2021 Subaru Outback vs Nissan Rogue Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

The Nissan Rogue has an all-new design for the 2021 model year -- but can it stand up to the style, versatility and value of the new 2021 Subaru Outback? Find out below where we've compared both models head to head.

For its part, the Subaru Outback is coming off a redesign of its own for 2020. That means it's packed with all the latest engineering and technology. Better yet, it enjoys a rugged look with an elegant, classic station wagon-inspired shape. The 2021 Subaru Outback has that adventurous appeal that lesser commuter crossovers like the Nissan Rogue just can't compete with. Learn more on this page, or just schedule a test drive in the new Outback at McKenna today!

New Outback Cargo Area

Outback vs. Rogue: Size & Design

The long, elegant shape of the 2021 Subaru Outback also translates to more room inside compared to the 2021 Nissan Rogue. You get some extra rear seat legroom, more total passenger volume and more total cargo space in the new Outback. The Outback also provides more ground clearance so you can get over more obstacles, and standard roof rails so you can bring more gear along for the ride. Roof rails will cost you extra on the new Nissan Rogue as an optional extra.

The 2021 Subaru Outback even comes standard with steering responsive LED headlights, which swivel as you steer. That's a feature you can't get on the 2021 Nissan Rogue at all!


New Outback Multimedia Screen

Outback vs. Rogue: Features & Technology

The 2021 Nissan Rogue offers a typical multimedia system, complete with an 8" or available 9" multimedia touchscreen. Instead, the 2021 Subaru Outback offers more screen real estate so more controls and more information are right at your fingertips. Entry-level 2021 Outback models feature a pair of 7" touchscreens, or step up to a more premium trim level with a 11.6", portrait-oriented touchscreen in the center stack for the most modern feel in the cabin. And since both models come standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, you'll enjoy convenient, hands-free control of your compatible smartphone.

With available ventilated front seats, StarTex® water-resistant upholstery or genuine Nappa leather, the 2021 Subaru Outback offers a level of luxury you just don't get on any 2021 Nissan Rogue, which isn't available with any of these features.

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New Outback Power Liftgate

Outback vs. Rogue: Performance & Utility

Entry-level 2021 Nissan Rogue and Subaru Outback models both deliver almost identical horsepower: 181 from the Rogue and 182 from the Outback. Fuel economy is also basically identical. If you're looking for a more powerful family SUV, consider upgrading to the available 2.4L turbocharged engine in the 2021 Subaru Outback XT. Outback XT models get 260 horsepower for an even more confident drive. The 2021 Nissan Rogue has no engine upgrades available.


New Outback Roof Rails And Crossbars

Outback vs. Rogue: Safety

When it comes to control and capability in poor weather or on rough terrain, the 2021 Subaru Outback gives you so much more value. It comes totally standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and X-MODE® terrain optimization technology. At the push of a button, the powertrain is tuned for better off-road performance. A similar all-wheel drive system is an option on the 2021 Nissan Rogue, but it'll set you back an additional $1,400 as an optional extra.

Furthermore, the industry authorities have not yet released crash test scores for the all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue. That said, they've already spoken on the 2021 Subaru Outback: the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2020 Top Safety Pick+ and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a five-star overall safety rating.


New Outback Dashboard Driver Display

Outback vs. Rogue: Driver Assistance

Not only is the 2021 Subaru Outback safer off-road or in an accident, it comes with more technology to make it easier to enjoy a safer commute. With standard Subaru EyeSight® driver assistance, every 2021 Subaru Outback features forward automatic emergency braking, lane keep assistance and adaptive cruise control with lane tracing. Of these features, you only find standard emergency braking on the 2021 Nissan Rogue. You'll have to spend a lot more on a higher trim level to get similar technology to what comes standard on every 2021 Subaru Outback!

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As you can see, we think it's a smart choice to select the 2021 Subaru Outback instead of the 2021 Nissan Rogue, so you can enjoy a better drive in a more comfortable cabin with more sophisticated standard equipment. After all, with a starting MSRP of $26,795, the 2021 Subaru Outback might appear more expensive than the 2021 Nissan Rogue, at first. Compared to an S model with all-wheel drive, the Nissan Rogue would actually cost more! We can help you make the right decision for your family's commute at McKenna Subaru.

2021 Subaru Outback2021 Nissan Rogue
$26,795Starting MSRP*$25,650
182Standard Horsepower181
26 MPG City / 33 MPG HighwayFuel Economy (AWD)26 MPG City / 33 MPG Highway
260-Horsepower Turbocharged EngineAvailable Engine UpgradeNone
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
StandardSteering Responsive LED HeadlightsNot Available
Available UpgradeWater-Resistant UpholsteryNot Available
Available UpgradeVentilated Front SeatsNot Available
109 Cubic FeetTotal Passenger Volume105 Cubic Feet

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.