Childre Nissan Compares 2020 Nissan Rogue VS 2019 Toyota Rav4 Near Macon, GA

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2020 Nissan Rogue

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2019 Toyota Rav4

Safety Comparison

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 104 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rav4 was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue third among compact SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Rav4 isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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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 much shorter than the Rav4:

Rogue

Rav4

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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 available 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

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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.

The Rogue SV AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Rav4 Limited pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rogue SV AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rav4 Limited (28 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Rogue has 6.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 (105.8 vs. 98.9).

The Rogue has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and 4.4 inches more rear hip room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume than the Rav4 with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 37.6 cubic feet).

The Rogue’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Rav4’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Rogue’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Rav4’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

The Rogue has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rav4 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Rav4 because typical repairs cost less on the Rogue than the Rav4, including $22 less for front brake pads, $86 less for a starter, $80 less for a fuel pump and $149 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota Rav4, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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