Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Nissan JUKE VS 2016 Mazda CX-3 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Nissan JUKE

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2016 Mazda CX-3

Safety Comparison

The Juke (except S/NISMO) 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.

Compared to metal, the Juke’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-3 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Juke 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and daytime running lights.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 52 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Juke’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 20th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

The Juke’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 42 more horsepower (188 vs. 146) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 146) than the CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Juke NISMO RS AWD’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 65 more horsepower (211 vs. 146) and 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 146) than the CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Juke NISMO RS’ standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 69 more horsepower (215 vs. 146) and 64 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 146) than the CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Juke (base engine) is faster than the Mazda CX-3 (automatics tested):

Juke

CX-3

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.9 MPH

83 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Juke

Juke NISMO RS

CX-3

CX-3 AWD

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

12.6 inches

11 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.5 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Juke NISMO RS’ 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 Juke stops shorter than the CX-3:

Juke

CX-3

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

146 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Juke NISMO’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-3 (225/45R18 vs. 215/60R16).

The Juke’s standard 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/Touring’s standard 60 series tires. The Juke NISMO’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CX-3 Grand Touring’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Juke has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-3 Sport/Touring.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Juke AWD 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 solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Juke has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-3’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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

The Juke SV AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the CX-3 Touring AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Juke SL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CX-3 Grand Touring AWD (27.1 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Juke NISMO has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-3 (6.5 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the Juke to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Juke’s minimum ground clearance is .4 inch higher than on the CX-3 Grand Touring (6.6 vs. 6.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Juke is 5.9 inches shorter than the CX-3, making the Juke easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Juke SV AWD is quieter than the CX-3 Touring AWD (77 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Juke has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the CX-3.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Juke

CX-3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

26.6”/56.5”

27.8”/58”

Max Width

55.5”

39.5”

Min Width

38”

37.5”

Height

26.8”

26.6”

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Juke won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

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