2019 Mazda 3 vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Mazda 3 has standard Whiplash Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rogue doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Mazda 3 =’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Rogue doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Mazda 3 and the Rogue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Mazda 3 has a standard 130-amp alternator. The Rogue’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Nissan is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Mazda 3’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (186 vs. 170) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Mazda 3’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (186 vs. 176) than the Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Mazda3 gets better fuel mileage than the Rogue:

 

 

 

MPG

Mazda3

FWD

Manual

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/35 hwy

 

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

 

Sedan Premium 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/36 hwy

AWD

Auto

Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

Rogue

FWD

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Mazda 3 Premium/Hatchback/AWD’s fuel efficiency. The Rogue doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Tires and Wheels

The Mazda 3 Sedan’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue S/SV/Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The Mazda 3’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rogue SL’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Mazda 3’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Rogue’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.6 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda 3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 550 pounds less than the Nissan Rogue.

The Mazda 3 Hatchback is 8.9 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the Mazda 3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Mazda 3 is 11.3 inches shorter in height than the Rogue, making the Mazda 3 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Ergonomics

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Mazda 3 has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Mazda 3 Premium has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and warning light readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rogue doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Mazda 3’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Mazda 3 Hatchback/Select/Preferred/Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Mazda 3 Premium has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rogue doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Mazda 3 Preferred/Premium is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Rogue’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Mazda 3 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Model Availability

The Mazda 3 comes in sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Nissan Rogue isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

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