Comparing the Nissan Rogue vs. the Toyota RAV4

Crossover SUVs offer a lot of benefits. They’re smaller and easier to handle than larger vehicles. They’re closer to the ground and provide car-like handling and driving characteristics, while still providing plenty of cargo space and carrying capacity. Because of those benefits, most automakers have at least one offering, which can make it challenging to navigate this segment and find the right one for your needs. We’ll compare two of the segment leaders – the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 – below to help you make an informed decision.

The Exterior

A glance at the exterior of both vehicles shows that they’re good looking and rugged. The Rogue is a bit more rounded than the RAV4, which features the angular design that Toyota is rolling out for all of their vehicles lately. However, you’ll find that the Rogue is a little bit larger than the RAV4, which translates to added stability on the road and more interior space.

The Interior

Both the Rogue and the RAV4 offer well-designed interiors, with plenty of high-quality materials. Functional, comfortable, and well laid out, the current Rogue is also a bit more user-friendly than the RAV4 in terms of how easy it is to reach the touchscreen and other essential controls.

In terms of cargo space, both SUVs are at the top of the segment. However, the Rogue’s larger size allows it to edge out the RAV4 in terms of actual interior space, which translates to more legroom and cargo room for you.


Under the hood of the Rogue, you’ll find one of two engines, either a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 170 horsepower, or the 2.0-liter hybrid 4-cylinder with 176 horsepower. The larger engine offers 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, while the hybrid delivers 33 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

The RAV4 only offers a single engine option – a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 203 horsepower and gets 26 mpg in town and 35 mpg on the highway.

Onboard Tech

There’s lots of onboard technology to love with both the Rogue and the RAV4. Both feature easy-to-use infotainment systems, and both offer Apple CarPlay. However, the Toyota lacks Android Auto – only the Rogue delivers that particular feature. The Rogue also comes with the option to add things like adaptive cruise control, high-beam assistance, and a lane-keeping system.

Nissan Rogue Gets Our Vote

While both the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 are well-positioned in the market, the Rogue manages to edge out Toyota’s offering by a hair. It offers better interior seat comfort, more technology features, and a more extensive range of available upgrades for those who want to customize their ride. The SUV also offers more interior space, legroom, and headroom than the RAV4, making it a better fit for taller drivers and those who want ample space for their family. If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s tops in its class, check out a Nissan Rogue today.

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