The Toyota RAV4 is completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. Highlights of the new design include greater ground clearance and a more aggressive exterior look. To compare, the Nissan Rogue is currently still in its second generation design for 2019. In this crossover SUV head-to-head comparison, we will compare the key differences between the 2019 RAV4 and the 2019 Rogue in important categories such as safety, performance, and reliability. Let’s begin.
All 2019 Toyota RAV4s come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0) suite of advanced safety features.
Toyota Safety Sense® 2.0 (TSS 2.0) includes driver assistance features such as Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (SWS), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Automatic High Beams (AHB).
The 2019 Rogue comes with some similar safety features such as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Intelligent Auto Headlights, but it misses out on Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Rogue also offers an Intelligent Cruise Control feature, but only on its higher-end SL trim.
When it comes to performance, the RAV4 takes the edge over the Rogue.
In terms of performance capability, the RAV4 offers considerably more horsepower and torque than the Rogue. RAV4 boasts 203 horsepower and 184 ft-lb. torque, whereas Rogue offers considerably less at 170 horsepower and 175 ft-lb. torque. Plus, the 2019 RAV4 LE (AWD) has a better EPA-estimated fuel economy at 27/34/30 (city/highway/combined) vs. Rogue S AWD’s EPA-estimated 26/33/29 (city/highway/combined).
Drivers of the RAV4 have more engine options to choose from, too, including the RAV4 Hybrid and the all-new RAV4 Adventure which helps drivers stay in control when exploring off-road with standard features such as Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (TV-AWD).
To top off the performance benefits of the 2019 Toyota RAV4, it also has a higher ground clearance, lighter weight, and tighter turning radius than the Rogue. With these performance benefits in mind, it’s clear why RAV4 outperforms Rogue.
Toyota vehicles are known for reliability. In fact, Toyota was named Kelley Blue Book®’s Best Resale Value Brand for 2017, 2018, and 2019.
As Toyota’s best selling vehicle of 2018, the RAV4 is a shining example of that driving confidence. For further peace of mind, all leases and purchases of new Toyota vehicles receive free 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years/unlimited miles plus no-cost scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles with ToyotaCare.
To receive a similar level of care for the 2019 Rogue, drivers would need to pay for an extra-cost Nissan maintenance plan. Nissan’s maintenance plan offers fewer services than Toyota’s, does not include any towing, and covers the vehicle for 3-year/36,000-miles.
The 2019 RAV4 delivers better fuel economy and functional performance compared to the Rogue. With greater horsepower and torque, and more engine and drivetrain options, RAV4 stays ahead of its competition. Plus, RAV4 has a little something for everyone: it is available in a Hybrid model as well as an all-new Adventure trim for off-road fun.
RAV4 offers more standard features than Rogue, too. The newly-redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 has a 120V/100W deck-mounted power outlet to keep your devices charged, and heated and ventilated front seats to help keep you comfortable. No trim of the 2019 Rogue comes with heated and ventilated seats, and heated seats alone can only be found in Rogue S or higher models. Rogue also does not have a 120V/100W deck-mounted power outlet, but does have three 12-volt DC power outlets throughout the vehicle.
In terms of safety, reliability, and performance, the RAV4 continues to stay ahead of its competition. TSS 2.0 comes standard on the 2019 RAV4 which includes new features such as Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and Road Sign Assist (RSA). TSS 2.0 offers considerably more functionality than Rogue’s standard safety equipment which is highlighted by its Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection feature. For its added safety value, performance, reliability, and standard warranty, RAV4 takes a clear win in this crossover SUV head-to-head.