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TOTD: 2015 Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, or Nissan Rogue?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/30/2014 Karla Sanchez

We recently got behind the wheel of the improved 2015 Honda CR-V which, like the 2012 Civic, underwent a speedy mid-cycle refresh after the reviews of the fourth-gen CR-V highlighted a few shortcomings. Tweaks to the powertrain helped bring that driving-fun quotient up and make it more competitive against rivals such as the Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue, but if you had to choose one among all three, which would it be?

The CR-V's new Earthdreams 2.4-liter I-4 now benefits from direct injection, and although it still produces the same 185 hp (though at lower rpm), torque jumped from 163 lb-ft to 181. Also significant is its new continuously variable automatic transmission that finally puts the old five-speed to rest. The end result is a 8.6-second 0-60 mph time, which is 0.6 seconds faster than the last AWD CR-V we tested. For comparison, the 2.5-liter Subaru Forester needs just 7.5 seconds to get to the same speed. Around the figure-eight, the CR-V's 28.3-sec, 0.59-g average may be a half-second quicker than its predecessor, but it still slots between Forester's 27.9/0.62 and the Nissan Rogue's 28.9/0.58. Other improvements made to the chassis and steering also did wonders in making the CR-V more fun to drive, but would that be enough for you to choose it over the Forester and Rogue? 2014 Nissan Rogue© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan Rogue

For those who want to factor in fuel economy and pricing, the CR-V AWD achieves an EPA estimated 26/33/28 mpg city/highway/combined, while the Rogue and Forester (with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder) achieve 25/32/28 mpg and 24/32/27mpg, respectively. As for pricing, the CR-V AWD starts at $25,400, while a similarly equipped the Forester starts at $24,045, and the Rogue at $25,000.

Will it be the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, or Nissan Rogue? Let us know your pick for today's TOTD.

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