Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Rogue VS 2016 Mazda CX-5 Near Gray, GA

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2016 Nissan Rogue

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2016 Mazda CX-5

Safety Comparison

The Rogue (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.

Both the Rogue 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, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

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





3 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

235 lbs.

260 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 52 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 20th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

The Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (170 vs. 155) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 150) than the CX-5’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue AWD gets better fuel mileage than the CX-5 AWD (25 city/32 hwy vs. 24 city/30 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Rogue’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-5:



Front Rotors

11.84 inches

11.7 inches

The Rogue’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 stops shorter than the CX-5:



60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

125 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Rogue 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.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Rogue can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The CX-5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the CX-5 can only carry 5.

The Rogue has 22.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-5 (126.5 vs. 103.8).

The Rogue has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rogue’s middle row seats recline. The CX-5’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue’s cargo area provides more volume than the CX-5.



Third Seat Removed

39.3 cubic feet

34.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

64.8 cubic feet

The Rogue’s cargo area is larger than the CX-5’s in almost every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Min Width



To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Rogue (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the Rogue the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the CX-5 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Both the Rogue and the CX-5 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue 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 Comparison

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

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