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2022 Kia Seltos vs. 2021 Mazda CX-3 Review

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2022 Kia
Seltos

MSRP*: $22,490 to $27,990
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2021 Mazda
CX-3

MSRP*: $20,790 to $22,190
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Invoice* $21,702 to $26,731 $20,197 to $21,566
MPG - City 25 - 29 MPG 27 - 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 - 35 MPG 32 - 34 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 62.8 ft3 42.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 146 - 175 hp 148 hp
Exterior Length 172.0 in 168.3 in
Exterior Width 70.9 in 69.6 in
Leg Room Front 41.4 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 35.0 in
Head Room Front 38.5 - 40.0 in
Rear 38.4 in
Front 38.4 in
Rear 37.2 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Seltos than in the Mazda CX-3. The Kia Seltos offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-3, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Seltos as you will with the Mazda CX-3, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Kia Seltos is somewhat more expensive than the Mazda CX-3. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Kia Seltos and the Mazda CX-3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Seltos is a little wider than the Mazda CX-3, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Kia Seltos, which is slightly longer than the Mazda CX-3.

Handling
The Kia Seltos has the same turning radius as the Mazda CX-3, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Kia Seltos and the Mazda CX-3.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Kia Seltos doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-3.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Kia Seltos and the Mazda CX-3. With the Kia Seltos, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mazda CX-3.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Seltos than that of the Mazda CX-3.