Chandler Area Mazda Dealers Compare the 2018 Mazda CX-3 vs 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

Mazda specializes in producing cars and SUVs that are stunning to look at and fun to drive. The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is no exception. This subcompact crossover features comfortable seating and delivers outstanding fuel economy. According to the Chandler Mazda dealer, for 2018, the CX-3 gets firmer suspension tuning to provide an even more incredible ride. The cabin is quieter than ever, thanks to sound-insulating materials. And the Mazda CX-3’s emergency braking system protects the vehicle’s occupants if there’s a low-speed collision.

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a popular competitor in the same segment as the Mazda CX-3. If you’ve been considering buying a subcompact crossover or you’re just curious to see which one of these contenders will emerge as the winner, read on as we compare the two head to head.


There are many ways to gauge a vehicle’s price. While the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) isn’t the actual cost of a vehicle at the dealer, we use it here to help us make a comparison. The 2018 Mazda CX-3 has an MSRP that starts at $20,390. The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek will set you back a little bit more, with a starting MSRP of $21,795. That’s a difference of $1,405.


Powering the 2018 Mazda CX-3 a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that generates 146 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque. Under the hood of the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder block that develops 152 hp and 145 lb.-ft. Both vehicles are similar in horses and torque, but the CX-3 makes more torque, which measures the amount of power the engine sends to the wheels. According to Motor Trend, the CX-3 with the automatic transmission made the journey from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, while the automatic Crosstrek took 9 seconds. Additionally, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 comes with a standard automatic gearbox. If you’d like an automatic transmission on the Crosstrek, it’s only available as a costly option.

Fuel Economy

In these days of uncertain gasoline prices, it makes sense to own a fuel-efficient vehicle. The 2018 Mazda CX-3 checks in with fuel economy that’s estimated by the EPA at up to 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The highest fuel economy rating you’ll get with the Subaru Crosstrek is 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Driving Impressions

We mentioned earlier that the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is fun to drive. We’re not the only ones who think so. The automotive experts at Edmunds wrote: “Performance is a CX-3 strong point. This is the most fun crossover to drive in this segment. … it's actually 'speedy' among subcompact crossovers. Handling is sharp and responsive, and it's easy to drive the CX-3 in the city.” On the other hand, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek isn’t known for its driving dynamics, with the New York Daily News referring to the Crosstrek’s engine as being anemic.

Putting It All Together

No matter how you look at it, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 emerges as the winner in this contest. It’s less expensive, gets higher fuel economy and delivers a better ride than the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.