MAZDA CX-3 vs Nissan Rogue

MAZDA CX-3 vs Nissan Rogue

Willow Grove, Willow Manor, and Glenside, PA, drivers have a lot of options when it comes to shopping for a subcompact crossover.

Here at Sussman Mazda, we want to help you narrow those choices to make the decision-making process easier. Here, we’re pitting two popular options against each other in a 2021 Mazda CX-3 vs. Nissan Rogue faceoff. Check it out to see which one comes out on top when it comes to style, tech, performance, and safety.

 Spec/Feature  MAZDA CX-3  Nissan Rogue
 Turning Diameter  34.8 feet  35.4 feet
 Smart Cruise Control  Standard  Available
 Rain-sensing Windshield Wipers  Standard  Not Available

MAZDA CX-3 vs Nissan Rogue: Interior & Exterior Design

2021 MAZDA CX-3 interior spaceEven when at a standstill, the Mazda CX-3 gives the impression of always moving forward thanks to its unique front grille. Sculpted lines along the side body evoke images of a cheetah that’s ready to pounce. The Nissan Rogue grille and body sculpting are pretty nice on their own but look quite standard when next to the Mazda CX-3. Its exterior also includes features, like:

  • Adaptive Front-lighting System
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Dual exhaust outlets with bright finish

This modern, thoughtful styling extends to the interior lines, as well. The dashboard in the Mazda CX-3 has a futuristic design. This includes ambient temperature and a digital clock.

Plus, there’s nothing that doesn’t absolutely need to be there, resulting in a minimalistic look. The Rogue dashboard, on the other hand, is sleek and modern but there’s nothing innovative about it.

MAZDA CX-3 vs Nissan Rogue: Technology

MAZDA CX-3 technology The Mazda CX-3 not only looks more futuristic than the Nissan Rogue, but it also has the innovative technology to back that look up.

As an example, both crossover SUVs come standard with touchscreen displays that feature smartphone integration. However, the Mazda CX-3 adds a Multifunction Commander Control knob where your arm naturally rests. This offers an additional user-friendly way to control infotainment options.

You won’t find anything similar in the Nissan Rogue. While this is the case, both SUVs come with voice command as part of their infotainment systems. So, even in the Rogue, you’ll have an easy and safe way to control your multimedia options.

Speaking of infotainment options, the Mazda CX-3 comes with plenty of built-in applications you can use to keep yourself entertained, including:

  • Aha™ internet radio
  • Pandora® internet radio
  • Stitcher™ internet radio

In addition to these connectivity features, you’ll find that the Mazda CX-3 comes with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integrations. These provide you with yet another way to connect your mobile device for multimedia functionality. While the Rogue also features Android Auto™, it does not come standard with Apple CarPlay®.

Other tech features that come standard with the 2021 Mazda CX-3 include the convenience of a push button start as well as the added comfort of the automatic climate control system. This will let you set a temperature at the start of your commute and the system will automatically adjust to keep it there for the duration of your drive.

The climate control system also features a pollen filter, so the cabin will serve as a cool oasis on those allergy-filled spring and summer afternoons.

This Mazda SUV also features the Active Driving Display. Equipped with the Active Driving Display, the Mazda CX-3 projects key driving information onto the windshield. Putting this info closer to eye level means you don’t need to take your eyes off the road to stay aware of your speed, the next turn you need to make, or who is calling.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue also comes with a push button start feature, but an automatic climate control system and a Head-Up Display are only available in higher trim levels.

MAZDA CX-3 vs Nissan Rogue: Safety Ratings

MAZDA CX-3 Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2021 Mazda CX-3 a 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK+. This recognition, amongst the highest safety awards given to cars, evaluates several areas, including crashworthiness, crash avoidance, and mitigation. Similarly, the Nissan Rogue was recognized with the same award. So, you can be sure you’re safe and secure while behind the wheel of either SUV.

What makes the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Rogue such highly regarded SUVs in terms of safety? It is due to their overall build as well as various driver-assistive features. So, how do they compare?

Both crossovers offer a comprehensive bundle of active and passive safety features. In the 2021 Mazda CX-3, you will get a variety of driver-assistive features, which include:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Lane Departure Warning

The 2021 Nissan Rogue also comes with driver-assistive technology, including some of the same systems you will get with the Mazda CX-3. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come standard with the added convenience and safety of a smart cruise control system. The Rogue features a traditional cruise control system, which limits the applications to normal cruise control settings, like highways and open roads.

