Specs at a Glance

2018 Nissan Rogue

2018 Nissan Rogue

MPG (city/hwy)

  26 / 33 *

Satellite Radio

  Standard


2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota RAV4

MPG (city/hwy)

  23 / 30

Satellite Radio

  Not available on all trims

2018 Nissan Rogue vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

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Compact crossovers start with the most attractive elements of SUVs like high clearance and an infinitely reconfigurable interior, combine them with the super-safe unibody construction of automobiles, and scale the whole package to a manageable size that’s nimble in both traffic and parking lots. Two top contenders in this category are the 2018 Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4. Check out the following factors to see which best meets the goals of a compact crossover.

Spaciousness

Although both crossovers are considered compact, this is no reason to deny occupants some decent breathing room. Overall, the 2018 Nissan Rogue provides 105.8 cubic feet of space while the RAV4 cuts things off at 101.9 cubic feet. This translates into nearly two extra inches overhead for Rogue front passengers at 41.6 inches instead of the 39.8 inches in the Toyota RAV4. The same advantages can be found with front legroom with the Rogue supplying 43 inches over the RAV4’s 42.6 inches. The RAV4 does get the upper hand with 38.9 inches of second-tier headroom while the Rogue is less than a half-inch away with 38.5 inches. This lead quickly disappears for rear legroom with the Rogue bestowing 37.9 inches while the RAV4 is limited to 37.2 inches. It’s the same with regards to merchandise space. Cargo space behind the second row is a mere 38.4 cubic feet in the RAV4 but grows to 39.3 cubic feet in the 2018 Nissan Rogue.

Features

In the realm of electronic amenities, both the 2018 Rogue and 2018 RAV4 offer a 7-inch touchscreen to handle infotainment chores. The trouble is that the RAV4 only makes this available in its top-level Limited and Platinum models. In the more affordable models, drivers have to make due with a 6.1-inch control panel. All Rogue models, though, are equipped with this enjoyable addition. As far as accessing popular apps with the touchscreen goes, both the Rogue and the RAV4 are supplied with Bluetooth compatibility but part company concerning Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2018 Rogue has access to both in all its models while the RAV4 doesn’t offer either one. When it’s time to access these apps, Rogue SL owners can do so from the comfort of leather-trimmed seats. None of the RAV4 models have this option available.

Performance

With similar sized crossovers, it’s no surprise that Nissan and Toyota equipped their vehicles with similar engines that produce just the right amount of power for the job. Both contain a 2.5-liter inline-4 block that outputs 170 horsepower in the case of the Rogue while the RAV4 creates a slightly higher level of 176 horsepower. On the other hand, the 2018 Nissan Rogue offers 175 lb-ft of torque instead of 172 lb-ft found in the RAV4. The critical difference between the two, though, is in mileage. The Rogue performs significantly better with 26mpg city and 33mpg highway thanks, in part, to its inclusion of a continuously variable transmission or CVT instead of the 6-speed automatic transmission found in the 2018 RAV4 that restricts mileage to an only 23mpg city and 30mpg highway.

When a manufacturer like Toyota builds a reputation for quality over the years, it serves as a challenge to rivals to try and top it. As this comparison shows, Nissan took up the challenge and came out ahead in the arena of compact crossovers. The 2018 Rogue has quite a few strengths over the competition so come out to our dealership today and experience those strengths in person.


Fuel economy based on 2018 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2018 Rogue® FWD. 2018 fuel economy of 26 city MPG or 33 highway MPG or 29 combined MPG estimate
Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.