2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CX-5 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rogue doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the CX-5 and the Rogue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CX-5’s reliability 16 points higher than the Rogue.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Nissan is ranked 14th.

Engine

The CX-5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (187 vs. 170) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (187 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 74 more horsepower (250 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mazda CX-5 (base engine) is faster than the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl.:

 

CX-5

Rogue

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.5 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

5.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

83.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Rogue doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue:

 

CX-5

CX-5 Turbo

Rogue

Rogue Hybrid

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

11.5 inches

11.7 inches

The CX-5 stops shorter than the Rogue:

 

CX-5

Rogue

 

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (28 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (36 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Chassis

The CX-5 is 5.4 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the CX-5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has 1.2 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom and 3.2 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue.

Cargo Capacity

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CX-5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rogue doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The CX-5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rogue’s (2000 vs. 1102 pounds).

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the CX-5 has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The CX-5 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rogue doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-5’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the CX-5’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Rogue’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rogue doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the CX-5 and the Rogue offer available heated front seats. The CX-5 Grand Touring also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rogue.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the CX-5 (except Sport/Touring) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rogue doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CX-5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the CX-5 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Rogue is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-5 is less expensive to operate than the Rogue because it costs $342 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-5 than the Rogue, including $97 less for a water pump, $114 less for a muffler, $8 less for front brake pads, $47 less for a starter, $67 less for fuel injection, $169 less for a fuel pump, $529 less for a timing belt/chain and $750 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mazda CX-5 and the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2018. The Rogue has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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