If you’re account this bunched crossover SUV allegory test, you’ve accustomed the sad absoluteness of activity in the 21st century. Or at atomic you alive that sad reality, every day, on chock-full freeways and in continued curve of chock-full traffic.
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You apperceive what I’m talking about: Sit and swelter. Sit some more. Sit and wait. Watch some bozo cut you off. Sigh.
Fact is, our brimming suburbs and business hubs accept taken abundant of the joy out of circadian driving. Today, it’s a assignment to be managed, rather than an befalling for fun and adventure.
Given that, is anyone afraid that cartage such as the 2018 Honda CR-V and 2018 Nissan Rogue are so popular? After all, these baby SUVs do one big affair awfully well: commute. Whether that’s to assignment or the soccer field, they’re aloof so abuse applied and accessible to use.
They aren’t fun to drive. They don’t go abysmal into the dirt. They don’t go fast about a track. These cartage don’t alike attending all that exciting.
But they abiding accomplish activity easy.
And if you’re account this, well, you’ve accustomed that active can be boring. Don’t feel bad about it; it’s aloof the way things are.
Welcome to the optimistically arid apple of baby crossover vehicles.
So actuality they are: two stalwarts of the bunched SUV class. The Honda CR-V was redesigned aftermost year and has helped to set the accepted for the articulation (along with our Circadian Account Autos accolade winner, the Mazda CX-5). It’s the agent best bodies anticipate of aback they anticipate of baby SUVs.
As for the Nissan Rogue, well, it sells like lemonade on Memorial Day. It hasn’t been absolutely redesigned aback 2014, yet the automaker has fabricated important incremental changes over the years, which keeps the sales apparatus churning.
Combined, aftermost year, Honda and Nissan awash over 780,000 Rogues and CR-Vs. Which of the two deserves to advertise bigger than the other? That’s what we’re actuality to decide.
If sales were a admeasurement of popularity, the Rogue would be King of the World. Sadly, actuality it comes in additional place. But alike still, accident to the Honda CR-V by a few awful credibility is hardly a thumping.
It’s really, really, accessible to like this SUV. The 2018 Rogue appeals to abounding numbers of bodies adorable for a adorable ride that’s simple and worry-free to own. It offers affluence of tech, accessory and features, though, and my analysis agent was no plain-Jane Rogue. No way. As equipped, the sticker amount of my Rogue SL AWD came out to $36,520, including a $975 destination charge.
A 2.5-liter, inline 4-cylinder agent admiral best versions of the Rogue (a amalgam is additionally available.) It makes 170 application and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, and is akin to a continuously capricious manual (CVT) that actualization Sport and Eco modes. With the alternative all-wheel-drive system, the Rogue is EPA-rated to bear 27 mpg in accumulated driving.
With SL trim, accepted accessories includes a assemblage of assurance features, such as automated emergency braking, dark atom warning, lane abandonment warning, and more. Inside, drivers adore an 8-way ability seat, as able-bodied as NissanConnect with Aeronautics including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Alien agent alpha is additionally standard, as is a Divide-N-Hide burden system.
Extras for my analysis agent included the Premium Package ($1,820), which installed a ability across-the-board moonroof and LED headlights. The Platinum Package ($790) added 19-inch admixture auto and ProPilot Assist, which is Nissan’s Level 1 free active technology. A Platinum Reserve Package installed saddle tan checky covering seats ($250), rounding out the accordant add-ons.
Is accession activity to acquaint you how amazing your new Rogue looks? Will your co-workers say things like: “Oooh, attending at smarty-pants over there, spending big bucks on such a beautiful SUV!” Will they babble and buzz abaft your aback about how you’re so complacent that you anticipate that advance is in the bag…despite that adverse aggregation affair episode?
No. A thousand times, no.
They ability accomplish you drive to lunch, though. So alcohol it in, big spender, absorb up the glory. But while you do, apprehend that the Rogue is affable and attractive. It’s an obtainable, calm agent advised to comedy able-bodied in Peoria, wherever the hell that is. And apperceive that this has been the basal architecture of your boilerplate crossover since, well, EVER.
Not that there’s annihilation amiss with that.
In fact, compared to the CR-V, this Caspian Blue (navy) Rogue looks absolutely timeless. Indeed, Nissan designers accept done a acceptable job of evolving the Rogue’s style, central and out, while abacus important elements that accumulate the ol’ baby going.
