Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Rogue Select VS 2015 Toyota Rav4 Near Warner Robins, GA

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2015 Nissan Rogue Select

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2015 Toyota Rav4

Safety Comparison

The Rogue SL offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Rav4 doesn't offer a collision warning system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Rogue AWD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Rav4 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Rogue (except S) offers an optional Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Rav4 only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Rogue and the Rav4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Rav4:

Rogue

Rav4

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

185

283

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

61 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

3 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.9/.2 kN

2.89/.96 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.46/.37

1.29/.38

Tibia forces R/L

1.3/.6 kN

4.8/2 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Toyota Rav4:

Rogue

Rav4

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

193

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

142

265

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

15 inches

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

784 lbs.

983 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 48 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rav4 is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2014.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue gets better fuel mileage than the Rav4:

Rogue

Rav4

2WD

2.4 4 cyl./CVT

26 city/33 hwy

24 city/31 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

2.4 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/32 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Rogue’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

Rogue

Rav4 LE

Rav4 XLE/Limited

Front Rotors

11.84 inches

10.8 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.68 inches

11.2 inches

11.2 inches

The Rogue’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Rav4 are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops shorter than the Rav4:

Rogue

Rav4

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Rogue has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Rav4 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires optional on the Rogue can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Rav4 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Rogue has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Rav4 (106.5 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Rav4.

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 (7.6 vs. 6.3 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Rav4 can only carry 5.

The Rogue has 24.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 (126.5 vs. 101.9).

The Rogue has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear legroom, 3.2 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue’s cargo area provides more volume than the Rav4.

Rogue

Rav4

Third Seat Removed

39.3 cubic feet

38.4 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Rogue’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Rav4’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

If the windows are left down on the Rogue the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Rav4 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Rogue’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Rogue’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Rav4’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Both the Rogue and the Rav4 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Rav4 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Rogue won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue. The Toyota Rav4 didn't win any award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rav4 isn’t in the top three.

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