Truth in advertising: this comparison features the previous generations of Rogue and Forester, which is ideal if you're comparing used cars. See comparisons with the current generations.

Nissan Rogue SV AWD
Subaru Forester Premium AWD

Planet's Executive Summary
Both were entirely redesigned for the 2014 model year.  Forester was refreshed for 2017. They are built on car platforms (rather than truck frames) so both offer compliant handling with light off-road capability.  Nissan offers third row seating, which is unique in this compact crossover segment (aft seats are best used in a pinch for small kids).  Forester has racked up so many awards (from Motor Trend's Sport Utility of the Year to IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and many in between) that Subaru's trophy shelves are sagging. 

Similar sizes, but Rogue is slightly larger in every dimension:

  • Rogue is an inch and a half wider.
  • Rogue is an inch and a half longer.
  • Rogue is one inch taller.


All Wheel Drive Systems
Rogue began life as front wheel drive Sentra, and then Nissan bolted on hardware to power the rear wheels.  Forester was engineered from the ground up with Subaru's legendary all wheel drive system.

Ground clearance
The extra inch makes a big difference in deep snow, which can hang you up by lifting all four wheels off the ground.

7.4 inches

8.7 inches

Passenger Volume

 100 Cubic Feet

103 cubic feet

Cargo Space

Rogue has more cargo space, especially with seats up.  Forester is more squared off so it swallows up your full sized golden retriever. Dog costs extra.

  70 cubic feet (seats down)
 39 cubic feet (seats up)


68 cubic feet (seats down)
31 cubic feet (seats up)

Third Row Seating
For an extra $826, Nissan offers the only third row seating in this segment.  Not much room, but enough in a pinch for small kids.  Unfortunately, you lose the spare tire, requiring run flat tires which are approximately double the replacement cost of regular tires.  Also, your kids are in the crumple zone. 


Not available
on Forester.

Standard Engine and acceleration

2.5 liter in-line
four cylinder
170 horsepower

0-60mph:  8.6 seconds

2.5 liter four cylinder
Boxer engine

with 170 horsepower

0-60mph:  8.5 seconds

Fuel Economy
Both use leading edge transmissions for great
gas mileage.

Continuously variable
 auto transmission

24 city, 32 hwy

Lineartronic Continuously variable auto transmission

26 city, 32 hwy

Need some extra go-go?



2.0 liter turbocharged
four cylinder with
continuously variable
automatic transmission.

250 horsepower.

23 city, 28 highway.

0-60 mph 6.1 seconds

Towing Capacity

You won't be towing your yacht with either vehicle, but both accommodate a small trailer.  Both require optional hitches.

1,000 pounds

1,500 pounds

Outward Visibility

Rogue's styling is handsome, like a baby Pathfinder.  Rear windows taper, where Forester has glass.  Forester was recognized as the #1 vehicle for visibility of any car on the road!  Those big rear windows help a lot. 




Panoramic Power

Forester uses one piece of solid glass for the open-air feeling of a convertible. 



Comparably equipped, Forester is considerably less expensive, and includes heated seats/mirrors/wipers too.



Forester models
and prices

Forester goes one better on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rankings, earning "Top Safety Pick PLUS." 

Rogue test results

 Forester test results

Purchase and Ownership Experience

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