Whether you want a car that can accommodate your growing family or one that can help you tackle uneven terrain with confidence, an SUV offers the space and capability you need to forge new paths. However, how do you know which one will best suit your needs?

To help you decide, our team here at Watermark Nissan of Marion put together the following head-to-head comparison of the 2021 Nissan Rogue and the 2021 Mazda CX-5. Drivers like you throughout Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL, can feel free to contact us with any questions!

Is the 2021 Nissan Rogue or the Mazda CX-5 More Efficient?

Depending on your desired performance, you can choose between Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) in either model. When equipped with standard FWD, the 2021 Nissan Rogue achieves an impressive EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG.1

Those seeking to balance traction with efficiency can select optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD). If necessary, the system sends power to all four wheels, and when conditions even out, it automatically returns to 2WD.

Over in the 2021 Mazda CX-5, you will find a similar all-wheel drive system available. However, the Mazda offers a slightly less efficient EPA-estimated 25 city/31 highway MPG when equipped with front-wheel drive.

Nissan Rogue vs MAZDA CX-5: Performance

Though both these two adventure-ready SUVs offer efficient engine options, only one of them features five available drive modes. In the 2021 Nissan Rogue, you can upgrade your performance with a variety of drive modes, including Sport Mode and Off-Road Mode as well as:

  • Snow Mode
  • Auto Mode
  • Eco Mode

The Nissan Rogue matches your mood and adapts to the road ahead with the simple turn of a dial. The Mazda CX-5 offers a Sport mode, but unfortunately, it does not offer a comparable lineup of additional drive modes as those offered by the 2021 Nissan Rogue.

Is the 2021 Nissan Rogue or the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Bigger?


Both models offer comfortable seating for up to five passengers. Whether you're giving the kids a ride to school or heading out of town for the weekend, there's room for everyone. When it comes to cargo room, however, one of these SUVs offers a lot more:


2021 Nissan Rogue

2021 Mazda CX-5

Trunk Volume

36.5 cubic feet

30.9 cubic feet

Maximum Available Cargo Volume

74.1 cubic feet

59.6 cubic feet

In addition to featuring a bigger trunk and larger maximum cargo area, the Nissan Rogue offers an optional Divide-N-Hide® cargo system. It lets you organize the cargo area in six different ways, so you won't have to play Tetris while packing for your next family road trip.

Along with plenty of ways to configure your cargo, you can store additional items beneath the floor. Whether you're moving furniture or picking up your new mountain bike, you can streamline the loading process with the available remote-folding rear seats in the 2021 Nissan Rogue.

Over in the 2021 Mazda CX-5, you will not find a comparable built-in cargo system like Divide-N-Hide®.

Time to Decide: Nissan Rogue or Mazda CX-5?

Though the 2021 Nissan Rogue and the 2021 Mazda CX-5 have some similarities, the Nissan Rogue offers more drive modes and a significantly larger cargo area.

If you want to see the Nissan Rogue in action, contact us at Watermark Nissan of Marion to schedule your test drive near Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL, today!

2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 27 City MPG / 35 Highway MPG / 30 Combined MPG for Rogue® S FWD; 26 City MPG / 33 Highway MPG / 29 Combined MPG for Rogue S AWD; 26 City MPG / 34 Highway MPG / 29 Combined MPG for Rogue SV, SL, and Platinum FWD; 25 City MPG / 32 Highway MPG / 28 Combined MPG for Rogue SV, SL, and Platinum AWD. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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