Compare 2018 Nissan Rogue vs Toyota RAV4
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2018 Nissan Rogue vs 2018 Toyota RAV4
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SUVs have become the go-to family vehicle, today. Since its early years after its inception SUVs are known for its plenty interior space and off-road capabilities. But because of its bulky box-like design, the vehicle was also synonymous with rugged riding experience. The market clamored that their SUVs should have better handling and a sportier exterior. Thus, car manufacturers responded with the crossover SUV.
Instead of being built from a truck platform, car manufacturers decided to use the car platform to construct compact SUVs. This move improved the on-road handling and comfort, though it sacrificed a bit of its off-road capability. Today, crossover SUV is the fastest growing category in the US automotive market with more than 70 crossover models sold in the United States. Among them is the best-selling 2018 Nissan Rogue. The Rogue is a fuel-efficient crossover whose interior is roomy and comfortable. Among its fiercest competitor is the timeless Toyota RAV4.
When it comes to safety, the 2018 Nissan Rogue is packed with class-exclusive features that are not available on many of its rivals. Two of its exclusive standard features are the Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which eases reversing out of parking spots by detecting vehicles that may be approaching from either side. The other, the Blind Spot Warning, which helps you lane change better by giving you a visual cue and audio alert if there’s a vehicle in your blind spots. The Rogue also has standard moving object detection and easy-fill tire alert features. If you want to get similar features on other crossover models, you may have to pay extra. The RAV4, for example, has a Safety Sense feature which warns you of possible collisions and can identify crossing pedestrians.
With a recent refresh, the 2018 Nissan Rogue’s interior has been refined with a cleaner design. Aside from its few luxurious touches, the Rogue also comes with a standard infotainment system with smartphone-integrated features, which also has knobs (if you’re not a fan of the touchscreen). Its seats have just the right amount of headroom that is neither too low nor too high. The Rogue also comes with roomy third-row seats that can seat two adults or three children; which is quite rare in this class. Not to mention, the Rogue also has the best-in-class cargo room of 39.3 cubic feet. On the other end, the RAV4 may not have the better interior, but it makes up for it with its driving performance, quiet cabin and overall reliability.
One of the reasons you may be buying a smaller crossover SUV is to save some money on gas. The 2018 Nissan Rogue excels in this department, with a 33 MPG highway rating compared to the 2018 RAV4’s 30 MPG highway performance. The key to the Rogue’s impressive fuel efficiency is its ultra-aerodynamic design and a capable 2.5-Liter four-cylinder engine mated with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This combination eliminates most shifting issues and gives it a boost in handling, braking, acceleration, and steering. Meanwhile, the RAV4 uses the same engine concept but is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Eco mode.
To fully appreciate the overall performance and comfort of a compact crossover, why not take a closer look at the 2018 Nissan Rogue. You can schedule a test drive by contacting Crown Audi and see for yourself if the Rogue or the 2018 RAV4, suits your needs.
* Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only.