The 2021 Nissan Rogue Review Just Killed the 2021 Toyota Rav4 Review on Consumer Reports

Last year, Nissan was urging customers to test drive the 2021 Toyota Rav4 alongside the 2021 Nissan Rogue. This seemed like a pretty bold strategy, but maybe it wasn’t bold; it was just confident. After concluding the 2021 Nissan Rogue review on Consumer Reports, the 2021 Toyota Rav4 review didn’t shine quite as brightly. 

A blue 2021 Nissan Rogue parked in a suburban driveway with a basketball hoop
2021 Nissan Rogue | Nissan Motor Corporation

Is the 2021 Nissan Rogue a good car? 

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is the first refreshed model since 2014. That alone is exciting news. Consumer Reports gave the new Rogue an overall score of 76/100. While this isn’t the best score ever, it did land the Rogue tied in seventh place with the 2021 Hyundai Tucson

A 181-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers the 2021 Nissan Rogue. This power plant won’t be winning many drag races but seems fairly reliable based on previous models and returns an average of 25 mpg. 

Like the 2021 Toyota Rav4 review, the 2021 Nissan Rogue review showed a firm ride that left the CR testers with a sense of a lack of refinement. Overall the cabin keeps most road and wind noise at bay. However, the little four-cylinder can get noisy and annoying in the higher rev range. 

Is the 2021 Toyota Rav4 a good car? 

A ruby red 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited | Toyota

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The 2021 Toyota Rav4 is a model that has been around for a long time with plenty of fans to keep its popularity alive. However, Consumer Reports gave it an overall rating of 69/100. 

The same kinds of issues that plague other Toyota SUVs on Consumer Reports continue to plague the Rav4. The 2021 Toyota Rav4 review shows that overall it is mechanically sound, but it doesn’t have the same refinement and feeling of quality that many of its competitors do. 

Consumer Reports didn’t have many bad things to say about the 203-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. However, they point out how much better the hybrid version is, which uses the same engine. The plain 2.5-liter with no electronic help gets an average of 27 mpg. 

Which has the best interior? 

2021 Nissan Rogue interior side view. The 2021 Nissan Rogue review shows a nicer interior than the 2021 Toyota Rav4 review showed.
2021 Nissan Rogue interior | Nissan

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The updated Nissan Rogue has definitely seen a step up in the interior department. CR makes this point by saying the new cabin made one of their testers ask, “Is this a Nissan?” The SV trim Rogue tester was covered with a two-tone black/dark brown interior, features plenty of padded areas with fancy stitching, and a leather steering wheel. 

There are also plenty of small details that add an upscale vibe, like brushed aluminum trim pieces, gloss black around the steering wheel. All these touches really add up, especially at the Rogue’s $33,000 as-tested price.

On the other hand, the 2021 Toyota Rav4 interior feels cheap and plain. The Nissan Rogue uses a mix of soft and plastic materials; the Rav4 overuses hard plastics making the cabin far less inviting and comfortable. The CR testers even noticed gapped panels and trim pieces that felt more like an afterthought than a design choice. 

The 2021 Nissan Rogue costs less to boot

Not only is the recently refreshed 2021 Nissan Rogue an all-around better crossover, but it is also cheaper. The Rogue starts at $25,850 and tops out at $37,303. The 2021 Toyota Rav4, on the other hand, starts at $26,250 and tops out at $37,330. Admittedly, the prices are nearly identical, but the quality between the two crossovers is less so.