2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue Sport are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Outback doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Outback only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Outback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue Sport is safer than the Subaru Outback:

 

Rogue Sport

Outback

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

27%

Neck Stress

224 lbs.

259 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

There are over 72 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue Sport’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

Engine

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue Sport is faster than the Outback 2.5i:

 

Rogue Sport

Outback

Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

4.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

10.3 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.9 sec

18.1 sec

Brakes and Stopping

The Rogue Sport stops shorter than the Outback:

 

Rogue Sport

Outback

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Rogue Sport SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outback Limited/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Outback’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Rogue Sport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Outback doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

The Nissan Rogue Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Subaru Outback.

The Rogue Sport is 1 foot, 5.5 inches shorter than the Outback, making the Rogue Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the Rogue Sport is 1.9 inches lower than the Outback (17.1” vs. 19”). The Rogue Sport’s rear step up height is 1.2 inches lower than the Outback’s (17.8” vs. 19”).

Ergonomics

The Rogue Sport’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Outback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the Rogue Sport and the Outback offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue Sport has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outback Base/Premium doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

The Rogue Sport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Outback doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Rogue Sport and the Subaru Outback, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Subaru Outback by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

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