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2020 Nissan Rogue vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4: Which Is Better?

The 2020 Nissan Rogue and 2020 Toyota RAV4 are mainstays in the compact SUV segment for their respective makes. Let’s see how these two crossovers compare.

Quick Facts

  • This is the last model year of the Rogue’s current generation
  • The Toyota RAV4 is bolder looking thanks to its 2019 redesign

2020 Nissan Rogue

2020 Nissan Rogue

Base Price: $26,395 / Read our 2020 Nissan Rogue Review

What we like: Comfortable package, good cargo space, standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, affordable price

What we would change: CVT not as responsive as conventional transmission, dated looks, needs better off-road ability

Overview: The Nissan Rogue is a mainstay in the compact SUV market and offers plenty of value to those looking for family transport. Even though the design is dated, the Rogue still has clean styling and a roomy cabin that carries five in comfort. There’s only one powertrain available, a previous hybrid has been dropped from the line.

What’s new for 2020: The Rogue is a carryover model for 2020. The big change comes for the 2021 model year when an all-new model bows with much bolder styling.

Features and technology:  The 2020 Nissan Rogue remains available in three trims: S, SV, and SL. The least-expensive Rogue S includes a 6-way manual-adjust driver’s seat, cruise control, and keyless entry. Standard safety systems include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beam assist.

Standard infotainment includes a 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a 4-speaker audio system with USB ports. If you’re a fan of CDs, the Rogue also retains a CD player, unlike its newer competitors.

What does the future hold: Nissan is set to launch a new Rogue for 2021. We expect it to return with similar S, SV and SL trim levels along with a Platinum range-topping model. Power will still come from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, tuned to produce 181 horsepower, or about a 10-percent bump. The Nissan Rogue will continue to use front-drive with available AWD and it retains it continuously variable transmission (CVT). See the 2020 Nissan Rogue models for sale near you

2020 Toyota RAV4

Base Price: $27,070/ Read our 2020 Toyota RAV4 Review

What we like: Rugged good looks, wide variety of trims including off-road-oriented Adventure and TRD Pro, hybrid availability

What we would change: Less noisy cabin, add leather seating, make navigation available in lower trims

Overview: The Toyota RAV4 has evolved into one of the benchmarks among compact SUVs. It has bold, SUV styling, plenty of trims to choose from as well as an enviable reputation of quality, reliability and resale value. Toyota has been slow to integrate Android Auto but has rectified that oversight. RAV4 also gives you the choice of front- or AWD, non-hybrid or hybrid with standard AWD.

What’s new for 2020: Toyota added Android Auto to complement its Apple CarPlay compatibility. Also, some equipment changes were made to various trim levels and packages including the addition of power driver’s seat to the XLE trim. Also added was the TRD Pro package which takes the Adventure trim’s off-road prowess a step further.

Features and technology: All non-hybrid 2020 Toyota RAV4s come with a 2.5-liter, 203-horsepower engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive (FWD). All RAV4s come with eight airbags, plus Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which includes adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, lane-departure warning with steering assist, road-sign assist, and lane-tracing assist.

The base LE model comes with 17-inch steel wheels, LED headlights and taillights, and automatic high beams.

What does the future hold: The big news is the addition of a plug-in hybrid in the RAV4 Prime. This model offers 42 miles of pure electric range, is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, and comes with standard AWD. See 2020 Toyota RAV4 models for sale near you

Rogue vs. RAV4: Strengths comparison

Nissan Rogue Benefits: Lower base price, understated styling, larger passenger and cargo compartments

Toyota RAV4 Benefits: Wider choice of models and trims including hybrid options, reputation for quality and reliability, strong resale value

Rogue vs. RAV4: Which is better?

The Nissan Rogue is a time-tested competitor in the compact SUV segment and offers plenty of room and comfort at an affordable price. However, the Toyota RAV4 has a lot more going for it starting with bolder styling and a wider model range. In particular, RAV4 serves those looking to go off-road with its Adventure and TRD Pro packages as well as seekers of hybrid alternatives. The fresher looks, Toyota’s reputation for quality, reliability and resale all contribute to make the RAV4 the logical choice. Find a Nissan Rogue for sale or Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale

2020 Nissan Rogue 2020 Toyota RAV4
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.5-liter I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 170 hp @ 6,000 rpm 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Torque 175 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission Continuously variable Automatic, 8-Spd
Fuel Economy 29 mpg (26 city/33 hwy) 30 mpg (26 city/35 hwy)
Also Available 2.5-liter I4 + electric motors
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 4 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 106.5 inches 105.9 inches
Overall Length 184.5 inches 180.9 inches
Width 72.4 inches 73.0 inches
Height 68.0 inches 67.0 inches
Turning Diameter 37.6 feet 36.1 feet
Headroom, Front 41.6 inches 37.7 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.5 inches 39.5 inches
Legroom, Front 43.0 inches 41.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 37.9 inches 37.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.6 inches 57.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.9 inches 56.4 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.8 cu. ft. 98.9 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 70.0 cu. ft. 69.8 cu.ft.

Matt DeLorenzo
Matt DeLorenzo
Matt DeLorenzo is an author who specializes in writing news, advice, and car reviews. A member of the North American Car of the Year jury, he has spent more than four decades covering the auto industry and has held key posts at industry and consumer publications including Automotive News, AutoWeek, and Road & Track. He is also an author of automotive books including Modern Chrysler Concept... Read More about Matt DeLorenzo

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