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2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4: Which Is Better?

  • The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is all-new, while the 2019 Nissan Rogue continues in its second generation.

  • The new RAV4 offers impressive standard safety technology and an attractive new design.

  • Both crossovers are available with all-wheel drive, making them versatile in bad road conditions.

Editor’s note: You may want to read more of Autotrader’s model vs. model comparison car reviews as well as the 2019 Nissan Rogue review, and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 review.

Compact crossovers have become a very popular segment. One of the oldest competitors in the small SUV game is the Toyota RAV4 and a more recent entry is the Nissan Rogue. In 2019, both models offer a strong value proposition combining versatility, efficiency and safety in an attractive, affordable package.

Both of these crossovers have a lot going for them, so let’s see which one is better.

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 exterior


The Rogue and the RAV4 are both modern-looking crossovers that look both classy and rugged. The Toyota RAV4 is all-new for 2019 and it has a very nice new look that can change pretty significantly as you work your way up the model range. For example, the rugged, outdoorsy Adventure trim looks quite different from the classy, high-end Limited model. See the 2019 Toyota RAV4 models for sale near you

The Nissan Rogue is a nice-looking crossover as well, but its aesthetic is starting to look a little stale having been on the road for several years without any major changes. It’s certainly not bad-looking, but it doesn’t look as modern as the all-new 2019 RAV4.

Both of these SUVs fall in line with the rest of the compact crossover segment in terms of sizing, but the 2019 Rogue is a few inches longer than the RAV4. See the 2019 Nissan Rogue models for sale near you

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 interior


Much like the exteriors of these crossovers, they’re both nice on the inside, but the Toyota RAV4 is nicer thanks to its big update for 2019. The new Toyota has a very smartly designed interior that feels a lot more premium than you might expect from such a modestly priced SUV. The Rogue’s interior design looks a little dated, but it’s still very functional and comfortable.

Both crossovers have interiors that are roomy both in front and back, and they’re both toward the top of the class in terms of cargo space making them very versatile crossovers. Where the big differences come is in the interior design. Thanks to the 2019 update, we think the RAV4 has a nicer interior than the Rogue.

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 mechanicals


The Rogue and the RAV4 both come standard with front-wheel drive and have available all-wheel drive which improves traction and is nice to have when the weather gets bad. The Rogue has one conventional engine and one hybrid option available. As of this writing, the 2019 RAV4 only has one engine available, but we’ve been promised a new RAV4 Hybrid is coming in Spring of 2019.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Engine

  • 2.5-liter inline four; 203 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque; 26 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg on the highway

2019 Nissan Rogue Engines

  • 2.5-liter inline four; 170 hp, 175 lb-ft of torque; 26 mpg city/33 mpg hwy

  • 2.0-liter hybrid inline four; 176 hp, 144 lb-ft of torque; 33 mpg city/35 mpg hwy

In terms of conventional engines, the new RAV4 has a big advantage over the Rogue with much better performance and slightly better fuel economy. However, the efficient Rogue Hybrid is available right now and we have to wait a little longer for the RAV4 Hybrid to come out.

If you’re not planning on springing for a hybrid, the RAV4 is a better crossover mechanically since it offers better performance while also being better on gas.

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 technology


The Rogue and the RAV4 come with pretty user-friendly infotainment systems, but only one has a certain connectivity feature that’s important to a lot of drivers. The Nissan and the Toyota both come standard with Apple CarPlay, but only the Rogue also comes with Android Auto.

As for safety tech, every 2019 RAV4 comes with Toyota’s impressive Safety Sense 2.0 driver assistance tech suite. TSS 2.0 comes with a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-tracing assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams and road sign detection.

The Rogue has a lot of similar safety tech features, but they don’t all come standard as they do on the RAV4. Available tech in the Rogue includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and high-beam assist.

The RAV4 is better for standard safety tech, but the Rogue is better for connectivity tech.

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 pricing


We’ve gone over a lot of advantages that the new RAV4 has over the Rogue, but one category in which the Rogue is a winner is price. The Rogue has a starting MSRP of $24,920 and the RAV4 starts at $25,500. The Rogue is the more affordable SUV, but with the RAV4 only costing a little more, it’s arguably a better value considering all of the standard equipment it comes with.

On the high end, the RAV4 continues to be more expensive than the Rogue. The top-end Rogue SL starts at $31,390 and the range-topping RAV4 Limited will set you back at least $33,500. As for the Rogue Hybrid, that efficient crossover starts at $27,600.

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Toyota RAV4 conclusion


The all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a winner. Between its new look inside and out, impressive safety tech and an excellent engine, we think the RAV is a better compact crossover than the Rogue. That said, the Nissan has a lot going for it and it’s aging well despite not having any big updates in a while. Find a Nissan Rogue for sale or Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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  1. Very helpful article. I was set on the Rogue but after reading this article and by chance speaking with my sister (who recommended the Rav), I have some 

    serious thinking to do!

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