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2020 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2020 Kia Soul

A red 2020 Mazda CX-3 compared to a dark green 2020 Kia Soul

Performance and comfortability: these traits are two of the most important aspects when looking to find the right vehicle. Especially with extra-small crossovers, vehicle brands have taken different approaches to making their newest models stand out on the market. But when it comes down to it, the 2020 Mazda CX-3 boasts strong engine specifications for its size as well as a comfortable and innovative interior for its stature.

But to compare the Mazda’s smallest crossover to the popular 2020 Kia Soul, how does the model stack up? We at Kelly Mazda in the Scranton, PA area decided to take some notes.

2020 Mazda CX-3


2020 Kia Soul

2.0L 4-cylinder 6A Engine 2.0L 4-cylinder CTV
148 Horsepower 147
146 ft-lbs Torque 132 ft-lbs
29 City / 34 Highway MPG Fuel Economy 27 City / 33 Highway MPG
Available All-Wheel Drive Option Not Available

Looking at the base engine specifications between the two above, the 2020 Mazda CX-3 narrowly edges out the 2020 Kia Soul across the board. Though the horsepower and torque come fairly close, the CX-3 provides a more economical option with its combined 31 MPG. A major factor for the general area can be the all-wheel drive capabilities, as the CX-3 is the only one of the two that can be equipped with it. Not only that, but the 2020 Mazda CX-3 comes with standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which is something the 2020 Kia Soul does not offer.

Interior Options Inside the 2020 Mazda CX-3

One major point to make about 2020 Mazda CX-3 models is their interior features. Available with a host of technological features, this years’ model improves from 2019 by making Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration standard on all models. The update also features a 7-inch touchscreen display, which has MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System for even more listening and navigational options. Here are other features the 2020 Mazda CX-3 has:

  • Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone and Audio Capability
  • Automatic Climate Control with Pollen Filter
  • Remote Keyless Illuminated Entry System with “Answer Back” Feature
  • Active Driving Display
  • Pandora®, Stitcher™, Aha™ internet radio integration

Find a 2020 Mazda CX-3 at Kelly Mazda

With both the superior base engine and high-quality interior features, the 2020 Mazda CX-3 is a strong choice for you and your family. Come check one out here at Kelly Mazda and see for yourself.