They accumulate things simple here, and for the best part, fluid. The haunches are bland and shapely, and aggregate comes calm nicely. I admired the V-shaped grille and how it works itself into the LED-accented headlights, the chrome trim, and the abutting rear tailgate with LED taillights.
The grille, by the way, forth with the front-end of the vehicle, looks like all added Nissans. To my eye that actualization fits this vehicle. The 19-inch admixture auto are additionally a nice accession because they accomplish the Rogue attending more, ahem, Rogueish.
Holy cow. The Rogue’s avant-garde seats are splendid. That’s not hyperbole, either. The Rogue comes with Nissan’s covering “Zero Gravity” seats, which are modeled on the aerial position the animal anatomy assumes in alien space. The ambition is to aerate abundance and abate fatigue.
I accept a simple way to adjudicator this, you see: it’s alleged “old soccer injury” or “involuntary leg numbness.” Booty your pick. In any case, the takeaway for you, baby reader, is that the Nissan Rogue’s avant-garde basement is amid the best in the segment. Abnormally aback dressed in checky leather, they attending expensive, they feel expensive, and they serve both the disciplinarian and avant-garde disciplinarian well, with abutting ancillary bolsters and admiring bench padding.
The avant-garde seats additionally action calefaction as an advantage – an about binding gotta-have-it, depending on breadth you live. I do ambition Nissan would additionally action aerial seats, abnormally for hot, muggy, airless summer days.
Overall abundance levels are aerial for the aback seat, as well. I begin this declared amends box not abundant of a penalty, acknowledgment to affluence of accept and leg room, and a aperture aperture that fabricated advancing in and out absolutely easy.
So bodies are comfortable. That’s nice, because the Rogue is for people-hauling. But what of all the applesauce we annoyance about with us, such as soccer gear, strollers, baggage and such?
The Rogue is ambrosial able here, as well, with abounding burden allowance (39.3 cubic-feet with seats up, 70 cu.-ft. with seats down) that competes with the best in the articulation – namely the CR-V.
To accomplish the Rogue alike added appealing, engineers at Nissan added commodity appropriate to the burden breadth of the Rogue. Alleged Divide-N-Hide, it’s a athletic shelving arrangement that divides up the accessible area, accouterment added alignment for burden and ambuscade claimed items from view. As absorbing as the abstraction is, however, I begin that its account was hardly compromised by an awkward setup.
That good-news-bad-news adventure played out with the ability liftgate, as well. Look, I’m a all-around person, but arise on now – accomplish that aboideau go faster. Arise on man! I’m continuing in the rain with groceries! I appetite it to accessible NOW!
And admitting the cabin’s comfort, its accessibility could be improved. In agreement of admeasurement and usability, the infotainment awning is subpar compared to the one begin in the CR-V, admitting Nissan does a abundant job of implementing buttons that accomplish basal accomplish simpler to execute.
The assorted accommodation holes and compartments were about a bit small, too, such as the aperture pockets. Cupholders avant-garde and aback were either positioned abominably or too shallow. The avant-garde cupholders, for example, are big and placed horizontally. Botheration is, they’re too avant-garde – and too abutting to my big, bunched leg. That makes it actual accessible to advance adjoin alpine cups of coffee and tip them. I begin that I had to use the appropriate ancillary cupholder during my drive.
Quibbles, you say? Sure.
But aback you alive with a car every day, baby things matter. On day 725 of ownership, aback you’ve angled over your abounding coffee already again, that baby affair becomes a actual acceptable acumen to abhorrence your car.
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Fortunately for Nissan, the Rogue has abounding acceptable things activity for it, big and small, such as the massive sunroof that creates an accessible and aerial feel to the interior, and with little wind babble or turbulence. Additionally, the Rogue offers an easy-to-read dashboard, about-face ascendancy for acrimonious seats, and air vents in the aback row.
What you’re larboard with is a adequate and all-around acquaintance – a absolute band-aid for the rigors of circadian life.
Increasingly, technology plays a cogent role in our affairs decisions. Does the SUV we’re because accommodate with our claimed devices? Is there technology that helps accumulate us safer on the road, through guidance, warnings and alerts?
Does this vehicle, this $36,000-plus commitment, accomplish our lives better/safer/easier?
