2021 Mazda CX-5
Features & Specs
2021 Nissan Rogue
15.3 gallons
Fuel capacity
14.5 gallons
187 horsepower
Engine power
181 horsepower
39.6 inches
Second row leg room
38.5 inches
2000 lbs
Max. towing capacity
1350 lbs

2021 Mazda CX-5 vs Nissan Rogue

There are a lot of options when you're in the market for a new SUV, and the decision can be daunting. With such a crowded class, all the features and options start to get overwhelming. At Pearson Mazda, we want to take the stress out of this decision. This is why we wanted to take a few minutes to take two of the leading SUV's and put them head-to-head. Continue reading to learn how the 2021 Mazda CX-5 stacks up against the 2021 Nissan Rogue.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Power & Handling

The 2021 Mazda comes with two different engine options. Kicking things off, under the hood of the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring is a 2.5-liter inline-4 cylinder engine that pushes out 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. The CX-5 comes standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is an available option. The Carbon Edition also comes with the 2.5L I-4 but can also be ordered with a turbocharged engine. The 2.5L turbocharged I-4 kicks out an exciting 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged 2.5L I-4 comes standard under the hood of the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature.

2021 Nissan Rogue Power & Handling

To compete with the CX-5's two engines, Nissan only gave the Rogue one engine option. It is also a 2.5L I-4 and provides drivers with 186 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. We like to give credit where it's due, so it's worth noting that this is an extra 16 horsepower and 6 lb-ft of torque more than the 2020 Nissan Rogue. Similar to the CX-5, front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is also optional.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Features & Design

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 provides a luxury SUV feel without paying the luxury car price. There are seven trim levels of the CX-5, Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, Carbon Edition Turbo, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. Starting off with the Sport trim, drivers get impressive features like a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, automatic LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a full package of driver aids. The Touring adds heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear climate vents, and rear USB ports. Carbon Edition tacks on red leather seats, black 19-inch alloys, and a honeycomb grille. The upper trim levels bring on features like a power moonroof, paddle shifters, a head-up display, heated/ventilated front seats, traffic sign recognition, heated rear seats, Nappa leather upholstery, and so much more!

2021 Nissan Rogue Features & Design

The 2021 Nissan Rogue lineup includes four trims, S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The S trim provides features like an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, smartphone connectivity, 17-inch alloys, and LED headlights. The SV adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and ProPilot Assist. The SL trim adds on leather-trimmed seats, a power moonroof, 19-inch alloys, and a power passenger seat. Last up is the top-of-the-line Platinum trim with a head-up display, leather seating, wireless smartphone charging, and a digital driver information cluster.


By now, the choice between these two vehicles should be much clearer than it might have been. If you're still not sure, we invite you to come down to Pearson Mazda to see for yourself. Any member of our expert sales team will show you our full inventory, introduce you to all the features, and accompany you on a test drive. Whatever it is that you expect from an SUV, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 will meet and exceed them! Don't just take our word for it though, come see for yourself!

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