New Mazda CX-30 Vs The Segment Leader Subaru Crosstrek, Which Subcompact Is Best For You
The second-generation Subaru Crosstrek is still the leader in the subcompact SUV segment but will it stay number one in sales? It competes against the Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Nissan Rogue Sport, and others. Now the Mazda CX-30 arrives to give shoppers another option. How does Crosstrek compare with the all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30?
The subcompact SUV category is growing and becoming more popular as shoppers move away from compact sedans and get behind the wheel of these popular hatchback models. They offer fuel-efficiency, utility, all-weather capability, and sporty handling. They make ideal vehicles for urban commuters and can be used for recreation on the weekends. They do a lot well. Which model is best for you?
2020 Mazda CX-30 has a lot to offer shoppers
The new Mazda CX-30 could be the vehicle that gives the Subaru Crosstrek the best competition to date. It offers a stylish exterior, a premium interior, sporty driving dynamics, and available all-wheel-drive. It comes in four trim levels, base ($21,900), Select ($23,900), Preferred ($26,200), and Premium $28,200).
The big advantage the CX-30 has over Crosstrek is it comes with a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel-drive model gets an EPA estimated 25/32 city/highway and 27 combined mpg. It is also available in a two-wheel-drive configuration.
2020 Subaru Crosstrek offers extra grip with X-Mode
The knock on the second-generation Crosstrek is the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine only produces 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. Some say it’s underpowered and could use more power for pulling a mountain pass or carrying extra cargo to the trailhead. The Crosstrek gets an EPA estimated 27/33 city/highway and 29 combined mpg. The Crosstrek is the only subcompact SUV with standard all-wheel-drive.
The Mazda CX-30 offers one transmission, a 6-speed automatic with manual-shift and Sport modes, where the Crosstrek still offers a 6-speed manual gearbox and a Lineartronic CVT automatic with adaptive control and incline start assist. The big advantage Crosstrek has over the CX-30 is its standard X-Mode offering extra grip on low-friction surfaces. Crosstrek also comes with 8.7-inches of ground clearance vs 7.9-inches in the CX-30.
The Mazda CX-30 and Subaru Crosstrek are similar in size and cargo-carrying ability. Crosstrek has a little more overall passenger volume (100.9 cu-ft vs 94.1 cubes) and slightly more cargo volume (20.8 cu-ft vs 20.2 cubes in the CX-30). Crosstrek also offers a plug-in hybrid model and has an established resale track record.
Both subcompact SUV models come standard with a suite of driver safety aids and Crosstrek gets a 5 Star rating with the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick Plus from IIHS. The Mazda CX-30 has not been rated yet.
The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is a smart new entry in the subcompact SUV segment has a lot to offer urban shoppers. If you need more power, the CX-30 offers a compelling alternative for commuters and it has sporty driving dynamics. The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek still offers the most for urban-adventurers with active lifestyles looking for an all-wheel-drive model for off-road adventures and getting away from civilization.
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