Compact SUV Face-Off: Subaru Crosstrek vs. Nissan Rogue Sport

These two models stand out from the crowd, but only one is head and shoulders above them all

Subaru Crosstrek and Nissan Rogue Sport

The Subaru Crosstrek and Nissan Rogue Sport are both very frequently searched on This is due in large part to how well they have performed in CR’s tests, but it’s also because they have unique enough styling to stand out from a collection of carbon-copy compact SUVs.

If you’re in the market for an SUV that can handle the day-to-day grind of short trips or commuting, as well as going from the city or suburbs to outdoor adventures, these two are vehicles to consider. Both of these models skew toward the more substantial and mature end of the subcompact SUV class. But it’s not always easy to determine the better vehicle after a short test drive. That’s why CR’s auto experts are here to help.

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While both compact SUVs have a number of similarities, they also each have their own strengths and weaknesses. The Crosstrek and Rogue Sport are well-rounded packages that should make most owners happy. For this face-off we aren’t including the Crosstrek Hybrid version; it’s difficult to justify its almost $8,000 price premium over the regular Crosstrek.

To help streamline your shopping process, we take an in-depth look at these two models by comparing how they fared in CR’s testing and surveys. We then let you know which one comes out on top.

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