Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Rogue VS 2018 Subaru Outback Near Macon, GA

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2018 Nissan Rogue

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2018 Subaru Outback

Safety Comparison

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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

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:





Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 71 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 Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Rogue’s reliability 18 points higher than the Outback.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl. is faster than the Outback 2.5i 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.:




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

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Hybrid AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Outback 2.5i (31 city/34 hwy vs. 25 city/32 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Outback doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Rogue Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Outback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Rogue stops much shorter than the 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 Comparison

The Rogue SL’s optional 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 offers optional 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 Comparison

The Rogue SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Outback can only carry 5.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue has a much larger cargo area 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 cargo door 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 trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the Rogue the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Outback can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rogue is less expensive to operate than the Outback because it costs $189 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Rogue than the Outback, including $82 less for a water pump, $8 less for front brake pads, $182 less for a starter and $340 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Outback was rated third in its category.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Subaru Outback by almost two to one during the 2017 model year.

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