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2013 Nissan Rogue vs. 2013 Toyota Rav4

2013 Nissan Rogue Vehicle Comparison

The 2013 Nissan Rogue and the 2013 Toyota Rav4 may seem to have much in common. True, they are both SUVs that seat five. The attractive Murano, however, looks more like an aerodynamic car with a streamlined stance. The Rav4 looks boxy and more truck-like by comparison.

Horsepower

Consumers have trended toward SUVs because they seek a car-like vehicle that is powerful enough to handle highway driving. The Rogue is clearly the winner in this category. The 2013 Nissan Rogue offers 260 horsepower at a racy 6,000 rpm. The Rav4 offers only 176 horsepower at the same 6,000 rpm. For better acceleration, the Rogue can achieve 240 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the Rav4 offers only 172 lb-ft of torque.

Handling

The Rav4 offers standard electric power assisted steering, a common feature in many cars. Instead, Nissan offers hydraulic power-assisted steering for the Rogue SUV. This feature uses a pump, driven by the engine, that actually pressurizes the hydraulic fluid. This engineering method actually multiplies the driver’s steering input. With better horsepower and hydraulic-assisted handling, the Rogue can respond expertly in difficult steering situations. Coupled with speed sensitive steering, Rogue drivers should feel assured when handling difficult maneuvers. Clearly this is another win for the Rogue.

Transmission

The Rav4 offers a capable six speed automatic. On the other hand, the Nissan Rogue offers the futuristic Xtronic CVT. This system actually offers many gear shifting possibilities that make six seem like a small number. Xtronic CVT causes less wear and tear on the engine while providing a smoother, smarter drive. The Murano clearly wins this comparison.

Passenger Comforts

The Rogue offers 109 cubic feet of passenger space compared to the Rav4’s 102 cu.ft. That allows the Rogue to offer inches more in headroom, legroom, and shoulder room in both rows. In addition, it offers a six speaker stereo with a 6-CD changer, available Bluetooth and MP3 input. Rav4 also offers a six speaker stereo with a single CD changer and Bluetooth. For comfort, the Rogue easily keeps the lead over the Rav4.

Safety

Both SUVs can claim the same basic safety precautions. These include front impact airbags, front side-mounted airbags, curtain airbags for both rows, and side impact beams. Height adjustable seatbelts are available in both rows in the Rogue and only in the front row of the Rav4. Nissan provides these adjustable rear seatbelts to assist older children who often sit in the backseat. Both vehicles can claim traction and stability controls that help prevent accidents. For the purposes of this comparison, they are somewhat equally matched when it comes to obvious safety measures.

The 2013 Nissan Rogue  is available now at Montgomeryville Nissan dealer.

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