The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport and Honda CR-V both sell in big numbers in a crowded crossover market. Let's see how these two sales heavyweights shape up against each other in a head-to-head comparison.
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport vs Honda CR-V
Which SUV Looks Better in the Driveway? Nissan Rogue Sport
If a vehicle has the word "sport" in its name, there's nowhere for it to hide from the expectations it creates. Thankfully for Nissan, the Rogue Sport lives up to its billing in the sporty stakes. Obviously, the Rogue Sport looks a lot like the larger Rogue, but the smaller proportions seem to make the Sport look even more athletic and aggressive.
To see an example of a vehicle you'll either love or hate, check out the Honda CR-V. Few would call it pretty, but its dramatic and futuristic styling fills in some stylish gaps that used to plague the Honda. But this design is not for everyone, while the Nissan appeals to a far wider demographic.
Which SUV Saves More at the Pump? Honda CR-V
Front-wheel drive versions of the Rogue Sport are obviously the most fuel efficient. But the EPA ratings of 25 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined are only marginally better than the 24/30/27 mpg ratings of all-wheel drive variants.
Base versions of the CR-V are only better on gas than the Rogue Sport by 1 mpg in the city, but it's a different story elsewhere in the range. But EX, EX-L, and Touring models make up the majority of CR-V sales, and they're rated with the 1.5-liter turbo-four with front-wheel drive at 28/34/30 mpg, which gives this section to the Honda.
Which SUV Offers a Safer Ride? Honda CR-V
Although the Rogue Sport hasn't been tested yet by the two main agencies at the moment, the larger Rogue has been and it gets a four-star rating from the NHTSA and the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS for overall safety. Honestly, it's hard to see the Rogue Sport faring much differently when it is finally tested.
But even if the Rogue Sport was tested and exceeded the success of the larger Rogue, it would only mimic what the Honda CR-V has already achieved. Honda also offers the Honda Sensing system, which provides multiple active safety features as standard equipment.
Which SUV Is More Affordable? Nissan Rogue Sport
Let's get down to the real question--which of these SUVs offers the most for your money? The starting MSRP for the Nissan Rogue Sport is around $21,640. The CR-V comes in at $24,150, a sizable difference. If budget is your primary worry, your choice ought to be clear. Of course, you'll more than likely opt for a trim other than the base model, but even still, you'll find a $2,000-3,000 difference between all of them.
Learn More about the Nissan Rogue Sport
Whatever you're looking for in a crossover SUV, you'll find in the Nissan Rogue Sport. Impressive design and affordability, combined with stellar safety ratings, makes it our overall choice in this match-up