2021 Nissan Rogue vs. Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4: How the New SUV Stacks Up
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We compare the new 2021 Nissan Rogue with its main competitors, the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4.
The Nissan has been redesigned for 2021 with a new look and many new functions.
It is similar to the Toyota and Honda in many ways, but unlike them, does not offer a hybrid model.
Compact crossovers are big sellers in today's automotive market, and the new 2021 Nissan Rogue is here to reclaim part of the floor he has lost over the past few years to popular models like the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. We decided to compare the specifications of the new rogue with those of its competitors to see how the redesigned version stacked up.
Size and cargo space
The 2021 Rogue is slightly smaller than its predecessor, but remains slightly larger than the RAV4 and the CR-V. The wheelbase and overall length are larger, although they are slightly narrower than the Honda and Toyota.
The new Rogue loses some cargo space and now offers 37 cubic feet behind the second row of seats. This is slightly less than with the CR-V and the RAV4. We look forward to measuring how many of our carry-on suitcases will fit in the Rogue's hold when we can get our hands on the new model. In this test, the Rogue 2020 offered space for 10 suitcases, which corresponded to the results of RAV4 and CR-V.
Engines and gears
The 2021 Rogue comes with a single engine option. It's a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline four, 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. This engine is similar in specification to the base engine of the RAV4, also a 2.5-liter in-line four, but the Toyota makes 22 horsepower more and 3 lb-ft more torque than the Nissan. The Honda CR-V is equipped as standard with a turbo-charged 1.5-liter in-line quad that delivers 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque.
The RAV4 has an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the Rogue and CR-V have continuously variable automatic transmissions. All three crossovers are equipped with front-wheel drive as standard and offer optional all-wheel drive.
The Nissan Rogue does not offer a hybrid version like the CR-V and the RAV4. Nissan offered a hybrid rogue from 2017 to 2019, but discontinued this model and said it had no plans to bring it back.
The combined fuel consumption estimates for the Rogue 2021 are between 28 and 30 mpg. These numbers are almost identical to the RAV4 values, which are between 27 and 30 mpg, and the CR-V values, which the EPA rates as 29 to 30 mpg. But the Nissan will not be able to outshine the hybrid versions of these crossovers in terms of efficiency: the CR-V hybrid has a total output of 38 mpg and the RAV4 hybrid has a total output of 40 mpg.
Price and equipment
Nissan hasn't yet announced prices for the 2021 Rogue, but we expect it to be close to the Honda starting price of $ 26,170 and the Toyota starting price of $ 27,070. The Rogue's basic S fairing seems to be better equipped than the basic CR-V and RAV4 models. The Nissan comes standard with features that are optional for its competitors, including 17-inch wheels, smartphone mirroring functions and LED headlights.
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