2018 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2019 Mazda CX-3 exterior front fascia and passenger side going fast vs 2018 Subaru Crosstrek exterior front fascia and drivers side

No matter what season or part of the country you find yourself driving in, having an SUV as your vehicle is a sensible choice, especially if you find yourself traveling often. But finding the right SUV is easier said than done. After all, the power and fuel efficiency of a vehicle is only half of what people look for. So, we’ve decided to pit the 2018 Mazda CX-3 up against the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek to see where the two are similar, and where one pulls ahead of the other.

In order to do this, we’ll be taking the lowest trims of both vehicles. That means the 2018 Mazda CX-3 Sport with the 2.0L 4cyl engine. It will be compared to the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i with the 2.0L 4cyl engine. Not only will we look at the engine specs of these two vehicles, but we’ll also see the comfort and convenience features as well.

Engine Specs and Fuel Economy

2018 Mazda CX-3


2018 Subaru Crosstrek

146 hp Horsepower 152 hp
146 ft.-lbs. Torque 145 ft.-lbs.
6-speed shiftable automatic Transmission 6-speed manual
29/34/31 mpg Fuel economy (city/hwy/combined) 23/29/25 mpg

As you can see, the 2 vehicles are pretty similar when it comes to power. The Crosstrek has more horsepower, but the Mazda CX-3 has more torque, so it evens things out a bit.

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 has an EPA-estimated 31 miles per gallon, which breaks down into 29 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. This is significantly more than the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, which receives only 23 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway, for a combined total of 25 mpg.

Convenience Features of the CX-3 vs Crosstrek

2018 Mazda CX-3


2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Available on other styles Sunroof N/A
Optional Parking Assistance N/A
Standard Keyless Ignition Available on other styles
Optional Navigation Available on other styles

As you can see, there are a lot of different technology and convenience features of these 2 vehicles. However, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 does have more options and flexibility than the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.

If you see ‘available on other styles’, that means that you cannot get that specific feature on the base model that we are speaking of. That means that you cannot get keyless ignition or navigation on the Crosstrek for this style, or the sunroof for the Mazda CX-3. The ‘N/A’ means that that particular feature is not available at all, so you can’t get the sunroof or parking assistance on the Crosstrek.

Hopefully, this has helped you figure out what vehicle fits your needs the best. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at Vic Bailey Mazda!
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