Comparison: Nissan Rogue Hybrid vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

  • Christian Wardlaw has 25 years of experience serving in automotive editorial leadership roles with Autobytel, Edmunds, J.D. Power, and Tribune Publishing. A married father of four, Chris is based in the Los Angeles suburbs and believes fuel cell electric vehicles will power the future.

can be reached at christianwardlaw@gmail.com
  • Christian Wardlaw has 25 years of experience serving in automotive editorial leadership roles with Autobytel, Edmunds, J.D. Power, and Tribune Publishing. A married father of four, Chris is based in the Los Angeles suburbs and believes fuel cell electric vehicles will power the future.

can be reached at christianwardlaw@gmail.com
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Unless you want to buy a Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), you have two choices in a small SUV with a hybrid powertrain. The first is the Nissan Rogue Hybrid, introduced back in 2017, and aging rapidly. The second is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, redesigned for 2019.

Which of these two compact crossover hybrids is the best? That’s what we’re here to explain in this Nissan Rogue Hybrid vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comparison article.

Based on an older design, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid received few changes for the 2019 model year. It remains available in two trim levels and is sold only in selected regions of the U.S.

2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Changes:

  • More standard safety technology including forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic forward and reverse emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and rear parking sonar
  • Rear Door Alert system is new, helping drivers to remember upon exit that a child, a pet, or something important might still be inside the SUV
  • Bose audio components and 18-inch aluminum wheels moved from SL standard equipment list to the optional SL Premium Package

For 2019, Toyota completely redesigned the popular RAV4. Naturally, it is better than the one that came before it, and that means the RAV4 Hybrid is improved, too.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Changes:

  • More powerful and more fuel-efficient
  • Greater off-roading capability
  • Wider range of trim levels and equipment
  • Upgraded comfort and convenience
  • New family of infotainment systems
  • Next-generation Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 technologies
  • New sport-tuned XSE trim level

It appears that the Rogue Hybrid has its work cut out for it. Let’s take a closer look at how these two hybrid SUVs compare.

2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid Price and Configurations

White 2019 Nissan Rogue SL Front Quarter View
Nissan offers the Rogue Hybrid in two trim levels, with prices starting at less than $28,000 not including the destination charge. (Nissan*)

Nissan offers the 2019 Rogue Hybrid in SV ($27,700) and SL ($31,640) trim. All-wheel drive is an option that costs $1,350. Upgrading to SL trim adds the following features:

  • LED headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery on the front seats
  • Memory for driver’s seat and side mirror settings
  • Metallic interior trim
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Nissan Connect services
  • A navigation system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 360-degree surround view camera

A Premium Package is available for each version of the Rogue Hybrid. With SV trim, this option installs:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Memory for the driver’s seat and mirror settings
  • Upgraded infotainment with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • 360-degree surround view camera
  • Bose premium sound system
  • Power panoramic sunroof
  • Adaptive cruise control

Because the Rogue Hybrid SL already includes most of these features, the SL Premium Package equips the SUV with:

  • Bose premium sound system
  • Power panoramic sunroof
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Price and Configurations

Red 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited Front Quarter View
The redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is available in a wider range of trim levels, and with a broader array of equipment. Prices start at less than $28,000, not including destination charges. (Toyota)

With the 2019 redesign, the RAV4 Hybrid comes in four trim levels: LE ($27,850), XLE ($29,650), XSE ($33,850), and Limited ($35,850). All-wheel drive is included in these prices.

When you get the XLE trim, this SUV features the following features in addition to standard equipment:

  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Folding, heated exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Smart Key keyless entry
  • Power sunroof
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Sliding extendable sun visors
  • Upgraded cloth upholstery
  • Cargo area cover
  • Four extra USB ports

Moving up to the XSE, which is the sporty version of the RAV4 Hybrid, provides these extras over XLE specification:

  • Two-tone paint
  • Black 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Black and gray exterior detailing
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Height-adjustable power liftgate
  • Panoramic reversing camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Digital instrumentation with larger 7-inch driver information display
  • SofTex simulated leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Soft-touch door panel trim
  • Blue ambient interior lighting
  • 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Cargo storage net
  • Upgraded infotainment system with a larger 8-inch touchscreen display, satellite radio, and Service Connect package

Choosing Limited trim swaps the XSE’s sport-oriented equipment for the following items:

