2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs Mazda CX-3 Crossover Comparison in Seattle, WA

The crossover SUV segment has become increasingly popular, and it's easy to see why. Crossovers combine the small footprint and easy handling that make small sedans and hatchbacks popular with the higher seating of an SUV. However, the Subaru Crosstrek takes this one step further: it also has the capability of an SUV, which is much rarer to find. When you compare it to a competitor like the 2019 Mazda CX-3, you'll find that Subaru has so much more to offer. Keep reading to see just how these two crossovers compare; then, head in to take the Subaru Crosstrek for a test drive.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Interior

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Mazda CX-3: Dimensions & Carrying Capacity

Crossover SUVs are known for their smaller footprint, and both of these crossovers are suitably compact. However, Subaru knows that "compact" doesn't have to mean "cramped." The interior of the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek has a spacious 100.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the 2019 Mazda CX-3 has just 87.6 cubic feet of passenger volume. This means that passengers in both rows will be able to stretch out more in the Subaru Crosstrek, thanks to greater headroom, legroom, and shoulder room.

Passenger comfort isn't the only difference. The Mazda CX-3 comes with 12.4 cubic feet of cargo volume that can expand to 44.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Compare this to the Subaru Crosstrek, which has 20.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity that can expand to 55.3 cubic feet! In addition, every Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with roof rails to increase your cargo carrying capacity. These are not standard on the Mazda CX-3.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Technology Features

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Mazda CX-3: Tech Features

When it comes to keeping you connected, Mazda lags behind Subaru. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek has available 4G LTE Wi-Fi, making it possible to turn your vehicle into a mobile hotspot. This isn't available in the Mazda CX-3. The Mazda CX-3 even lacks basic connectivity features like Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto--features that come standard on the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. Even the top-of-the-line audio system is better in the Subaru Crosstrek: it's an 8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and the Mazda CX-3 only goes up to 7 speakers.

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek Performance

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Mazda CX-3: Performance

The Subaru Crosstrek is at once more refined and more rugged than the Mazda CX-3. Let's start with the refinement. It's powered by a SUBARU BOXER® engine that provides exceptional balance and a low center of gravity, especially when compared to the inline engine like the one you'll find in the Mazda CX-3. In addition to providing a smooth, quiet ride, this engine also generates more power.

As for ruggedness, the Subaru Crosstrek is ready to handle all kinds of challenges. Its standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system enables it to explore off-road trails with ease, and the standard 8.7 inches of ground clearance let you travel over obstacles. The Mazda CX-3 has AWD as an available upgrade--it comes standard as a two-wheel drive vehicle. And with 6.1 inches of standard ground clearance, it's much less capable of handling rocks and other things that might get in the way.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Safety

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Mazda CX-3: Safety

Of course, the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive doesn't just make the Subaru Crosstrek more capable: it also makes it safer. The AWD system gives you extra traction even on slick, rainy roads. It's just one of the ways that Subaru is dedicated to your safety. This dedication has been noticed by independent groups like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Though they awarded the 2019 Mazda CX-3 with their 2019 Top Safety Pick award, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek earned the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award. It's just a reminder that Subaru goes above and beyond.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Driver Assist Technology

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Mazda CX-3: Driver Assist Technology

While we're talking about your safety, allow us to mention Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This suite of features contains Pre-collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist, and it's available on even the entry-level Subaru Crosstrek. Now, it's true that you'll also find features like lane departure warning, radar cruise control, and collision warning on the Mazda CX-3. However, there's one notable difference. These features come only on the top-of-the-line trim in the Mazda, and are completely unavailable below that!

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Subaru cars, wagons, and SUVs are known for their impressive longevity, remarkable quality, great value, and go-anywhere attitude. But beyond that, Subaru is a company that cares about people, communities, and the world we all share.

These are values that are reflected by Carter Subaru Ballard. Carter has been offering a hassle-free buying experience since 1960, and we've remained committed to making sure that you're satisfied. Our salespeople avoid pushy tactics; instead, they listen to what you want and work with you to find the Subaru vehicle that fits your needs. We've been recognized for these efforts with the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award.

Carter Subaru Ballard is also home to the Carter Advantage. When you buy a new vehicle from us, you're not just getting a car. You're also getting a free annual inspection, Subaru roadside assistance, and more. We'll even plant trees in the Mountains to Sound Greenway in your name. When you're ready for a test drive, head to Carter Subaru Ballard, serving Bellevue and Kirkland from our location at 5201 Leary Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107.