When you're on the search for a highly capable SUV for your commutes around St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, MO, it's important to do an ample amount of research, so you know which one is the right fit for your lifestyle. Two popular models you're probably considering are the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4.

At St. Charles Nissan, we're dedicated to making the car-buying process as simple and informative as possible, which is why we created this handy breakdown of the 2021 Nissan Rogue vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4. Now, let's see how these two stack up against one another.

Rogue vs RAV4: Interior Cabin Space


SUVs are known for having spacious interior cabins, big enough to fit the whole family or transport cargo. Both the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 offer seating for five, but if you're looking for the more spacious SUV, the Rogue is for you.

In the Nissan Rogue, you'll find 105.4 cubic feet of passenger volume, so there's plenty of wiggle room for your family and friends. Inside the Toyota RAV4, you'll find just 98.9 cubic feet of passenger room.

2021 Nissan Rogue


2021 Toyota RAV4

41.1 inches

Front Headroom

37.7 inches

43.3 inches

Front Legroom

41 inches

38.5 inches

Rear Legroom

37.8 inches

53.4 inches

Rear Hip Room

47.7 inches

Folks in both the front and the back will have more room to stretch out in the new Nissan Rogue. It has 43.3 inches of legroom up front and another 38.5 inches in the back. The 2021 RAV4 tops out at just 41 inches of front legroom and 37.8 inches of rear legroom.

Nissan Rogue vs Toyota RAV4: Cargo Volume

In the trunk of the Rogue, you're going to get up to 74.1 cubic feet of cargo room when the rear seats are lowered. That will give you room to haul everything you need for a road trip or band practice. The RAV4 falls short in this department, providing a maximum cargo volume of just 69.8 cubic feet.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue offers several cargo-friendly features that will help you get everything packed up. They include:

  • Motion Activated Liftgate
  • Divide-N-Hide® cargo system
  • Remote-folding rear seats

You will only find the Divide-N-Hide® cargo system in the Nissan Rogue. This available feature will help you stay organized and keep all your belongings out of sight. It offers six different cargo configurations, including a handy shelf, a flat floor, and even a box.

Both SUVs offer a motion-activated liftgate that opens with a kick of your foot under the rear bumper, but only the Rogue offers Remote-folding rear seats. If you suddenly need more room, pull the lever, and watch the rear seats drop. That will open more storage possibilities.

2021 Rogue vs RAV4: Interior Comfort and Connectivity

There are a ton of ways to stay connected to the world around you in either SUV. The Nissan Rogue offers the following infotainment features:

  • 9-inch NissanConnect® touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System

The Toyota RAV4 offers a wide array of similar infotainment technologies, but only gives you an available 8-inch touchscreen display from which to control them. You may find the available 9-inch NissanConnect® touchscreen in the Rogue more user-friendly.

You will have easy access to your favorite apps and music with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. It comes standard on both SUVs. You'll also have a strong signal you can rely on in either model thanks to their available Wi-Fi Hotspots.

Whether you're making your way to an away game or just trying to get to work on time, both SUVs offer an intuitive navigation system that will show you the way. You will only get to sneak around congestion with the Nissan Rogue, though. Its Nissan Door to Door Navigation system comes with Premium Traffic.

Advanced Technology Features: 2021 Rogue vs RAV4

Peace of mind is paramount when traveling with loved ones. That's why both the 2021 Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 come with driver-assistance safety features that are designed to act as your partner out on the road.

The 2021 Rogue safety features include:

  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Sonar System

The Toyota RAV4 brings some similar safety features to the table, but you'll only get ProPILOT Assist with the Nissan Rogue. This advanced cruise control system can be paired with Navi-link, so it adjusts to changing speed limits and alerts you when your exit is coming up.

Once you reach your destination, you'll have more parking prowess in the Nissan Rogue. Its available Intelligent Around View® Monitor will give you a bird's-eye view of your SUV, so you can shimmy into even the tightest spaces.

Rogue vs RAV4: Which Performs Better?

Both the Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 come with a similar 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. They also achieve an identical MPG rating. Their standard configurations boast an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG.1

You will enjoy a smooth ride with the new Rogue thanks to its standard Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission). Its virtually gearless shifting is smooth and efficient. You may notice the 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission of the RAV4 is a little less relaxing.

The selectable drive modes available with either SUV will let you dial into whatever adventure you're taking on. The RAV4 only offers four selectable modes, while the Rogue can be shifted into one of five. They include:

  • Sport
  • Off-Road
  • Snow
  • Auto
  • Eco

If you need more confidence when rain or snow moves in, these SUVs will give it to you. They can be outfitted with available all-wheel drive. It provides power to the wheels with the best grip, so you can enjoy sure-footed control.

The Verdict: 2021 Nissan Rogue vs Toyota RAV4!

Both SUVs would be a good choice for your commutes through St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, Missouri, but if you're looking for more interior space and enhanced safety features, the 2021 Nissan Rogue is the clear choice.

Our team at St. Charles Nissan is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the car-buying journey. If you're ready to experience the Nissan Rogue in person, contact us to schedule a test drive.

1 2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 27 City MPG / 35 Highway MPG / 30 Combined MPG for Rogue® S FWD; 26 City MPG / 33 Highway MPG / 29 Combined MPG for Rogue S AWD; 26 City MPG / 34 Highway MPG / 29 Combined MPG for Rogue SV, SL, and Platinum FWD; 25 City MPG / 32 Highway MPG / 28 Combined MPG for Rogue SV, SL, and Platinum AWD. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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