2017 Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan Rogue

July 21st, 2017 by
2017 Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan Rogue

A compact SUV is perfect for you, if you’re looking for a car that is bigger than your sedan but not quite like having a steering wheel on a mammoth. The 2017 Toyota Rav4 and the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport fit the bill and offer some awesome extras as well. But which small SUV is best for you? Let’s check them out.

2017 Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan Rogue

Interior Space

Space is one of the biggest factors in buying a car. If it wasn’t, we would all be driving the smallest, cheapest, more fuel efficient cars possible. The Rogue Sport gives you the option of folding down the back row to create more cargo room for when you have to bring all the bag of soccer balls, the folding nets, and all the snacks for your kid’s soccer team. The Rogue Sport provides 20 cubic feet with the second row up and 53.3 cubic feet with it folded down.

The RAV4, because it is longer overall, gives you 38.4 cubic feet behind the second row and a whopping 73.4 cubic feet of total cargo space. So when you are a little too prepared for that weekend trip and you need multiple suitcases, and the presents for your nephew’s birthday, you’ll have the room you need. In addition to the extra cargo room, the RAV4 also gives you some extra legroom in the back seat.

Fuel Efficiency

Once you get your over-prepared self packed and on the road for your trip, you want to spend as little as you can on gas. The RAV4 gives you an average of 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. While that’s not as good as a sedan, it’s about twice as good as some of the larger SUVs. That gives the RAV4 a respectable average of 25 mpg.

Perhaps surprisingly, the Rogue Sport beats those impressive numbers. Because of its smaller body size, the Rogue Sport has a fuel efficiency of 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. That puts the Nissan’s average at 28 mpg. This is going to save you an average of about $150 annually. So, if you can fit all your stuff in there, the Rogue Sport will give you better gas mileage.


While you’re on your road trip, bringing all your stuff, you want to be confident that you and your nephew’s new lego table are safe. The Rogue Sport has some great feature that will help put you at ease. The Nissan’s Cross Traffic Alert and Moving Object Detection will let you know if there’s a car speeding through behind you in the parking lot or if there someone’s walking so you can avoid that. This and the Forward Emergency Braking will help you feel safe.

The RAV4 also has Rear Cross Traffic alert and Smart Stop Technology to help apply the brakes when you the car in front of you stops short. The thing that puts the RAV4 in the lead in this category is its Lane Departure Assist. The car uses the common road markers to see whether you are staying in your lane. If you do happen to be drifting, your Toyota will help move you back into your lane, keeping you and everyone else safe.


Owning a car comes with more cost than just the car payment and gas. The plus to getting a new car is that some of those costs are negated because it’s less likely to have something go wrong. The Rogue Sport comes with the standard 3 year/36,000 mile factory warrantee. So if anything breaks, Nissan will fix it for you.

The 2017 Toyota RAV4 also has the standard 3 year/36,000 mile warranty, but Toyota buyers get the added perk of ToyotaCare. ToyotaCare is a package that lets you have your routine maintenance done by Toyota without charge for the first 2 years or 25,000 miles you have your car. Where the Nissan will save you some money at the pump, the Toyota saves you money at the shop.

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2017 Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan Rogue

Both the Nissan Rogue Sport and the Toyota RAV4 are heavy hitters, both in sales and in performance–you probably won’t go wrong with either. But you want more than just to not go wrong–you want to make the best possible decision when you’re buying a vehicle. In our head-to-head comparison, the RAV4 clearly edges ahead of the Rogue Sport, making it the right choice for you.

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