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Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i AWD vs 2016 Mazda CX-3 Sport AWD

Quality and Value Analysis

Comparing Subaru Crosstrek and Mazda CX-3 MSRP price is very close, but Mazda CX-3 is slightly cheaper. Subaru Crosstrek may have the edge on residual value at 65% after 36 months and 48% after 60 months. Mazda CX-3 is 53% after 36 months, and 39% after 60 months. Mazda CX-3 wins at fuel economy thought, getting 27/32 City/HWY compared to Subaru Crosstrek’s 23/31. That means that Mazda CX-3 has a combined fuel economy of 29 and Subaru Crosstrek only gets 26. That must be why Subaru Crosstrek needs a bigger fuel tank, 15.9 gal capacity vs Mazda CX-3’s 11.9 gal tank. Both vehicles have a 36 month/36,000 basic warranty and a 60 month/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

Performance and Engineering

Subaru Crosstrek and Mazda CX-3 have very similar engines. Mazda CX-3 has a 2.0-Liter, I4, 16-Valve, DOHC, DI Engine. Subaru Crosstrek has a 2.0-Liter, H4, 16-Valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine. Both vehicles are very close in Horsepower and Torque. Subaru Crosstrek has slightly more horses (148 horsepower @ 6,200 RPM) vs Mazda CX-3’s 146 horsepower @ 6,000 RPM. Mazda CX-3 beats Subaru Crosstrek in Torque though, Mazda getting 146 torque @ 2,800 RPM vs Subaru’s 145 @ 4,200 RPM. Subaru Crosstrek is only for drivers who enjoy a manual transmission, as it doesn’t come in Automatic like Mazda CX-3. Both vehicles have Front and Rear Disc Brake System, Front and Rear Stabilizer Bar, Hill Start Assist, Independent Front and Rear Suspension, and a Turning Diameter of 34.8.

Safety and Security

It’s hard to compare safety ratings of Mazda CX-3 because it hasn’t been rated by the NHTSA. Subaru Crosstrek scored 4 stars in Front Driver Crash Test, Front Passenger Crash Test, Overall Frontal Crash Safety Rating, and rollover Safety Rating. Subaru Crosstrek scored 5 stars on Front Side Crash Test, Rear Side Crash Test, Overall Rating, Overall Side Crash Safety Rating, Overall Side Barrier Crash Safety Rating, and Side Pole Crash Safety Rating. All other Safety Features are identical. Both vehicles have Driver and Front Passenger Dual Stage Multiple Threshold Front Airbags, Front Side Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags, Second Row Head Restraints, Vehicle Stability Control System, Traction Control, ABS Brakes, Front Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor, Brake Assist, Tire Pressure Monitor, and Child Proof Rear Door Locks.

Comfort and Convenience

Interior features of Subaru Crosstrek and Mazda CX-3 are very similar. Both vehicles have Manual Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Cruise Control, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls for Audio and Cruise Control, Map Lights, Rearview Camera, Telescopic Adjustable Tilt Steering Column, Cargo Area Light, Front Power Outlet, Rear Window Defroster, Floor Mats, Multi Function Remote, and Exterior Temperature Gauge. Mazda CX-3 also has Delayed Power Retention, which is not available on the Subaru Crosstrek. Both vehicles have AM/FM Radio, CD/MP3 Player, MP3 Jack, and Auxiliary Input Audio Jack. Mazda CX-3 has 6 speakers, Subaru Crosstrek only has 4. Both vehicles have Front Adjustable Seat Height, Front Bucket Seats, Fold Down Rear Seats, Beverage Holders, Cargo Area Tie-Downs, Console Storage, Door Pocket Storage, Seatback Storage, Rear Wiper, Remote Keyless Access System, Vehicle Theft Deterrent, Folding Side Mirrors, Power Side Mirrors, Tinted Glass, and Automatic Auto-Off Headlights. Mazda CX-3 comes with 16′ Alloy Wheels with All Season Tires, Subaru Crosstrek comes with 17′ Alloy Wheels with All Season Tires.

Mazda CX-3 is the better choice for Phoenix drivers!

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