The Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue are both competitors in the compact SUV class. Both of these models are Japanese made crossovers with seating for up to five, comparably powered base engines, and fuel economy.
There are several distinct difference in these models. The Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive; the Rogue does not. It comes standard with front-wheel drive. Another distinguishing features is that the Forester offers a more powerful turbo-charged engine, while the Rogue does not. It is only offered with a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine.
In making a 2011 Subaru Forester vs. 2011 Nissan Rogue comparison, it is only fair to compare comparable trim lines with comparable features, as both models come in six trim lines. For this comparison, we will look at the Forester 2.5X Limited vs. the Nissan Rogue SV AWD.
The Forester 2.5X Limited comes standard with power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, leather seats, power seats, CD player, and sunroof. The Rogue SVAWD has these features except leather seats and sunroof, which are optional features. It also has a standard Continuously Variable Transmission.
The MSRP of the Forester 2.5X Limited is $26,495, while the Rogue SV AWD starts at $24,490. However, with the options added, these models will likely be a very similar price. Both models offer an optional navigation system. If you are seeking a more powerful engine, the 2.5XT Limited with its turbo-charged, 224 horsepower four-cylinder engine has an MSRP of $26,995, which includes a standard sunroof.
In terms of interior passenger legroom, the Forester wins. The Forester has 43.1” of front legroom, 38” of rear legroom while the Rouge has 42.5” of front legroom and 35.3” of rear legroom. Headroom is largely comparable as the Rogue has 40.3” of front headroom and 38.3” of rear headroom while the Forester has 40” of front headroom and 37.7” of rear headroom.
In cargo room, the Forester wins. The Rogue is actually the longest SUV in the compact class. However, its curvy, body shape cuts into its utility. The Forester has 33.5 cubic feet of rear cargo room behind the rear seats and 68.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Rogue has 28.9 cubic feet of cargo room with seats up and 57.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat, giving the Forester more than ten extra cubic feet of space.
The Forester also wins on safety. It was named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, while the Rogue was not. However, both models offer ABS brakes, traction control, driver/passenger/side air bags, and electronic stability control as standard features.
A 2011 Subaru Forester vs. 2011 Nissan Rogue comparison is worth doing if you shopping for a compact SUV. While the Forester may appear to be the winner cars are a personal choice and some may prefer, the styling, interior features, packaging or pricing of the Rogue.