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The 2021 Nissan Rogue Has Nothing on the 2020 Toyota RAV4

The 2021 Nissan Rogue has a fresh new look and features to take on rivals like the 2020 Toyota RAV4. So, did the Nissan Rogue do enough to compete, or will it continue to sit on the sidelines? Let’s check out what it has to offer against the infamous Toyota RAV4. 

2021 Nissan Rogue vs. 2020 Toyota RAV4

You can get started in the new 2021 Nissan Rogue for about $25,650. This price is very competitive because the 2020 Toyota RAV4 starts at around $25,950, so that’s only about a $300 difference in price. 

2020 RAV4 TRD edition driving on dirt road
2020 RAV4 TRD | Toyota

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is a little better on gas compared to the 2020 model. It gets an estimated 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 gets an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Again, these numbers are frustratingly close to compare. But for a better fuel economy, you can check out the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or Prime Plug-in

2021 Nissan Rogue and 2020 Toyota RAV4 power 

The 2021 Nissan Rogue has the same 2.5-liter inline-4 engine as the 2020 model, only the horsepower and torque has been slightly increased. It provides 181 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which isn’t terrible or that great. Also, the Nissan Rogue can tow up to 1,350 lb, so only pull light trailers. 

red 2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue | Nissan

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The 2020 Toyota RAV4 has a standard 2.5-liter engine that provides 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. So, it has more power than the Nissan Rogue. It can also accelerate from 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds, providing a faster and sportier drive. When properly equipped, the RAV4 can tow between 1,500 to 3,500 lb. 

Both SUVs offer all-wheel drive. The Rogue has driving modes for off-road, snow, standard, eco, and sport. The RAV4 has a Multi-Terrain Select to maximize traction while driving through snow, mud, rock, or sand. 

According to Driving, The Toyota RAV4 also offers Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD with rear driveline disconnect. It can direct 50% of the torque to the rear wheels and distribute power to the right or left wheel to enhance control. This also helps save fuel. 

2021 Nissan Rogue and 2020 Toyota RAV4 Features 

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 is a bit taller and wider than the Nissan Rogue. While the 2021 Nissan rogue has more headroom and legroom in the front seats, the RAV4 has more shoulder width and leg space in the rear seats. 

2021 Nissan Rogue
2021 Nissan Rogue | Nissan

Both SUVs have an incredibly comfortable interior. The Toyota RAV4 has a more simple design but features more soft-touch materials for passenger convenience. The Nissan Rogue also offers leatherette seats on higher trim models. 

The Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4 are both safe too. Blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and more come standard with the Nissan Rogue. Dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high-beams, and road-sign assistance are also included with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system. 

A Lunar Rock 2021 Toyota RAV4 in a field with a mountainous backdrop
2021 Toyota RAV4 | J.D. Power

So, the 2021 Nissan Rogue didn’t do enough to compete against the 2020 Toyota RAV4. The Toyota RAV4 is still more powerful, better on fuel, better equipped for off-roading, and has more safety features available.