Many benefits come with owning a subcompact crossover. The leading segment in the automotive market avoids the downsizes of a full-size SUV, such as poor fuel economy and unappealing maneuverability, and maintains all its positive aspects, including ample space, versatility, and lively driving dynamics.
Both Mazda and Nissan have models in their lineup that compete in the subcompact crossover segment. For Mazda, it is the all-new CX-30. When it comes to Nissan, that job belongs to the Rogue Sport. But which of these two models offers the best value? Keep reading this side-by-side comparison to explore what each crossover has to offer.
Living up to the reputation Mazda is known for, the all-new CX-30 makes use of a powerful and responsive powertrain that helps deliver an enhanced driving experience. No matter which package you choose, the CX-30 gets powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder SKYACTIV®-G engine, which, matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission, produces a class-leading standard 186 horsepower and an impressive 186 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine found in the Nissan Rogue Sport, on the other hand, only achieves 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. Despite having more power, the CX-30 is just as efficient as the Rogue Sport. Both models earn an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28 combined mpg.
Not only does the new Mazda CX-30 have more power and better handling, but it also starts at a lower manufacturer suggested retail price. The $1,340 difference allows prospective shoppers to upgrade to an all-wheel-drive model for just $60 more than what they would pay for a base Rogue Sport.
Moving to the cabin, the CX-30 is crafted with premium materials and top-notch features more commonly found in luxury-brand cars. Every trim comes standard with a 7.0-inch digital gauge display, an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, and an 8-speaker audio system. Other features that are standard across the board include LED headlights, a remote keyless entry, a push-button start, Radar Cruise Control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. On higher packages, you can find heated and leather-trimmed seats, a rear power liftgate, a 12-speaker Bose® premium audio system, a power moonroof, and more. Most of these features can only be found on the range-topping trim of the Rogue Sport and for a higher price.