2020 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

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Safety

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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 Crosstrek Hybrid only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Rogue Sport 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, available all-wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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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

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Tires and Wheels

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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 Crosstrek Hybrid’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Crosstrek Hybrid’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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Rogue Sport 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

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The Rogue Sport 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 better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue Sport is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than on the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Chassis

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The Nissan Rogue Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.

The Rogue Sport is 3 inches shorter than the Crosstrek Hybrid, making the Rogue Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Rogue Sport has .9 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat up (22.9 vs. 15.9 cubic feet). The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 43.1 cubic feet).

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

Rogue Sport

Crosstrek Hybrid

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.3”/62.3”

28.9”/63.1”

Max Width

54.2”

53”

Height

33.3”

30”

Ergonomics

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When different drivers share the Rogue Sport SV/SL, 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.

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 Crosstrek Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Rogue Sport’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

The Rogue Sport 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 Sport and the Crosstrek Hybrid 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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Subaru Crosstrek by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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