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2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Comparison

2020 Mazda CX-30

Starting Price: $22,945 | Price Yours

Above Average: Steering and driving dynamics; standard adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist; most powerful engine in its class; premium interior

Below Average: Blind-spot monitor and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity aren’t standard; small rear seat; so-so rear visibility

Consensus: With excellent driving dynamics, beautiful styling inside and out, and a wide array of standard safety and tech all at a low starting price, the Mazda CX-30 is a value buy in the price-sensitive subcompact SUV segment.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Starting Price: $23,155 | Price Yours

 Above Average: Standard all-wheel drive; great driving position and visibility; good fuel economy; off-road capability; standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

Below Average: Smallish interior; underpowered engine; low all-electric range for plug-in hybrid model

Consensus: Subaru’s smallest SUV packs in a lot of capability at a competitive price.

The CX-30 is Mazda’s second entry in the subcompact SUV segment. It’s larger than the company’s CX-3 and smaller than the CX-5. The CX-30 is a stylish, high-value vehicle with a wide array of safety and tech features that come standard. The beautifully crafted interior feels airier than the vehicle’s size would suggest, but tall passengers may feel cramped in the second row. This is arguably the best-driving subcompact SUV on the market today, with excellent ride, handling and comfort. Fuel economy is a respectable 28 mpg combined in FWD models; adding AWD costs $1,400 extra but is available with every trim level. The Crosstrek, Subaru’s subcompact SUV, is the only vehicle in its class to come standard with all-wheel drive. Subaru is known for reliability and safety, and the Crosstrek’s features list reflects those priorities. The Crosstrek comes standard with features like the EyeSight suite of driver assists – as long as you opt for the CVT transmission, which costs $1,350 more than the $23,155 base price. Another advantage of opting for the automatic transmission is that combined fuel economy skyrockets from 25 mpg with the 6-speed manual to 30 mpg with the CVT. If you choose the plug-in hybrid, you only get 17 miles of all-electric range, but overall fuel economy with that model is 35 mpg. The standard 2.0-liter engine may not be all that powerful, but Subaru’s small SUV is comfortable and agreeable, and great for daily drives as well as off-road adventures.


Similar dimensions, both are known for safety and reliability, standard advanced safety features, similar interior space and cargo area

Mazda CX-30 Advantages

Excellent ride and handling, powerful engine, upscale interior, versatile infotainment comes standard

Subaru Crosstrek Advantages

Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, standard all-wheel drive, impressive ground clearance

Final Recommendation

If you’re looking for a curvy, fun-to-drive subcompact with an upscale interior and an impressive slate of standard equipment, the Mazda CX-30 is for you. However, if your thoughts turn to dirt and outdoor adventure, the Subaru Crosstrek  with its standard all-wheel drive should be on your shopping list. Crosstrek also offers a hybrid and has an established resale track record.


2020 Mazda CX-30 2020 Subaru Crosstrek
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.5-liter I4 2.0-liter flat-4
Horsepower 186 hp @ 6,000 rpm 152 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 145 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-Spd Manual, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 28 mpg (25 city/33 hwy) 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy)
Also Available All-wheel drive CVT, Hybrid
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating Not yet rated 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 104.5 inches 104.9 inches
Overall Length 173.0 inches 175.8 inches
Width 70.7 inches 71.0 inches
Height 62.2 inches 63.6 inches
Turning Diameter 37.3 feet 35.4 feet
Headroom, Front 38.1 inches 39.0 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.3 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, Front TBD 43.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 36.3 inches 36.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.6 inches 56.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 53.6 inches 55.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 94.1 cu. ft. 100.9 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume behind 2nd row 20.2 cu. ft. 20.8 cu. ft.

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