2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Nissan Rogue Model Comparison Information in Redwood City, CA

March 28, 2019

They make it easy to navigate crowded streets and parking lots, they get great fuel economy, and a new small SUV provides extra room for passengers and cargo alike. The popularity of this segment means you'll have a lot of good options when upgrading to a new small SUV, options like the completely redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester and the stylish Nissan Rogue. Which one offers the better value?

As a Subaru dealership, we may be a bit biased, but we've found that the facts back us up. Below, we look at how the new Subaru Forester stacks up against its competition from Nissan in terms of space, features, performance, safety, and more. Before you decide which new small SUV to take home, come experience the many advantages of a new Subaru Forester firsthand during a test drive at Carlsen Subaru just down Highway 101 from San Mateo, CA.

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All-New 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Nissan Rogue: Interior

In terms of price and equipment, the Nissan Rogue is one of the rare small SUVs that manages to hold its own against the Subaru Forester. However, there are still a few important differences to consider. For instance, this all-new small SUV from Subaru has a maximum cargo space of up to 76.1 cubic feet. The most you'll get in the back of the new Nissan Rogue is 70 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

Then, there's the passenger space where the Subaru Forester holds another substantial advantage with nearly 112 cubic feet of comfortable seating space. The new Nissan Rogue falls well short of that with just 105.8 cubic feet of space for family and friends.

Beyond room for people and stuff, there are a lot of little things that add up to a big advantage inside the new Subaru Forester. Things like floor mats for the front and rear come standard with every 2019 Subaru Forester, but they're optional upgrades on every Nissan Rogue model.

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All-New 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Nissan Rogue: Technology

Touchscreen infotainment systems have been common in new vehicles for a few years now, so it's no surprise that you'll find such technology comes standard in both the new Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue. In fact, both models come standard with Android™ Auto and Apple CarPlay™. However, consider the value for your investment in a new small SUV. Features like an integrated garage door opener, auto-dimming mirror, and remote engine start are all available on the more affordable, entry-level Subaru Forester. You'll have to spend significantly more on a higher trim level to find such features on the 2019 Nissan Rogue.

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All-New 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Nissan Rogue: Performance

With similar price tags and the same estimated fuel economy, it may seem like the all-new Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue offer about the same level of performance. However, a closer look shows that this simply is not the case. You see, every Subaru Forester comes with a flat BOXER® engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. That makes this a small SUV with 8.7 inches of ground clearance that handles like a sedan thanks to the low center of gravity from horizontally-opposed engine design. The traditional vertical design of the four-cylinder engine in the Nissan Rogue just doesn't have these advantages.

Now, it may seem like all-wheel drive isn't that important throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, but it is. The additional traction makes a big difference when reacting to surprises on any road, and it's always nice if you head to the mountains or if your favorite camping spot is beyond the paved road. You can get a Nissan Rogue with their version of AWD, but it is a pricey upgrade while the legendary traction of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard on every Subaru Forester. Come see our Subaru dealership in Redwood City for a test drive and experience the difference behind the wheel.

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All-New 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Nissan Rogue: Safety

Safety is especially important on our busy roads throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and we're proud to represent one of the safest names in the business at Carlsen Subaru. The all-new 2019 Subaru Forester is a prime example with top safety ratings from independent industry experts. The folks at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration determined the new 2019 Subaru Forester worthy of their top five-star overall safety rating after it earned near perfect scores across the board. The 2019 Nissan Rogue only managed a four-star overall safety rating. Similar conclusions were reached at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety where the new Subaru Forester earned their 2019 Top Safety Pick. The 2019 Nissan Rogue didn't get an award from the IIHS.

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All-New 2019 Subaru Forester vs 2019 Nissan Rogue: Driver Assistance

Today's technology is making our roads both safer and more dangerous. Because of the rise of distracted drivers, one source says that rear-end car accidents now account for over 40% of all automotive collisions. Fortunately, advanced technology like pre-collision braking and lane-keep assist are standard in the new 2019 Subaru Forester and the Nissan Rogue. That's great news, but the more affordable Subaru Forester holds an advantage here, as well. Part of the standard Subaru EyeSight® driver assist system is adaptive cruise control that maintains a set distance from traffic ahead. A similar feature is available on the Nissan Rogue, but it costs more as an upgrade on higher trim levels. Additionally, you can get steering-responsive LED headlights on the new small SUV from Forester, but not on the one from Nissan.

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Why Get a New Subaru in Redwood City, CA?

Over recent years, Subaru has entered the mainstream in a big way while continuing to earn a wide range of industry awards. Year after year the ALG recognizes Subaru as the brand that holds its value over time better than any other. The experts at Kelley Blue Book have again determined that Subaru still has the lowest five-year Cost to Own of all brands for 2019, and the American Customer Satisfaction Index has rated Subaru #1 in Owner Satisfaction. These are just a preview of the many awards and accolades earned by Subaru vehicles, and we're proud to be among the elite dealerships that earned the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award.