Packages are a major consideration for vehicles – more than just accessories, they often involve wholesale changes by the manufacturer to create the perfect vehicle, but how do some of these options compare?
2014 Nissan Rogue Options
The 2014 Rogue offers five packages for buyers to choose from.
The S Family Package is the only package available for the basic model, and is a straightforward addition that adds a third-row bench seat, some rear privacy glass, and some run-flat tires. It’s intended to support owners who need seats more than cargo room, and its price of $1,190 is low enough that it can easily be worked into the lease agreement.
The SV edition of the Rogue is the most adaptable, with three different packages for owners to choose from. Like the S edition of the Rogue, the SV has a Family Package (though it omits the privacy glass), as well as a Moonroof Package for anyone who wants to enjoy a little more light. The SV Premium Package is the big one – it adds a seven-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, SiriusXM Traffic, an all-around view monitor, several safety features, and even a powered liftgate… and all for an MSRP of $1,420. This is worth serious consideration, especially for the modern safety parts.
The SL version of the Rogue – Nissan’s most deluxe – already has most of the luxuries and features installed. As such, its package options are limited to the SL Premium Package, which adds a high-quality moonroof, advanced headlights, and four safety options (Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Moving Object Detection). The current cost is slightly under $2,000 for the package, which will be a noticeable increase on the lease, but the price is very reasonable for what’s being added.
2014 Toyota RAV4 Packages
Or, rather, the RAV4 package – Toyota only offers one package for the vehicle, and all other desired functions must be individually chosen. The RAV4’s Technology Package – not available on all versions of the vehicle – includes four systems of note.
The Blind Spot Monitor is much like the Blind Spot Warning system of the Nissan Rogue, and focuses on notifying the driver when something they probably can’t see is near the vehicle. The Rear Cross-Traffic Alert focuses on the space behind the vehicle and helping to ensure enough clearance at all times. Meanwhile, the Lane Departure Alert focuses on letting drivers know when they’re drifting too far to the side, and Automatic High Beams will adjust t
o the presence of other cars and work to maximize visibility at all times.
The Technology Package isn’t a bad setup, but its limited availability means that drivers who want the added safety will find themselves pushed into buying a more deluxe version of the vehicle, even if they don’t want the other parts.
As far as package options go, there’s no doubt that the 2014 Nissan Rogue has a better selection. All versions of the vehicle have at least one choice (in comparison to no packages at all for the LE and XLE versions of the RAV4), and each package is either a practical change or a collection of features that work very well together. More importantly, all of the options in the Nissan Rogue’s packages are features that should be optional for owners, and we’re always glad to see manufacturers being responsible about how they configure each vehicle.