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.
Continuously Variable Transmission (Most Trim Levels)
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.