2011 Nissan
Rogue SV
vs. 2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5X

2011 Nissan Rogue SV

9.6

starting from

$25,950

Reasons to buy the Nissan Rogue SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Average cargo space
57.9 ft3
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Power seats
Standard
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X

9.3

starting from

$21,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5X

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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.7"
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Average number of gears
5
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Average-sized back seats
49.4 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Performance 8.0 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • Almost the same, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • The Forester 2.5X's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.1 lb/hp vs 20.5 lb/hp
  • The Forester 2.5X needs around 10% less space to turn, 34.4 ft vs 37.4 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • The Rogue SV's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
  • The Rogue SV has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Road Tests 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • Almost the same, 0.81 g vs 0.78 g
  • The Forester 2.5X can go around 10% faster than the Rogue SV, 125 mph vs 115 mph
  • Almost the same, 134 ft vs 137 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for more than 70% more stuff, 57.9 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • The Rogue SV has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • The best price we've seen is $4,730 cheaper (around 20% less), $21,220 vs $25,950
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Overall 9.6 vs 9.3

Luxury Features

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Rogue SV's power seats; not available on the Forester 2.5X
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Rogue SV

Performance

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Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The Forester 2.5X has an OK number of gears, while the Rogue SV has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.5 lb/hp vs 19.1 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 34.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Number of speakers 6 vs 4 The Rogue SV has an OK number of speakers, while the Forester 2.5X has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Rogue SV's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Forester 2.5X does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Rogue SV, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 9.1 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 134 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 17.0 s s @ 84.0 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 82.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.81 g The Forester 2.5X has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Rogue SV
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Top speed 115 mph vs 125 mph The Forester 2.5X's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Rogue SV is just OK

Practicality

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 57.9 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3 The Rogue SV has OK cargo room, while the Forester 2.5X has very little
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front seats 55.5 ft3 vs 58.2 ft3 The Forester 2.5X has roomy front seats and the Rogue SV is OK
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Base payload capacity 1,053 lb vs 1,230 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Rogue SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Forester 2.5X
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The Forester 2.5X has an OK number of cupholders while the Rogue SV has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The Rogue SV has an OK number of airbags while the Forester 2.5X has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

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Rogue SV
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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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MSRP $25,950 vs $21,220 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 21 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Forester 2.5X vs Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Forester 2.5X vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 Subaru Tribeca Touring Forester 2.5X vs Tribeca Touring
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