If you're in the market to elevate your Columbus, Grove City, Lincoln Village, Ohio, drives, a crossover or small SUV is a great decision. Two SUVs that especially stand out are the Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5. These models offer an incredibly smooth drive and plenty of fun features, reigniting your love for being behind the wheel.

To help you learn about the similarities of these models as well as their differences, the Georgesville Nissan team created this head-to-head 2021 Nissan Rogue vs. Mazda CX-5 comparison. Which one will be the better fit for you? Let's find out.

2021 Rogue vs 2021 CX-5: Performance & MPG

At the heart of both the Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5 is lively performance that keeps you on the road longer. When you pop open the hoods of these models, you'll find a bevy of similarities.

To start, each is powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that generates more than 180 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Each model is also available with all-wheel drive.

When it comes to transmissions, however, you'll spot the differences. In the Rogue, you'll have the Xtronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission), which comes with paddle shifters as well as Sport and Eco driving modes. The Mazda CX-5, on the other hand, offers a less-impressive 6-speed transmission that's only equipped with Sport mode.

With an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG, you'll find that the more-efficient Rogue helps you to stay on the road longer.* The CX-5, on the other hand, maxes out with an EPA-estimated 25 city/31 highway MPG.

Rogue vs CX-5: Interior Spaciousness

If you're looking for a cabin complete with plenty of room for your passengers and cargo, the Rogue and CX-5 are great choices. Each can seat up to five inside and offer cargo areas that can be configurated to suit your needs.

In the Mazda CX-5, you'll have a standard cargo of 30.9 cubic feet that can be expanded to 59.6 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. The Nissan Rogue comes in hot, however, with 36.5 cubic feet of cargo room that can be expanded to a whopping 74.1 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down.

This spacious theme continues inside with the 2021 Rogue, offering more wiggle room for passengers:


2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Mazda CX-5

Front Headroom

41.1 inches

39.7 inches

Rear Headroom

39.2 inches

37 inches

Front Legroom

43.3 inches

41 inches

Nissan vs Mazda: Safety

Finally, when it comes to driver-assistive technologies, you can count on the Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5. To keep assurance high, the following features (or similar) are found standard in both models:

  • Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

The Nissan Rogue goes a step further. It includes standard features like Intelligent Driver Alertness, a Rear Sonar System, and Rear Automatic Braking, giving you extra peace of mind behind the wheel.

2021 Nissan Rogue vs Mazda CX-5: Which Crossover Is for You?

Both of these stylish models prove to be hard hitters on the roads of Columbus, Grove City, Lincoln Village, OH. However, with more safety features, extra room, and an efficient performance, we think you'll love driving the Nissan Rogue.

To see if we're right, schedule a test drive at Georgesville Nissan today!

*2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 27 City MPG / 35 Highway MPG / 30 Combined MPG for Rogue® S FWD; 26 City MPG / 33 Highway MPG / 29 Combined MPG for Rogue S AWD; 26 City MPG / 34 Highway MPG / 29 Combined MPG for Rogue SV, SL, and Platinum FWD; 25 City MPG / 32 Highway MPG / 28 Combined MPG for Rogue SV, SL, and Platinum AWD. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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