SUVs make excellent family vehicles. If you’re in the market for an affordable compact SUV, you may be comparing the 2014 Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4. These are both viable options worth your consideration, but which one is the best choice for your family? You be the judge.
2014 Nissan Rogue
The redesigned Nissan Rogue comes standard with a four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. The CVT helps the Rogue achieve excellent fuel efficiency for its class: 26/33 city/highway mpg. The comfortable ride is enhanced by strong brakes and well-weighted steering.
The new interior styling differs from years past. Soft-touch materials and padding make it very comfortable, not to mention the ergonomically designed seats featuring zero-gravity technology that make long drives a breeze. High-tech features include Bluetooth, rearview camera, hands-free texting, auxiliary audio jack and USB port. Optional add-ons include push-button start, navigation, dual-zone climate control and panoramic moon roof.
The Rogue is one of the few compact SUVs that seat up to seven passengers thanks to a flip-up third-row seat. However, some argue the seat is too small for most adults and even some children. Ample cargo space and the unique Divide-N-Hide cargo system are ideal for concealing items in the cargo area. Standard safety features include traction control, brake assist, child safety locks, daytime running lights, and turn signal mirrors. The most prized optional safety feature is Nissan’s Around View monitor, which combines four cameras to give the driver a comprehensive view around the vehicle, making it an invaluable tool while parking.
The Toyota RAV4 features a standard four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission with sufficient power and smooth shifting for daily driving. The RAV4 gets 24/31 city/highway mpg in two-wheel drive. When in all-wheel drive, fuel economy drops further to 22/29 city/highway mpg.
The stylish, modern interior is quite comfortable, though some interior plastics feel cheap. Cargo space is ample, and the optional power liftgate comes in handy. With no third row, passenger capacity is limited to five. Still, a bevy of standard features give the driver and front passenger plenty to keep them busy. These include Bluetooth, touch screen display, backup camera and USB port. Additional options include navigation, dual-zone climate control and push-button start.
The RAV4 ranked “good” in all highway safety categories except the Small Overlap Front Test, in which the vehicle ranked “poor.” Standard safety features include electronic stability control, brake assist, child safety locks, traction control and daytime running lights. Knee air bags are a unique safety feature not available in some competitors. Optional safety features include blind spot monitoring and lane departure alert, the latter of which is new for the 2014 model.
How They Compare
When picking between these two vehicles, it’s clear that they both offer certain advantages. However, the RAV4’s “poor” rating in one safety category is a concern for some families. The lower fuel economy is also a drawback. Plus, even if the Rogue’s third row is tight, it’s better than having no option at all for carrying more passengers, which is the case with the RAV4.
In the end, the Nissan Rogue is the overall winner. Still not convinced? Visit Cherry Hill Nissan and test drive one of our newly-stocked vehicles today.