2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Rogue (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Crosstrek Hybrid only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Rogue and the Crosstrek Hybrid 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available all wheel drive.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Crosstrek Hybrid has not been tested, yet.

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’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

The Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (170 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 28 more horsepower (176 vs. 148) than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Rogue has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Crosstrek Hybrid (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Rogue Hybrid’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Crosstrek Hybrid:

 

Rogue

Rogue Hybrid

Crosstrek Hybrid

Front Rotors

11.65 inches

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.7 inches

11.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

The Rogue 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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Rogue can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

The Rogue has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Crosstrek Hybrid; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Rogue has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Crosstrek Hybrid (106.5 inches vs. 104.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Chassis

The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.

Passenger Space

The Rogue has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Crosstrek Hybrid (105.8 vs. 100.7).

The Rogue has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Crosstrek Hybrid.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rogue’s available rear seats recline. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 15.9 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat folded (70 vs. 43.1 cubic feet).

The Rogue’s cargo area is larger than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s in every dimension:

 

Rogue

Crosstrek Hybrid

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.5”/68.5”

28.9”/63.1”

Min Width

44”

43”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue SV/SL’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

The Rogue’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (1102 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

When different drivers share the Rogue (except S), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a memory system.

If the windows are left open on the Rogue the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Crosstrek Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Rogue SV/SL’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid by almost three to one during 2018.

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