2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CX-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 Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the CX-3 and the Rogue Sport 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-3 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.

Reliability

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 CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (148 vs. 141) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mazda CX-3 is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

 

CX-3

Rogue Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

9.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

14.5 sec

16.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4.5 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.9 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

CX-3

Rogue Sport

 

2WD

Auto

29 city/34 hwy

25 city/32 hwy

 

4WD

Auto

27 city/32 hwy

24 city/30 hwy

 

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-3 stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

 

CX-3

Rogue Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

137 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 Rogue Sport S’ standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (27.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-3’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.9 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda CX-3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Nissan Rogue Sport.

The CX-3 is 4.1 inches shorter than the Rogue Sport, making the CX-3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The CX-3 has 1.6 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

The front step up height for the CX-3 is 1.1 inches lower than the Rogue Sport (16” vs. 17.1”). The CX-3’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the Rogue Sport’s (16” vs. 17.8”).

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 Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-3’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue Sport’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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

The CX-3’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Recommendations

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

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