 6 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the Rogue weighs 30 lbs less, likely balancing out the minor power difference.
Test drivers find both cars to handle quite well on the road, with the Rogue exhibiting more ride comfort and sportier steering as well as less road noise.
Malvern drivers who simply can’t make their mind up about which vehicle to get owe it to themselves to test drive the 2016 Nissan Rogue and feel the difference. They can experience firsthand why, although similar, the Rogue can outclass the CR-V in more ways than one.