2019 Nissan Rogue Sport vs. 2019 Mazda CX-3

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue Sport are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue Sport SV/SL has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The CX-3 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rogue Sport (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CX-3 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Rogue Sport and the CX-3 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.

Warranty

There are over 86 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue Sport’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Rogue Sport’s reliability 29 points higher than the CX-3.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Rogue Sport has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 AWD’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Rogue Sport has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 FWD’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 12.7 gallons).

Transmission

The Rogue Sport has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Rogue Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-3:

 

Rogue Sport

CX-3

CX-3 AWD

Front Rotors

11.65 inches

11 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Rogue Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CX-3 are solid, not vented.

The Rogue Sport stops shorter than the CX-3:

 

Rogue Sport

CX-3

 

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rogue Sport SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-3 (225/45R19 vs. 215/60R16).

The Rogue Sport SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-3 Grand Touring/Touring’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue Sport SL has standard 19-inch wheels. The CX-3’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Rogue Sport has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The CX-3 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Rogue Sport 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 CX-3 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Rogue Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Rogue Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The CX-3’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rogue Sport’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the CX-3 (104.2 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue Sport is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the CX-3.

For greater off-road capability the Rogue Sport has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-3 (7.4 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the Rogue Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rogue Sport’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the CX-3 Touring/Grand Touring (7.4 vs. 6.2 inches).

Passenger Space

The Rogue Sport has 8.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-3 (96 vs. 87.6).

The Rogue Sport has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 5.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-3.

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-3 with its rear seat up (22.9 vs. 12.4 cubic feet). The Rogue Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the CX-3 with its rear seat folded (61.1 vs. 44.5 cubic feet).

The Rogue Sport’s cargo area is larger than the CX-3’s in every dimension:

 

Rogue Sport

CX-3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

33.3”/62.3”

27.8”/58”

Max Width

54.2”

n/a

Height

33.3”

26.6”

Ergonomics

The Rogue Sport’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The CX-3’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Rogue Sport SV/SL’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The CX-3 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Rogue Sport and the CX-3 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue Sport has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The CX-3 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mazda CX-3 isn't recommended.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Mazda CX-3 by over 23 to one during the 2018 model year.

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