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The Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue are both popular choices in the used compact SUV market. The Mazda CX-5 is known for its sporty design, agile handling, and upscale interior, making it a favorite among those seeking a blend of performance and comfort. On the other hand, the Nissan Rogue boasts practicality and ample interior space, appealing to families and individuals looking for a versatile and reliable daily driver. 

In this comparison, we will analyze and evaluate these two used SUVs by considering factors such as overall reliability, fuel efficiency, safety features, technology offerings, and resale value. Our goal is to provide prospective buyers with a comprehensive insight into the strengths and weaknesses of each vehicle, enabling them to make an informed decision.

Side-by-side comparison

Here is a comparison of the two SUVs:

Mazda CX-5Nissan Rogue
Average Used Price Range$24,150 – $24,967$24,800 – $24,114
Engine Types/Sizes2.5L Inline-42.5L Inline-4
Horsepower & Torque187 hp, 186 lb-ft170 hp, 175 lb-ft
Transmission & DrivetrainSix-speed automatic, FWD/AWDCVT, FWD/AWD
Acceleration/Top Speed0-60 mph – 8.5s, 125 mph0-60 mph – 9.0s, 120mph
Fuel Efficiency24 mpg city/34 mpg highway26 mpg city/33 mpg highway
Safety Rating5-star overall rating (NHTSA)4-star overall rating (NHTSA)

Pros and cons of each

The Nissan Rogue’s continuously variable transmission paired with a 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes it feel weak compared to other SUVs in its class. Alternatively, the Mazda CX-5 lacks an engine upgrade. Other compact crossovers such as the Chevrolet Equinox and the Kia Sportage have strong turbocharged engines, and competitors such as the Honda CR-V have a bit more interior room and better fuel economy.

However, the Rogue offers user-friendly tech options and features, and it has plenty of cargo space. The CX-5 has upscale interior materials paired with standard tech and convenience features, all of which give the sense of a vehicle that should be more expensive than it is. 

2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue: Driving and performance

U.S. News reports that the Mazda CX-5 has enjoyable handling. However, the infotainment controls are oddly placed. The Nissan Rogue has many advanced safety features but a noisy powertrain, and the one engine option is weak. 

2018 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue: Interior and tech

Some interior and tech features, including adaptive cruise control, are optional with the Mazda CX-5, but are not available on the Nissan Rogue. Keyless start comes standard with the CX-5 but isn’t available on the Rogue. For a little bit of luxury, the CX-5 comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the Rogue doesn’t. 

Also, the Rogue has more interior room at 105.8 cubic feet compared to the CX-5’s 103.6 cubic feet. 

Mazda CX-5 vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue: Trim levels and features

The Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue have a similar mix of front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options. However, the top-tier CX-5 comes standard with features such as a moon roof. The top-tier Rogue offers more standard connectivity options such as Andriod Auto and Apple CarPlay. The CX-5 does not come with connectivity options.

Which used compact SUV is the right fit for you?

For the money, we would go with the 2018 Mazda CX-5 for the five-star safety, especially if you have a family. Think extra horsepower and torque won’t feel as sluggish in the CX-5. If that’s not enough to convince you, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 was one of Edmunds‘ Best Family SUVs and Best Small SUVs for 2018.

No matter which model you choose, remember that there are several factors that play into making a purchase decision on a used car. A Carfax report is always a good idea as well as getting an inspection from a trusted mechanic.


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