The Mazda CX-3 is also better at helping you see dark, winding roads at night. That’s because it provides adaptive headlights, which automatically turn to the right or left along with your wheels. The Nissan Rogue does not offer this feature, though it does come with automatic high beam control, as does the Mazda CX-3.

MAZDA CX-3 vs Nissan Rogue: Seating & Capacities

Mazda CX-3 Seating & CapacitiesAs crossovers, both vehicles can handle the family and friends. Both SUVs come ready to seat up to five passengers. So, you can head on your next family road trip or pick up the friends for a round of golf behind the wheel of either the Mazda CX-3 or Nissan Rogue.

In the driver’s seat of the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Rogue, you’ll want the ability to customize your seating position. Fortunately, both SUVs will accommodate this. Both come with 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seats. Using this, you can find and customize your ideal seating position, perfect for your next trip, whether it’s just down the street or a long adventure.

If you’re headed on an adventure, you’ll likely also want the ability to create more cargo room in these SUVs. In both, you will find 60/40 split fold-down rear seats. Using this functionality, you can fold down one or all three second-row seats in the Mazda CX-3 or Nissan Rogue. So, if you find yourself with larger gear or even furniture for an upcoming move, this functionality will prove handy.

Both SUVs also come with:

  • Cup holders
  • Bottle holders
  • Seatback pockets

While all these features are the same, there are some slight differences between these vehicles’ seating amenities. Most prominently, you’ll find a difference with the seating trims.

Both come with cloth-trimmed seats, providing plush seating comfort; however, the Mazda CX-3 comes with sport seats. These will provide you with a more comfortable and stylish seating experience.

The Mazda SUV comes with an additional comfort feature for you on the go. The center console comes equipped with knee pads. This will provide you with a comfortable place to rest your leg on your next road trip.

MAZDA CX-3 vs Rogue: Performance

2021 MAZDA CX-3 performanceBoth SUVs offer dependable performance as well as the added stability of available all-wheel drive (AWD) systems. They also both come with 4-cylinder engines that provide the jolt of power you need when you are merging on the highway or the light turns green.

The difference between their performance comes down to how they handle and conserve fuel. Let’s first look at some of the specs of the Mazda CX-3:

  • MPG:This crossover gets an EPA-estimated 29 city and 34 highway MPG.1
  • Turning diameter:Its curb-to-curb turning circle diameter is 34.8 feet.
  • Suspension:Its front suspension is a MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar, while the rear is a Torsion Beam.

The Rogue also gives you controlled handling thanks to its suspension system, which features a front stabilizer bar. However, its curb-to-curb turning radius is 35.4 feet. This means it can’t make as tight of turns as the Mazda CX-3. With the Mazda CX-3, you can maneuver your way in more congested areas and narrow streets easier.

The Nissan Rogue gets similar gas mileage as you cruise the highway, but it doesn’t save fuel at nearly as good of a rate as the Mazda CX-3 when driving locally. That is because it only gets an EPA-estimated 27 city MPG.

You’ll also find a difference when evaluating the transmissions on these two SUVs. The transmission at work distributes force and helps optimize gear shifting for premium performance. Both come with automatic transmissions, though they are different.

The Nissan Rogue comes with an Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission). This type of transmission does not offer traditional gear ratios, so it won’t provide the typical driving experience where you can feel your sport utility vehicle shift up and down. The Mazda will afford you this sporty experience, coming with a 6-speed automatic.

MAZDA CX-3 vs Nissan Rogue: Which Is Better? 

As you can see, the 2021 Mazda CX-3 offers many advantages, from its design to the cabin features it comes with. Most importantly, its safety ratings show that it can keep you protected on the roads of Willow Grove, Willow Manor, and Glenside, Pennsylvania.

If you’re ready to learn more about the Mazda CX-3, browse the online inventory at Sussman Mazda. Once you find a model that piques your interest, contact us to schedule your test drive!

1 Up to an EPA-estimated 29 city/34 highway MPG for 2020 Mazda CX-3 FWD models. AWD models, 27 city/32 highway MPG. Actual results will vary.