2011 Nissan
Rogue SV
vs. 2011 Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

10.0

starting from

$29,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Good range on the highway
537 miles
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Passenger power seats
Standard
2011 Nissan Rogue SV

9.5

Runner-up

Nissan Rogue SV

starting from

$25,950

Reasons to buy the Nissan Rogue SV

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Power locks
Standard
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Sluggish 0-60 time
8.9 seconds
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Pokey 1/4 mile time
17.0 s @ 84 mph
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.0
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • The Outback 2.5i Limited's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Outback 2.5i Limited; but it's not available at all on the Rogue SV
  • The Outback 2.5i Limited has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Performance 10.0 vs 8.9
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • The Outback 2.5i Limited comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Rogue SV
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Outback 2.5i Limited
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • A single tank lasts around 30% longer, 537 miles vs 413 miles
  • The Outback 2.5i Limited has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • Almost the same, 57.2 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3
Road Tests 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Winner: Rogue SV
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  • The Rogue SV hits 60mph around 20% faster, 8.9 seconds vs 10.7 seconds
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 17.0 s @ 84 mph vs 18.2 s @ 79 mph
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Overall 10.0 vs 9.5

Entertainment System

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Nissan
Rogue SV
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Outback 2.5i Limited has more speakers and the Rogue SV is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Rogue SV's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Outback 2.5i Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Outback 2.5i Limited's satellite radio; in the Rogue SV, too, but it'll cost
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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 Yes vs No The Outback 2.5i Limited has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Outback 2.5i Limited; but it's not available at all on the Rogue SV

Performance

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Nissan
Rogue SV
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs Continuously variable Fewer gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The Outback 2.5i Limited comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Rogue SV
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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 21.0 lb/hp vs 20.5 lb/hp Both Rogue SV and Outback 2.5i Limited 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 36.8 ft vs 37.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Nissan
Rogue SV
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Outback 2.5i Limited

Practicality

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Nissan
Rogue SV
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 537 miles vs 413 miles The Outback 2.5i Limited has great highway range, but the Rogue SV is very limited
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 57.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.2 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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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roof rails Standard vs Standard Both come standard with roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Outback 2.5i Limited has a good number of cupholders, but the Rogue SV is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Nissan
Rogue SV
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 137 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 18.2 s @ 79 mph vs 17.0 s @ 84 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs 0.78 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 123 mph vs 115 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Cost

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Nissan
Rogue SV
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MSRP $29,220 vs $25,950 The Rogue SV has a great price and the Outback 2.5i Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 22 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

Safety Features

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Nissan
Rogue SV
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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 5 OK number of airbags
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Rogue SV Nissan
Rogue SV
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 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 Nissan Rogue S 2011 Nissan JUKE S Rogue S vs JUKE S
2011 Nissan Rogue SV 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S 4Motion Rogue SV vs Tiguan S 4Motion
2011 Nissan Rogue SV 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 Rogue SV vs Altima 2.5
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2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R 2011 Subaru Tribeca Premium Outback 3.6R vs Tribeca Premium
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