Nissan Rogue vs. Subaru Crosstrek

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As crossover vehicles continue to rise in popularity, it’s clear that this highly desirable vehicle class is rife with qualified competition. One of the most ambitious automakers is Nissan, which put extensive research and development resources into not just redesigning but completely rethinking some of their vehicles for the 2021 model year. The first 2021 Nissan to be introduced is the popular Rogue. This upcoming iteration is expected to take this segment to all new heights, especially where active safety is concerned. It debuts an all-new ProPilot technology that’s considered an early concept of Nissan’s vision for fully autonomous driving. One of its main rivals, the Subaru Crosstrek, may present a serious competition, but while the rivalry is fierce, we expect the upcoming 2021 Nissan Rogue won’t have much to fear.

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Standard Safety Technologies

The 2021 Nissan Rogue will be host to a variety of standard active safety features through the company’s Safety Shield 360 suite. This advanced package of driver aids consists of automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and high beam assist. While the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is eligible for similar driver aids, they’re not included as standard across all trim levels. In addition, the 2021 Nissan Rogue will be promoting its brand-new ProPilot Assist with Navi-link system, which essentially functions as an advanced adaptive cruise control.

What separates ProPilot Assist with Navi-link from other adaptive cruise control systems is that it employs sophisticated mapping technologies and a memory bank that allow it to anticipate events on the road like curves, interchanges, and junctions. Plus, ProPilot Assist with Navi-link can read traffic signs and automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed based accordingly. Although the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek provides adaptive cruise control, it’s not as advanced as what Nissan has developed.

Interior Accomodations

The cabin of the 2021 Nissan Rogue is decidedly more upscale than the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek’s. First off, it has a floating center console that provides greater storage solutions and a fully digital dashboard (the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek’s is only partially digital). The 2021 Nissan Rogue also gets a standard 8-inch infotainment touchscreen – larger than the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek’s standard 6.5-inch screen. The 2021 Subaru Outback’s largest infotainment touchscreen is the same size as the 2021 Nissan Rogue’s base screen.

Power and Performance

The 2021 Nissan Rogue generates more power than the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, with its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine whisking out 181 hp and 181 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek’s base 2.0-liter engine falls considerably short with its output of 152 hp and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. While the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers an available 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, it only produces 182 hp and 176 lb.-ft. of torque. As you can see, the 2021 Nissan Rogue’s sole engine’s power is still higher than that of the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek’s optional powerplant. While the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek’s available engine whisks a single hp more, the difference is negligible, and its torque output is still lower.