Compact SUVs are among the most popular types of vehicles bought by motorists in the US, and if you are in the market for a new compact SUV, then the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 must surely be on your list of considerations. These are two of the most dominant models in the US compact SUV market, selling three-quarters of a million vehicles yearly.
Both SUVs marry convenience and cargo space, precisely what you want from an elite compact SUV. The Nissan Rogue has always had a reputation for value, and the most recent redesign added a more powerful engine and an updated look that makes the Rogue even more of an attractive asset. The Toyota RAV4 is similar to the Rogue in many ways (except that it is more expensive) and can boast hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.
Unsure about which vehicle to turn to? Then our direct Nissan Rogue Vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison should help you out.
Making the Nissan Rogue Vs. Toyota RAV4 Comparison – Which is Better for You?
While the base trims of the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 start at basically the same price, the more features you add to the RAV4, the more expensive it gets. With all Rogues, a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine is now standard, with FWD. AWD is available for an upgrade. All trims (aside from the most basic S trim) have NissanConnect Services as standard, which includes remote locking, maintenance notifications, and automatic updates. You receive these services for free for five years, after which there is a charge. You also get a 30-day trial of using your Rogue as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The non-hybrid versions of the RAV4 have a 4-cylinder engine as standard. With most trims, FWD is standard, with AWD available as an upgrade, just like the Rogue. Hybrid versions use a 4-cylinder engine with rear and front electric motors. The plug-in hybrid has a front electric-drive motor. All RAV4s come with Toyota’s connected services, with a year’s worth free of auto-collision notification, live emergency assistance, and rapid response roadside assistance. After your twelve-month trial period is up, a subscription fee is required. There’s a Wi-Fi hotspot trial available, too, for three months.
Efficiency and Performance – Continuing the Nissan Rogue Vs. Toyota RAV4 Comparison
The Rogue’s unique three-cylinder 1.5L engine gives 201 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque, making it ideal for city driving. The machine is coupled to a continuously variable transmission. EPA figures show the FWD version of the Rogue a combined 33 mpg in fuel efficiency, with 31 mpg combined for the AWD version.
Despite having a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, the RAV4 posts similar figures to the Rogue, with 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It falls slightly behind the Rogue in fuel consumption, though with 30 mpg combined (FWD) and 28 mpg (AWD).
Both hybrid versions of the RAV4 are significantly less powerful – only 176 hp for the standard hybrid and 177 hp for the plug-in version.
In terms of value, power, and that ‘on the road’ feeling, the Rogue is the clear winner here. If you want to be convinced further, why not contact the Charlie Clark Nissan dealership in Harlingen and schedule a test drive? We can help you every step of the way and always offer an excellent range of brand-new Nissan Rogue SUVs and quality preowned vehicles. Why not call us today? Our Harlingen dealership can be contacted at (956) 275-7807, or you can use our available online contact form here.