For drivers around the Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers, MA, areas, deciding which compact SUV to fill that empty driveway just became a lot more exciting. The head-to-head Nissan Rogue vs. Subaru Forester competition has only just begun, so that's why we at Ira Subaru wanted to help you make an educated decision about your next vehicle.

Our comprehensive guide below will give you a better idea which 2021 compact SUV will suit your driving lifestyle. If you're looking for a different experience behind the wheel, continue reading to find out if the Nissan Rogue or the Subaru Forester will fit your future driving plans. Contact us with any questions!


Nissan Rogue vs Subaru Forester: Engine Power

The Forester and the Rogue are both great vehicles for cruising comfortably at a quick pace down the left lane thanks to their powerful engines and all-wheel drive capabilities. Still, while both these compact SUVs offer a thrilling performance, there are some differences between their capabilities.

Let's take a look at the Rogue vs. Forester performance differences, starting first with their engine specs.

Nissan Rogue vs Subaru Forester Engine Specs








181 HP

182 HP


181 lb-ft

176 lb-ft

As you can see, the 2021 Rogue and the Forester offer similar performance specs with the Forester offering a little extra horsepower and the Rogue providing a bit more torque. For you, this means you'll have an equally thrilling commute in either SUV.

Where the difference lies is with their all-terrain capabilities. Both SUVs are offered with all-wheel drive capabilities, but only in the Forester is this a standard feature, while it's only an optional feature with the Rogue.

In fact, not only does the Forester come standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to provide the necessary traction to conquer nearly any terrain, but it also comes with the optional X-MODE®. This feature  further enhances your vehicle's all-wheel drive capabilities by reducing individual wheelspin.

Other traction-enhancing features offered exclusively with the Forester include:

  • Active Torque Vectoring, standard
  • Hill Descent Control, optional

The addition of these features with the Forester will make a positive difference in traction if you're caught outside during harsh weather conditions, such as heavy rain or snow, as well as provide the ability to take your travels off road with ease.

Nissan Rogue vs Subaru Forester: Fuel Efficiency

When you're starting an adventure, you'll need an SUV that can keep up with your needs, and that includes running errands or picking up your kids after school without needing to make frequent stops at the gas station. This is where fuel efficiency comes into play.

Thankfully, both the 2021 Forester and the Rogue offer similar MPG ratings, giving you the freedom to travel farther distances while making fewer stops at the pump:

  • Forester MPG: 26 city/33 highway MPG
  • Rogue FWD MPG: 27 city/35 highway MPG
  • Rogue AWD MPG: 26 city/33 highway MPG

Despite having a slightly higher fuel economy with its front-wheel drive variation, the Rogue still falls short in terms of efficiency due to its smaller fuel tank capacity. This vehicle only comes with a 14.5-gallon tank, while the Forester comes with a 16.6-gallon tank.

Nissan Rogue vs Subaru Forester: Dimensions

Both the Rogue and the Forester make traveling in and around town easy thanks to their small sizes. Changing lanes and finding parking spots are likely much easier than when driving larger vehicles. But how do they measure up to one another? Let's take a look!

Nissan Rogue vs Subaru Forester Dimensions





183/72.4/66.5 inches

182.1/71.5/67.5 inches

Headroom (front/rear)

41.1/39.2 inches

41.2/39.6 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

43.3/38.5 inches

43.3/39.4 inches

Traveling inside either the Rogue or the Forester is a comfortable experience, but thanks to its roomier interior dimensions, Forester passengers are more likely to feel comfortable than Rogue passengers. This is thanks to the extra passenger volume offered with the Forester.

The Nissan Rogue has 105.4 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Subaru Forester comes with a larger 111.9 cubic feet for your family to enjoy.

Nissan Rogue vs Subaru Forester: Interior Cargo Competition

In addition to passenger space, both vehicles offer exceptional cargo capacity.

The maximum cargo volume in the Rogue is 74.1 cubic feet. If you need more room than that, it's easily accomplished in the Forester. When you need the extra cargo volume for a home project or weekend excursion, fold down the rear seat of the Forester to get 76.1 cubic feet of space.


Nissan Rogue vs Subaru Forester: Advanced Technology Features

No matter what the length of your commute, you and your passengers will always stay entertained. Both SUVs are equipped with plenty of advanced technology features. The 2021 Subaru Forester comes standard with a 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus screen, while the Rogue offers an 8-inch screen.

Other than the larger screen that comes standard with the Rogue, the Forester takes the lead thanks to its extra standard features, like:

  • Apple CarPlay®
  • SiriusXM® Travel Link®
  • Dual USB ports

Thanks to these features, you and your passengers will have an easier time staying entertained in the Forester during those especially long commutes.

Nissan Rogue vs Subaru Forester: Safety

We'd like to say the Nissan Rogue and the Subaru Forester are equals when it comes to standard safety, but it's hard to compete with the 2021 Forester. Subaru EyeSight® is a suite of driver-assistive technologies that includes features like:

  • Pre-Collision Braking System
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering

The Rogue offers similar features through its Safety Shield® 360 feature. This suite also includes an Automatic Emergency Braking System and Lane Departure Warning.  However, it doesn't offer the Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control system that helps you maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, like the Forester does.

Nissan Rogue vs Subaru Forester: Which Compact SUV Will You Choose?

Our comparison guide to the Nissan Rogue vs. Subaru Forester positions both these vehicles as being well equipped, fun to look at-and drive-and fitted with top-of-the-line safety systems. However, the experts at Ira Subaru believe drivers near the Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers, Massachusetts, areas will truly appreciate what the Forester has to offer.

When you're ready to get behind the wheel, we invite you to make your way over to our dealership to schedule a test drive in the 2021 Subaru Forester.

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