The Subaru Outback VS The Nissan Rogue

Many smart shoppers do a little research before the fully commit to a new car and one of the best ways to find the perfect vehicle for you is by seeing what the competition has to offer. Here at Gallatin Subaru, we want our customers to relax and enjoy shopping for a new Subaru and so we have done the research for you. This way the only thing you need to do is come experience the Subaru Outback from the best seat in the house. The driver's seat. One popular contender of the Subaru Outback is the Nissan Rogue, but in a head to head comparison the Outback still reigns supreme in a number of ways that matter to Bozeman drivers.

Powertrain & Performance

For many Southwest Montana all-wheel-drive is a must with heavy winter snows as well as being able to take the road less traveled. Right out of the gate the Subaru Outback is off to a commanding lead with the best all-wheel-drive system on the road today standard on every model. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive provides unparalleled traction and control regardless of where the road may go or how much snow may fall. The Subaru Outback also comes standard with X-Mode with Hill Descent Control for enhanced traction on extra slippery surfaces by optimizing engine output to reduce individual wheel spin. The Nissan Rogue is available with a less capable all-wheel-drive system for an additional cost. The Nissan Rogue also doesn't offer a similar feature to X-Mode with Hill Descent Control.

The Subaru Outback has two spirited BOXER engines to choose from while the Nissan Rogue only has one powertrain option. Powering the Nissan Rogue is a 2.5L four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and can barely tow 1,100 lbs. The 2.5L four-cylinder BOXER engine that powers the Outback generates 175 horsepower and can easily tow up to 2,700 lbs. Or for more powerful performance the 3.6L six-cylinder BOXER engine has 256 horsepower.

Interior Dimensions

Whether you are heading to work or setting out on a weekend adventure interior space matters. The Nissan Rogue roughly the same size and the Subaru Outback but doesn't offer the same amount of maximum cargo space or total passenger space. The Nissan Rogue only offers 105.8 cubic feet of seating for five with 70 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. The Subaru Outback, however, has 108.1 cubic feet of spacious passenger space and 73.3 cubic feet of flexible cargo space.

 2019 Nissan Rogue parked in the mountains
 2019 Nissan Rogue SL interior shown in Charcoal Leather.

Advanced Safety

Safety is often one of the most important features a new SUV has to offer and both the Nissan Rogue and Subaru Outback come standard with a number of the most desirable features. The Nissan Rogue features Automatic Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Lane Intervention, and Blind Spot Detection standard and is available with Rear Automatic Braking. But that is the extent of the safety features that the Nissan Rogue has to offer. The Subaru Outback comes standard with the highly award EyeSight Driver Assist Technology on every model. EyeSight includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Keep Assist, and Sway Warning, and Pre-Collision Throttle Management. Other safety features that the Outback has to offer includes Subaru STARLINK Safety & Security with Automatic Collision Notification and Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist, Reverse Automatic Braking, and LED Steering Responsive Headlights.


Just when you think that there couldn't be any more ways to love the Subaru Outback, the list keeps on growing with a wide array of features. Like standard roof rails with integrated crossbars that swing out when you need them and fold away when not in use. Roof rails aren't offered on every Nissan Rogue trim level and you will need to buy crossbars to attach cargo boxes or bike racks. The Subaru Outback is also available with a heated steering wheel, a large touchscreen multimedia display, and Harman Kardon premium audio system.


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    31910 Frontage Rd
    Bozeman, MT 59715

    • Sales: 406-530-1548
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