  • Superchrome finish for 18-inch wheels
  • Standard suspension tuning
  • Unique, upscale exterior detailing
  • Dark Brown interior stitching and accents
  • Puddle lights
  • Memory for the driver’s seat position
  • Navigation system
  • Remote Connect and Destination Assist service packages

Additionally, Toyota offers several option packages on the RAV4 Hybrid’s various trim levels. Highlights from these include:

  • Rain-sensing wipers with a wiper de-icer
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • 360-degree surround view camera
  • Intelligent Clearance Sonar
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Braking

The Best Things About the Nissan Rogue Hybrid

Nissan Rogue Hybrid vs Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Front Quarter Views
Nissan and Toyota take different approaches with the styling of their hybrid SUVs. The Nissan is bold yet traditional, while the Toyota is more angular and rugged. (Nissan* and Toyota)

If you’re getting the sense that the Rogue Hybrid isn’t going to claim victory here, you’re right. However, it is not without its merits, as seen in this list of the best things about it in comparison to the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid:

  • Brake-induced torque vectoring (Intelligent Trace Control)
  • System using the brakes to limit the impact of bumps on the ride quality (Intelligent Ride Control)
  • Engine braking system to ensure smoother stops (Intelligent Engine Braking)
  • 4 inches of ground clearance (a third of an inch more than Toyota)
  • Easy Fill Tire Alert (beeps to let you know when the tires have reached recommended pressure)
  • Standard hands-free power rear liftgate (optional on Toyota)
  • NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front seat designs with available Quick Comfort seat heating
  • Standard Rear Door Alert (child-safety system)
  • Available panoramic sunroof
  • Standard satellite radio
  • Android Auto in addition to Apple CarPlay
  • Available navigation isn’t a temporary 3-year subscription (like Toyota)
  • Nissan Connect Services offers programmable safe teen driver settings

The Best Things About the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Nissan Rogue Hybrid vs Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Dashboard interior
The Rogue Hybrid’s front seats use NASA-inspired Zero Gravity design. The RAV4 Hybrid’s cabin is roomy with plenty of storage space. (Nissan* and Toyota)

Coming right out of a comprehensive redesign, the RAV4 Hybrid was bound to prove itself as the better overall vehicle in this contest. Listed below, you’ll find what makes it best when compared to the Rogue Hybrid:

  • Lower base prices for LE and XLE
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Nationally available, instead of regionally
  • 219 combined horsepower (43 more than Nissan)
  • 39 mpg in combined driving (6 mpg more than Nissan)
  • 565-mile driving range (87 miles more than Nissan)
  • XSE has a sport-tuned suspension
  • 37 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind back seat (9.7 more than Nissan)
  • Maximum cargo space is 69.8 cu.-ft. (8.6 more than Nissan)
  • Tows up to 1,750 pounds (Rogue can’t tow anything)
  • EV and Trail driving modes
  • Optional 2-zone heated front seats, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats
  • Broader range of connected services
  • Standard Lane Tracing Assist, a lane-centering assist system (Nissan’s ProPilot Assist is not offered for Rogue Hybrid)
  • Drowsy driver, daytime cyclist, and low-light pedestrian detection systems
  • Road Sign Assist (reads speed limit signs)
  • Rain sensing wipers with de-icing function
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • 11-speaker premium sound with digital music restoration
  • Standard Safety Connect service package with automatic collision notification, SOS emergency calling, and more
  • Digital instrumentation
  • Digital camera rearview mirror
  • Free maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles

Nissan Rogue Hybrid vs. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Which is Better?

Nissan Rogue Hybrid vs Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Rear Quarter Views
Toyota’s RAV4 Hybrid provides more cargo space and better fuel economy than the Rogue Hybrid, among many other qualities. (Nissan* and Toyota)

As revealed above, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is victorious in this head-to-head comparison. It’s the better compact crossover SUV, and more importantly, it is the more efficient small hybrid SUV. And that’s the whole point of getting one in the first place.

* Due to a lack of Nissan Rogue Hybrid images, this article uses standard Nissan Rogue SL photos. The Hybrid is not available in Monarch Orange, or with a Tan interior leather, or with 19-inch aluminum wheels.

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About the Author

  • Christian Wardlaw has 25 years of experience serving in automotive editorial leadership roles with Autobytel, Edmunds, J.D. Power, and Tribune Publishing. A married father of four, Chris is based in the Los Angeles suburbs and believes fuel cell electric vehicles will power the future.

can be reached at christianwardlaw@gmail.com
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