Compact SUVs may seem to be a dime-a-dozen these days, but there are two competitors – the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and the 2021 Nissan Rogue – that manage to stand out from the crowd. These SUVs offer lots of features, fuel efficiency, and space, but is there one that is better than the other? Compare the 2021 Toyota RAV4 and the 2021 Nissan Rogue to find out.
Sometimes, the numbers and the road performance don’t quite match – but that is not the case with the 2021 RAV4 and the 2021 Rogue. The RAV4 runs on a 2.5-liter that offers 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2021 Rogue also has a 2.5-liter engine, but it only manages 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). There’s an undeniable pep that a genuine automatic transmission offers over a CVT, and the extra horsepower and torque certainly don’t hurt. The RAV4 and the Rogue have nearly identical fuel efficiency estimates, though the RAV4 also offers a regular hybrid and a plug-in hybrid for even greater fuel efficiency.
Ever since the RAV4 came out decades ago, it has been hailed as a beast on and off-road, and the 2021 model is no different. While the Rouge certainly offers a fine ride around town, you won’t want to take it on your weekend trail adventures – that’s best left to the RAV4.
In recent years, both Toyota and Nissan have become well known for offering an abundance of standard features for an affordable price. Both SUVs come standard with touchscreens, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto. However, the base trim of the RAV4 also comes with Amazon Alexa and a six-speaker stereo to the Rogue’s four-speaker stereo.
These SUVs are remarkably close in their interior measurements, with the RAV4 leading for front shoulder room, front hip room, second headroom, second shoulder room, and more cargo space behind the first row.
You’ll feel safe cruising around Killeen in the 2021 RAV4 or Rogue as both SUVs come standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection. However, the RAV4 does have an edge by offering lane trace assist, lane keep assist, adaptive and traffic sign assist as standard features when the Rogue keeps these as upgrade-only features.
It’s hard to beat the 2021 RAV4 because it is such a well-rounded, powerful, versatile SUV. If you’re ready to tackle whatever lies ahead in a 2021 RAV4, you’re in luck. This popular Toyota SUV is in stock here at Toyota of Killeen, so check out our inventory today. When it’s time for a test drive, visit us at the dealership and see for yourself how fun it is to drive a 2021 RAV4.