2020 Mazda CX-30 vs 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport

2020 CX-30 vs 2020 Rogue Sport

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is the newest vehicle in the Mazda lineup. It’s a subcompact crossover SUV that slots in between the smaller CX-3 and the ever-popular CX-5. With 2020 being the first year for the CX-30, it has a lot to prove against its competition.

Let’s see how well it stands up against another popular Japanese automaker, Nissan. Here is the 2020 Mazda CX-30 Select vs 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport SV. Which is more worthy of your hard-earned money?

2020 Mazda CX-30 Select


2020 Nissan Rogue Sport SV

$23,900 MSRP $24,750
2.5L 4-cyl Engine 2.0L 4-cyl
186 hp / 186 lb-ft Horsepower / Torque 141 hp / 147 lb-ft
6-speed automatic Transmission CVT
FWD or AWD Drivetrain FWD or AWD
25/33/28 Fuel Economy 25/32/28

New Subcompact Crossover SUV near Milwaukee

Superior Drivability

If there’s anything Mazda is known for, it’s making incredibly drivable vehicles. The CX-30 lives up to this reputation. Its handling is almost as tight and responsive as the Mazda3, which is remarkable considering its higher stature. Compared to the rest of the auto industry, it wins hands-down. Compared to the Nissan Rogue Sport, it’s not even a competition.

Not only does the Mazda CX-30 have better handling than the Rogue Sport, but it's also more powerful. It has 40+ more horsepower than the Rogue Sport. The CX-30 2.5L SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine is paired with a buttery smooth 6-speed automatic. The Rogue Sport, with its sluggish CVT, just can’t compare. If drive feel matters to you, the CX-30 is the clear winner.

Excellent Ride Quality

The CX-30 is quiet in the cabin. You can hear a pleasantly muted purr from the engine, but road and wind noise are kept to a minimum. While the Rogue Sport does minimize wind and road noise well, the engine sounds rough and asthmatic, which gets grating quickly in stop-and-go traffic or when calling for power on the highway.

Come take the 2020 Mazda CX-30 for a test drive at Hall Cars, located near Milwaukee.