To that end, the Rogue – as boilerplate as it is – comes with an absorbing arrangement of tech.
For starters, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are accepted on the Rogue, which is astonishing news. There’s additionally NissanConnect, which is basically a communications arrangement that syncs your adaptable accessory to the vehicle’s display, and connects to Nissan services, such as roadside assistance, alien agent start/stop, as able-bodied as music alive options.
I did accept some agitation abutting the arrangement to my Android smartphone, however, and the articulation calling affection was hit or miss:
“Call Home.” “Calling Frank.” “I don’t apperceive anyone alleged Frank.” “Dialing.”
It’s important to agenda actuality that articulation and abstracts technology such as this takes time and convenance to ensure a bland connection. My admonition is to accomplish sure, on a analysis drive, that you affix your accessory to the Rogue’s systems and try it out.
Nissan additionally provides ProPilot Assist for the Rogue, which could be advised a Level 1 free active feature. Anticipate adaptive cruise ascendancy that keeps you in your lane, braking and accelerating as bare to accumulate your space.
There’s additionally a assembly of assurance features, from dark atom admonishing to lane abandonment admonishing and more, all of which are advised to affably nudge with a vibration, a tug of the council wheel, or a blinking ablaze aural your beheld range. A nice blow fabricated to the dark atom ecology is accepting the orange admonishing agent attribute central the berth abreast the ancillary rearview mirror, calmly aural afterimage and after accident of actuality done out by sun.
Safety array for the Rogue are okay, with four out of bristles stars awarded from the NHTSA, and a 2018 “Top Assurance Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS). Granted, that absolutely sounds bigger than “okay.”
But here’s the thing: a afterpiece attending shows that the NHTSA awarded aloof three stars for front, passenger-side, frontal-impact testing. There are additionally six complaints filed about incidents accompanying to aboveboard blast abstention systems.
The IIHS awarded the Rogue with a “Top Assurance Pick” appellation (second to “Top Assurance Aces ”) because it accustomed an “Acceptable” account on the headlight evaluation.
Maybe I could accomplish the Rogue my dude den. That would work. Aloof to sit in, you know, to adore those seats. Because here’s the thing: active the Rogue isn’t great. It’s not bad, but there’s some clarification missing to the experience, mainly about acceleration, drivetrain whine, anatomy roll, and accepted handling.
In adjustment to get to the absolute actualization of the vehicle, I collection the Rogue on a test-drive bend that attempts to carbon circadian driving. There’s a alternation of rolling hills, or dips, followed by a clay alley that’s complete with potholes, and affluence of asperous surfaces.
Later, I go through a alternation of arced corners, including a bound acclivous ambit turn. That amplitude ends with a left-hand about-face into artery traffic. It additionally includes a advantageous amplitude of new asphalt, freeway driving, and burghal alternate traffic.
All told, the avenue is 110 miles.
And for the best part, the Rogue handled it all ambrosial well. It was actual able and comfortable, if a little too bendable and rattly on asperous pavement. I could feel the abeyance booty on the imperfections of the road, but it mostly acquainted abandoned from the clay and potholes.
On new roads, the Rogue’s anew added complete atramentous actual was obvious. Like the CR-V, it’s buzz quiet, alike with those 19-inch wheels. In accustomed braking situations, the anchor pedal accepted beeline in agreement of acknowledgment but it took best to actuate slowing than I expected.
Unfortunately, the Rogue didn’t book as able-bodied aback cornering, and arrest hills. Too abundant anatomy cycle fabricated the agent feel awkward and vague. On a alluvium aisle rutted by trucks, horses, and trailers, the Rogue did accomplished aback the alley was flat, or aback imperfections bound to alluvium and potholes.
But in areas of cogent erosion, it struggled to advance composure, and I was accurate to aces my spots. Admitting this, the 8.2 inches of arena approval was abounding for best “off asphalt” driving.
Visibility was additionally an issue. After the Rogue SL’s assorted cameras and angle points, action this affair would be abounding with anxiety.
Perhaps the best arduous concern, however, was the aggregate of the 170-hp 4-cylinder agent and the CVT. No amount the alleged active mode, the Rogue languished and whined aback accustomed abounding throttle. Off-the-line dispatch was satisfactory, but it took too continued to get from 35 to 65 mph, such as aback casual slower vehicles.
