2020 Mazda CX-3 vs 2020 Kia Soul

Trying to find the right subcompact crossover SUV in the new decade can be a challenge when there are so many options to choose from. Two such SUVs are the 2020 Mazda CX-3 and the 2020 Kia Soul. There could hardly be two more different subcompact crossovers, but it’s still worth it to compare them.  

The first thing to note in comparing these two vehicles is their appearance. The Kia Soul is uniquely shaped among crossovers. The Mazda CX-3 is shaped more like most smaller crossovers, and lends a feeling of reliability and familiarity because of that. But the most important differences come down to more detailed features and traits. The chart below highlights their differences including available features and equipment. 

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2020 Mazda CX-3 


2020 Kia Soul 

i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive® Available  Drive Type Front-Wheel Drive Only 
29 City MPG/34 Highway MPG/31 Combined MPG  Maximum Estimated Fuel Economy 27 City MPG/33 Highway MPG/ 30 Combined MPG 
148 Horsepower/146 lb-ft of Torque  Horsepower and Torque 147 Horsepower/132 lb-ft of Torque 
6-Speed Automatic  Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission (Most Trim Levels) 


Comparison Analysis 

These two crossovers treat the feeling of driving completely differently. Everything in the chart above exposes how much more effort Mazda puts into the experience. The option for i-Activ All-Wheel Drive® makes the CX-3 more of an SUV than the Soul. Combine that with better fuel economy despite having a more aggressive engine and traditional transmission, it’s a wonder anyone would choose the Soul if they could get a CX-3. The sensible choice is the 2020 Mazda CX-3 for anyone who wants a great behind-the-wheel experience. 

Other Features of the 2020 Mazda CX-3 

  • Blind Spot and Lane Departure Warning Systems 
  • Front and Rear Head Airbags 
  • Emergency Braking Preparation 
  • LED Adaptive Dusk Sensing Headlights 
  • 6-Speaker Sound System 
  • And Much More! 
2020 Mazda CX-3 Exterior red paint on bluish grey background
2020 Mazda CX-3 interior showing screen and dashboard
2020 Mazda CX-3 interior showing front cabin from perspective of passenger seat