2020 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue Sport are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue Sport has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The CX-5 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CX-5 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Rogue Sport (except S)’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Rogue Sport and the CX-5 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 and available all-wheel drive.

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

Rogue Sport

CX-5

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

23%

Neck Stress

224 lbs.

274 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

163/130 lbs.

160/307 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are over 86 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue Sport’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Rogue Sport has a 110-amp alternator. The CX-5’s standard 100-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Rogue Sport FWD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the CX-5 FWD with its standard engine (25 city/32 hwy vs. 25 city/31 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue Sport uses regular unleaded gasoline. The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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The Rogue Sport has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a CVT.

The Rogue Sport has a true all-wheel drive system, which uses a four-wheel traction control system to redirect engine power to the axle and wheel that still has traction to keep the Rogue Sport moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a true all-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Rogue Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CX-5 are solid, not vented.

The Rogue Sport stops shorter than the CX-5:

Rogue Sport

CX-5

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Rogue Sport SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s 55 series tires.

The Rogue Sport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The CX-5 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

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The Rogue Sport is 6.3 inches shorter than the CX-5, making the Rogue Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Rogue Sport has 1.8 inches more front legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rogue Sport has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the CX-5 with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Rogue Sport’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The CX-5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Rogue Sport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CX-5 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Both the Rogue Sport and the CX-5 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue Sport has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The CX-5 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

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

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Mazda CX-5 by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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