Since 1995, the Toyota RAV4 has been one of the top-selling crossover SUVs in the U.S. In fact, as of last year, 90% of all RAV4s purchased in the previous 10 years were still driving25. Clearly, Toyota’s reputation for reliability extends to the RAV4. The Rogue was released in 2007 and became Nissan’s third U.S. bestseller in 2008.
These days, the RAV4 offers five more trim options than the 2018 Nissan Rogue.
For starters, the 2018 RAV4 LE offers a lower starting MSRP12 than the 2018 Rogue S. Every 2018 RAV4 comes with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24 advanced safety features. No comparable standard package exists for the Rogue, though some Rogue trims do have some comparable features. Click through to the next section, which focuses on safety, for more information.
Also, Toyota includes ToyotaCare11 with the purchase or lease of any new Toyota vehicle, which is a no-cost scheduled maintenance plan that lasts two years or 25,000-miles, whichever comes first. ToyotaCare also comes with 24-hour roadside assistance 38 for two years and unlimited miles. Restrictions apply. See a Toyota dealer for details and exclusions.
For the 2018 Rogue, there is no standard no-cost maintenance plan, but its warranty does cover roadside assistance for three years or 36,000 miles.
The 2018 RAV4 earned a 5-Star NHTSA Overall Safety Rating26 and IIHS Top Safety Pick27 compared to the 2018 Nissan Rogue’s 4-Star NHTSA Overall Safety Rating and IIHS Top Safety Pick. The 2018 Rogue and the 2018 RAV4 both have eight airbags.
Included here is a brief overview of the features included in the 2018 RAV4’s advanced safety suite, Toyota Safety SenseTM (TSS-P)24:
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)20 alerts the driver, under certain conditions, if the vehicle begins to leave its lane. Steering Assist (SA) may make corrective steering inputs.
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)2322 helps to mitigate potential collisions with alerts. Brake Assist (BA)28 may apply additional braking force. If not applied, brakes may automatically activate.
Automatic High Beams (AHB)18 detect headlights and taillights of oncoming vehicles to toggle between high or low beams.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)19 is designed to maintain a preset distance from a preceding vehicle and automatically slow your vehicle to maintain the preset distance. Once the slower vehicle is no longer in your lane, the system will resume your preset speed.
Of these features, only the 2018 Rogue SL comes standard with a Lane Departure Alert (LDA) comparable feature and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. Yet, the 2018 Rogue SL has a starting MSRP of $31,180 which is over $6,000 more than the starting MSRP for a 2018 RAV4 LE which includes all of these safety features standard. All other Rogue trims do include Automatic Emergency Braking but without a Pedestrian Detection feature.
The 2018 RAV4 is all about adventure. Go all-in on the 2018 RAV4 Adventure grade, and the extra features will help you blaze the trail.
A Tow Prep Package upgrades the radiator of the RAV4, adds supplemental engine oil cooler and transmission fluid coolers, and enables towing up to 3,500 lbs. While the Rogue Midnight Edition does offer some comparable exterior features to the RAV4 Adventure, Nissan does not offer any Rogue grade as rugged as the Adventure.
The 2018 RAV4 Adventure features functional style additions including integrated fog lights with black accents, halogen projector-beam headlights with black bezels, 18-in. 5-spoke black alloy wheels, and an increased ride height that can help you clear even the roughest roads.
The 2018 Rogue Midnight Edition does include black exterior accents, roof rails and crossbars, but comes with smaller 17-in. Midnight Edition black alloy wheels.
Gaze up at a tapestry of stars with a power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade standard on all grades except for RAV4 LE and RAV4 LE Hybrid. The Nissan Rogue does not offer a moonroof for the 2018 Rogue S nor the 2018 Rogue Midnight Edition.
Every 2018 Toyota RAV4 and 2018 Nissan Rogue has 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, providing extra room for all of your gear. All Rogue trims also offer fold-down rear seating.
Available Bird's-eye View Camera29 and available parking sensors give you added functionality in your RAV4 or Rogue. Nissan’s comparable Intelligent Around View® Monitor is an upgrade option on Rogue Midnight Edition and higher grades, and it comes standard on Rogue SL models.
Toyota RAV4 SE and higher grades feature SofTex® leather-trimmed, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seats with power lumbar support, sport bolsters, and seatback pocket. 2018 Rogue Midnight Edition and higher grades also come with an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, and both vehicles come standard with a 4-way adjustable front passenger seat on all grades.
All grades above RAV4 LE come with leather-wrapped steering wheels. 2018 Rogue S can be upgraded to a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and it comes standard on all higher Rogue grades.
The 2018 RAV4 Platinum pumps up your next adventure with 11 JBL GreenEdge speakers. All other RAV4 grades come with six speakers standard. The 2018 RAV4 LE offers two more speakers than the comparable Rogue S which comes with four speakers.
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has more horsepower than the 2018 Nissan Rogue no matter which grade you choose for either vehicle.
Plus, if you go for a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid model, you’ll have 194 net system horsepower, which is 18 more net horsepower than on any 2018 Nissan Rogue Hybrid.
In terms of fuel economy, all Toyota RAV4 Hybrid trims have an EPA-estimated 34 city MPG30 and 30 highway MPG. 2018 Rogue Hybrid trims have EPA-estimated 33 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.
Even with the better EPA-estimated highway MPG ratings, there is no all-wheel drive Rogue Hybrid option whereas every 2018 RAV4 Hybrid has all-wheel drive.
No matter the 2018 RAV4 you choose, it will offer higher horsepower than any 2018 Nissan Rogue. When you choose a 2018 RAV4 Hybrid trim, you’ll have that optimal balance between performance and fuel efficiency that the Rogue just can’t beat.
The key advantages the 2018 Toyota RAV4 has over the Rogue in this 2018 RAV4 vs. Rogue comparison are the 2018 RAV4’s lower starting price and the fact that the RAV4 has more horsepower than any new 2018 Rogue. Plus, when you consider the rugged Adventure grade and the refined RAV4 Platinum, Toyota offers more available RAV4 models to suit your lifestyle.
All RAV4 hybrid trims get better city mileage than the Rogue. Plus, the RAV4 Adventure’s bold exterior style is as functional as it is attractive.
Toyota’s strong reputation for reliability is recognized by awards like the IHS Longest-lasting Vehicles of any Full-Line Manufacturer in 201625.
With standard advanced safety features like Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24 and outstanding warranty features like ToyotaCare, the RAV4 has advantages that cost extra for other brands. Compare the 2018 RAV4 vs. the 2018 Rogue, and only the Toyota RAV4 offers the versatility, reliability, and style your next adventure demands.