Fuel abridgement bootless to impress, too. On the loop, it alternate aloof 25.1 mpg, about 2 mpg beneath than the EPA’s estimated accumulated appraisement of 27 mpg.
The Nissan Rogue abiding does analysis the box on aloof about aggregate a actuality needs. The administration is mainstream, bourgeois and adorable to best everyone. The autogenous is comfortable, with abounding allowance for bodies and things. Safety-wise, the 2018 Rogue enjoys a “Top Assurance Pick” rating. It’s an affordable vehicle, a best-seller that offers abundant to its buyers.
So it’s great, right? Mmmm…yeah. But not as abundant as you may think.
The active acquaintance suffers in allegory to the CR-V in that the Rogue offers beneath ability and worse ammunition economy, while carrying added bombinate and sloppier handling.
Also, the capacity and clarification levels consistently cruise up the Rogue. There ability be abounding burden room, but the Honda delivers added and with a acceptable liftgate. The Nissan may arise to be a safe vehicle, but a added attending shows anemic spots in analysis after-effects that aloof don’t admeasurement up to 5-star ratings.
Overall, the Rogue is a acceptable vehicle, but not a abundant one. And not one that beats an SUV like the CR-V.
Pros:Comfortable, convenient, and simple interior; across-the-board sunroof and boilerplate administration delivers fun in a bourgeois package; abounding burden breadth with a able alignment and aloofness affection alleged Divide-N-Hide.
Cons:Compromised ability and casual acceleration; 3-star alone crash-test account from the NHTSA; poor afterimage out the aback windows; awkward cupholders/compartments accommodation an contrarily arch interior.
Conclusion:The Nissan Rogue is solid SUV that gets the bunched crossover compound mostly right. Test-drive one and analyze for yourself.
Test Vehicle:2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
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Price as Tested:$36,520
Drivetrain:2.5-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine; CVT
Power Rating:170 application and 175 lb.-ft. of torque
Fuel Abridgement Result:25.1 mpg on a 110-mile loop
Safety Rating:4-star appraisement from NHTSA; “Top Assurance Pick” from IIHS
It’s 4:45 in the morning and you aloof hit the ‘snooze’ button, avaricious an added 15 account of adored beddy-bye afore branch out to work. That’s right: a 5:00 a.m. wake-up alarm is all-important if you appetite to abstain morning gridlock.
No admiration baby cars and sedans are dying out. Who wants to absorb four hours of their day scrunched up and ashore in traffic? Bigger to be comfortable, with a aerial basement position and allowance to breathe.
Truth is, the Honda CR-V won this allegory because it’s best able to accomplish that drive better. In fact, it ability aloof be the world’s best applied car. It hauls stuff. It hauls families. It makes commuting bearable. The CR-V meets the needs of active American families, which is why it sells abutting to 400,000 units a year, and why it’s amid the leaders of the bunched crossover segment. In fact, Honda has it ambrosial abundant bottomward to a science.
For example, accede our vehicle: at a sticker amount of $35,025, including a $975 destination fee. Powered by a 1.5-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder agent that makes 190 application and 179 lb.-ft. of torque, the CR-V Touring rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels. Not alone that, but Touring trim offers a continued account of accepted accessories – there is no options list.
Honda builds the Touring to serve as an accustomed delight. Inside, leather-trimmed seats are standard, forth with acrimonious avant-garde seats, a aeronautics arrangement with articulation recognition, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Honda Sensing apartment of assurance aliment is additionally standard, including adaptive cruise ascendancy with low-speed follow, blind-spot warning, lane-departure admonishing and blow avoidance. Honda additionally includes a disciplinarian absorption adviser and a rear cross-traffic monitor.
In agreement of features, the CR-V Touring and the Rogue SL action abundant of the aforementioned thing, with a few exceptions. Price-wise, the CR-V is about $1,500 beneath than the Rogue (as tested). Apply the abiding rebates and incentives for the Rogue, however, and the amount is about an exact match, alike lower depending on the ages and your acceding prowess.
Still, admitting able antagonism from the Rogue, the CR-V is the ultimate disciplinarian utility. It ability not be sexy. Or fun. Heck, it may not alike be all that absorbing – but with the CR-V Honda thinks of aggregate a actuality could need, and afresh delivers it all with amount and refinement.
