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Toyota RAV4 vs. Nissan Rogue

By Autolist Staff | January 17, 2019

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Nissan Rogue

Automotive Website Analyzed


94%

The Best

You should buy it

72%

Satisfactory

Maybe buy it

Our User's Take

What owners think


80%

Would Buy Again

5 Ratings

67%

Would Buy Again

3 Ratings


What’s better about the RAV4?

More space. The RAV4 boasts more room for both the rear-seat passengers (headroom and legroom) and for cargo than the Rogue, despite the fact that the Rogue is a longer vehicle. So not only will the RAV4 hold more, its slightly smaller size will be easier to park.

Reliable. Toyota has a long history of being one of the most -- if not the most -- reliable brands on the market. Consumer Reports backs this up by not only finding the RAV4’s reliability to be a 5/5 versus the Rogue’s 3/5, but also by giving the RAV4 a coveted ‘Recommended’ rating, which is doesn’t bestow on the Rogue.

Better safety rating. The RAV4 has a five-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; the Rogue only has a four-star rating. However, both models have a Top Safety Pick designation from the independent IIHS.


What’s better about the Nissan Rogue?

More efficient. Whether it’s a front-wheel-drive model, an all-wheel-drive version or the hybrid, each iteration of the Rogue easily beat the RAV4 for fuel efficiency. That’s the gift that keeps on giving since it will save you money throughout your entire ownership of the Nissan.

It’s newer. This generation of the Rogue has been around since the 2014 model year, while the 2018 RAV4 is the last year of its generation before an all-new model bows for 2019. This means the Rogue will generally be a little more modern in its style, design, construction and execution.

Style. This one is subjective, but we think the Rogue is better-looking inside and out than the RAV4. Its exterior design is more sophisticated than the sharply-angled look on the RAV4, and inside the Rogue is a simpler, more straightforward setup.


Autolist’s take:

There’s a reason each of these crossover are the best selling model from Toyota and Nissan respectively: they’re both excellent, so you can’t go wrong with either. The Rogue is the more stylish of the two, offers better efficiency and is a touch newer than this generation of RAV4. But the Toyota has a better safety rating, better reliability and more space. Plus, the Toyota has a higher overall review score than the Nissan. So we say Buy the Toyota RAV4.

Cost of Ownership

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Nissan Rogue

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,791
15k miles at $2.866/gal
$1,592
15k miles at $2.866/gal
Fuel Economy

22 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
25 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
28 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
32 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Nissan Rogue

NHTSA Crash Test Results

5 stars
Overall
4 stars
Overall
Safety Features

Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
Available
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Available
Lane-Keep Assist
Available
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Nissan Rogue

Interior Features

Available
Leather
-
Leather
Available
Moonroof
-
Moonroof
Available
Heated Seats
Available
Heated Seats
Available
Keyless Entry
Available
Keyless Entry
Available
Climate Control
Available
Climate Control
Technology

-
Apple Carplay
Standard
Apple Carplay
-
Android Auto
Standard
Android Auto
Available
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Available
Navigation System
Available
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Nissan Rogue

Powertrain

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Transmission
CVT
Transmission
FWD
Drivetrain
FWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

176+ HP @ 6000 RPM
Horsepower
170+ HP @ 6000 RPM
Horsepower
172+ lb-ft @ 4100 RPM
Torque
175+ lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
Torque
I4
Cylinders
I4
Cylinders