2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Rav4 Adventure/Limited AWD’s standard Downhill Assist Control allows you to creep down safely. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer Downhill Assist Control.

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

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 for 2 years and 25,000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Rogue Sport.

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’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’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 62 more horsepower (203 vs. 141) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

 

Rav4

Rogue Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

Rogue Sport

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Rav4

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.65 inches

The Rav4 stops shorter than the Rogue Sport:

 

Rav4

Rogue Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rav4 has larger standard tires than the Rogue Sport (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue Sport (235/55R19 vs. 225/45R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rav4 LE/XLE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rav4’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Rogue Sport (105.9 inches vs. 104.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Rogue Sport.

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (36.1 feet vs. 36.9 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 LE/XLE has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rogue Sport (8.4 vs. 7.4 inches), allowing the Rav4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the Rogue Sport (8.6 vs. 7.4 inches).

Chassis

The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited 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 Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 has 2.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (98.9 vs. 96).

The Rav4 has .9 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 4.4 inches more rear legroom, .8 inches more rear hip room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rogue Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4’s rear seats recline. The Rogue Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 22.9 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 61.1 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Rav4 (except LE) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or, optionally on the Rav4 Limited, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Payload and Towing

The Rav4 has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

The Rav4 has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Rogue Sport (1240 vs. 1115 lbs.).

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Rav4 (except LE/XLE/Adventure), the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Rav4’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 Sport’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue Sport’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Rav4’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Both the Rav4 and the Rogue Sport offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 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 Sport.

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

Recommendations

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

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