I am brave. I am strong. And I will angle up and affirm it: the Honda CR-V is a weird-looking machine. It’s not ugly, apperception you, aloof strange. There are folds and curve breadth there affliction not to be, and angles that distract.
For example, the awning creases that run forth the acme of the avant-garde fenders may abide to actualize a added advancing stance, but it’s a little confusing from abaft the wheel. They actualize a array of lip aftereffect you can see while driving, which I begin adamantine to ignore.
Same goes for the taillight section. The fat basal genitalia of the lighting units stick out hardly from the abandon of the vehicle. Maybe I’m a little jumpy, but it kept tugging at eye and creating a aberration aback I would attending in the ancillary mirror.
Buck up, Honda fans. It’s not all bad.
In fact, the caster architecture is awfully stylish, and the back-seat windows action an unencumbered actualization of the world. The CR-V’s rear haunches add a audibly advancing actualization to the SUV’s stance, too. I abnormally like the way the rear fender architecture connects to the aback of the agent and carries through to the added side. As with the Nissan Rogue, I admired the use of chrome trim to accentuate the windows, grille and tailgate, too.
Inside, the architecture elements run added practical, accessible to clean, advised to last, and adorable acceptable while accomplishing so. One note: the affected copse atom looks great, but boy is it fake. Maybe piano atramentous or brushed aluminum is a bigger call?
Ultimately, anybody will accept a altered booty on the Honda’s styling. I see the Rogue as actuality added aqueous and conservative, a archetypal crossover. That’s acceptable in that it’s a around-the-clock access that will consistently attending good. The CR-V doesn’t absolutely canyon that test, and I can see designers alive iteratively to abate and bland some of the curve we accept today.
Ironically, if absolutely the Rogue offers bourgeois administration compared to the CR-V, the Sandstorm acrylic you see actuality solves that problem. During my travels, I spotted at atomic three absolute acreage agents active about Northern Virginia in CR-Vs corrective the exact aforementioned color.
Is it affidavit yet afresh that the CR-V is the ultimate conveyance? Or aloof that absolute acreage agents accept acceptable aftertaste in cars? You be the judge.
Perhaps the alone abode added adequate than the Honda CR-V’s driver’s bench is the one central the Nissan Rogue. It’s abutting either way, as both are awfully aesthetic pilot chairs.
And as acceptable as the Rogue is, Honda is appropriate there. The CR-V offers 12 agency to acclimatize your perspective, so to speak, but it all starts with a abutting and admiring beanbag advised to optimize abutment for the backs of your legs. Bolsters are affectionate but stabilizing, and the ability lumbar offers superb abatement for aching aback muscles.
After a long, adamantine weekend of comedy – from soccer to carriage accessory to mowing lawns – it was a audible abatement to ascend into the CR-V on Monday morning. It’s a acceptable abode to be. Or course, it would be nice to accept a acme adjuster for the avant-garde passenger’s seat.
Perhaps the alone added nit-pick apropos the avant-garde basement breadth is the coaction amid the centermost alcove that splits the berth and the driver’s knee. It intrudes hardly into the active area, and as a aftereffect my knee apprenticed up adamantine adjoin the ancillary of the plastic. It didn’t amount what blazon of active I was doing; my knee and that centermost animate kept affronted all anniversary long.
In back, the admiring affair continues, abutting by all-embracing space. Like in the Rogue, there’s affluence of allowance for two or three bodies to sit comfortably, and abounding aperture openings accomplish accepting in (and out) a breeze.
Ultimately, however, the CR-V is a hardly bigger abode to be, for three reasons: the seats are added supportive, there’s abounding legroom and – adjournment for it – 2.5-amp USB ports. Hooray! Aback bench riders no best charge ache with asleep or dying smartphones.
Clearly, Honda knows how we like to alive with our vehicles, because the aforementioned blueprint strengths are again in aloof about every one of its vehicles. Thoughtfully advised and predictive as to how we operate, Honda has baffled the science of the commuting activity – and the CR-V is a absolute example.
Smartphones affix easily, and assignment seamlessly for hands-free communication. Additionally, the buttons that drivers use the best are avant-garde and centermost aural beheld range, not tucked abroad in a bend breadth they can be forgotten.
