2016 Honda HR-V vs. Nissan Rogue
With the ability to pack just as much space and power into a tinier, more fuel-efficient shell, it’s easy to justify all of the buzz around the compact SUV segment. The 2016 Honda HR-V and the 2016 Nissan Rogue are two of the most recent models to hit the market that are looked to as the latest and the greatest.
Does the subcompact HR-V or the compact Rogue have what it takes to be your versatile daily driver? Denver, Centennial, and Aurora area shoppers can read on to find out.
Mini Yet Mighty
Based on their differences in size and horsepower, the 2016 HR-V and the 2016 Rogue appeal to different drivers. The 2016 Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 141 horsepower. Buyers can stick with the six-speed manual or choose the continuously variable transmission (CVT) option.
The Nissan Rogue’s larger engine size and 29 additional horses under the hood is accompanied by a standard CVT. Though the Rogue offers more power on paper, it doesn’t offer the same speed caliber that the HR-V can attain, largely because of its heftier structure. Even with its heaviest equipment selected (all-wheel drive and the CVT), the 2016 Honda HR-V is still 300 lbs lighter than the Nissan Rogue, which means it can use a lot less power to get going.
Handling in these two also differs quite a bit. While the Rogue goes the reserved route by holding a pretty even keel, the HR-V’s ample power and well-weighted steering leads to more inspiring driving dynamics.
Design and Space
Each of these small SUVs works their magic to bring family-friendly seating and surfaces to their interiors without skimping on space. The inner HR-V employs high-quality materials that follow a subtly stylish design. Seating for five is available. The 2016 HR-V’s ability to make room for three adults to sit side by side in comfort is something certainly worth celebrating.
The Nissan Rogue also comes with seating for five in two rows as well and offers an interior that’s plush and well-built. An available optional third-row seat can be selected (which is rare for the class) to boost seating up to seven, but unless you’re traveling with mostly tots, the upgrade doesn’t do much. The sliding and reclining rear row is a nice touch that adds to the Rogue’s sense of versatility.
Rear seat flexibility is a category of its own with these two as models that superbly use the space at hand with flips, folds, and tucks that help you accommodate more cargo.
All of the signature in-cabin technology of today can be found standard on the HR-V and the Rogue. These include a rearview camera, a USB port, and Bluetooth phone connection. The base 2016 HR-V additionally comes with a 5-inch LCD display screen that displays settings and current audio tracks in bold text and graphics.
When the makers from Honda and Nissan hit the drawing board for the HR-V and the Rogue, family safety was definitely at the forefront of each approach. From smart brake setups to advanced airbag systems and a variety of available camera-based systems, each of these SUVs provides onboard resources to help you and your passengers stay protected in transit.
The new 2016 Honda HR-V’s sporty drive feel and spacious cabin is just what Denver, Centennial, and Aurora area SUV shoppers are after. Interested buyers can contact Mile High Honda in Denver to schedule a test drive of this skilled subcompact today!