2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Jeep Renegade

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Smart City Brake Support optional in the CX-3 as “Superior.” The Renegade scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Both the CX-3 and the Renegade 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 and lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-3 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Renegade has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 14th in reliability. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Jeep is ranked 22nd.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Mazda CX-3 is faster than the Jeep Renegade 2.4 4 cyl.:

 

CX-3

Renegade

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

23.8 sec

32.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.3 sec

9.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.9 sec

4.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.7 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

81 MPH

Top Speed

120 MPH

114 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-3 gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade:

 

 

 

MPG

CX-3

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/32 hwy

Renegade

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda CX-3 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Renegade with the 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-3 stops shorter than the Renegade:

 

CX-3

Renegade

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The CX-3 Sport’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 Renegade’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The CX-3 Touring AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (27.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-3’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.3 feet). The CX-3’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Renegade’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda CX-3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 600 pounds less than the Jeep Renegade.

For excellent aerodynamics, the CX-3 has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the CX-3 Touring AWD is quieter than the Renegade Limited 4x4 (39 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the CX-3 is 3.4 inches lower than the Renegade (16” vs. 19.4”). The CX-3’s rear step up height is 3.6 inches lower than the Renegade’s (16” vs. 19.6”).

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CX-3 Grand Touring, the optional memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Renegade doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CX-3 Grand Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Renegade doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-3 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Renegade doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-3’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Renegade’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The Renegade Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The CX-3 Grand Touring’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The CX-3 has standard power remote mirrors. The Renegade only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-3 is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because it costs $171 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-3 than the Renegade, including $130 less for a water pump, $139 less for a muffler, $121 less for front brake pads, $363 less for a starter, $65 less for a fuel pump, $258 less for front struts and $129 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda CX-3 will be $1776 to $1967 less than for the Jeep Renegade.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Mazda CX-3, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its September 2015 issue and they ranked the Mazda CX-3 Touring AWD first. They ranked the Jeep Renegade Latitude 4x4 third.

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