Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Nissan Rogue vs Mazda CX5


When it comes to sporty, fun-to-drive small crossover SUVs with real personality, it’s hard to argue that Nissan and Mazda come in near the top of the heap. Both the CX-5 and the Rogue are leading vehicles in their class, and every driver in the Philadelphia, Lansdale and Doylestown area has their preference. Every new model year there are debates about which one is the better of the two.

So which one does come out on top? Let’s put the 2018 Nissan Rogue up against the latest model of Mazda CX-5 and see which one rules the roads as the best among small crossover sport utility vehicles.

2018 Nissan Rogue vs. Mazda CX-5: What’s New?

Both of these models are largely carryovers, since both enjoyed major upgrades last year. Still, Mazda CX5 felt the need to play catch up on a few missing features. These include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a new basic standard safety feature in terms of blind spot monitoring. Engine stop-start technology has also been added. In exchange, though, Mazda has lost their Grand Select trim.

The Nissan Rogue, on the other hand, doesn’t offer much in the way of changes this year. It shuffles a few features between trim levels, but by and large, it carries over its already superior performance from last year into this new iteration. If stability and getting it right the first time are what matter to you, the Rogue is where you want to turn.

Comfort and Cabin Design

When you hop into your SUV, you want comfortable seating that will keep you stable and supported no matter how long the drive In this, the Nissan Rogue really shines. While the Mazda CX-5’s upgrade last year kicked up its vibe quite a bit, it simply can’t live up to the Zero Gravity front seats that the Rogue offers. These seats literally make you feel like you’re floating in space. They offer best-in-class up front comfort.

Safety Features

When it comes to safety, you can’t beat the new Nissan Rogue. Its full range of safety features earned it a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, with top “Good” ratings in small overlap driver-side test, moderate overlap front crash tests, side tests, roof strength, head restraints and seats. It also got a top “Superior” rating in frontal crash prevention.

The Mazda CX-5 isn’t a safety slouch and does offer a solid suite of driver aids and high scores from crash test agencies, but it’s really playing catch-up in this area, having failed to win a Top Safety Pick award last year. That means the legacy of safety you get from Nissan is one of confidence, whereas the legacy of the Mazda is “figuring it out.”

Test Drive the Nissan Rogue at Montgomeryville Nissan

If you’re in the Philadelphia area from Lansdale to Doylestown, Montgomeryville Nissan can get you behind the wheel of the new 2018 Nissan Rogue. Just stop into our showroom or contact us today and ask one of our customer service reps about hopping behind the wheel to take a test drive!

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