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2014 RAV4 vs 2014 Nissan Rogue

Since we have not actually seen the new 2014 Nissan Rogue yet just on the Nissan web site and we know that the 2014 RAV4 will be the same as the 2013s. Had been doing online research and the Nissan's previous models had problems with their CVT transmission. From the Nissan site the Rogue interior looks nice especially the cargo area but the RAV4 still stands out with a sharp exterior although the Rogues exterior somehow seems okay.
I was wondering if anyone here had the same thinking and at one time considered the Nissan Rogue over the RAV4. A friend of mine stands by Nissan, but I uncertain and might be missing something.
Appreciate any recommendation.
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I owned Nissan's & Toyo's for years...Had more problems with Nissan's. Only Toyo for me, besides the RAV has the biggest cargo in it's class with flat down back seats.
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The interior of the Nissan is smaller by about 3 cubic feet. The CVT would kill it for me, much prefer a six speed automatic.

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According to reviews the 2014 Rogue's CVT is much improved over the previous version, but I also much prefer a geared gearbox.

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2014 rogue looks more refined and agile than the 2008-2013 rogue models. I would buy the '14 rav over the rogue. Test drive both cars if possible and share input.
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Got to see and be in a 2014 rogue. The dealer had the SL only which is equivalent to the RAV4 limited. The rav i had test drove was a LE, but both rogue & rav use same engine for all their trim models, since we all know rav4s here i am listing my observation for the rogues,
1. The dash & interior looks nice, controls are also in reach. Feels higher quality, no key lock to glove box, the center console armrest has an outlet inside similar to the Honda CRV, could not verify the nav screen if they have the same issue as the ravs it was cloudy here yesterday.
2. The NAV package has more features, 360 degree monitor, blind spot warning, moving object detection, power lift gate, lane detection warning.
3. Turning radius is good, car like.
4. Body style is comparable, daytime running lights are LED. Overall looks sharp.

The dealer said that the SVs equivalent to XLE and will be available in a week, at that time i can compare apples to apples.

The Rogue are domestic made, but that does not mean its bad, both rav & rogue go through a production line. There will be bad apples in the both basket. Not sure which one has more.

Question of resale someday. This did not bother us since we donate our old cars to charity.

Transmission, both rav & rogue have new transmission. Could not compare, as far as engine rev they feel about the same.

Reliability, i had Nissan & Toyotas and they had been both good.

Price, they are comparable.

Our concern now is economics & creature comfort which gives more for the buck. Now we are confused which one to pick. The 2014 RAV are not here yet.
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We went and looked at the Rogue today and I must say I am very impressed with it. That car looks extremely sharp! The interior is very nice and in my opinion is superior to that of the RAV4. Everything is laid out nice and pretty easy to get to except the buttons to the left of the steering column. The dash and door panels are soft to the touch and makes it much more luxurious. The LED headlights and tail lights are fantastic!

The intelligent key is quiet impressive and something that is really nice to have. It even comes with remote start along with running light delay for night time outings. The birds eye view of the car is amazing and should be standard on all cars these days.

I really like the way you can store your cargo in the rear of the vehicle. It will come in handy since there isn't a whole lot of room in these compact vehicles.

leg room in the rear is right on par with the rav4. It even feels a bit wider in the back. The rear seats recline just like the rav doe but in a different way. The rav has a better release design for the reclining function. It's on the lower seat where it should be. The nissan has it at the very top of the seat and it is difficult to recline while sitting back there. The RAV also reclines further. The Nissan's seat does move forward and aft for more cargo volume.

The rear doors open further allowing easier access to the rear seating area. We havn't had many problems with getting our car seat in and out of the RAV but I'm sure a little more opening will help. I would compare the Rogue's rear door opening to the CRV.

The Rogue has rear vents!! 'm so happy to see them put that in there. While the RAV isn't bad, just having those back there will help in the summer time.

I do not like the emergency brake pedal on the Rogue. I like the hand lever in the RAV over the foot pedal. I know they did this to open up some space but that is one of my other complaints about the vehicle.

I didn't get a chance to take a test drive so I cannot comment on that portion just yet. From what I have seen on online reviews, it should be a pretty nice ride. Just the whole CVT thing being an issue with most. I know it shouldn't be much of a problem for me as I am not looking at this vehicle for a sports car. Just a nice family cruiser with a better ride than the RAV.

I would seriously consider the Rogue if I were to purchase now.
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I really like how most of this car is painted! I am worried about this black plastic fading with time. That stuff looks terrible once it starts to fade and there is virtually nothing you can do about it. Just my 2 cents though.
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The interior of the Nissan is smaller by about 3 cubic feet. The CVT would kill it for me, much prefer a six speed automatic.
The CVT is now in 3rd or 4th generation and most of the bugs are worked out as compared to the early ones. Nissan includes a 10 year, 100K or 120K miles warranty with the CVT. [At least on my 2010 Murano] It does take some time getting use to the "NO SHIFT" feel.
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The new Rogue has been torn apart by our engineers and its full of defects that should not of left thier plant (Toyota has many many quality checks to filter out these defects.) Hell they even fried the computer by trying to boost the battery.

Tearing apart the competition is common practice in the auto industry. It reafirms Toyotas commitment to a quality vehicle at a great value.
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