Are you thinking of buying a 2014 Nissan Rogue? You may want to consider the Toyota RAV4!
The 2014 Nissan Rogue has undergone its first major revision with a new exterior, upgraded interior materials, and a new optional third row on Rogue S and SV models. When the Toyota RAV4 arrived for the 1996 model year, it helped define a new vehicle breed that would ultimately become one of the most popular kind of vehicles sold in America: the crossover SUV. The RAV4 got a major facelift last year with the 2013 model. This look returns for 2014 with an all-new Entune™ audio system and technology package.
Although Nissan Rogue has higher EPA mpg estimates than RAV4, RAV4’s engine cranks out more horsepower than Rogue while being matched to a more dynamic 6-speed transmission. And all RAV4’s include selectable drive modes ECO and Sport, which allow the driver to customize the driving experience.
While Rogue’s 2014 update includes a new platform with improved interior dimensions, RAV4 still walks away with interior advantages in several key places. With second-row seats down, RAV4 owners enjoy more cargo room. Plus, RAV4’s interior is complemented by an acoustic noise-reducing windshield on all trims and a standard moonroof on XLE models.
Not only does RAV4 XLE come standard with free access to HD Radio™ and HD traffic and weather in major metro areas, with the available Entune® App Suite, users can buy movie tickets, make dinner reservations, and find nearby points of interest. A step beyond checking movie times and restaurant reviews, the Entune® App Suite allows users to purchase tickets and book an open table from their head unit. In addition to including stocks, sports, weather, traffic, and fuel prices, the best part of the Entune®App Suite may be that it’s subscription-free. While Rogue does include Nissan’s NissanConnect™ App Suite standard on SV and SL models, only the available XM Traffic and TravelLink come close with connectivity to weather, fuel prices, and movie listings. Still, it doesn’t match the level of capability and convenience of Entune™ Premium Audio, which includes the app suite and navigation.
PEACE OF MIND:
Like other members of the Toyota family, RAV4 comes with Toyota’s renowned Star Safety System™ which includes Smart Stop Technology® (SST) and a host of other safety features. RAV4 also includes 8 standard airbags, while Rogue has only 6 airbags and does not offer a Driver’s knee or front passenger seat cushion airbag.
RAV4 offers customers excellent purchase value with ToyotaCare factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles and roadside assistance for two years with unlimited miles, as well as a lower 5-year cost of ownership than Rogue, according to the IntelliChoice.com 5-year cost of ownership calculator.
COST OF OWNERSHIP:
The 2014 Nissan Rogue SV holds a “Below Average” value rating by IntelliChoice.com, while the 2014 RAV4 XLE achieved an IntelliChoice.com “Above Average” value rating. According to the IntelliChoice.com 5-year cost of ownership calculator, RAV4 offers lower depreciation, insurance, fuel, maintenance and overall ownership costs than Rogue, adding up to considerable savings over the long run.
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With all the advantages of the Toyota RAV4 over the Nissan Rogue we would be amiss if we didn’t highlight the areas where they may have an advantage. The 2014 Rogue has a lower MSRP than the RAV4 (Rogue S FWD $23,350 vs. RAV4 LE FWD $23,550). The Rogue includes standard hill start assist with hill descent control on AWD models. Rogue offers available 3rd row seating, available multi-angle Around View® monitor, and available Forward Collision Warning for the Rogue SL.
Even with its recent enhancements for the 2014 model year, Nissan’s Rogue still fails to achieve the level of all-around performance and quality, durability and reliability found in Toyota’s RAV4. And with its dynamic exterior styling, fun-to-drive handling and wealth of versatile features, RAV4 is sure to continue turning heads.