Dare to Compere: 2018 Nissan Rogue vs 2018 Toyota RAV4
In the crowded compact crossover segment, the 2018 Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4 rule at the top. But which of them takes the crown?
Engine performance & efficiency
In terms of sheer power, the Rogue and RAV4 are nearly indistinguishable. The Rogue’s base engine produces 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque while the RAV4’s base engine is rated at 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. Despite the negligible differences in performance, however, the Rogue’s engine is much more impressive when it comes to efficiency, with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.* By comparison, the RAV4 gets only 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
Passenger & cargo space
Just because you want a crossover instead of a full-size SUV doesn’t mean you want your passengers to be cramped. The interior of the 2018 Nissan Rogue is more spacious than that of the RAV4, with more front head and leg room as well as more rear shoulder, leg, and hip room, adding up to 105.8 cubic feet of interior space compared to the RAV4’s 101.9 cubic feet. The Rogue also boasts more cargo space with the rear seats up: 39.3 cubic feet compared to the RAV4’s 38.4 cubic feet.
One of the 2018 Nissan Rogue’s biggest strengths is its superior equipment. Available features include a remote vehicle starting system and rear air condition vents, neither of which the RAV4 offers. Famously, Toyota has also been reluctant to adopt Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ technology, which are not available in the RAV4. On the other hand, both are standard in the Rogue, greatly facilitating smartphone pairing and infotainment usage.
If you’re ready to take the superior 2018 Nissan Rogue for a test drive, contact us at South County Nissan.
*2018 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 26 city / 33 highway (Front-Wheel Drive), 25 city / 32 highway (All-Wheel Drive). Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.
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