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Find the ideal combination of power and fuel-economy in a crossover

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 12/02/2013 at 10:29 AM
2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Mazda-CX-5

2014 Mazda-CX-5

2014 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2014 Nissan Rogue

The Mazda CX-5 and the Nissan Rogue both deliver an appealing package of crossover versatility. As more drivers turn to the crossover class to find a combination of cargo and passenger space while also considering factors like fuel economy, power, and drivability, the CX-5 and the Rogue both have been popular choices among shoppers in this segment. As the Mazda CX-5 and the Nissan Rogue compete to create the most appealing choice for drivers, we’ll lend a hand and lay out some of the key characteristics in our comparison of the 2014 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2014 Nissan Rogue.

Mazda CX-5 Inventory

Like you would with any vehicle, you want an engaging and energetic driving experience. The 2014 Mazda CX-5 comes standard with a 2.0-liter that delivers 155-horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque with front and all-wheel drive available. For more power, you can opt for the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine available in the Touring and Grand Touring trims. That engine reaches 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque.

The Rogue comes standard with a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that falls between the power capabilities of the two CX-5 powertrains.

Due to the versatility of these crossovers, you’ll likely be driving your crossover often and that means fuel economy will play a role in your decision. If efficiency is your priority, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is the best choice as it achieves best-in-class fuel economy estimates of 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway/29 mpg combined when equipped with the standard manual transmission.

The Rogue is no slouch in the fuel-efficiency category either, however. With the ability to reach 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway, the 2014 Nissan Rogue falls just short of the CX-5’s capabilities.

While statistical comparisons are a good guide, the best way to get a feel for these crossovers is to get behind the wheel. Schedule a test drive in the 2014 Mazda CX-5 and see what makes Mazda’s crossover the best option for car shoppers in this segment. 

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