2020 RAV4 vs. Rogue Comparison

Crossovers have become a popular choice because they "cross" the comforts of a car with off-roading fun. Not only that, they offer more versatility with increased cargo volume and ground clearance. But not all small SUVs (SSUVs) are created equal.

The RAV4, introduced in 1995 for the 1996 model year, was the first compact crossover SUV in North America. Nissan did not debut the Rogue until 2007 at the North American International Auto Show.

The RAV4 offers Toyota reliability, towing capabilities, and off-road inspired trims. For the Rogue, drivers tend to list its exterior styling and Nissan’s warranty as positive features.

In this head to head, we'll compare the 2020 RAV4 to the Rogue in fuel economy, performance, and reliability. How will these two crossovers compete?

Let’s begin.

Publish Date: 06/26/2020

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Fuel Economy

The 2020 RAV4 LE takes the edge over the 2020 Rogue S in fuel economy. The base trim RAV4 LE FWD has an EPA-estimated 27/35/30 (city/hwy/comb). The base trim Rogue S has a lower MPG at an EPA-estimated 26/33/29 (city/hwy/comb).

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Fuel Economy

  • The base trim RAV4 LE has an EPA-estimated 27/35/30 (city/hwy/comb). The Rogue S has an EPA-estimated 26/33/29 (city/hwy/comb).
  • The RAV4 LE Hybrid AWD has an EPA-estimated 41/38/40 (city/hwy/comb).
  • The RAV4 also has four hybrid trims. The Rogue has none.
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Performance

When it comes to total horsepower performance, the RAV4 takes the lead over the Rogue in both gas and hybrid engine variants.

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Performance

  • The 2020 RAV4 LE comes standard with 203 net combined system horsepower. The 2020 Rogue S comes standard with 170 net combined system horsepower.
  • 2020 RAV4 hybrid trims deliver a net combined system horsepower of 219.
  • The Rogue does not offer a trim that's comparable with the RAV4 TRD Off-Road.
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Reliability

If you want that all-important combination of safety and reliability, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 has you covered.

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Reliability

  • The 2020 RAV4 earned a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS when equipped with specific headlights.
  • All leases and purchases of new Toyota vehicles receive ToyotaCare with Roadside Assistance.
  • Nissan only offers added-cost prepaid maintenance plans on the Rogue.
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Conclusion: RAV4 vs. Rogue

Drivers wanted a vehicle with the fuel efficiency of a car, but with the cargo space and ground clearance of a truck.

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Conclusion: RAV4 vs. Rogue

  • The 2020 RAV4 has four hybrid trims while the Rogue has none in North America.
  • The 2020 RAV4 leads the 2020 Rogue in their performance and fuel economy estimates.
  • The 2020 RAV4 is a Top Safety Pick award when equipped with specific headlights.
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