Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport VS 2017 Toyota Rav4 Near Laredo, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

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2017 Toyota Rav4

Safety Comparison

The Rogue Sport SL has standard NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Rav4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Sport gets better fuel mileage than the Rav4:

 

 

Rogue Sport

Rav4

 

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

25 city/32 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

23 city/29 hwy

Limited 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

22 city/28 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Rogue Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

 

Rogue Sport

Rav4

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.2 inches

The Rogue Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Rav4 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Rogue Sport SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 Limited/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Rav4’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Rogue Sport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Rav4 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Rogue Sport has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For greater off-road capability the Rogue Sport has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 (7.4 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the Rogue Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Rogue Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Toyota Rav4.

The Rogue Sport is 11.1 inches shorter than the Rav4, making the Rogue Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue Sport has .2 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4.

The front step up height for the Rogue Sport is 1.4 inches lower than the Rav4 (17.1” vs. 18.5”).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Rogue Sport’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Rav4’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Rogue Sport’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

The Rogue Sport’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Rav4’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Rav4 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue Sport has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Rav4 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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