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2017 Honda CR-V vs Toyota Rav4 and Nissan Rogue


The CR-V was one of the originators of the compact-SUV segment. Combining Honda ingenuity, bulletproof reliability, and ingenious packaging, it quickly set the standard for the segment it helped create. While it's long been a critically important product for the brand, its significance has only increased with the proliferation of SUVs and CUVs in recent years.

Now in its fifth generation, the CR-V remains a pillar of the brand, offering customers standout styling, uncompromising utility, and forward-thinking technology. The all-new CR-V model is powered exclusively by the acclaimed 1.5-litre direct-injected turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired to a sporty CVT, paving the way for outstanding fuel efficiency.



Honda CRV Touring 2017 vs. Toyota Rav4 2017

 
Styling
The CR-V impresses from every angle, its sculpted sheetmetal grabbing onlookers' attention whether cruising the boulevard or parked in customers' driveways. Its bold looks set a new tone for the segment, marking a return to form for Honda design. RAV4's styling is inoffensive, but lacks the visual punch and bravado that CR-V's exudes.



Properly Proportioned
With its wide, low stance, high beltline, and its wheels pushed out to the four corners, CR-V offers a potent mix of visual presence while maximizing interior spaciousness and convenience. RAV4 is about as compact as compact
SUVs come nowadays, but its somewhat dull front-end styling, narrower front and rear track, and sloping roofline make it look decidedly less aggressive.




Dual Exhaust Outlets
CR-V's dual exhaust outlets are displayed prominently along the rear fascia, giving it the aesthetic, outwardly extroverted attitude to match its turbocharged engine's grunt. RAV4, by contrast, hides its single exhaust outlet under the rear fascia. Whereas CR-V flaunts its exhaust outlets, it's as if RAV4's exterior designers were trying to hide theirs.



Panoramic Moonroof

CR-V's massive panoramic moonroof provides that liberating wind-in-the-hair, sun-in-the-face feeling and lets in significantly more natural light than RAV4's conventional, single-pane moonroof. What's more, its power-retractable sunshade runs the full length of the moonroof, and can be selectively retracted to ease eye strain for rear-seat occupants.



Remote Engine Start
Remote engine start comes standard on CR-V, allowing its owners to preheat or precool their vehicle. And, since every CR-V comes with two key fobs, buyers enjoy its benefits no matter who's driving. RAV4 customers must shell out more
money for such convenience, as remote start is only available as a dealerinstalled accessory, and it only comes with one fob.




Capless Fueling System
Thanks to CR-V's capless fueling system, there's no more fumbling with a dirty fuel cap, worrying about losing it, or accidentally emitting harmful vapours. RAV4's conventional fuel-filler cap is tethered to the fuel door, meaning it won't
go missing, but it could easily release noxious vapours or trigger the check engine light if not securely tightened.




More Power
CR-V's 1.5L turbocharged engine may be down a litre in terms of displacement, but it punches above its weight, developing more horsepower and torque compared to RAV4's naturally aspirated 2.5L engine - 190 hp and 179 lb.-ft. of torque vs. 176 hp and 172 lb.-ft. for RAV4.



Turbo Torque
CR-V gets off the line quickly, thanks to an abundant wave of low-end torque. While its engine may only produce slightly more torque than RAV4's engine, it develops peak torque much lower in the powerband - 2,000 rpm vs. 4,100 for
RAV4. This gives CR-V a major edge in terms of its broad power delivery and responsiveness.




Superior Fuel Efficiency
When it comes to fuel-economy supremacy, there's no contest: CR-V beats RAV4 hands down, providing up to 8.7 L/100 km city, 7.2 L/100 km highway, and 8.0 L/100 km combined. The best RAV4 can muster is 10.7 L/100 km city,
8.4 L/100 km highway, and 9.7 L/100 km combined. Combine that with CR-V's larger fuel tank, and RAV4 customers will be paying more at the pump than their CR-V counterparts.




Continuously Variable Transmission
CR-V's CVT is reinforced to manage the 1.5L turbo engine's output, while its turbine twin damper torque converter helps mitigate turbo lag as the vehicle accelerates. It also has a dedicated Sport mode that uses aggressive transmission mapping, and its G-Design Shift Logic offers more immediate acceleration response than conventional automatic transmissions, including RAV4's 6-speed.



