2020 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

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Safety

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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 Outback 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 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 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Rogue is safer than the Subaru Outback:

Rogue

Outback

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

142

223

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

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’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue third among compact SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Outback isn’t in the top three in its category.

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.

Engine

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

Rogue

Outback

Zero to 30 MPH

3.7 sec

4.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

10.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.8 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

18.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

81.4 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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The Rogue stops much shorter than the Outback:

Rogue

Outback

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Rogue SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 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 SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The Outback’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 Outback 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 Outback doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Rogue SV AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rogue SV AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Outback 2.5i Limited (28 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Rogue is 5.4 inches shorter than the Outback, making the Rogue easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Rogue has .8 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more front legroom than the Outback.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume than the Outback with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 35.5 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Outback doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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Both the Rogue and the Outback 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 Outback Base/Premium doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Outback because it costs $136 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Rogue than the Outback, including $32 less for a water pump, $2 less for front brake pads, $11 less for a starter and $177 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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

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

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