When it comes to family-friendly compact SUVs, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue are big contenders in the market. Both crossovers are excellent choices, each with their own features and driving experience. If you're looking for a vehicle that's dependable, comfortable, and full of exciting tech features to keep the kids engaged, we'd put our money on the RAV4 any day of the week! Sure, here at Vernon Toyota, we may be a little biased. But truthfully speaking, the facts don't lie. With impressive fuel efficiency, a suite of standard connectivity specs, advanced safety features, and numerous trim levels to choose from, the RAV4 does a lot to show up the Rogue. Read on to learn more about what makes the RAV4 come out on top!
The RAV4 offers excellent fuel economy in both the gas and hybrid model. The gas model drips a mere 8.8 /6.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (city/highway), while the Rogue can only manage 8.9 L/100 km in the city and 7.0 on the highway. In the RAV4 Hybrid with its standard Electronic On-Demand AWD, the fuel efficiency is almost unheard of for an SUV at just 5.8/6.3 L/100 km (city/highway). The Rogue, unfortunately, still doesn't offer a hybrid engine.
If you’re looking for a powerful adventure with the family, the RAV4 won't disappoint in that arena either. Under the hood of the RAV4 is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that makes 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Rogue only runs 181 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque.
Safety is key when it comes to Toyota, and the RAV4 is no exception. Every 2021 RAV4 comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which includes a suite of advanced active safety features like:
While the Rogue has many comparable safety features, several are not available on the base model. In addition, the Rogue fails to offer advanced active safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection or Road Sign Assist.
If you're planning on embarking on a weekend getaway with the family, you'll love how comfortable the RAV4 will make the journey! While both crossover SUVs have a suite of infotainment specs, the RAV4 has more media features that come standard than the Nissan Rogue, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa connectivity. You can also stream your favourite music via Bluetooth wireless technology, plus enjoy SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 3-month subscription. Rogue offers some of the same; however, wireless Apple CarPlay integration only comes standard on the pricey Rogue Platinum, while Amazon Alexa connectivity fails to make an appearance on any trim level.
With up to 9 outstanding trim levels to choose from, the possibilities and upgrades are endless. RAV4 trims include the front-wheel-drive LE and the same version with all-wheel traction. You’ll then find the XLE, which also offers both drive configurations and can be equipped with a Premium package that adds leather seating, an upgraded infotainment system, and larger wheels when you go for AWD. The Trail model can be upgraded with the flashy and functional TRD Off-Road package if you don’t decide to go for the fully loaded Limited trim. The LE, XLE, and Limited all come hybrid. The Rogue basically only offers two different trims that are each available in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. Again, still no hybrids!
In true Toyota fashion, the reliability, capabilities and value of the RAV4 are virtually unmatched! Does the RAV4 check off everything on your checklist? Packed with powerful performance, innovative Connected Services, plus all the best-in-class features you'll find from Toyota Safety Sense, the RAV4 shows up the Nissan Rogue in almost every major category.
With nine trims to test drive, give us a call today or come pay us a visit! Any one of our friendly team of professionals will be eager to introduce you to Canada’s best-selling SUV - the RAV4!