2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Nissan Rogue Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Subaru Forester

2018 Subaru Forester

Fuel Capacity

  15.9 gal.

Cargo Capacity

  34.4 cu. ft.


2018 Nissan Rogue

2018 Nissan Rogue

Fuel Capacity

  14.5 gal.

Cargo Capacity

  32.0 cu. ft.

2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Nissan Rogue

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The 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Nissan Rogue have been two of the leading choices for shoppers in the mid-size SUV market. For a fair comparison, start with looking at the base model 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i alongside the 2018 Nissan Rogue S AWD model. However, to get the all-wheel-drive that comes standard with the Subaru, the price for the Nissan Rogue S AWD is more than $3500 higher than the base model Forester.

SUV Performance

Both of these mid-size SUVs come equipped with a 2.5 four-cylinder engine. They produce nearly the same amount of horsepower and torque, but the displacement for the Subaru engine is slightly higher. The 15.9-gallon gas tank in the Subaru is 10 percent larger than the one equipped on the Nissan Rogue S AWD.

The 2018 Subaru Frontier 2.5i comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive and offers the option of the Lineartronic six-speed CVT with overdrive. The Nissan Rogue S AWD doesn't provide a manual transmission and comes equipped with an Xtronic two-speed CVT with overdrive instead. The turning radius for both of these SUVs is 34.8 curb-to-curb.

Exterior and Interior Design

Overall, the exterior design of the Forester is more compact than the Nissan Rogue. The wheelbase for the Forester is over 2.5 inches shorter than the Rogue. The body of the Rogue S AWD is 3 inches longer, over 1.5 inches wider and over 2 inches taller than the Forester. Front fog lights are standard equipment on the base model 2018 Forester. Heated exterior mirrors, power side mirrors, and a roof rack are also standard equipment of the Forester.

Despite the compact exterior, the 2018 Subaru Forester offers passengers more room than the Nissan Rogue S AWD does. Both vehicles provide around 41.5 inches of headroom in the front. Otherwise, the Forester provides more headroom in the rear, more shoulder room in the front and rear and more leg room in the front and rear. Overall, the 2018 Forester offers slightly more passenger room than the Nissan Rogue S AWD.

Accessories and Safety

Power lumbar support and manual lumbar support are standard for the Forester. This midsize SUV also comes equipped with an 8-way adjustable driver seat and heated seats. The base model Forester also comes with rear seat heater ducts, automatic climate control, and cruise control. The towing capacity of the Forester is about 400 pounds higher than the Rogue S AWD. The Subaru also comes with leather-trimmed upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The remote keyless entry system is standard, and the Forester is power everything, including the moon-roof. The audio system for the Forester is comprised of an AM/FM radio, four speakers, an MP3 player and a CD player. The system also comes equipped with speed sensitive volume as well. Some of the standard safety features include the anti-theft security system, the multi-function remote, daytime running lights, side guard door beams and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes.

For a significant discount, you get everything with the base model Forester 2.5i that you would with the Nissan Rogue S AWD. You're welcome to come down to the Suburban Subaru dealership if you want to test drive a 2018 Subaru Forester and see how it compares with the 2018 Nissan Rogue.


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