Renewed for the 2021 model year, the Nissan Rogue now offers a significantly more modern look and incorporates new technologies that make it an attractive product in the compact SUV category. Today, we compare it to a competitive model, which also adds some new technological elements for the year 2021: the Mazda CX-5.
To help you see more clearly, we have analyzed their specifications. Here is what came out.
Powertrain: Mazda CX-5 advantage
At Nissan, only one engine is offered in the catalog, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that develops 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The latter is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and the consumer can choose between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The Mazda CX-5 also offers a 2.5-liter engine with slightly larger cavalry as well as the same choice of cogs. The figures go up to 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft, respectively. However, the manufacturer instead relies on a six-speed transmission.
In high-end models, it is possible to opt for a turbocharged powertrain which releases 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with 87 octane (250 and 320 respectively with 93 octane).
Thanks to a more varied offer, the Mazda CX-5 wins in terms of engines.
Consumption: Nissan Rogue advantage
Mazda is clearly betting on sportiness and driving pleasure, to the detriment of fuel consumption. All versions of the CX-5 show higher fuel consumption than the Nissan Rogue.
Comparing the front-drive grinds, the Rogue consumes 8.1 L / 100 km while the CX-5 increases the output by 0.7 L / 100 km (0.4 L / 100 km with the cylinders deactivated).
Same story with all-wheel drive versions. The Nissan therefore has a rating of 8.3 L / 100 km against 9.3 L / 100 km for the Mazda (9.0 L / 100 km with the cylinders deactivated).
Safety: the Nissan Rogue advantage
Driver assistance technologies are slowly becoming the norm in the automotive industry. In this sense, manufacturers are integrating more and more of these systems into their entry-level models. As standard, Nissan offers significantly more than Mazda in this regard.
- Nissan rogue: lane departure detection system; intelligent emergency braking system with pedestrian detection; intelligent emergency braking system in reverse; blind spot warning system and cross traffic warning system, intelligent driver vigilance alert and intelligent frontal collision risk warning system.
- Mazda: front intelligent city braking assistance system (SCBS-F); advanced blind spot monitoring system (ABSM); Rear Cross Traffic Alert System (RCTA).
In terms of crash tests, the Mazda CX-5 stood out with a “Top Safety Pick +” rating from the American organization IIHS. Results for the 2021 Nissan Rogue have yet to be released by the IIHS and NHTSA.
Space: Nissan Rogue advantage
Thanks to its larger dimensions, the Rogue catches our attention because of its practicality. In addition, some features of this new generation are interesting, such as the rear doors which now open at an angle of 85 degrees.
The trunk of the Mazda CX-5 has a volume of 875 liters with the bench up against 1,113 liters for the Nissan. The story continues when the rear seats are folded down: 1,687 liters compared to 2,098 liters at Nissan’s advntage. In addition, the Rogue has additional storage spaces thanks to the Divide-N-Hide storage system located below the trunk floor (optional).
However, the CX-5’s 40/20/40 folding seats allow a certain modularity of space against a classic approach in the Rogue with a 60/40 split.
In addition, the Mazda can tow a load of up to 907 kg (2000 lb) compared to 612 kg (1350 lb) for the Nissan.
Infotainment system: the Nissan Rogue advantage
Entry-level models basically offer the same when it comes to infotainment. As an example, both SUVs come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, multiple USB ports and an eight-inch center console display. The Rogue also contains a seven-inch display in the dashboard.
Same with the options. Both offer a better quality audio system, wireless Apple CarPlay functionality, an instrument panel screen (12.3 inches at Nissan and seven inches at Mazda) and head-up display. The Rogue will provide a nine-inch infotainment screen, however.
The Rogue wins this bet by a bit, simply because of the larger screens in the higher-end models.
It all depends on the variant chosen. In fact, the general trend between the two vehicles shows that the Mazda (except the entry-level version) offers slightly lower prices for base and midsize models than the Nissan. Then, everything is reversed for the crested grinds.
For example, a CX-5 GX with all-wheel drive costs $ 30,000 versus a Rogue S also with all-wheel drive labeled at $ 30,798. Then, for high-end models, the Mazda can go up to more than $ 42,050 (for a Signature model) against $ 39,998 for a Rogue Platinum.
Be careful, however, about interest rates, which can vary from one period of the year to another and which could radically change your monthly payments from one brand to another.
Warranties: the Mazda CX-5 advantage
Mazda’s strategy is paying off here. Its unique approach allows it to stand out from the competition since the possibility of unlimited mileage is available on the basic (3 years), powertrain (5 years) and against perforation (7 years) warranties.
Nissan instead offers protection of 3 years / 60,000 km, 5 years / 100,000 km and 5 years / unlimited.