Though the Honda CR-V has been at the top of our compact SUV rankings for a long time, the Nissan Rogue has just begun to make inroads to the top tier of small SUVs. Redesigned for the 2014 model year, reviewers like the Rogue’s well-appointed cabin, good cargo space and fuel economy. Reviewer acclaim has been enough to move the Rogue to the number four spot in our compact SUV rankings, but is it enough to move the Rogue into your garage instead of the CR-V? Let’s find out.

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2014 Honda CR-V LX 2WD


2014 Nissan Rogue S 2WD

185 horsepower


170 horsepower


EPA-Estimated Annual Fuel Cost


104.1 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

105.8 cubic feet

37.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space

39.3 cubic feet

3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty


3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty

Rearview camera, Bluetooth, conversation mirror, USB and auxiliary audio ports

Standard Features

Rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary audio ports 


Current Rank



Base Price


The Honda CR-V has dominated in our rankings for so long because test drivers love its combination of practical space and easygoing performance. The CR-V has 15 more horsepower than the Rogue and a higher overall performance score as well. While reviewers say the CR-V has enough power for most situations, they wish the Rogue had a more powerful engine and note that the Rogue struggles under hard acceleration. Some also complain that the Rogue has vague steering. 

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While reviewers seem happier with the CR-V’s performance, the Rogue gets a better interior score. Automotive writers note that the Rogue’s cabin has high-quality materials and construction, as well as front seats that are all-day comfortable. In the CR-V, reviewers are impressed with the space and comfort on the whole, but some complain that the materials feel a bit cheap, and optional features, like the navigation system, feel out-of-date.

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Both the CR-V and the Rogue offer some innovative family-friendly features. The CR-V has a standard conversation mirror, which lets parents keep and eye on what’s happening in the back seat. The CR-V also has a higher reliability rating than the Rogue. The Rogue has an available third-row seat, which brings seating capacity up to seven. The Rogue also has an available Around View Monitor system, which uses multiple cameras to give an overhead 360-degree view of the SUV that can be useful while parking. These extra features will increase the Rogue’s price, however.

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Most reviewers agree that the Nissan Rogue is a much-improved compact SUV that can hang with class leaders like the Honda CR-V. If you want an interior with nicer materials and a more modern design, go for the Rogue. If you want better reliability, an interior design that puts function before form and enough acceleration for most driving situations, go for the CR-V.

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