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Toyota RAV4 VS Nissan X-Trail: Which is better?

Compact Sports Utility Vehicles are always very popular among the mass. Here, I am going to compare Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan X-Trail on many standards. Both the cars are famous for their value of the money features and excellent grip on the road. So,  Let us see, what the real facts about both are.

Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan X-Trail

Toyota RAV4 VS Nissan X Features

Main Features Toyota RAV4 Nissan X-Trail
Passenger accommodation 5 5
Power Windows yes yes
Air Bags yes yes
Top Speed 114mph 112mph
lock 4 WD 4 WD
Pick up 8.3 second 9 seconds
MPG 31/25 31.7
Launch 1994 2000

 If you are looking for an economical mid-size SUV that perfectly serves as a family cargo, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan X-Trail both are in the race with equal points. However, as we include the features comparison, the battle of Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan X-Trail is definitely interesting. Let us start the countdown.


Toyota RAV4 Interior

Toyota RAV4: The SUV is not exactly fit for five people as the fifth passenger can face small legroom. However, the interior of the car has a number of features like power window, keyless entry, enough storage space etc. The carcass of the SUV is just like any other modern car. Power locks, foldable rear seats, shift lever, etc. add the extra charm. The SUV is entirely dedicated to the small family where the cargo area includes a cup holder, shopping bag hooks, tie down hooks and door panel pockets. The foldable rear seat adds extra space to the cargo area, which is quite versatile. Map-lights, digital clocks, seat’s height adjustment etc. appends additional features to make it comfortable on the road.


Nissan X-Trail: The SUV is perfect for five adults. The car is spacious but the feel of softness is missing somewhere. However, the peculiar instrument panels, extra glove box, easily accessible control, low mounted AC vents are other features, which are impressive. The chassis of the car is strong and includes all the safety features like dual front airbags, electronic brake-force distribution or anti-lock braking system.

Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan X- Trails round 1 goes to Nissan for sure.

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Toyota RAV4 Exterior

Toyota RAV4: The car is available in three-door as well as five-door versions. It shows the entire curve beautifully along with the high window, funky wheels, and less aggressive AWD vehicle. The rear door is hinged on the right. So, It may be problematic for the right-hand drivers. The car comes with 16” steel wheels, fog light and 70 series all seasons tires. The optional lockable center and short, front and rear overhangs add some extra oomph.

Nissan X-Trail Exterior

Nissan X-Trail:  Are you looking for a boxier SUV? Here is your perfect car. The monstrous X-Trail is a crossover SUV. It has a large rear hatch, optional roof rack, light towing capacity and heavy looks. Although, X-trail is not economical compared to the RAV4, but on the road it is amazing. The car is fitted with 65 series all-season tires, large power sunroof, and alloy wheels.

Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan X-trial round 2 goes to Toyota undisputedly.

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Performance on the Road

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4: The driving is smooth in urban areas, but as soon as the SUV goes off road, the problem starts. The small 1.8l to 2.0l engine makes the car not so perfect on the highways. The 127 HP is definitely not, what one looks in an SUV. Here, the noisy Powertrain spoils the meaning of fun driving for sure. Apart, the SUV is fuel-efficient when one drives it at a moderate speed. The car is great for a smooth drive with the family as it is easy to handle. At turns, the car starts to shine. It can execute a three-point turn, which makes it fun to drive on busy and packed roads. The vehicle is reliable when one gets comfortable with the wheels.

Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail: Opposite to the RAV4, X-Trail is not for the urban runabout. Its tall features give great views and its strong chassis makes it easy to drive off the road. Although it does not come under sports car segment, but the interior, versatility, and space can challenge any sports car easily. It is entirely a powerful car with four-cylinder engines. Even the small gas capacity (2.0 l) delivers 40HP, which is amazing. X-Trail GT (turbocharged version) of Nissan delivers 280hp with the same gas capacity. The four-speed automatic transmission, manual transmission or five-speed transmission, either 2WD drive or 4WD drive is the real example of a versatile car.

Now, because of the less aerodynamic body, the car is not flexible on the road. However, on the bad road condition, one can change FWD to AWD mode of driving for a swift flow. Furthermore, the driving on LOCK-MODE is not safe, especially in 4WD mode. Still, the X-Trail steering and suspension are well tuned. The car is easy to control and a bliss for a long drive on tough roads.

Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan X-Trail round 3 goes to Nissan again for its off-road control quality.

The Ultimate Winner: Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan X-Trail

No doubt, Nissan X-Trail is a better choice than a Toyota RAV4 if one is looking for a sturdy car, with a powerful performance in the end. Still, choosing a car is one’s own personal choice. If one check Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan X-Trail, On the urban road, Toyota RAV4 performs better while off-road, it cannot even chase Nissan X-Trail. Whichever car you choose, look for safety, smooth drive and your requirement first and then only decide.

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16 thoughts on “Toyota RAV4 VS Nissan X-Trail: Which is better?

  • December 6, 2016 at 5:06 am

    RAV4 is economical,but Nissan X trail is good on most bumpy african roads,i like it!

    • December 8, 2016 at 1:32 am

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  • December 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Toyata rav4 is better coz its economically car every one can afford to mantain.

    • May 5, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Thank u for your comment

  • January 17, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Nissan x trail good one all roads

    • April 8, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Thank u for your comment. Nice choice

  • January 17, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    What about Toyota Noah with 3s engine? The advantages and disadvantage

    • April 8, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Thank u for asking. We will search more information about it.Please keep following us for updates

  • January 18, 2017 at 6:06 am

    thanks soo much for such a quality presentation I have bn wondering which one is better I think I got a point here

    • April 8, 2017 at 4:41 pm

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  • January 18, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Nataka Rav4 ya Mwaka 2015 je, Bei gani Kwa Hela ya KITANZANIA.

    HOW MUCH RAV4 NEW MODEL 2015,? For tanzania?

  • January 19, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Both Suvs Toyota RAV4 & NISSAN XTRAIL are good but,my choice is Nissan Xtrail

    • April 3, 2017 at 1:58 am

      Thank u for your comment.It is nice


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