2019 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Mazda 3

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Renegade and the Mazda 3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 4 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Renegade’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Renegade has a standard 150-amp alternator (160-amp - Renegade Auto). The Mazda 3’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 22nd.

Engine

The Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (200 vs. 186) than the Mazda 3’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Renegade (except 2.4-liter)’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Renegade has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Jeep Renegade, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Mazda 3.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Renegade’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mazda 3:

Renegade

Mazda 3

Mazda 3 AWD

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.02 inches

11.61 inches

Rear Rotors

10.95 inches

10.43 inches

10.43 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Renegade has larger standard tires than the Mazda 3 (215/65R16 vs. 205/60R16). The Renegade’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda 3 (225/55R18 vs. 215/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Mazda 3’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Renegade offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Mazda 3, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Jeep Renegade 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 3 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Renegade has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Renegade’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

The Renegade is 9 inches shorter than the Mazda 3 Hatchback, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Renegade is 1 foot, 4.9 inches shorter than the Mazda 3 Sedan.

Passenger Space

The Renegade has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mazda 3 Sedan (100.1 vs. 92.8). The Renegade has 7.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mazda 3 Hatchback (100.1 vs. 92.7).

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Renegade. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

The Renegade 4x4 2.4 4 cyl. offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Mazda 3 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Renegade and the Mazda 3 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Renegade is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mazda 3 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Renegade’s optional outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

On extremely cold winter days, the Renegade’s optional (except Sport) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Renegade (except Sport) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Renegade’s optional ParkSense Park Assist Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Mazda 3 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The Jeep Renegade outsold the Mazda 3 by 50% during 2018.

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