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2021 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Review

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2021 Mazda
CX-3

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2021 Subaru
Crosstrek

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MSRP*
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$20,790 to $22,190
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$22,245 to $27,995
Invoice* $20,197 to $21,566 $21,108 to $26,411
MPG - City 27 - 29 22 - 27
MPG - Hwy 32 - 34 29 - 34
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 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
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Crosstrek than in the Mazda CX-3, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Subaru Crosstrek will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-3.

Convenience
With the Subaru Crosstrek, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Mazda CX-3, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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). Clearly, the Mazda CX-3 is a better financial choice over the Subaru Crosstrek, when considering MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Mazda CX-3 is much higher than that for the Subaru Crosstrek.

Dimensions
Since the Mazda CX-3 is much slimmer than the Subaru Crosstrek, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Mazda CX-3 is slightly shorter than the Subaru Crosstrek, which may make it easier to park.

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

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

Performance
The Mazda CX-3 has a little less horsepower than the Subaru Crosstrek.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Mazda CX-3 and the Subaru Crosstrek. The Mazda CX-3 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Subaru Crosstrek.

Warranty
The Mazda CX-3 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Subaru Crosstrek.