Subaru Forester vs Nissan Rogue:

Which Compact SUV Suits Connecticut Drivers Better?

Discover How the Subaru Forester Rolls Past the Nissan Rogue

Hartford families like to do their due diligence before purchasing a crossover from Reynolds Subaru. That's why we've sorted model-specific details to compare the Subaru Forester to the Nissan Rogue. These two compact SUVs both have their strengths, but only the Subaru Forester is fit for all Connecticut driving lifestyles, from city driving to off-road adventures.


Connecticut families can save money by purchasing a new Subaru Forester, which has an MSRP of $25,000, $1,000 lower than the Nissan Rogue. The Nissan Rogue's top trim, Platinum, has a $36,000 price tag, while the Subaru Forester's elite model, the all-new Wilderness Edition, is far more affordable with a $32,800 MSRP.

Performance & Fuel Economy

The Subaru Forester can tow more than twice the amount a Nissan Rogue can. The Subaru Forester's 3,000-pound maximum towing capacity is a byproduct of the 2.5-liter flat-4 Subaru BOXER® engine that delivers 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.

The Nissan Rogue's 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, which outputs 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, only offers 1,350 pounds of max towing capability.Nissan's SUV earns 27/35 (city/highway) miles per gallon, while the Subaru Forester features identical fuel economy ratings at 26 miles per gallon on Middletown streets and 33 miles per gallon on highways to Hartford and back.

Seasonal Driving

Traverse Connecticut trails with ease behind the wheel of the Subaru Forester, which offers a standard ground clearance of 8.7 inches and up to 9.2 inches on the trail-tested Wilderness Edition. These marks easily top the Nissan Rogue's 8.2 inches of ground clearance.

The Nissan Rogue offers available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, but that can't match the Forester's standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Subaru Intelligent Drive Management System, or Enhanced Dual-Function Subaru X-Mode®, all providing superior traction on various road conditions.

The Nissan Rogue does have a somewhat rugged exterior, but the Subaru Forester displays superior features. On Wilderness models, the Forester's anti-glare hood, 17-inch matte black alloy wheels with Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires, reinforced roof rails with Anodized Copper finish accents, skid plates, and tough exterior cladding all add to the rugged off-road presence that the Rogue can't match.


Connecticut families have more space for cargo and their family in a Subaru Forester, which features 76.1 cubic feet of cargo volume and a large 51.3-inch cargo hatch. The Nissan Rogue counters with a total cargo capacity of 74.1 cubic feet. Leather upholstery is available, but it can't top the quality of the textured StarTex® water-repellent upholstery in the Subaru Forester Wilderness model.

Safety & Technology

No Nissan Rogue SUV can top the Subaru Forester's safety presence and array of accolades. The Subaru Forester is a multi-year winner for signature safety awards. These awards include being named a 2021 IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick+ for the highest possible safety rating and an IIHS Superior Front Crash Prevention award for the highest possible prevention rating.

The Rogue is also a Top Safety Pick+ but Nissan's SUV doesn't earn a superior front crash prevention rating like the Subaru Forester. There's also no safety system to reduce distracted driving like the Forester offers with the Subaru DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System.

Through Subaru STARLINK® Safety and Security connected services - which includes SOS Emergency Assistance and Advanced Automatic Collision Notification - the Forester offers additional peace of mind that the Rogue can't provide.

The Forester's standard safety suite, Subaru EyeSight®, includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, a feature not offered on the Rogue's standard safety suite, Nissan Safety Shield® 360.

For technology, both SUVs include Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, but the Forester features a superior entertainment setup with Subaru STARLINK® Multimedia and a Harman Kardon sound system.

Test Drive the New Subaru Forester Around Lyme, CT

While these compact SUVs mirror each other in safety and technology, the Subaru Forester showcases superior capability, particularly with off-roading. New London shoppers can test drive the new Subaru Forester around Lyme, CT today!

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    268 Hamburg Rd.
    Lyme, CT 06371

    • Sales: 860-434-0028
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