Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue for 2021

Compact crossover SUVs are the vehicles everybody is buying right now, and the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue are the best-selling models for Honda and Nissan, respectively. If you're shopping for a small SUV, you probably have both of them on your consideration list. Here's a Honda CR-V vs. Nissan Rogue comparison to help you figure out which of these crossovers might be a better fit. 

Price and Value

2021 Honda CR-V Touring Blue Front Quarter View

2021 Honda CR-V Touring

Honda sells the 2021 CR-V in LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels, and prices range from $25,350 to $36,350, not including a $1,175 destination charge. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is standard, paired with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. A gas-electric hybrid powertrain with standard AWD is available with EX, EX-L, and Touring trim. 

All Honda CR-Vs, except for the LX trim, have HondaLink connected services as standard equipment. But regardless of which trim level you select, the CR-V's HondaLink plans are basic and do not have the same features available on other Honda models. In the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Resale Value Awards, the Honda CR-V ranked second in its segment for its ability to hold its value over time.

The redesigned 2021 Nissan Rogue is available in S, SV, SL, and Platinum trim. Pricing is similar to the CR-V, ranging from $25,650 to $36,830, not including the $1,095 destination charge. Option packages for the mid-range SV and SL trims bundle desirable features and can add $1,320 to $2,660 to the bottom line.

All 2021 Rogues come with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and either front-wheel drive or AWD. Currently, there's no hybrid version, and turbocharging is unavailable.

Except for the base Rogue S, Nissan equips each version of its compact crossover with NissanConnect connected services. NissanConnect has more features than the CR-V's HondaLink offering, including automatic collision notification, remote engine start capability, customizable vehicle status alerts, concierge services, and voice access to the NissanConnect app via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. 

These services are free for six months, and then you pay a monthly subscription fee to continue. There's also an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, but the free trial lasts only 30 days before you have to subscribe.

Neither of these SUVs offers a free maintenance program.

Advantage: Honda CR-V

Reliability and Quality

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum Blue Front Quarter View

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum

Neither the Honda CR-V nor the Nissan Rogue ranked among the top three compact SUVs in the J.D. Power 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study or the 2020 Initial Quality Study.

The 2021 Honda CR-V comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid battery warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • Roadside assistance: 3 years or 36,000 miles

The 2021 Nissan Rogue comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Roadside assistance: 3 years or 36,000 miles

Advantage: None. The Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue tie.

Performance and Efficiency

2021 Honda CR-V Touring Dashboard

2021 Honda CR-V Touring

A turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard in the 2021 Honda CR-V, rated to deliver 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. It powers the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the EPA says it should get 30 mpg in combined driving. An all-wheel-drive system is a $1,500 option. It reduces the combined fuel economy to 29 mpg.

The 2021 CR-V Hybrid uses a two-motor hybrid powertrain based on a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Total output measures 212 hp, and AWD is standard. The CR-V Hybrid automatically operates in EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, or Engine Drive modes, depending on the situation. The combined fuel economy for the CR-V Hybrid is 38 mpg, according to the EPA.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 181 hp and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. A CVT is standard, and when it's driving the front wheels, the EPA combined fuel economy rating is 29 mpg (30 mpg for the base S trim). The Rogue's optional AWD system costs $1,400. It lowers combined fuel economy to 29 mpg for the S and 28 mpg for the other trim levels.

Advantage: Honda CR-V 

Safety and Driving Assistance

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum Dashboard

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum

All 2021 Honda CR-Vs come with Honda Sensing, the automaker's collection of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). The CR-V's version of this technology includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed following capability, which means it can operate in stop-and-go traffic. Also, note that Honda's language for lane-keeping assistance is Road Departure Mitigation, and for lane-centering assistance is Lane Keeping Assist.

If you want a blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning system, you can have it on any 2021 CR-V except for the base LX model. Automatic high-beam control for the headlights is standard across the board.

In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Honda CR-V earns the highest overall rating of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2021 CR-V as a Top Safety Pick for the 2020 calendar year. The official judgment for the 2021 calendar year was unavailable as we published this comparison.

Every 2021 Nissan Rogue comes with Nissan's Safety Shield 360 suite of ADAS technology. It includes forward-collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection, automatic front and rear braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, and automatic high-beam control. A driver attention system (called Intelligent Driver Alertness) is also standard, triggering a warning chime if it senses erratic behavior behind the wheel.

