2020 Toyota Rav4 vs. 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

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Safety

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The Rav4 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Rav4 Adventure/Limited AWD/TRD Off-Road’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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rav4 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 168 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 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 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

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 second in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Nissan is ranked 11th.

Engine

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The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder 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-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

Rav4

Rogue Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

10.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Rav4

FWD

XLE 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/35 hwy

LE/Limited 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/35 hwy

AWD

LE 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

XLE 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Adventure/Limited 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

TRD Off-Road 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Rogue Sport

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Rav4 LE AWD/XLE/XLE Premium’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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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 much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

Rav4

Rogue Sport

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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

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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 handles at .81 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rav4 Adventure executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .62 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/Limited/Adventure/TRD Off-Road’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the Rogue Sport (8.6 vs. 7.4 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road 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

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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

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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).

The Rav4’s cargo area is larger than the Rogue Sport’s in every dimension:

Rav4

Rogue Sport

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40”

33.3”/62.3”

Max Width

59”

54.2”

Min Width

39.4”

n/a

Height

36.6”

33.3”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Rav4 (except LE) offers an optional power liftgate, 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

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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

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The Rav4’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Rogue Sport’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Rav4 and the Rogue Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Rav4 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rogue Sport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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.

If the windows are left open on the Rav4 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Rogue Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road’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/TRD Off-Road 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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Rav4 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Rav4 will cost $475 less than the Rogue Sport over a five-year period.

The Rav4 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Rav4 will retain 49.73% to 52.88% of its original price after five years, while the Rogue Sport only retains 44.23% to 44.58%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Rav4 will be $708 to $1124 less than for the Nissan Rogue Sport.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Rav4 and the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Nissan Rogue by 16% during the 2019 model year.

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