2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2019 Mazda CX-3

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Safety

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The Outlander Sport offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is safer than the Mazda CX-3:

Outlander Sport

CX-3

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

163

183

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

163 G’s

199 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

85 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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The Outlander Sport comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CX-3’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander Sport 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Mazda covers the CX-3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CX-3 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Outlander Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CX-3’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Outlander Sport GT’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (168 vs. 148) and 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (167 vs. 146) than the CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Outlander Sport AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 AWD’s standard fuel tank (15.8 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander Sport FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 12.7 gallons).

Transmission

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The Outlander 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

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

Outlander Sport

CX-3

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The Outlander Sport stops shorter than the CX-3:

Outlander Sport

CX-3

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Outlander Sport has larger tires than the CX-3 (225/55R18 vs. 215/60R16).

The Outlander Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-3 Sport’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-3 Sport.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Mitsubishi Outlander 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 Outlander Sport has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Outlander 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 Outlander Sport’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the CX-3 (105.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Outlander Sport has 9.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-3 (97.5 vs. 87.6).

The Outlander Sport has 1 inch more front headroom, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 2.6 inches more rear hip room and 5.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-3.

Cargo Capacity

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The Outlander Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-3 with its rear seat up (21.7 vs. 12.4 cubic feet). The Outlander Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the CX-3 with its rear seat folded (49.5 vs. 44.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Outlander Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the CX-3 Touring/Grand Touring.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Outlander Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander Sport with a number “1” insurance rate while the CX-3 is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander Sport is less expensive to operate than the CX-3 because typical repairs cost less on the Outlander Sport than the CX-3, including $9 less for front brake pads and $7 less for fuel injection.

Recommendations

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The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport outsold the Mazda CX-3 by over two to one during the 2019 model year.

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