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2023 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2023 Subaru Crosstrek

When it comes to subcompact SUVs, you have numerous options. The 2023 Mazda CX-30 and 2023 Subaru Crosstrek are both strong choices. Let’s examine the pluses and minuses of both to figure out which one is right for you.

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Trim Options

The CX-30 comes in seven available trims, ranging from the entry-level 2.5 S to the high-end 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. The Crosstrek comes in five configurations, from the affordable Base to the top-of-the-line Hybrid model. We’ll find most of what these vehicles have to offer one step up from the base model, so let’s dig into the standard features of the 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Select vs. the 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Premium.

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

The CX-30 boasts a zippy 191 hp, SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 engine, delivering 186 lb-ft torque @ 6,000 rpm and brisk acceleration. i-ACTIV AWD® with off-road traction assist and SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control put you in control of a smooth ride. With an estimated fuel economy of 26 MPG city / 33 MPG highway, the CX-30 strikes a good balance between power and efficiency.

The Crosstrek is equipped with a 2.0-liter SUBARU BOXER 4-cylinder engine under the hood for 145 lb-ft torque @ 4,000 rpm and decent enough power. For the drivetrain, we have symmetrical all-wheel drive and 6-speed manual transmission. With an estimated 28 MPG city / 33 MPG highway, the Crosstrek is a practical option when considering fuel efficiency.

On the whole, both the CX-30 and the Crosstrek are very good performers in most environments.

Driver Assist and Safety Features

The Mazda CX-30 is equipped with an impressive package of safety features. Standard driver-assistance features include radar cruise control with stop & go, dynamic stability control, smart brake support, and lane-keep assist.

The Subaru Crosstrek is no slouch either when it comes to safety. The Crosstrek comes with a driver assist package that includes vehicle dynamics control, brake assist, and automatic collision notification.

Interior and Infotainment

Mazdas are renowned for their sophisticated interiors, and the CX-30 lives up to the reputation. It proves that true beauty is on the inside with an inviting interior with over 20 cubic feet of cargo space and enough room to seat five. The Mazda Connect™ infotainment system features HD radio, voice command, wireless Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integrations, 8-speaker audio system, Pandora® internet radio integration, and everything you need to feel at home behind the wheel.

Most drivers won’t be disappointed by the Crosstrek’s interior. With 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space and seating for five, the cabin certainly isn’t cramped. 6-speaker audio, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, SiriusXM® satellite radio, and more make for a respectable infotainment setup.


The 2023 Mazda CX-30 combines sporty performance with comfort in a stylish package. The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek is also a solid pick. You can’t go wrong with either, but in our opinion, the Mazda CX-30 takes the win.

Mazda CX-30 Purchase Options:

Our experienced sales staff is eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you to find the best lease, buy, or finance options. When purchasing a vehicle there are multiple buying options to take into consideration, and we always recommend the one that best fits your financial needs. We encourage you to browse our online inventory of the Mazda CX-30, schedule a test drive and investigate auto loan financing options.

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