2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Rav4 Hybrid. But it costs extra on the Rogue.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Rogue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Rogue.

There are over 13 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rav4 Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Nissan is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 49 more horsepower (219 vs. 170) than the Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 43 more horsepower (219 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is faster than the Nissan Rogue 2.5 4 cyl.:

 

Rav4 Hybrid

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.4 MPH

83.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Rogue:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4 Hybrid

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. Hybrid

41 city/37 hwy

Rogue

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. Hybrid

33 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. Hybrid

31 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Rav4 Hybrid’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue:

 

Rav4 Hybrid

Rogue

Rogue Hybrid

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.65 inches

11.8 inches

Suspension and Handling

The Rav4 Hybrid XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Chassis

The Rav4 Hybrid is 3.6 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the Rav4 Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Rav4 Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rogue doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 Hybrid has .3 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rogue.

Towing

The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rogue’s (1750 vs. 1102 pounds).

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Rav4 Hybrid has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Rav4 Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Rav4 Hybrid XLE/XSE/Limited’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rogue doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Rogue offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rogue.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Hybrid Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rogue doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Rogue SV/SL.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Nissan Rogue by 4129 units during 2017.

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