2018 Toyota RAV4


2018 Nissan Rogue

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Features & Specs

2018 Toyota RAV4

2018 Nissan Rogue

Engine power

176 horsepower

170 horsepower


6-speed shiftable automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Fuel capacity

15.9 gal.

14.5 gal.

Cargo Space

38.4 cu. ft.

32.0 cu. ft.

2018 Toyota RAV4 vs 2018 Nissan Rogue near Prince William, VA

Searching for the perfect crossover SUV can be a challenging process, one filled with too many options and not enough help in order to figure out which crossover SUV is best. That's where we come in! We are here to break down two of the top picks for the crossover segment. We're focusing on the 2018 Toyota RAV4 and the 2018 Nissan Rogue. These are both incredibly popular machines that you are likely to see pitted against each other very often. We are determined to compare them and discover which has the better features that are sure to win you over. To start, we are looking at what these SUVs have going for them for the 2018 model year. The Toyota RAV4 gains many new features, including a new trim level, called Adventure. There are also new package options, like the Cold Weather package, along with extra ground clearance for a few different models. The Nissan Rogue mostly just shuffles features around the different trim levels. They've also axed the power liftgate, making it no longer available with any trim. Other than that, this crossover hasn't changed much between model years. The Toyota RAV4 is off to a fast start, but can it maintain the early lead?

2018 Toyota RAV4 Power & Handling

The Toyota RAV4 gives you two powertrain options. It all starts with the base engine, the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, which produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. You'll find this engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, along with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The second engine is the same engine, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, paired with an electric motor. This engine and electric motor will get your around 194 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard with the hybrid model, along with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The fuel economy for the base engine is around 23/29 mpg, while the hybrid option will get you 34/30 mpg.

2018 Nissan Rogue Power & Handling

On the other side, the Nissan Rogue also comes with two engine options. The first is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, creating 175 pound-feet of torque and 170 horsepower. The fuel economy is around 26/33 mpg. The second engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, coupled with an electric motor. This engine has a peak output of 176 horsepower, with gasoline and electric combined. The fuel economy is around 31/34 mpg. Both engines work with Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission. You'll also be able to choose between front-wheel and all-wheel drive for both engine configurations. One thing that is important to note is the lack of power with the hybrid engine and even the base engine.

2018 Toyota RAV4 Features & Design

Six trim levels come with the 2018 RAV4. The base model is the LE, which comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, Toyota Safety Sense P, a 6-speaker sound system with a CD player, a height-adjustable driver seat, one USB port, a 60/40-split folding and reclining second-row seat, and Bluetooth. The new trim, called Adventure, adds a 120-volt household-style outlet, a leather-wrapped shift knob, all-weather floor mats, fender flares, a slightly raised suspension, and 16-inch black alloy wheels. You can also add the Cold Weather package. The highest option, called Platinum, comes with a heated steering wheel, a 360-degree parking camera, fancier exterior trim, a hands-free liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, and a package that gives you an 11-speaker JBL sound system.

2018 Nissan Rogue Features & Design

Only three trim levels are offered with the Nissan Rogue. The first of these is the S. This trim adds Siri Eyes Free iPhone control, cloth upholstery, cruise control, satellite radio, 16-inch steel wheels, 60/40-split folding rear seats that slide and recline, Bluetooth, a five-inch infotainment display, a 4-speaker CD player, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The second trim available is called SV. This trim comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, roof rails, a 6-speaker audio system, 17-inch alloy wheels, a cargo management system, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and keyless entry and ignition. The highest trim, SL, adds a seven-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, NissanConnect emergency and convenience telematics, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, fog lights, 19-inch wheels, and a navigation system.


While both of these crossover SUVs are amazing, one of them has clearly outdone the other in every category. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 not only has powerful engine options but has double the amount of trim levels available. That means more fun stepping on the gas pedal, and more options to keep everyone in the family happy. For more information, you can check out our review on the 2018 Toyota RAV4, or you can give us a call today!

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