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2019 Subaru Forester

Starting Price: $25,270 | Price Yours

Above Average: Standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and EyeSight, huge interior, excellent safety and resale numbers, real off-road ability, superior outward visibility, available driver drowsiness monitor

Below Average: Doesn’t look all that different than the previous model, average acceleration, rear windows don’t roll all the way down

Consensus: A quirky looking family favorite, providing excellent year-round driving confidence, a roomy interior and top marks in the areas of safety, resale and fuel economy.

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2019 Nissan Rogue

Starting Price: $25,845 | Price Yours

Above Average: Sliding second-row seat, huge cargo space, hybrid fuel economy, clever features like Rear Door Alert that reminds the driver to check the rear seat before leaving the vehicle

Below Average: Tepid acceleration, small rear seat

Consensus: A sporty looking compact SUV with numerous upscale features and high-tech driving aids at a really good price.

The Subaru Forester has been remade for 2019. Slightly larger and riding on Subaru’s new Global Platform, it retains many of the previous generation’s attributes with some noticeable improvements in the areas of quietness, comfort and fuel-efficiency. The Forester offers an amazing feature set for the money. Standard equipment includes the EyeSight collision avoidance system, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A new Sport model adds Si-Drive and paddle shifters, but without the previous generation’s turbocharged engine, it’s little more than window dressing. The Forester’s roomy interior and high roof make it ideal for tall occupants, and its massive glass greenhouse provides excellent 360-degree visibility.  A generous 8.7-inches of ground clearance allows the Forester to tackle light off-road situations, as does its X-Mode traction management system. With its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Forester isn’t exactly quick, but it can keep up with most other SUVs in this class. Despite its standard all-wheel drive, the Forester earns impressive fuel economy figures of 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.

The Nissan Rogue is a stylish compact crossover designed for urban adventures. Available all-wheel drive is perfect for snowy climates, but the Rogue has no illusions about venturing off paved roads.  A clever interior includes sliding second-row seats and Nissan’s EZ-Flex seating that allow all but the driver’s seat to fold flat, increasing cargo space right up to the dashboard. Nissan’s Safety Shield ups the competition by not only making automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning standard, but blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert as well. The available ProPilot system further increases the Rogue’s ability to drive and steer itself. Under the hood, buyers have a choice between a 2.5-liter gasoline engine or 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain, neither of which are terribly powerful but both offer excellent fuel economy, with the hybrid returning an estimated 35 mpg highway. The Rogue drives well, with a soft ride and relatively responsive steering feel.

Subaru Forester Advantages

The Forester has more rear seat legroom, more shoulder room, standard all-wheel drive, more standard features on the base trim, a tighter turning circle, more ground clearance and real off-road ability.

Nissan Rogue Advantages

The Rogue counters with a standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert, a hybrid engine option, larger cargo volume, EZ Flex seating plus more features made available on lower trims such as navigation, Bose audio and a heated steering wheel.

Similarities

Both the Rogue and Forester come with a long list of advanced driver assists, infotainment features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as lots of available upgrades like a panoramic moonroof and heated steering wheel. Both earn good fuel economy estimates, are reasonably priced, have expressive exterior styling and versatile interior configurability.

Final Recommendation

The Forester offers more features on its base trim for about the same price as the Rogue, but you can add more upscale features to the Rogue’s lower trims allowing more flexibility. The Forester’s standard AWD doesn’t hurt its fuel economy and makes it a better vehicle for those who live where snow is commonplace, or where going off-road is part of everyday life. The Rogue is a more comfortable driving SUV with a better set of standard and available driver assists systems. Over a 5-year period, KBB projects the Forester will hold its value far better than the Rogue.

  2019 Subaru Forester 2019 Nissan Rogue
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.5-liter flat-4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 182 hp @ 5,800 rpm 170 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 176 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm 175 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Continuously Variable
Fuel Economy 29 mpg (26 city,33 hwy) 29 mpg (26 city, 33 hwy)
Also Available   AWD, hybrid
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating NA 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 105.1 inches 106.5 inches
Overall Length 182.1 inches 184.5 inches
Width 71.5 inches 72.4 inches
Height 67.5 inches 68.0 inches
Turning Diameter 35.4 feet 37.6 feet
Headroom, Front 41.2 inches 41.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.6 inches 38.5 inches
Legroom, Front 43.3 inches 43.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 39.4 inches 37.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.2 inches 56.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 57.2 inches 55.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 111.9 cu. ft 105.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 33.0 cu. ft. 39.3 cu. ft.
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