Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan JUKE VS 2017 Mazda CX-5 Near San Antonio, TX

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2017 Nissan JUKE

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2017 Mazda CX-5

Safety Comparison

The Juke (except S/NISMO) offers an optional Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CX-5 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Compared to metal, the Juke’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-5 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Juke and the CX-5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and daytime running lights.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 77 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Juke’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Juke has a standard 110-amp alternator. The CX-5’s 100-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Juke NISMO RS AWD’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 24 more horsepower (211 vs. 187) than the CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Juke NISMO RS’ standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (215 vs. 187) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 185) than the CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Juke gets better fuel mileage than the CX-5:







1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. (188 HP)/Manual

27 city/33 hwy




1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. (215 HP)/Manual

26 city/31 hwy




1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/Auto

28 city/32 hwy

24 city/31 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto


1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/Auto

26 city/30 hwy

23 city/29 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto


1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (211 HP)/Auto

25 city/29 hwy



Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Juke NISMO RS’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-5:




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.7 inches

The Juke NISMO RS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CX-5 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Juke’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-5’s standard 65 series tires. The Juke NISMO’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CX-5 Grand Touring’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Juke has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-5’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Juke may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Mazda CX-5.

The Juke is 1 foot, 4.7 inches shorter than the CX-5, making the Juke easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The front step up height for the Juke is .9 inches lower than the CX-5 (16.7” vs. 17.6”). The Juke’s rear step up height is 1.1 inches lower than the CX-5’s (17.1” vs. 18.2”).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Juke’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CX-5’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Juke is less expensive to operate than the CX-5 because typical repairs cost less on the Juke than the CX-5, including $101 less for an alternator, $14 less for front brake pads, $8 less for fuel injection and $15 less for a power steering pump.

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