2018 Mazda CX-5

Starting Price: $25,125 |Price Yours

Above Average: All-around dynamics, upscale interior, chassis rigidity

Below Average: One engine, one transmission; no hybrid version; short on cargo space

Consensus: While it’s quiet, comfortable, and well appointed, the CX-5’s strong suit is best-in-class dynamics


2018 Nissan Rogue

Starting Price: $25,575 |Price Yours

Above Average: Passenger and cargo room, all-around comfort, eye-catching exterior

Below Average: Leisurely acceleration, hybrid mpg could be better

Consensus: A high comfort quotient and sleek styling help to make Rogue a winner in its segment


The CX-5 is the production version of the Shinari concept vehicle that was displayed in 2011, embodying Mazda’s distinctive new Kodo design language. Based on the same front-drive architecture as the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 sedans, it reached showrooms in 2013 and immediately won acclaim for its athletic responses. Restyled for 2017, the CX-5 is even more stylish than the first generation, at the expense of its cargo space. Aside from all-wheel drive, it offers no drivetrain options, but interior features are upscale, and its dynamics are best in class. Introduced in 2007, the Rogue is a relative latecomer to the compact crossover SUV derby, but has sprinted near the front of the pack in sales, largely on the strength of its styling, roominess, and attractive interior. Smooth ride quality and quiet operation also contribute. While performance is basically mid-pack, the Rogue’s comfort and quality make it a top compact crossover contender, trailing only the segment-leading Toyota RAV4. Note: there’s also a Rogue Sport, but this is a different vehicle, on a smaller scale.

Mazda CX-5 Advantages

Slick good looks, solid chassis, athletic soul

Nissan Rogue Advantages

Attractive interior, solid comfort quotient, snappy styling


Both vehicles are based on front-drive passenger car architecture, both offer all-wheel drive

Final Recommendation

The CX-5 exudes quality, but its standout trait is eager handling responses—it’s the sports car of this class. The Rogue’s appeal is in its styling, attractive interiors, and all-around comfort.

  2018 Mazda CX-5 2018 Nissan Rogue
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.5-liter I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 187 hp @ 6000 rpm 170 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 175 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm
Transmission Automatic 6-spd CVT
Fuel Economy 28 mpg (25 city, 31 hwy) 29 mpg (26 mpg city, 33 hwy)
Also Available N/A 176-hp gasoline-electric hybrid
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 106.2 inches 106.5 inches
Overall Length 179.1 inches 184.5 inches
Width 72.5 inches 72.4 inches
Height 66.2 inches 68.4 inches
Turning Diameter 38.7 feet 37.6 feet
Headroom, Front 41.6 inches 41.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.5 inches 38.5 inches
Legroom, Front 43.0 inches 43.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 37.9 inches 37.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.6 inches 56.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.9 inches 55.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 103.8 cu. ft. 105.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 30.9 cu. ft. 39.3 cu. ft.
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