Comparison: 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Nissan Rogue

Comparison: 2018 Mazda CX-5 vs 2018 Nissan Rogue

Kansas City drivers shopping for a small SUV may want to know how the 2018 Mazda CX-5 compares to competitors like the 2018 Nissan Rogue, as these top-selling compact utility vehicles both have impressive reputations.

But in terms of value, one ute emerges as superior. Read on to see why Mazda is a favorite in Kansas, then visit us for a test drive.

Performance

Mazda CX-5

The 2018 CX-5 comes equipped with a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G 4-cylinder engine with Cylinder Deactivation, making 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift and Sport Mode, and has available All-Wheel Drive.

The CX-5 also comes standard with SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control and Hill Launch Assist. Drivers with recreational equipment to haul will love that the small SUV can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Nissan Rogue

The Rogue features a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. It’s also available with All-Wheel Drive and comes standard with Hill Start Assist.

The Nissan Rogue lags the CX-5 considerably in towing capacity, with the ability to haul just 1,102 pounds.

Safety Tech and Ratings

Mazda CX-5

The 2018 CX-5 is standard equipped with Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support, Dynamic Stability Control, and Traction Control System. Additionally, the Sport trim is available with the i-ACTIVSENSE® Package, which includes High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support, auto-dimming mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers.

Upper trims come standard with these features, and the Grand Touring adds the option for an Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition, which is not an available feature on the Rogue.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the CX-5 a 2018 Top Safety Pick, awarding it top scores for crashworthiness and a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

Nissan Rogue

The 2018 Rogue comes standard with Automatic Emergency Braking, a Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, but is not available with any additional safety tech. Upper trims feature Automatic Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning with Intelligent Lane Intervention, and Intelligent Cruise Control.

The IIHS also named the Rogue a 2018 Top Safety Pick, but the Nissan SUV was not evaluated for passenger-side small overlap front impact. Additionally, it received a Marginal rating for child seat anchor ease of use, compared to a Good rating for the CX-5 in the same category.

If you want to choose the better performing, safer SUV, visit us in Kansas City today for a test drive of the Mazda CX-5.

Pricing

Mazda CX-5

Starting at $25,150 MSRP

Nissan Rogue

Starting at $24,800 MSRP

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