Subaru Forester vs Nissan Rogue


How the Capable, Compact Subaru Forester Remains a Top Pick for Milford SUV Drivers Year after Year

The compact crossover class is all about functional simplicity. It has to have the capability of an SUV, the civility of a car, and plenty of modern features and sophisticated designs -- but not enough to clutter a small hauler, of course. Some entries in the segment do better at this balancing game than others, of course, and one of our favorite top players is the Subaru Forester

What is it about the Forester that allows it to pull ahead of all of the compact competition? We did a little comparison shopping between the Forester and the Nissan Rogue to highlight the Subaru's attributes, and you can read all about the findings below:

After that long introduction, we invite you to see the class-leading Forester for yourself, behind the wheel of your favorite model here at Dan Perkins Subaru. If you're a Danbury, Branford, Norwalk, Wallingford or New Haven area driver shopping for a Forester for sale in Milford, CT, your best bet is to make the quick commute over to our well-stocked lot. We have plenty of crossovers in stock, so you can have your pick at the precise model that suits your unique needs.

The Subaru Forester versus the Nissan Rogue

  • As a thoroughbred Subaru, the Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive (a rarity in the segment), and it can benefit from the addition of drive modes on higher trims for improved traction. You have to pay more for AWD on the Rogue, and selectable drive modes are not available.
  • The Forester is available with an efficient continuously variable transmission like the Rogue, but only the Subaru offers a manual transmission, which is rare treat in the class.
  • Both aluminum and steel materials are used to construct the Forester, for a lighter curb weight than the Rogue.
  • An available turbocharged 2.0XT trim with a CVT makes the Forester one of the most potent small SUVs on the market. The Rogue is only available with a four-cylinder engine.
  • Both passengers and cargo have more wiggle room in the Forester thanks to a larger interior cargo volume and more legroom, shoulder room, elbow roo-- well, you get the picture.
  • Subaru is awfully generous with its trim levels, offering a total of six on the Forster for a vehicle that's practically built to suit. The Rogue falls short with just three models.
  • Subaru STARLINK® technology and smartphone app integration come standard on the Rogue. The former is exclusive to the Subaru brand and Nissan makes you pay more for the latter.
  • The Forester boasts a five-star government crash test rating as well as an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. The Rogue doesn't earn either accolade.

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