Automatic Grille Shutter System

CR-V's Automatic Grille Shutter System can determine whether to keep its series of shutters located behind the grille open to aid engine cooling or closed for improved aerodynamic efficiency. In doing so, the system helps improve overall fuel economy and reduces emissions levels during cold-engine operation. RAV4 offers nothing like it.



Agile Handling Assist
This simple yet effective brake vectoring system uses components of CR-V's Vehicle Stability Assist to selectively apply the brakes to aid cornering precision, enhancing vehicle stability and helping the driver more easily trace their desired line through a corner. It's imperceptible to the driver but subtly improves the vehicle's initial turn-in response, and RAV4 offers no comparable feature.



Interior Design
Upping the luxury ante among compact SUVs, CR-V's sleek, modern cabin features perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, wood-trim accents, supple, soft-touch materials, and plentiful storage options. RAV4's interior looks dated by comparison; an overreliance on hard plastics and lack of practical stowage spaces is likely to leave customers feeling cold.



Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™
CR-V customers can seamlessly plug in and control their compatible smartphone's key features and functions: hands-free calling, music streaming, turn-by-turn navigation, and much more. Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are notably absent from RAV4's infotainment system, which has been criticized by reviewers for its rather dated-looking display and unintuitive interface.



Garmin® Navigation
The familiar, user-friendly Garmin® navigation interface provides CR-V buyers with crisp, high-quality graphics that are immediately recognizable and understandable. RAV4 uses a proprietary Toyota navigation system that isn't as user-friendly or as attractive in its design and is displayed on a screen that's as large but not as striking as CR-V's vibrant 7-inch Display Audio screen.



Driver Information Interface (DII)
CR-V's standard DII projects pertinent information in front of the driver where it's easy to see. It even features an AWD torque distribution monitor that shows how the AWD system is distributing power to the wheels, plus a Driver Attention Monitor to help keep things in check over long hauls. RAV4's digital readout screen is wedged between two analogue dials, meaning it lacks both the visual impact and the design cohesiveness of CR-V's DII.



Honda Sensing™
CR-V's suite of driver-assist technology includes Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS®), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). RAV4's standard Toyota Safety Sense-P offers the brand's equivalent of some of these features, but lacks advancements like LSF and RDM.



Heated Rear Seats
CR-V grants rear-seat passengers cold-weather relief in the form of heated rear seats. While these fortunate occupants can revel in comfort, they can also choose between high and low heat settings. RAV4 doesn't extend this level of convenience to its rear occupants, restricting heated seats to those sitting up front.



Multifunctional Centre Console
CR-V's centre console features a sliding armrest and massive storage compartment, plus an adjustable, removable tray that keeps key items close at hand and allows the console to be configured in multiple ways. RAV4's centre console armrest is fixed, and its roominess and functionality leaves something
to be desired when compared to CR-V.




Electronic Parking Brake
CR-V's standard Electronic Parking Brake does away with a mechanical linkage and lever, offering quick and easy parking-brake application. The brake can be released by pressing the accelerator, when the vehicle is in gear and the driver's seat belt is buckled. And its Automatic Brake Hold feature can maintain brake pressure when the vehicle comes to a stop. RAV4 still uses a traditional mechanical parking brake lever, which doesn't do any of that, and occupies precious space.



Cargo Volume
CR-V's cargo area is positively cavernous, ensuring customers who lead active lifestyles can bring all their favourite gear. RAV4 has a slight edge when the rear seats are up - 1,090 L vs. 1,065 L for CR-V - but the advantage tips in the CR-V's favour as soon as the seats are down - 2,146 L vs. 2,080 L for RAV4. What's more, while CR-V's two-tier load floor can be lowered to accommodate taller items, RAV4's floor is fixed.



Rear Door Opening
CR-V's rear doors open an ample 85 degrees, greatly simplifying the process of entering and exiting the vehicle for rear-seat passengers. Toyota doesn't publish the spec for its rear-door-opening angle, and it's easy to see why: the doors simply don't open as wide. And, because CR-V's rear-seat cushions are positioned lower in the vehicle, rear-seat occupants needn't strain as much when getting in or out.