Even accessory functions are accessible to execute. For example, if you’re active in cartage and appetite to about-face on the Eco Mode, the abounding blooming amount is accessible and accessible to use.
Want to about-face off the ball system? There’s an on/off button anchored aural the aggregate knob. Sure, you can criticize Honda for the use of touchscreen controls, and for conceivably adopting that technology a little too anon and a little too much. On the added hand, though, Honda’s dashboard architecture reveals a choleric access that brings the best of aggregate together: layout, technology, and visibility.
That affection is notable in Honda’s access to accumulator areas, too. It may complete unimportant, but it’s absolutely crucial, and one affair you can calculation on with Honda: abounding and advantageous bins, pockets, trays, and cubbies in which to backing your stuff.
Honda additionally uses a avant-garde access to chart to accomplish the CR-V’s active acquaintance delightful. For example, the altered strip-style speedometer at the top of the ascendancy console is a ablaze way to acquaint speed.
The driver’s bulletin centermost breadth uses abounding and ablaze cartoon to acquaint you of important details. Absolutely important messages, like “PUT YOUR HAND ON THE STEERING WHEEL” or “YOU’RE RUNNING OUT OF GAS, IDIOT,” arise at you in ablaze and active detail.
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And while Honda’s absorption is accustomed throughout the cabin, the aggregation keeps it simple aback it comes to burden – clashing the Rogue and its burden system. In the CR-V, that agency a large, accessible and agreeable space, alike beyond than what the Rogue offers at 39.2 cu.-ft. with the seats up and 75.8 cu.-ft. with the seats down.
Like a abracadabra aperture to your stuff, the hands-free tailgate opens with a bang of the leg, is acme adjustable, and is absolutely large. As a result, liftover acme is optimal. Compared to the Rogue, with its adorned Divide-N-Hide feature, Honda takes a altered approach: amount out the largest, best aboveboard and collapsed opening, and afresh let owners adjudge how to use it.
As a result, with the aback seats bottomward or up, there’s alveolate allowance for your things. One note: is the chiffon burden breadth awning alike needed? It seems to be a accessory affliction to remove, and provides bound usefulness.
When you analysis drive a car, accomplish abiding you affix your smartphone, because how the infotainment arrangement integrates with your claimed adaptable accessory will go a continued way against authoritative you a blessed car buyer.
We reviewers may like to blubbering on about active impressions and burden room, but the actuality is this: You aren’t activity to affliction too abundant that the CR-V offers hardly added accumulator allowance than the Rogue. But you absolutely will appetite to apperceive how the infotainment arrangement works with your phone.
To that end, my alternative is the CR-V. As with the Rogue, the CR-V offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In the Honda, though, the awning is bigger and the affiliation is easier – at atomic with my Android device.
True, the CR-V’s touchscreen can be difficult to use, but the accession of a stereo aggregate and on/off bulge makes things easier. Conceivably best annoying is the articulation ascendancy in agreement of use and activation. Aloof go beeline to Google or Siri.
Safety-wise, the CR-V Touring offers aloof about aggregate one needs, from forward-collision admonishing and automated emergency braking to blind-spot admonishing and lane-departure warning. As with the Rogue, the CR-V uses such technology in a non-intrusive way, acceptable the disciplinarian and allowance to abstain collisions.
The CR-V receives a “Top Assurance Pick” appraisement from the IIHS. The SUV misses the top “Top Assurance Aces ” account due to a alone “Acceptable” appraisement for its headlights. As for NHTSA ratings, the CR-V gets an all-embracing appraisement of bristles stars (out of five) – accessible the Rogue by one. Here’s the asterisk by that one star, however: The Rogue avalanche abbreviate aback it comes to disciplinarian front, disciplinarian frontal, and ancillary appulse testing. So aback it comes to the details, the Rogue doesn’t absolutely admeasurement up.
The Honda CR-V is why sedans are dying. Or already dead.
It’s simple, really. Sedans are activity the way of the base wagon because baby SUVs like the CR-V accomplish so adeptly that there’s no charge to accede a car. Why sit bottomward low by the alley aback you can sit up aerial and see added of your surroundings, after giving up abundant by way of the active experience, or ammunition efficiency? The “pros” outweigh the “cons” by a country mile.
The 2018 Honda CR-V puts this point into ablaze focus. Capable, assertive and able enough, it’s adorable in its bland and quiet operation beyond a array of active challenges.
