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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

CX-5

Rogue

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

82

294

Neck Injury Risk

23%

31%

Neck Stress

274 lbs.

284 lbs.

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

44 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

160/307 lbs.

856/397 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

156

298

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

37%

63%

Neck Stress

205 lbs.

235 lbs.

Neck Compression

86 lbs.

109 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

449/262 lbs.

393/402 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Nissan Rogue:

CX-5

Rogue

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

202 G’s

Hip Force

189 lbs.

477 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

524 lbs.

783 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches

HIC

449

547

Spine Acceleration

32 G’s

38 G’s

Hip Force

435 lbs.

784 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rogue has not been fully tested, yet.

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) and 186 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs.) 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) and 310 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs.) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 290 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs.) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mazda CX-5 4 cyl. is faster than the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl.:

CX-5

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 2.5 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 GT Reserve/Signature

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 1.1 seconds quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (27.8 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). Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Rogue is only 1102 pounds. The CX-5 offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

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 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 front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-5’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Rogue’s headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

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.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2019 issue and they ranked the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD four places higher than the Nissan Rogue SV AWD.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Rogue has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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