Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Rogue VS 2017 Mazda CX-3 Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Rogue

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2017 Mazda CX-3

Safety Comparison

The Rogue (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 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 Nissan Rogue weighs 436 to 1005 pounds more than the Mazda CX-3. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Lighter cars are also affected more by crosswinds.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 69 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Rogue’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 24 more horsepower (170 vs. 146) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 146) than the CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Rogue Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 30 more horsepower (176 vs. 146) than the CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Rogue 4 cyl. is faster than the Mazda CX-3:




Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

9.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.8 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.3 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.2 MPH

82.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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








33 city/35 hwy

29 city/34 hwy




31 city/34 hwy

27 city/32 hwy


Regenerative brakes improve the Rogue Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Rogue Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CX-3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Rogue 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 has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 FWD’s standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 12.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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





Front Rotors

11.84 inches

11 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.68 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Rogue’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 stops shorter than the CX-3:





60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Rogue has larger tires than the CX-3 (225/65R17 vs. 215/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rogue S/SV/Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-3 Sport. The Rogue SL’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CX-3 Grand Touring/Touring.

The Rogue 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.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Rogue can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The CX-3 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Rogue 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 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Rogue 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’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the CX-3 (106.5 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rogue is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the CX-3.

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-3 (8.2 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rogue’s minimum ground clearance is 2 inches higher than on the CX-3 Grand Touring (8.2 vs. 6.2 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Rogue offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the CX-3 can only carry 5.

The Rogue has 38.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-3 (126.5 vs. 87.6).

The Rogue has 3.2 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom, 3.1 inches more rear hip room and 5.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rogue’s available middle row seats recline. The CX-3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Rogue’s cargo area provides more volume than the CX-3.




Third Seat Removed

32 cubic feet

12.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

70 cubic feet

44.5 cubic feet

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




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Min Width



To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Rogue’s cargo door can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Rogue also (except S) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by waving your foot. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When different drivers share the Rogue SL, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a memory system.

If the windows are left down on the Rogue the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the CX-3 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Rogue’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Rogue has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Rogue 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 and the CX-3 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rogue 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 Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Mazda CX-3 by over 17 to one during the 2016 model year.

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