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In the mid-size SUV world, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 is the unrivaled champion. But a new contender, the updated 2021 Nissan Rogue, just entered the ring. The Toyota RAV4 might be a little worried because the Nissan Rogue provides a value-packed punch. 

The 2021 Nissan Rogue vs. the 2021 Toyota RAV4 

A blue 2021 Nissan Rogue driving on the road
2021 Nissan Rogue | Nissan

According to Motor Trend, you should choose the 2021 Nissan Rogue over the 2021 Toyota RAV4. To put things simply, the Nissan Rogue includes more value and is a better well-rounded option for the price. 

You can get started in a Nissan Rogue for about $25,850, and the Toyota RAV4 begins at around $26,350. But the Motor Trend team has the Rogue SL AWD for $36,705 and the RAV4 Limited AWD for $40,351. The Rogue provides a lot more value despite being about $4,000 cheaper. 

Does the Rogue or RAV4 have a better interior? 

Despite making its debut in 2019, the Toyota RAV4 still has a modern and elegant interior. Toyota provided tons of attention to detail to deliver convenience and an upscale feel with soft-touch materials and chrome accents. 

But the 2021 Toyota RAV4 feels rugged, and this may not be a positive feature for everyone. There is rubbery, grippy material on the doors and center-stack knobs. This could provide a lower sense of quality. 

The 2021 Nissan Rogue kicks things up a notch with a blend of convenience and luxury. The soft-touch materials and plush supportive seats are incredibly comfortable. The wide-opening rear doors make entry, exiting, and installing car seats easy. 

With the Rogue, you’ll find a flexible cargo area with build-in dividers and a two-level cargo floor for organizing your gears. Plus, there are controls in the rear to automatically fold the seats down. 

Does the RAV4 or Rogue provide more features? 

A red 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited SUV
2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD comes with tons of goodies such as LED headlights, a power liftgate, a panoramic glass roof, wireless phone charging, an 11-speaker upgraded sound system, 360-degree camera, and heated and ventilated seats. But the power passenger seat is missing. 

With the 2021 Nissan Rogue SL AWD, you get a panoramic moonroof, a 360-degrees camera, and that power passenger seat. You also get rear-seat climate controls and a 9-inch infotainment system. The RAV4 comes with an 8-inch unit. 

For an extra $1,000, you can gain the Rogue Platinum trim. It’s still less than the RAV4 and includes quilted leather seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a few more convenience features. 

The RAV4 may have a noisier interior, but the Rogue may provide a firmer ride. Both SUVs are incredibly similar in terms of space, acceleration, and fuel economy. Also, the RAV4 has safer crash test ratings across the board. 

We recommend test-driving both options to see which SUV better suits your personal needs. The Toyota RAV4 is currently the class-leading option, but the Nissan Rogue serves as an underdog that offers a little more customer convenience. The RAV4 should be watching its back as the competition catches up.


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