Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue VS 2017 Subaru Forester Near San Antonio, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue

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2017 Subaru Forester

Safety Comparison

The Rogue (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Forester only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Rogue and the Forester have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Subaru Forester:

 

Rogue

Forester

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

69

106

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

142

235

Spine Acceleration

51 G’s

52 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 72 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 6 more horsepower (176 vs. 170) than the Forester 2.5i’s standard 2.5 SOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Forester:

 

 

Rogue

Forester

 

FWD

Auto

33 city/35 hwy

n/a

 

AWD

 

n/a

22 city/28 hwy

2.5i./Manual

 

Auto

31 city/34 hwy

26 city/32 hwy

2.5i/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Forester doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Rogue Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Forester doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Forester 2.0XT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Rogue’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Forester:

 

Rogue

Forester

Front Rotors

11.84 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.68 inches

10.8 inches

The Rogue’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Forester 2.5i are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops shorter than the Forester:

 

Rogue

Forester

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue SL offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Forester’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Rogue has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Forester doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Rogue can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Forester doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Forester (106.5 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Forester.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Forester can only carry 5.

The Rogue has 18.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Forester (126.5 vs. 108.3).

The Rogue has .2 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more front hip room than the Forester.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue’s cargo area is larger than the Forester’s in almost every dimension:

 

Rogue

Forester

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.5”/68.5”

34.4”/61.7”

Min Width

44”

42.2”

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Forester doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the Rogue the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Forester can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Rogue has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The Forester Base doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Rogue and the Forester offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Forester doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Forester because typical repairs cost much less on the Rogue than the Forester, including $119 less for a water pump, $173 less for a starter and $339 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Rogue and the Subaru Forester, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Nissan Rogue is ranked above average in the Entry CUV category. The Subaru Forester is ranked below average.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Subaru Forester by 79% during the 2016 model year.

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