Cargo-Area Seat-Release Levers
CR-V's handy one-motion fold-flat rear seat comes courtesy of the convenient quick-release levers located at the rear of the cargo area. They greatly simplify the seat-folding process, allowing CR-V customers to drop the rear seats with a quick pull. RAV4 customers, on the other hand, must fuss with seat-recline levers located at the base of each outboard rear seat that double as the seatfolding mechanism.



Four-Way Power Front-Passenger Seat
CR-V's front-seat passengers enjoy a standard leather-trimmed 4-way poweradjustable seat. RAV4 may tout the environmentally friendly nature of its SofTex synthetic leather seat trim, but its front-seat passengers won't feel so pampered when they're forced to use two different levers to manually adjust the fore/aft position and seatback angle.
  
Honda CRV 2017 vs Toyota Nissan Rouge 2017
 
 
Styling
Thanks to its crisper and sharper design attributes, the CR-V conveys an aggressive attitude that's sure to turn heads. It simultaneously represents a clean break from the past while signifying a clear direction for Honda's SUV design language. Rogue's styling can certainly be described as bold, but it also invites some unwanted descriptors - such as busy, polarizing, and overdone.




Properly Proportioned
A compact SUV in the truest sense, CR-V looks the part, with a firmly planted presence, short front and rear overhangs, and no unnecessary flourishes. It offers just the right proportions while maximizing interior spaciousness and convenience. Rogue is similarly compact, but its longer wheelbase, taller overall height, and more upright windshield make it look more like a high-riding wagon compared to CR-V.




Dual Exhaust Outlets
CR-V's dual exhaust outlets feature chrome-plated tips and are proudly and seamlessly integrated into the rear bumper for all to see. Not only do they help visually tie together chrome accents found at the front of the vehicle, but they just look cool. By comparison, Rogue's single exhaust outlet is tucked underneath its rear fascia in such a way that it's virtually invisible.




Capless Fueling System
CR-V's capless fueling system helps keep hands clean and free from smelling like gas while eliminating the possibility of losing the cap and minimizing the likelihood of harmful fuel vapours escaping. Rogue's conventional fuel-filler cap must be properly tightened after each refueling to ensure the emissions system doesn't trigger the check-engine light.




More Power
CR-V's 1.5L turbocharged engine is notably smaller than Rogue's 2.5L naturally aspirated unit. But what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in output, as evidenced by its advantage in the horsepower and torque departments - 190
hp and 179 lb.-ft. of torque vs. 170 hp and 175 lb.-ft. for Rogue.




Turbo Torque
CR-V's small-displacement, boosted engine has been tuned to give it extra grunt down low in the powerband, providing more usable power in everyday driving conditions. Its peak torque arrives significantly lower in the rev range - 2,000 rpm vs. 4,400 rpm for Rogue - allowing it to get up to speed quickly and effortlessly.




Superior Fuel Efficiency
Not only does CR-V's engine offer a wide powerband and smooth, seamless power delivery, but it also sips fuel at a surprisingly low rate: up to 8.7 L/100 km city, 7.2 L/100 km highway, and 8.0 L/100 km combined. Compare that to Rogue's 9.6 L/100 km city, 7.4 L/100 km highway, and 8.6 L/100 km combined, and it's easy to see why CR-V buyers are bound to be happier any time they stop to refuel.




Automatic Grille Shutter System
A first for a Honda vehicle, CR-V's new Automatic Grille Shutter System uses a series of shutters mounted behind the grille to direct more airflow into the radiator when cooling demands are high or close off the airflow through the grille to reduce aerodynamic drag when the engine is being sufficiently cooled. The result is improved overall fuel economy and reduced emissions levels during cold-engine operation. Rogue offers nothing of the sort.




Straight Driving Assist
CR-V comes equipped with an innovative feature that reduces steering effort on sloped or crowned roads when cruise control is engaged. In doing so, it helps minimize the effort required from the driver to maintain the desired trajectory, thereby reducing driver fatigue. Rogue offers no such feature.




