2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue

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 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the CX-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, 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.

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

As tested in Motor Trend the Mazda CX-3 is faster than the Nissan Rogue 2.5 4 cyl.:

 

CX-3

Rogue

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.9 MPH

83.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

CX-3

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/32 hwy

Rogue

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-3 stops shorter than the Rogue:

 

CX-3

Rogue

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

118 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 S/SV/Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The CX-3 Grand Touring/Touring’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Rogue SL’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The CX-3 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (27.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

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

Chassis

The Mazda CX-3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 850 pounds less than the Nissan Rogue.

The CX-3 is 1 foot, 4.2 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the CX-3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The CX-3 is 7.3 inches shorter in height than the Rogue, making the CX-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 CX-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 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 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’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CX-3 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the CX-3 with a number “8” insurance rate while the Rogue is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-3 is less expensive to operate than the Rogue because it costs $279 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-3 than the Rogue, including $90 less for a water pump, $185 less for a muffler, $66 less for a starter, $59 less for fuel injection, $178 less for a fuel pump, $508 less for a timing belt/chain and $643 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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