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2015 Nissan Rogue vs. 2015 Toyota RAV4 Review

Comparison Review

Introduction
The compact crossover segment is crowded and competitive, and we examine two of the most prominent contenders, the 2015 Nissan Rogue and the 2015 Toyota RAV4.

Performance/Fuel Economy
Both models only offer one engine and they are the same size, 2.5-liter four-cylinders. In the Rogue it makes 170-hp, while in the RAV4 there is slightly more power with 176-hp.  There are differences though when it comes to transmission options: the Rogue opts for a CVT, while the RAV4 features a more traditional six-speed automatic. This is perhaps why the Rogue has better fuel economy, at 26/33 mpg city/highway which beats the RAV4's 24/31 mpg. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional on both models.

Interior Features
Though the Rogue has a starting price about $900 lower than that of the RAV4, both offer very similar standard features including Bluetooth connectivity, touchscreen audio systems, USB port, and air conditioning. Each also offers navigation, automatic climate control, and leather upholstery on higher trim levels. Features are pretty much a tie.

Comfort/Utility
These two are also evenly matched when it comes to cargo volume, with the Rogue offering 39.3 cubic feet behind the second row, which slightly bests the RAV4's 38.4 cu. ft., but for all intents and purposes, they fit the same stuff. They also have similar second row leg room, but the Rogue does offer one feature that is missing on the RAV4: an optional third-row, which expands seating capacity to seven. The Rogue's third-row isn't big, but it will do in a pinch for adults and you can fit kids back there without much of a problem.

Safety
Both vehicles earned Top Safety Pick awards from the IIHS, but the RAV4 did beat the Rogue on NHTSA crash tests getting five overall stars vs. four stars for the Nissan. The RAV4 also offers two additional standard airbags, front knee airbags for the driver and passenger. Available safety technology is a draw, but there is one feature the Rogue offers that the RAV4 lacks: an Around View monitor for safer maneuvering in tight spaces.

Conclusion
The 2015 Rogue offers better value, more flexibility with its optional third-row, and better fuel economy. But if safety is of paramount concern for you, the RAV4 is the slightly safer vehicle of the two. We lean Rogue, but if you prefer they styling and safety of the RAV4 (as well as better resale value) a case could be made for it as well.

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2015 Nissan
Rogue

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MSRP*: $22,790 - $29,630

2015 Toyota
RAV4

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MSRP*: $23,680 - $29,850
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $750
Low APR Loan: -- As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- As low as 0.48%
City MPG: 25 - 26 22 - 24
Highway MPG: 32 - 33 29 - 31
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 7 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
NHTSA Safety Information

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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
NHTSA Safety Information

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Invoice*: $21,413 - $28,042 $22,142 - $27,910

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