2019 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Rav4 and the Rogue 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, lane departure warning systems, 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.

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 33 more horsepower (203 vs. 170) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 27 more horsepower (203 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

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

 

Rav4

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

83.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

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

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Rav4

Rogue

Rogue Hybrid

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.65 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 LE/XLE’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (37.4 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Rogue (8.6 vs. 8.4 inches), allowing the Rav4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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

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 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 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’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rogue’s (1500 vs. 1102 pounds).

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Rav4 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’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 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’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the Rav4 and the Rogue 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.

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 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Rav4 Adventure has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Rogue doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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

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