Starting at the SV trim level, you also get lane-centering assistance (Intelligent Lane Intervention), blind-spot intervention, and Intelligent Trace Control, which can correct your steering as needed for better control around challenging turns.

The Rogue SV also includes Nissan Pro Pilot Assist, a Level 2 version of ADAS that combines adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability (it allows up to a 30-second delay in traffic before deactivating) and lane-centering assistance. An upgraded version of Pro Pilot that can automatically slow down for curves, exits, and freeway interchanges based on map information and GPS coordinates is optional for the Rogue SL and standard with Platinum trim, is 

The NHTSA and IIHS have not yet published crash-test ratings for the 2021 Nissan Rogue, which isn't surprising since it's an all-new design.

As a brand, Nissan performed significantly better than Honda in the 2020 J.D. Power U.S. Tech Experience Study.

Advantage: Nissan Rogue

Infotainment and Technology

2021 Honda CR-V Touring Gray Rear Quarter View

2021 Honda CR-V Touring

The 2021 Honda CR-V LX has a 5-inch radio display, Bluetooth connectivity, integrated Pandora internet radio streaming, and a single USB port. All other Honda CR-Vs have a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system including these features plus basic HondaLink connected services, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, HD Radio, text messaging support, and four USB ports. Honda reserves navigation, premium audio, and wireless smartphone charging for the Touring trim level.

Most 2021 Nissan Rogues come with an 8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, text messaging support, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Nissan also includes old-school favorites like a CD player and an auxiliary input jack. Stepping up to the SV trim level gives you access to Nissan Connect services and extra Type-A and Type-C USB ports.

If you get the Premium Package for the Rogue SL or spring for the Platinum trim, the Rogue comes with a larger 9-inch touchscreen display, wireless Apple CarPlay, a door-to-door navigation system that provides directions via smartphone app if you need to walk the last part of your journey, SiriusXM traffic data, enhanced voice recognition technology, and a Bose premium audio system. The Platinum trim also adds a wireless smartphone charging pad.

Advantage: Nissan Rogue

Comfort and Utility

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum Red Rear Quarter View

2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum

Standard equipment on the 2021 Honda CR-V includes automatic climate control, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, and cloth upholstery. Stepping up to the EX will be worthwhile if you'd like dual-zone climate control, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, and a keyless entry system with push-button engine start. The EX-L and Touring have leather upholstery and gain seat memory for the driver. Regardless of the trim, the front passenger's seat has just a 4-way adjustment without a way to raise the seat height. The CR-V Touring is the only version of the SUV to offer a heated steering wheel.

Behind the 60/40-split folding rear seat, the Honda CR-V holds an impressive 39.2 cubic feet of cargo (37.6 for the Touring, 33.2 for the CR-V Hybrid). Maximum capacity measures 75.8 cu.-ft. (68.7 for the Hybrid). A power liftgate is standard on the EX-L, and on the CR-V Touring, it offers hands-free operation.

The S version of the 2021 Nissan Rogue comes with cloth upholstery, a six-way manual driver's seat, and push-button engine starting. Only manual air-conditioning is standard, but rear-seat air vents make everyone more comfortable. 

Stepping up to the SV provides an 8-way power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a keyless entry system. The optional SV Premium Package provides desirable features like a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, and rear sunshades to keep the sun off the kiddos. Except for the leatherette, these items are standard on the leather-lined Rogue SL, which also has triple-zone climate control. Premium leather upholstery is standard on the Rogue Platinum.

All 2021 Nissan Rogues have a 60/40-split rear seat. On the SL and up, it has remote folding capability. The Rogue offers 36.5 cu.-ft. of cargo capacity behind its back seat. With the seats folded, it has a maximum capacity of 74.1 cu.-ft. (72.9 in Rogues with the available panoramic moonroof. A traditional power liftgate is optional on the Rogue SV, while the SL and Platinum have a hands-free liftgate as standard.

Advantage: Nissan Rogue

Learn More About the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue

If you'd like to learn more about these compact SUVs, be sure to read our expert reviews of the Honda CR-V and the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue. To find out how people like you rate vehicles in this segment, be sure to check out our ratings from verified vehicle owners.

Also, please keep in mind that while the information in this article was accurate and valid on January 12, 2021, it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.