2018 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Front exterior view of a red 2018 Mazda CX-3 on the left "vs" Side exterior view of an orange 2018 Subaru Crosstrek on the left

When looking to upgrade your current car the obvious transition is to a crossover SUV. Crossover SUV’s offer the driving performance of a car with the added safety, stability and size only an SUV can provide. And the two most attractive crossover SUV’s on the market today are the 2018 Mazda CX-3 and the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. Both of these vehicles offer excellent efficiency and a strong yet graceful driving experience. A lot of the specs and features of the 2018 Mazda CX-3 and the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek are very similar, making your decision between the two more difficult. Thankfully, for you, we have taken the time to compare the similarities and differences between the 2018 CX-3 and the 2018 Crosstrek and organized the information here to help you make an informed decision on your next vehicle purchase.

2018 Mazda CX-3


2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2.0L SKYACTIC®-G 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.0L 4-Cylinder
146 HP/ 146 LB-Ft Horsepower/ Torque 152 HP/ 145 LB-FT
SKYACTIC®-Drive 6-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission 6-Speed Manual
29 MPG City/ 34 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 23 MPG City/ 29 MPG HWY
*EPA estimates of the base trim level equipped with the Standard Drivetrain.

What are the Differences Between the 2018 CX-3 & the 2018 Crosstrek?

Both the 2018 Mazda CX-3 and the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek have three trim levels to choose from and offer All-Wheel Drive (AWD) across all of them. However, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek makes AWD mandatory across all three trims, while the 2018 Mazda CX-3 allows drivers to choose between Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) and AWD so they get the right amount of performance for their specific needs. As you can see from the chart above the 2018 CX-3 and the 2018 Crosstrek offer similar drivetrain specs, but the 2018 Mazda CX-3 outdistances itself from the 2018 Crosstrek in terms of fuel economy. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek can also be equipped with an available Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to increase its fuel economy to 27 MPG City/ 33 MPG HWY, which is still less than what the 2018 Mazda CX-3’s standard drivetrain delivers.

Not only does the 2018 Mazda CX-3 outperform the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek under the hood, it also does on the interior as well. The 2018 CX-3 has more standard features like a 7” Color Touchscreen, Push-Button Start, Rear Heater Ducts, and even a 6-Speaker Stereo System. You can find all of these amenities on the 2018 Crosstrek too when you pay for a trim upgrade. With a more efficient drivetrain and more standard interior features, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is the clear choice over the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.  You can find the 2018 Mazda CX-3 at Royal South Mazda in Bloomington, IN today.

Passenger side exterior view of a gray 2018 Mazda CX-9
Passenger side exterior view of a red 2018 Mazda3 Sedan