2017 Forester vs Nissan Rogue

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Why So Many Boston Adventures are Powered by the 2017 Subaru Forester, the Genuinely Sporty SUV

The 2017 Subaru Forester stands out from the compact-crossover crowd with its cavernous interior, genuine off-road capability, spirited acceleration, and affordable creature comforts. The Forester is a jack of all trades, taking families well off the beaten path while keeping them connected with a generous array of standard technologies.

You can gain some insight into why so many Boston, Belmont, Cambridge, Natick, Newton and Wakefield area SUV drivers choose the feisty Forester over its more domesticated rivals by scrolling through the comparison below, which pits the latest model against the Nissan Rogue:

The 2017 Subaru Forester versus the 2017 Nissan Rogue


  • A rarity in the compact-crossover segment, the Forester's standard Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system gives it a considerable capability edge over the front-wheel Rogue, as Nissan drivers have to pay more for AWD.
  • Driver engagement is another reason to choose a Subaru, as even its family-friendly Forester SUV comes with the option of a manual transmission. The Rogue is CVT-only.
  • Reap the benefits of a savvy, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine by opting for a 2.0XT model. It's worth 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is much more than you'll get with the single-engine Rogue roster.
  • Forester 2.0XT models boast such performance-enhancing features as larger brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, additional selectable driving modes, shift paddles, and that turbo engine. There isn't a "Sport" variation of the Rogue.

Technology, Trim Options, and Interior Features

  • A lower starting price puts the Forester ahead of the Rogue right out of the gate.
  • Tailor your Forester to suit with a generous six trims, spreading out available amenities across a lengthy menu of models. Features are condensed into three Rogue trims, meaning that you could end up paying for the range-topping model just to get one particular feature you want.
  • A standard a 6.2-inch touchscreen equips every Forester with the SUBARU STARLINK™ technology interface and smartphone app integration. Rogue drivers have to invest in a more expensive model for touchscreen infotainment.
  • While its body is a bit smaller than the Rogue, the Forester manages to offer more cargo and passenger space. Talk about efficiency.



  • A second-tier emergency telematics system infuses the Forester with more peace of mind at a lower cost, as the Rogue buries features like auto collision notification in higher trims.
  • The second Forester trim and higher can come equipped with Subaru's EyeSight® driver assist technologies, which includes high-tech safety systems such as adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation. Comparable features are available at the cost of a range-topping Rogue model.
  • Available adaptive LED headlights and reverse automatic braking are hard to come by in this class, and only the Forester offers these fancy features out of the two.
  • The Forester boasts a five-star government crash test rating -- versus the Rogue's four stars.

Schedule a Test Drive of the 2017 Subaru Forester near Boston

We encourage you to visit the CitySide Subaru showroom to experience the latest Forester firsthand. Feel free to take any of our 2017 models for a test drive, as well as reach out to our financing specialists for a detailed look at your lease and auto loan options.

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