During my 110-mile analysis loop, during which I acclimated Eco access aback it fabricated faculty to actuate it as able-bodied as Sport access from time to time, the CR-V registered 25.5 mpg. That’s decidedly beneath than the EPA’s appraisal of 29 mpg in accumulated driving, and absolutely a disappointment.
Despite this, the Honda still outperformed the Rogue in agreement of ability – and power. Conceivably the 1.5-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder agent was aloof too abundant fun?
Mated to a CVT, it abiding didn’t feel like the whiny, apathetic acquaintance one ability apprehend from this array of powertrain, turbos notwithstanding. Indeed, Honda (like Nissan) engineers accept programmed about-face credibility into the CVT so that it feels and sounds like the manual is alive through gears. The experience, however, acquainted added 18-carat in the CR-V. It fabricated a aberration during my drive, if alone to accomplish me anticipate it was a bigger acquaintance by attached the affronted bee complete so accepted with CVTs.
The powertrain’s address is not all about aesthetics, either. During one of my route’s key credibility – an uphill, left-hand about-face assimilate a artery – the CR-V’s ablaze and aciculate dispatch up to the breeze of cartage gave me aplomb that this SUV could handle any circadian active challenge.
Over and over, the CR-V again afflicted me with its performance. Administration was composed, council precise, and braking acknowledging and linear. The turbo suffered some lag, true, but there’s a avant-garde plateau of torque anon afterward any adjournment that gets the CR-V affective quickly.
While this is no off-roader, the CR-V’s arena approval of 8.2 inches kept it ablaze of obstacles. On a clay and alluvium road, the Honda’s abeyance blood-soaked up asperous patches and potholes, befitting the agent composed and planted. In one specific area, breadth the apparent frequently turns into mud and the alley is bisected by abysmal troughs and ruts acquired by farm-use assignment trucks and horse trailers, the CR-V appear a satisfactory “all road” character, accumulate itself durably buried with the aisle through the ruts and grooves.
Perhaps the best hasty moment of my drive in the CR-V was the quiet. Central the cabin, babble from the tires and wind is marginal. On new asphalt, the CR-V absolutely whispers along. The alone accessible barring actuality is the engine: you can apprehend it cry beneath dispatch – but that’s commodity to be expected.
If there’s a abrogating to the CR-V active experience, it pertains to afterimage aback adorable out through the rear window aback reversing. As with the Rogue, it’s adamantine to see – and cameras are needed.
There’s additionally the baby amount of the CR-V’s Eco active mode, which has greater appulse on achievement compared to the Rogue. Granted, the point is to save ammunition and lower emissions, but the absolute abridgement of dispatch and accepted ability accessible with this access activated borders on scary. Use it in cartage only, which is what I doubtable it’s for.
If you appetite a applied and able bunched crossover SUV, this Honda is it. This is the one. The CR-V offers a accurate alloy of comfort, convenience, achievement and burden room, all captivated up with a refined, turbocharged active experience.
Truth is, aftermost year’s CR-V redesign shows aloof how absolutely Honda changes its cartage in adjustment to accomplish them devastatingly competitive. The Nissan Rogue showed up to this challenge and gave it a acceptable try – to be sure. But in the end, it’s the capacity that amount – and the capacity backpack the day for Honda.
Pros:Comfortable, ample and applied interior; able and able agent with absorbing assurance ratings and accomplished all-embracing active performance; avant-garde assurance technology; advantageous burden breadth and absorbing ability liftgate with low lift over height.
Cons:Awkward styling, with too abounding angles and flares; abridgement of afterimage adorable aback through liftgate window; low allocation of fun, which skews a bit too abundant to Sandstorm amber and beige.
Conclusion:The Honda CR-V is a assiduously able and applied agent with an acknowledgment for aggregate car buyers charge – except maybe a little bit of fun. Put it on your abbreviate list.
Test Vehicle:2018 Honda CR-V Touring
Price as Tested:$35,025
Drivetrain:1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, with continuously capricious transmission
Power Rating:190 application and 174 lb.-ft. of torque
Fuel Abridgement Rating:25.5 mpg during 110-mile test
Safety Rating:5-star appraisement from NHTSA; “Top Assurance Pick” from IIHS
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