2020 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2020 Mazda CX-30

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue Sport are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue Sport has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The CX-30 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CX-30 only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Rogue Sport and the CX-30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 86 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue Sport’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Rogue Sport has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Rogue Sport has a gallon more fuel capacity than the CX-30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 13.5 gallons).

Transmission

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The Rogue Sport has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Rogue Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CX-30 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Rogue Sport SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-30 (225/45R19 vs. 215/65R16).

The Rogue Sport SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The CX-30’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Rogue Sport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The CX-30 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Rogue Sport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mazda CX-30 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Rogue Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Rogue Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The CX-30’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For greater off-road capability the Rogue Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-30 (7.4 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Rogue Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Rogue Sport has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-30.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-30 (22.9 vs. 20.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Rogue Sport SV/SL’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The CX-30 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

On extremely cold winter days, the Rogue Sport’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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