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Why Picking the 2013 Nissan Rouge over Honda CR-V is Smart

Nissan Rogue Comparison

The Compact Crossover has surpassed the Minivan and SUV’s as the family vehicle of choice. With a variety of options on the market, two worth considering are the 2013 Nissan Rogue and 2013 Honda CR-V. Both come in a similar price range as a large sedan or medium SUV.

Exterior Options

2013 Nissan Rouge

2013 Nissan Rouge

The Nissan Rogue definitely stands out in this regard. It has a sleek, modern look that shames the Honda CR-V’s boxy, outdated design. While both come in a variety of colors, the tasteful chrome accents on the Rogue stand out, while the bulky wheel design and raised rear end of the CR-V looks more like a truncated minivan than anything else. Both come with remote entry options, but the Rogue has a more usable top rack for sport hobbies and luggage trekking.

Interior Options and Cabin Space

2013 Nissan Rouge Interior

2013 Nissan Rouge Interior

Both vehicles offer 60/40 split rear seats, allowing for multiple configurations and options to help you fit the people or cargo inside comfortably. The CR-V has a larger cargo area; with the seats down, it’s over 5 feet in length. The Rogue has a large area, but may be a little cramped for 3 adults in the back seat, but its lower cargo floor makes loading heavy items much easier than the CR-V. Both are quite comfortable for adults in any seat.

Fuel Economy and Engine Size

Both cars have very similar performance for gas mileage. The CR-V has a higher performance engine, with a 2.4 liter 185 HP 4 cylinder engine, although the Rogue packs a bigger punch with a 2.5 liter 16-valve 4 cylinder engine. This means that they get a comparable approximate 28 mpg, with the CR-V getting a little bit more horse power, but the Rogue getting a lot more torque. That means that the CR-V will make 0-60 in about 8.3 seconds, while the Rogue will squeak by in about 8.1 seconds. However, the Rogue performs more akin to a smaller sedan with great performance and higher traction than expected. For someone switching from a smaller vehicle, the Rogue is particularly a comfortable transition compared to other crossover options.

Technological Features

The CR-V and the Rogue both feature a touch screen interface for a variety of features, including CD, AM/FM, Bluetooth and USB options for connecting phones and streaming audio. The information center also provides information about mileage, mpg, and turn by turn directions with add on navigation systems. However, the Rogue gets a huge leg up here with a rear view camera for backing up. Both feature a variety of safety features such as airbags and rollover sensors, although the Rogue also features active head restraints which can help prevent whiplash injuries.

Special Features

The CR-V features double seal car doors, which makes for a quieter ride inside, while the Rogue puts a particular emphasis on large interior storage compartments, including a positively monster sized glove compartment.

Trade in Value and Warranty

Both vehicles offer a nearly identical warranty; Basic coverage for 3 years, and 5 years for drivetrain and rust.
Pricing, the Nissan Rouge has a lower starting price than the Honda CR-V. However, trading in a used CR-V loses around $5,000 in value for a car in excellent condition, while the Rogue only loses around $3,000, according to Kelley Blue Book prices in the New Jersey area.


This means that the 2013 Nissan Rogue is cheaper to begin with for a very similar experience as the CR-V and better in several ways, while retaining more value for longer as well. Interested in the 2013 Nissan Rouge? Stop by Cherry Hill Nissan in New Jersey to talk to our experts and test drive one of these beautiful crossovers.


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