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Carter Subaru Ballard Compares the 2018 Subaru Forester With the 2018 Mazda CX-3

When you're looking for your next crossover SUV, Subaru is here for you. The Subaru Forester is a small SUV that gives you plenty of value, versatility, and all-around fun. When you compare it to a compact crossover like the 2018 Mazda CX-3, you'll see just how much more the 2018 Subaru Forester has to offer. If the compact crossover segment is one that you feel is truly right for you, we also invite you to look at the Subaru Crosstrek. Keep reading to see how the 2018 Subaru Forester compares to the 2018 Mazda CX-3; then, look through our inventory or come to our dealership to take one for a test drive!

2018 Subaru Forester2018 Mazda CX-3
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
170Base Engine Horsepower146
108.3 Cubic FeetPassenger Volume87.6 Cubic Feet
74.7 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume44.5 Cubic Feet
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2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Mazda CX-3: Design

Partly due to their being in different segments, the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Mazda CX-3 have very different design philosophies. The 2018 Forester has much more interior space than the 2018 Mazda CX-3. In addition to having 108.3 cubic feet of passenger volume, the 2018 Subaru Forester has 34.4 cubic feet of standard cargo volume; when you fold down the rear seat, it can increase to 74.7 cubic feet. The 2018 Mazda3 doesn't even come close; its standard cargo volume is 12.4 cubic feet, and it can extend to 44.5 cubic feet. You read that right: the maximum cargo volume of the 2018 Mazda CX-3 is only ten cubic feet more than the minimum cargo volume of the 2018 Subaru Forester!

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2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Mazda CX-3: Performance

When it comes to power, the 2018 Subaru Forester once again has the edge. Its SUBARU BOXER® engine generates 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, and it comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is much less impressive. Its engine puts out 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque, and it comes standard with front-wheel drive. The standard engine is also the only engine on the 2018 Mazda CX-3, meaning that 146 horsepower is as powerful as it gets. If you want extra power on the 2018 Subaru Forester, you can upgrade to an available turbocharged engine that generates 250 horsepower!

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2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Mazda CX-3: Safety

When it comes to official ratings, the 2018 Subaru Forester and the 2018 Mazda CX-3 are pretty similar; they both received the prestigious Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, looking deeper will show you extra features that make the 2018 Subaru Forester safer. Take, for example, the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It's no secret that it gets rainy around these parts, and AWD is a great way to stay in control on slick roads. Additionally, the low center of gravity and extra balance given by the horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER® engine makes a noticeable difference.

Why Choose Subaru? Find Out at Carter Subaru Ballard in Seattle, WA

Subaru vehicles are incredibly popular here in the Pacific Northwest, and it's easy to see why. Subaru vehicles are a perfect match for the region, with features like Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive making it easy to navigate rainy streets, dirt roads, and mountain trails alike. Innovations in safety like EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology work overtime to protect you and your family, while award-winning engineering means that Subaru vehicles are long-lasting. In fact, 98% of Subaru vehicles sold within the past decade are still on the road today. What's more, Subaru is dedicated to making the earth a better place; not only are Subaru vehicles built in a zero-landfill plant, but Subaru also devotes lots of time and resources to helping people, communities, pets, and the planet. Learn more about Subaru and its record of greatness at Carter Subaru Ballard, your local Subaru dealership serving Bellevue and Kirkland.

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