2016 Nissan Rogue vs 2016 Mazda CX-5
2016 Nissan Rogue 2016 Mazda CX-5
$23,140 Starting MSRP $21,795
170 hp 2.5L I-4 Engine

155 hp 2.0L I-4 or  

184 hp 2.5L I-4

CVT Transmission

6-speed manual  

or 6-speed automatic

70 cubic ft. Max Luggage Room 64.8 cubic ft.

2016 Nissan Rogue vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Nissan Rogue vs 2016 Mazda CX-5

These two vehicles represent two automakers' very different approaches to the crossover SUV. With so many worthy competitors on the market, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and the 2016 Nissan Rogue each distinguish themselves in distinct ways. The Rogue is all about practicality and convenience, offering a solid, secure ride with a ridiculously spacious and comfortable interior. The Mazda CX-5 doesn't have quite as much capacity, but it's versatile, efficient, more agile, and quite a bit more fun to drive. The Mazda's base sticker price is lower, but once you start upgrading and adding in more features, both models top out under 30,000. Really, the difference between these two is less about the numbers than about two competing visions of what the ideal small SUV should be. 

What's on Offer

The 2016 Nissan Rogue markets itself as the perfect family vehicle. One of its biggest selling points is the amount of space it offers, both in the backseat and behind it. Although most models seat a standard 5, the 2016 Rogue can also be outfitted with a 6th child-size seat in the 3rd row.  

Another plus is the affordability of its safety features. A backup camera is standard, and though the Mazda CX-5 and plenty of other competitors also offer blind spot monitors, lane departure warnings, and lane-keeping assist, they'll require you to shell out for the highest trim level to get them. With the Nissan Rogue, they're all available on the mid-level SV. And with a 25 city / 33 highway MPG rating, it's also pretty efficient.  

On the other hand, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 shows that an affordable SUV is more than just a family vehicle. Although it's smaller inside, the seats and cabin interior are comfortable and high-quality. Its handling is smooth and agile, and its suspension tuning has been tweaked and improved for 2016, so even with the basic engine, it performs well. This engine is a little more efficient than the Nissan Rogue's, at 26 city / 35 highway MPG. With the more powerful engine, the CX-5 gets the same MPG rating as the Rogue with substantially better performance.  

Notable features include the remarkably easy-to-use navigation system, Mazda Connect infotainment system, rear view camera, and power-sliding glass moonroof, among lots of others. And with its muscular, stylish shape and redesigned grille and headlights, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 is better-looking than most of its more utilitarian competitors.  

So, which vehicle matches your personal SUV philosophy? Which one is better equipped for the daily uses you'd want from it? That's for you to decide. If you're leaning toward the Mazda CX-5, Continental Mazda in Naperville has plenty of models waiting for you to test drive! If you prefer the Nissan Rogue, Continental Nissan in Countryside has got you covered too!

2016 Nissan Rogue vs 2016 Mazda CX-5