Interior Design

Remove the Honda badge from the steering wheel and customers could easily mistake CR-V's interior for that of a much pricier vehicle from a premium brand. Its high-quality and soft-touch materials impart a luxurious feel befitting a
high-end SUV. Rogue's cabin is certainly comfortable enough, and its design cohesive, but it doesn't leave a lasting impression the way CR-V's cockpit does.




Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™
CR-V's standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity ensures owners can bring their smartphone experience into their vehicle effortlessly. Its familiar interface seamlessly integrates key smartphone features and functions, including hands-free calling, music streaming, turn-by-turn navigation, and more. Rogue's infotainment system is attractive and intuitive, but it fails to offer similar capability.




Garmin® Navigation
CR-V's Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is powered by Garmin®. Its rich, full-colour visuals will be familiar to many customers, who are sure to appreciate its ease of use. Like CR-V, Rogue uses a 7-inch touchscreen, but its high-mounted placement seems like a bit of an afterthought compared to CRV's cleanly integrated Display Audio screen.





Driver Information Interface (DII)
CR-V's standard DII puts critical vehicle information front and centre, giving the driver a clear view of need-to-know info. Its AWD torque distribution monitor conveys power distribution to the wheels, and the Driver Attention Monitor helps keep things in check over long hauls. Rogue's digital display screen's
placement between two analogue dials seems like an afterthought, and it fails to offer the same amount of real estate or info as CR-V's DII.




Honda Sensing™
CR-V features an impressive suite of driver-assist technology rarely found in the compact-SUV class, including Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS®), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with
Low-Speed Follow (LSF), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). Notably absent from Rogue's options list are anything comparable to LSF or RDM.




Heated Rear Seats
CR-V Touring passengers won't fight over who gets to sit shotgun, as the added comfort of heated seats is extended to rear-seat occupants in the outboard seating positions. Rogue passengers, on the other hand, enjoy no such coldweather
relief, as it offers heated seats only in the front.




Multifunctional Centre Console
With an almost unheard-of 7.2L of storage capacity, CR-V's centre console not only provides plenty of space to stash valuables, it's also reconfigurable to meet a variety of owner needs. Rogue's centre console, on the other hand, is pretty standard fare, offering merely adequate space for its owner's things and no such storage flexibility.




Electronic Parking Brake
CR-V's Electronic Parking Brake simplifies the procedure for applying the parking brake. Better yet, the brake can be released by pressing the accelerator when the vehicle is in gear and the driver's seat belt is buckled, and the Automatic Brake Hold feature retains brake pressure when the vehicle comes to a stop. Rogue's mechanical parking brake pedal lacks these capabilities, and requires much greater effort to operate.




Rear Door Opening
Not only is CR-V's interior inviting, but its engineers ensured that both front and rear-seat passengers can easily get in and out, thanks to rear doors that swing open a full 85 degrees. By comparison, Rogue's rear doors open 77 degrees, and the top part of the opening is more sharply angled toward the front of the vehicle, meaning rear-seat passengers must duck down so as not to bump their head.




Cargo Volume
CR-V opens up a world of possibilities - literally - thanks to an enormous cargo hold that easily accommodates a wide range of life's necessities. While Nissan may advertise that Rogue has class-leading cargo volume, that's only true when the rear seats are up; CR-V offers more overall space when the seats are folded: 2,146 L vs. 1,982 L for Rogue.




Concealed Rear-Seat Centre Armrest
CR-V's drop-down armrest is appropriately concealed within the rear-seat structure. While Nissan may boast that its EZ Flex Seating System offers a convenient pass-through, the fact remains that its rear centre armrest is exposed to anything kept in the cargo area, meaning it's bound to get scuffed over time. Moreover, when the armrest is down, anything stored in the cargo area can come sliding through.




Cargo-Area Seat-Release Levers
CR-V's quick-release levers in the cargo area make quick work of the seatfolding process. In addition, levers at the top of the outboard rear seats can be used to drop the seats. Rogue's rear seats only have the release levers at the top of the outboard rear seats; to fold the seat, customers must open the rear doors or awkwardly lean over the rear sill to reach the top of the seatbacks.