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

Normally, it's easy to fit vehicles into certain categories. The Nissan Rogue certainly fits into the category of a small SUV. But every once in a while, there comes a vehicle so exceptional that it simply can't fit into one category. The 2020 Subaru Outback is such a vehicle. It began its life as an off-road-capable Legacy station wagon, but quickly gained a personality of its own. These days it may technically be an SUV, but its wagon origins still shine through in the best possible ways. When you compare it to the Nissan Rogue, you'll see that the Subaru Outback is truly outstanding, a perfect match for drivers who refuse to be confined to just one category.

Subaru Outback filled with cargo

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Nissan Rogue: Design

We've already mentioned that the Outback is inspired by its station wagon past, and comparing the exterior design of these two SUVs is a perfect demonstration of this. While the 2020 Nissan Rogue looks much like most other small SUVs, the design of the Outback stands out. But there's more to the difference than just looks; the 2020 Subaru Outback is also equipped with a number of features you won't find on the base Nissan Rogue. Take the roof rack, for example. It's standard on every 2020 Subaru Outback, but an available upgrade only if you choose the Nissan Rogue. Similarly, the Nissan Rogue comes with halogen headlights, whereas LED headlights are standard on the 2020 Subaru Outback.

Inside, the Subaru Outback proves to be the roomier option. The 2020 Subaru Outback has 109 cubic feet of passenger volume, making each road trip or short drive more enjoyable. If you were to choose the 2020 Nissan Rogue, you'd get just 105.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. And, while the Nissan Rogue may have more standard cargo space, that all changes when you fold down the second row. With the second row out of the way, the Subaru Outback has up to 75.7 cubic feet of cargo volume, while the Nissan Rogue gets up to 70 cubic feet.

Subaru Outback touchscreen

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Nissan Rogue: Technology & Comfort

We'll admit, the 7-inch touchscreen you'll find inside the 2020 Nissan Rogue is pretty nice. But the Subaru Outback has a standard infotainment system that's literally twice as nice! It has two 7-inch touchscreens, and that's just at the entry level! Choose a higher trim level and you'll get access to a high-definition, tablet-like 11.6-inch touchscreen. You'll be able to take control over features like the vehicle's audio system, and here again the Subaru Outback reigns supreme. The available Harman Kardon 12-speaker audio system far outclasses the optional 9-speaker Bose audio system you could get in the Nissan Rogue.

But infotainment isn't the only way in which the Subaru Outback excels. Even when it comes to your comfort, the Outback is the better choice than the Nissan Rogue. Even the entry-level Subaru Outback comes with automatic climate control, while the Nissan Rogue starts off with manual air conditioning. And, while the Subaru Outback offers available heated front and rear seats, the Nissan Rogue offers heated front seats only.

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Subaru Outback driving over rocks

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Nissan Rogue: Performance

Subaru SUVs are known for their remarkable performance both on city streets and off-road trails, and the Outback certainly doesn't disappoint. It comes standard with a BOXER® engine that generates 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. This is relatively similar to the standard engine in the Nissan Rogue, which puts out 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. But if you want more power than this, the Subaru Outback is the way to go. The Nissan Rogue is limited to one engine choice, while the Subaru Outback lets you choose between two. The available upgraded turbocharged engine generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque for a powerful driving experience!

The Subaru Outback is also known for its off-road prowess. In addition to the standard all-wheel drive, it also comes with a number of features designed to make off-roading easier and more enjoyable. Hill Descent Control helps you keep in control by maintaining a consistent downhill speed, while X-MODE® makes the all-wheel drive system more engaged to reduce individual wheelspin and provide even better traction. The Subaru Outback Onyx Edition XT trim level even has an upgraded dual-function X-MODE® that includes a Deep Snow / Mud setting. Though AWD is an available upgrade in the Nissan Rogue, it lacks any of these other features.

EyeSight cameras

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Nissan Rogue: Safety

When it comes to protecting your safety, the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive in the Subaru Outback is up for the job. It's good for more than just off-roading: it also provides exceptional control on the streets. The Subaru Outback also comes standard with features that are available as upgrades only in the Nissan Rogue, including adaptive cruise control.

The experts have also noticed just how safe the 2020 Subaru Outback is. It earned the 2020 Top Safety Pick+ award, the highest honor given out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Though the IIHS also awarded the 2020 Nissan Rogue, it got the less prestigious 2019 Top Safety Pick award. The 2020 Subaru Outback also received a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2020 Nissan Rogue only earned a four-star overall rating.

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2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Nissan Rogue: Value

The 2020 Subaru Outback does have a starting MSRP that's higher than that of the 2020 Nissan Rogue. But it also offers much more. Take something as simple as all-wheel drive, for example. To get a 2020 Nissan Rogue with all-wheel drive and no other upgrades at all, you'd end up paying around the same as an entry-level Subaru Outback. Come take a new Subaru Outback for a spin at McKenna Subaru today!

2020 Subaru Outback2020 Nissan Rogue
$26,645Starting MSRP*$25,300
176 lb-ftTorque175 lb-ft
33 Highway MPG / 26 City MPGGas Mileage33 Highway MPG / 26 City MPG
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable
3,500 lbsMaximum Towing Capacity1,102 lbs
109 cu. ft.Passenger Volume105.8 cu. ft.
75.7 cu. ft.Maximum Cargo Capacity70 cu. ft.
Automatic Standard Climate ControlManual 
12-Speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audio SystemAvailable Audio System9-Speaker Bose® Premium Audio System

*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.