Comparing a Used RAV4 vs Used Rogue

February 6th, 2020 by

A silver 2019 RAV4 is driving in front of a red 2019 RAV4 on a city highway.

Shopping around for an affordable crossover SUV? If so, Toyota and Nissan are two of the best brands out there. The vehicles hold their value longer than other manufacturers and yet each offers dependability you are sure to love. Two of the top crossover SUV models include the Toyota RAV4 and the Nissan Rogue. But when you search for “used car dealers near me“ online, you don’t just want to find available vehicles. You want to know which vehicle offers the best bang for the buck and what the features are on each. That is why it is necessary to take a deeper dive into a used RAV4 vs used Rogue. By lining the two vehicles up side by side, you’ll have a much better understanding of which will be the better of two great vehicles.


When shopping for a used crossover, there will be several model year options available. For the best direct comparison, we’re going to look at the most recent used model, the 2019 edition of both the RAV4 and the Rogue. These will be the vehicles that start appearing on the lot as current customers trade their 2019s in for the 2020 models.

For the base trim level of a used 2019 Toyota RAV4, a typical listing price is $23,731 (according to Kelley Blue Book). The price will vary based on miles, add-ons, trim levels, and so on. This is for a base trim, no add-ons RAV4, so use it as a likely floor price for the used Toyota. As for a used Nissan Rogue, the base trim level, as well as no add-ons, has a typical listing price of $20,161 (according to Kelley Blue Book). So, in terms of price, the Rogue will likely cost a bit less than the Toyota RAV4. But you’ll need to take a deeper dive into the specs to determine which is best for you.


Engine Performance

Both crossover SUVs use the same engine size, and both only have one engine option. This is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. The engine is fuel-efficient and helps keep the general price of the vehicle down. With the Toyota RAV4, the 2.5L I4 engine produces 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. As for the 2019 used Nissan Rogue, the same base engine produces a reduced 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. This is a rather sizeable drop-off, especially with regards to the horsepower, despite both vehicles using the same engine size. It shows the Toyota RAV4 takes better advantage of the engine in place. These numbers not only help with acceleration, but as you’ll read in a moment, it helps with towing as well.

A red 2019 Nissan Rogue is parked on the street in front of a house near Milwaukee, WI.

Fuel Economy

The fuel economy for the two vehicles is similar. As all trims use the same engine, you’ll end up with nearly the same fuel economy. The only difference from one trim to the next is if you opt for front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive (FWD will have slightly improved fuel economy). On the RAV4, the AWD fuel economy is an estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. On the Rogue, these numbers are 25 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway.

As you might expect, with both vehicles using the same engine, the fuel economy is nearly identical.


Towing and Cargo Space

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 squeezes more power out of its engine than the Rogue. This does lead to some improvements in towing. Now, these two crossovers are not the kind of vehicles you want if you need to tow large trailers or other heavy-duty hauls. However, the ability to tow a small moving trailer from time to time is beneficial. With the 2019 RAV4, you can tow a maximum of 1,500 lbs. With the Nissan Rogue, this number dips to 1,102 lbs. Toyota puts the extra engine performance to good use here, giving you nearly 400 additional pounds of towing potential.

As for cargo space, the RAV4 has 37.5 cubic feet of rear storage space. On the Rogue you have 39.3 cubic feet, so you do have around two extra cubic feet of rear storage on the Rogue.



When considering entertainment on both crossovers, it’s best to jump to the top-tier trim level. These options will give you the most bang for your buck. On the 2019 RAV4, your crossover will come with HD radio, AM/FM stereo, AUX input, Mp3 player, smart device integration via Bluetooth, satellite radio, navigation, and WiFi hotspot. It also had the option of including a premium sound system. Having WiFi is a major benefit as it makes streaming your favorite apps easier than ever before. It’s also great for letting the kids connect to the Internet on their tablets.

As for the Rogue, the vehicle does come with a premium sound system as a standard feature on the top-tier trim, in addition to AM/FM stereo, AUX input, MP3 player, satellite radio, smart device integration via Bluetooth, navigation, and a CD player.

The Rogue does not have optional WiFi, which is a bummer, especially as having a strong Internet connection is more and more necessary. However, it does have a CD player. If you still rock out to CDs, this may be a nice offering. Fewer vehicles come with CD players, so it’s a feature to keep in mind.


Safety Features

On the 2019 RAV4, the top-tier trim comes with a driver, front head, front side, rear head, and passenger airbags, plus 4-wheel ABS and disc brakes. Additional safety features that come standard include brake assist, lane departure warning, electronic stability control, child safety locks, traction control, daytime running lights, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and integrated turn signal mirrors.

The Nissan Rogue comes with driver, front head, front side, rear head, and passenger airbags, 4-wheel ABS and disc brakes, plus brake assist, lane departure warning, electronic stability control, child safety locks, traction control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, daytime running lights, and integrated turn signal mirrors.

Your Next Vehicle Is Right Around The Corner

Shopping for used cars is not only smart but a great value. You let the original car buyer take on the vehicle depreciation and then cash in when they decide to sell. With low-mileage used RAV4 and Rogues becoming available as 2020 models are purchased, you’ll be able to find a year and trim level that suits you perfectly. While you can’t go wrong with either of the two, the Toyota RAV4 remains one of the best selling crossover SUVs on the market and is time and time again recognized as not only the better of the two but the two crossovers in its category. So if you’re looking for that next vehicle to call your own and want access to one of the largest used car inventories in the region, now is the perfect time to head on out to Wilde Toyota in Milwaukee, WI. Our staff is here to help connect you with that perfect crossover.

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