2018 Nissan Rogue Vs. 2018 Toyota RAV4

black 2018 nissan rogue and blue 2018 toyota rav4 on split screen

When it comes to classes of vehicles, only the last fifteen years or so have seen the meteoric rise of a single class. You could argue that the 1980s and 1990s saw the minivan grow in popularity, but minivans were still always niche vehicles. The compact crossover class has taken over every manufacturer and every demographic, seeing manufacturers like Porsche and Lamborghini even wanting a piece of the pie. After all, this style of vehicle is rising through the ranks to become the favorite of individuals, couples, growing families, empty-nesters and more.

As this class has grown in popularity, it has been harder and harder for single models to stand out. The models that have weathered this storm of oversaturation the best are the ones that provide something unique – style, versatility and reliability being among the most popular reasons for drivers choosing one model over another. No model perfectly sums up this triad like the 2018 Nissan Rogue. Today, we’re seeing how the Rogue compares with the class veteran Toyota RAV4.

2018 Nissan Rogue


2018 Toyota RAV4

29 combined MPG Base model fuel economy 26 combined MPG
106.5 inches Wheelbase (longer = smoother ride) 104.7 inches
175 lb-ft. @ 4,000 rpm Torque 172 lb-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
43 inches / 37.9 inches Legroom (front / rear) 42.6 inches / 37.2 inches
41.6 inches Front headroom 39.8 inches
39.3 cubic feet Cargo volume (with all seats up) 38.4 cubic feet
$32,530 (SL AWD) Fully-loaded MSRP $36,250 (Platinum AWD)

Nissan Rogue Vs. Toyota RAV4 Features and Specs Comparison

In their 2018 iterations, the Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4 see a contest of details. It’s not uncommon for the Nissan Rogue to enjoy massive specs advantages or dimension advantages over its competition to the tune of 10% or more, but such is not the case with the RAV4. This speaks to the RAV4’s good engineering.

The deeper you dig, the more you realize it’s good, but it’s not great like the 2018 Nissan Rogue. The 2018 Nissan Rogue enjoys several small advantages that add up to a better overall experience.

For instance, the longer wheelbase and larger interior space give the 2018 Nissan Rogue a smoother and softer ride. While riding in the 2018 Nissan Rogue, you’ll feel the precise handling and smooth ride of a small car, but you’ll be surrounded by plenty of cargo and up to five passengers, all of whom are more comfortably seated in the Rogue than they would be in the RAV4.

Although the engines are similar with the amount of torque they put out, the 2018 Nissan Rogue bests the RAV4 by a not-insignificant 3 combined MPG. With the average American driving 260 miles a week, this means you’re saving over a gallon of gas every week by choosing the Rogue over the RAV4.

The 2018 Nissan Rogue is a marvel of automotive design, engineering and manufacturing. For more information on the 2018 Nissan Rogue or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!