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2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5: Which Is Better?

  • The 2019 Nissan Rogue gets some newly standard driver assistance technology.

  • New high-end trims move the 2019 Mazda CX-5 further upmarket.

  • New engines and new tech are introduced for the CX-5 for 2019.

Editor’s note: You may want to read more of Autotrader’s model vs. model comparison car reviews as well as the 2019 Nissan Rogue review, and the 2019 Mazda CX-5 review.

Compact crossover SUVs have become extremely popular in recent years. Two popular choices in this competitive segment are the Nissan Rogue and the Mazda CX-5. Both of these SUVs combine a comfortable, car like driving experience with SUV versatility, but have a few key differences that set them apart. They’ve both received nice updates for 2019 that make them both more compelling in their own ways.

Let’s take a look at what’s similar, what’s different, and which is better between the 2019 Nissan Rogue and the 2019 Mazda CX-5.

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5 exterior

Exterior

Aside from the Rogue being about five inches longer than the CX-5, these two crossovers are pretty similar in size. The Mazda carries a bit more of a premium aesthetic, especially in the higher trims, and the Nissan looks a little more aggressive with its chrome "Vmotion" grille. Both SUVs are attractive with slightly different styles and which one is better looking is up to you.

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5 interior

Interior

Both of these SUVs are nice on the inside and they both use surprisingly premium materials. The CX-5, in particular, has a very sharp interior design that might make you feel like you’re in a more expensive vehicle. The inside of the Rogue has a bit more of a sporty vibe thanks to its flat-bottom steering wheel, which looks sporty and makes it a little easier for the driver to get in and out of the car. See the 2019 Nissan Rogue models for sale near you

That extra length of the Rogue pays off in cargo space on the inside, which is above average for this class. Comparatively, the cargo space is a little tight in the CX-5 and passenger room is very similar between the two. If you’re planning on hauling a lot of stuff often, you’ll appreciate the extra room in the back of the Rogue. If a premium look and feel are more important to you than cargo space, then you’ll probably prefer the CX-5. See the 2019 Mazda CX-5 models for sale near you

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5 mechanicals

Mechanicals

The Rogue and the CX-5 both have a naturally aspirated inline-four as its base engine. The Mazda now has a turbocharged option and a diesel option, which are new for 2019 while the Rogue has an efficient hybrid variant.

2019 Nissan Rogue Engines

  • 2.5-liter inline-four; 170 horsepower, 175 lb-ft of torque; up to 26 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway

  • 2.5-liter hybrid inline-four; 176 hp, 262 lb-ft of torque; up to 33 mpg city/35 mpg hwy

2019 Mazda CX-5 Engines

  • 2.5-liter inline-four; 187 hp, 186 lb-ft of torque; up to 25 mpg city/31 mpg hwy

  • 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four; 250 hp, 310 lb-ft of torque; 23 mpg city/28 mpg hwy

  • 2.2-liter turbo-diesel inline-four; 168 hp, 290 lb-ft of torque; 27 mpg city/30 mpg hwy

The Mazda CX-5 gets a lot more mechanical variety for 2019. The turbocharged engine gives a serious boost to performance without a significant penalty in fuel economy. The diesel option has much more torque on tap than the base engine, but its fuel economy is a little underwhelming for a diesel.

The base engine in the Rogue is a bit underpowered, but its performance is adequate and its fuel economy is respectable. The hybrid option delivers quite a bit more torque while obviously improving fuel economy. If performance is a big priority for you, the CX-5 is an obvious choice between these two SUVs.

Both of these crossovers come standard with front-wheel drive and are available with all-wheel drive. Fuel economy takes a small hit when upgrading to AWD for both, but it can be a small price to pay for the added traction in bad road conditions.

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5 technology

Technology

The Mazda CX-5 has a great 7-in infotainment system and it gets even better for 2019 with newly available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As for safety tech, the CX-5 comes standard with forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and rear cross-traffic alert.

The Rogue also has a nice 7-in infotainment system, which can be a little frustrating to use, but standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on every model make it much more user-friendly. The Rogue gets thoroughly modernized for 2019 in terms of standard safety tech, which now includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, intelligent lane intervention and high-beam assist.

For 2019, the Rogue and the CX-5 are actually very similar technologically.

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5 pricing

Pricing

The 2019 Rogue has a starting MSRP of $25,020 and the 2019 CX-5 starts at $24,350. The Rogue Hybrid starts at $27,790 and the range-topping Rogue only goes as high as the low-$30k range, but the Mazda can get quite a bit more expensive than that.

The CX-5 gets two fancy new trims for 2019: Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. The Grand Touring Reserve model starts at $34,870 and offers the newly available turbocharged engine, standard AWD, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, heated back seats and ventilated front seats. Upgrade to the Signature model starting at $36,890 and you get Nappa leather seats, a 360-degree camera, wood interior trim, and front and rear parking sensors.

2019 Nissan Rogue vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5 conclusion

Conclusion

Both of these SUVs get some big improvements for 2019. The Rogue’s improvements are mostly technological and the CX-5’s new perks are in the higher-end trims and under the hood. With more mechanical variety, more room to move upmarket, a nicer interior and better performance, we recommend the Mazda CX-5 over the Nissan Rogue. The Rogue Hybrid is a good option for an affordable, fuel-efficient compact crossover, but unless fuel economy is your top priority, you’ll probably find more to love in the Mazda. Find a Nissan Rogue for sale or Find a Mazda CX-5 for sale

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