2021 Nissan Rogue vs 2021 Mazda CX-5

2021 Nissan Rogue in Richmond Hill, ON
2021 Mazda CX-5

Find Out How the 2021 Nissan Rogue Fares vs. the Mazda CX-5 with Alta Nissan in Richmond Hill, Ontario

The compact SUV remains one of the most popular categories on the market, and Alta Nissan thought it only natural to compare two of its fixtures in the 2021 Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5. Both vehicles hit the new season with numerous upgrades, and we're thrilled to fill in our customers in both Richmond Hill, Ontario and the nearby areas of Newmarket, Vaughan, North York, and Markham. Read on to find out how the Nissan Rogue in our new inventory fares against the Mazda CX-5, and contact us to schedule a test drive.

2021 Nissan Rogue Exterior

2021 Nissan Rogue Interior

Interior & Exterior

Comfortable interiors have long been synonymous with the Nissan brand, and the 2021 Rogue handily carries on tradition. Its cabin is lined with soft-touch materials, while the new Rogue's two reclinable rows comfortably accommodate five passengers. This Nissan SUV's upper trims enhance its welcoming cabin with leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Mazda CX-5, on the other hand, offers more style than comfort on the inside. While branded as a five-seater, its back row proves a tight fit for three adults. The new CX-5 is also lacking in the cargo department, offering only 60 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats folded down to the Nissan Rogue's 74.1.

On the outside, both the Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5 are products of industry-wide efforts to craft smaller SUVs as attractive as they are reliable. In other words, both these fixtures leave a lasting impression in all the right ways. Between their 17-inch alloy wheels, sleek and sporty silhouettes, and angular lighting, the 2021 Rogue and new CX-5 set the industry standard in aesthetics. That said, the Nissan SUV gets the nod in terms of variety, offering 11 available body colours to the CX-5's eight.


These beloved SUVs have something in common as far as performance goes, their 2.5-litre four-cylinder engines each packing over 180 horsepower. While Mazda's stable is always good for a fun ride, the Nissan Rogue heads into 2021 with a more composed drive and a multilink rear suspension that makes for smoother handling and an easier time braving on-road obstacles like potholes. It also bests its Mazda rival in fuel efficiency across the board. Whether in standard front- or available all-wheel drive, the new Rogue's gas mileage gets the nod both in the city and on the highway, netting 8.7 and 6.7 L/100km, respectively, with its base drive system. Not only does the Mazda CX-5 fuel efficiency drop in all-wheel drive, it also takes an even greater plunge in its turbocharged models, which yield 10.2 and 8.4 L/100 km in city and highway consumption. In short, these two SUVs may be comparable in terms of power and price, but you'll be hitting the filling station more often with the CX-5.


As with their tech amenities, the Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5 come with a variety of safety and driver-assist functions modern motorists have come to expect. Indeed, there are few standard safety suites more extensive than the 2021 Rogue's Safety Shield 360. Leading the way are an Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system and Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Exterior 
2021 Mazda CX-5 Interior
 Lane Departure and Blind Spot Warning features also come standard in the new Nissan Rogue, with both providing an extra pair of eyes to keep you out of harm's way while braving the rush-hour bustle. But where the Nissan SUV sets itself apart is its available upgrades, which include traffic-sign recognition and ProPilot Assist, the latter maintaining set speeds and keeping you in your lane on busy highways.


To the surprise of no one, these two compact SUVs are as popular with reviewers as they are with consumers. The Mazda CX-5 has drawn much praise for its refined interior, fun ride, and deft handling, but then again, that's all old news. The 2021 Nissan Rogue, however, has hit the market with improved acceleration, a more poised and reliable drive, and the above-mentioned safety suite that would make many a competitor green with envy. In addition to these recent enhancements, reviewers have also applauded the new Rogue's comfort - owed to its Zero Gravity seats - ample cargo space, and fuel efficiency. In short, there may be a lot to like about the Mazda CX-5, but its Nissan rival remains the more practical choice for the long haul.

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2021 Nissan Rogue in Richmond Hill, Ontario