2019 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
2019 Mazda CX-3 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
MPG (city/hwy)
  29 / 34 23 / 29
5-Year Ownership Cost: Maintenance
  $4,182 $4,738
Keyless Ignition
  Standard Not available on all trims

2019 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

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The Mazda CX-3 gives you the chance to own an SUV with all the benefits of an SUV but in a smaller package. The CX-3 can transport cargo, comfortably seat five full-sized adults and safely navigate any road in any weather condition, all in a small crossover package. Awarded by the IIHS and US News & Report as a Car of the Year, the CX-3 has been a popular vehicle since it was first introduced in 2016.

Consider the Mazda CX-3 compared to another influential entry in the Subcompact SUV, the Subaru Crosstrek. Subaru has a strong reputation for utility, reliability, and durability. The Crosstrek is highly regarded and receives praise. To appreciate how great the CX-3 is, here are a few points of comparison between the CX-3 and Crosstrek.


The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is highly regarded for its sporty, spirited performance. While many compact SUVs receive criticism for bland driving dynamics and slow response the Mazda CX-3 earns praise for its agility and acceleration. Powered by a 4-cylinder engine that produces a respectable 148hp and 146lbs of torque, the CX-3 goes from 0 to 60 in 8.1 seconds, compared to the Crosstrek’s 9.2-second rate. The CX-3 excels at handling with grip, response, and agility rare for its class. In short, the CX-3 has fantastic, class-leading performance. If you want a compact SUV that is fun to drive, the Mazda CX-3 is your best option. This is a clear win for the Mazda CX-3.


The 2019 Mazda CX-3 may be small, but its feature list is extensive. It starts with an integrated infotainment system, which includes a brilliant touch-screen. A heads-up display (HUD) is standard. Remote start is available, as is all-wheel drive. Rain-sensing wipers will starts when moisture hits the windshield, and the remote start is a convenient feature. In terms of safety features, the CX-3 has almost all of the driver safety features, including brake assist, electronic stability control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, cross-traffic alert, and park assist. The Crosstrek has lane departure which the CX-3 does not, but the CX-3 has several features the Crosstrek does not, such as the heads-up display. Once again, the CX-3 comes out on top.


When it comes to buying a car, the concept of ‘value’ is simple. You want to get the most bang for your buck. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 not only gives you the most bang for your buck, but it also costs fewer bucks. A fully loaded CX-3 with all-wheel drive costs $27,145, compared to a fully loaded Crosstrek which costs $32,969. Mazda vehicles cost less than Subaru in maintenance. The CX-3 has fuel mileage of 29/34mpg, compared to the Crosstrek’s 27/33mpg. In short, you get more for less with the CX-3 than you can get from the Crosstrek. This is a final win for the CX-3 that demonstrates the greatness of the CX-3.

A brief comparison is all it takes to see the pure qualities of the 2019 Mazda CX-3. The CX-3 has the performance, features, and value you are looking for. Why not contact your local dealer to get additional information? Feel free to stop by the lot and take a look at a Mazda CX-3 in person. Better yet, schedule a test drive today!

* EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.