Compare 2012 Subaru Forester vs 2012 Nissan Rogue

2012 Subaru Forester
2012 Nissan Rogue
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4-Door Manual 2.5X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual 2.5X 21 27 $19,489 $20,595
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $19,798 $20,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5X 21 27 $20,580 $21,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X 21 27 $20,888 $22,095
4-Door Manual 2.5X Premium 21 27 $21,960 $23,295
4-Door Manual PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,269 $23,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Premium 21 27 $22,869 $24,295
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Premium 21 27 $23,178 $24,595
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Limited 21 27 $24,905 $26,595
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Limited 21 27 $25,214 $26,895
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Premium 19 24 $25,407 $27,095
4-Door Automatic 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,094 $27,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV 2.5X Touring 21 27 $26,403 $28,195
4-Door Automatic 2.5XT Touring 19 24 $27,992 $29,895
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FWD 4-Door S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door S 23 28 $21,038 $22,070
AWD 4-Door S 22 26 $22,274 $23,370
FWD 4-Door SV 23 28 $22,845 $24,510
AWD 4-Door SV 22 26 $24,055 $25,810
FWD 4-Door SL 23 28 $26,472 $28,410
AWD 4-Door SL 22 26 $27,682 $29,710
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,489
$21,038
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,595
$22,070
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$368 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Subaru Forester is tough, all-weather-capable, and one of the best-handling compact crossovers--plus, a blast to drive in XT turbo form--but an old-tech automatic transmission and econo-caliber interior remain letdowns. The 2012 Nissan Rogue's comfortable ride and versatile layout make it a good fit for a value-conscious small families--but it's far from exciting to drive.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD FWD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 51.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107.6 126.4
Second Head Room (in)
40.4 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
52.9 53.1
Second Leg Room (in)
38.0 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
41.6 40.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.9 8.3
Length, Overall (in)
179.5 183.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.9 65.3
Liftover Height (in)
27.4 30.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
103.0 105.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.1 70.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
33.9 31.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
61.8 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
33.5 57.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
42.2 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
37.5 37.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
68.3 28.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 55.2
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x - TBD - 11.7 x 0.6
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.8 x 1.0
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.9 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 39.0
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.4 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 3.1
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/65HR16 P215/70R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact T155/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/65HR16 P215/70R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
240 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
360 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3250 3276
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Compact Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
174 @ 4100 175 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5800 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 2.34-0.39
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.33 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 5.79
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.09 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Continuously variable ratio
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Subaru Forester Nissan Rogue
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.75
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 7.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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