When you cruise the streets of Hilliard, Dublin, and Upper Arlington, Ohio, you deserve a set of wheels that meets your personal driving needs. Something spacious, efficient, and complete with a suite of accommodating features. Two models that deliver these pros include the Nissan Rogue and the Mazda CX-5.

Which one will better suit you? In this 2021 Nissan Rogue vs Mazda CX-5 comparison by Buckeye Nissan, you can find out. Keep reading to see which model will soon end up in your driveway!

2021 Rogue vs 2021 CX-5: Performance

SUVs offer a performance that is versatile and smooth while still being robust and efficient. Two perfect examples of this are the Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5.

Both models are powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that generates over 180 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to their transmission, however, there are a few differences.

The Nissan Rogue is standard with the tried-and-true Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission). Alongside guess-free shifting, you'll also have standard paddle shifters and different driving modes, including:

  • Manual
  • Sport
  • Eco
  • Snow
  • Off-Road

The CX-5, on the other hand, offers a 6-speed automatic transmission. Though it comes with paddle shifters, the only driving modes you'll receive will be manual and sport.

Rogue vs CX-5: Fuel Economy

Looking to stay away from the gas station? Who isn't! Luckily, the 2021 Nissan Rogue and 2021 Mazda CX-5 both offer respectable fuel economies that keep you away from the pump for longer.

When standardly outfitted, the CX-5 offers an EPA-estimated 25 city/31 highway MPG. Want extra capability with available all-wheel drive? Then you'll be looking at an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 24 city/30 highway MPG on the highway.1

Thanks to the CVT in the Nissan Rogue, however, you'll find a higher fuel economy in this model whether you opt for all-wheel drive or not.2

  • EPA-estimated MPG with FWD: 27 city/35 highway MPG
  • EPA-estimated MPG with AWD: 26 city/33 highway MPG

Nissan Rogue vs Mazda CX-5: Interior Space

When you're shopping for an SUV, you're in the market for a roomy cabin. Luckily, with the Rogue and CX-5, you won't be disappointed.

Both models can seat up to five. However, you and your passenger might be cozier in the 2021 Rogue. Let's find out why:


2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Mazda CX-5

Front Headroom

41.1 inches

39.7 inches

Front Legroom

43.3 inches

41 inches

Standard Cargo

36.5 cubic feet

30.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo

74.1 cubic feet

59.6 cubic feet

With that much space in the Nissan Rogue, you won't have to leave anyone or anything behind.

2021 Nissan Rogue vs Mazda CX-5: It's Time to Find Your SUV

The Mazda CX-5 is one stylish SUV, but with a better fuel economy, more space inside, and an accommodating driving experience, we think you're going to love the Nissan Rogue.

But don't take our word for it. Schedule a test drive with Buckeye Nissan today to see if the 2021 Rogue will be the perfect companion for your Hilliard, Dublin, or Upper Arlington, OH, travels!

1 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

2 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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