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2021 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2021 Subaru Forester Review

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2021 Mazda
CX-30

MSRP*: $22,050 to $34,050
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2021 Subaru
Forester

MSRP*: $24,795 to $34,895
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Invoice* $21,421 to $33,066 $23,375 to $32,541
MPG - City 22 - 25 MPG 26 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 - 33 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 45.2 ft3 69.2 - 74.3 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Horizontal
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual, Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 186 - 227 hp 182 hp
Towing Capacity Info not available 1,500 lbs
Exterior Length 173.0 in 182.1 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 71.5 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 36.3 in
Front 43.3 in
Rear 39.4 in
Head Room Front 37.8 - 38.1 in
Rear 38.3 in
Front 40.2 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.7 - 39.6 in
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 Forester than in the Mazda CX-30, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Subaru Forester will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-30.

Convenience
With the Subaru Forester, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Mazda CX-30, 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Mazda CX-30 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Subaru Forester. 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-30 is much higher than that for the Subaru Forester.

Dimensions
The Mazda CX-30 is a little narrower than the Subaru Forester, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. If you go with the Mazda CX-30, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Subaru Forester.

Handling
The Mazda CX-30 has the same turning radius as the Subaru Forester, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Mazda CX-30 and the Subaru Forester.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Mazda CX-30 transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Subaru Forester.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Mazda CX-30 and the Subaru Forester. The Mazda CX-30 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Subaru Forester.

Warranty
The Mazda CX-30 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Subaru Forester.