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2021 MAZDA CX-30 vs 2021 Subaru Crosstrek


Looking to jet around Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans, LA, in a compact SUV? If so, then you have a lot of options available to you, such as the 2021 Mazda CX-30 and the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek.

Wondering which one is the better match for you? Our team at Paretti Mazda is here to help provide you with answers. If you’d like to learn more or want to get behind the wheel of a new Mazda, just give us a call.

MAZDA CX-30 Highway

A Sleek Ride

When you step behind the wheel of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 and start the engine, you’ll be greeted by the roar of a 2.5-liter Skyactiv®-G powertrain. Despite this compact SUV’s petite stance, its motor delivers an engaging performance with 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque.

You may notice a big difference in the way the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek performs since it only generates 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque from its baseline motor. It does offer a more robust powertrain with 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. However it still falls short of the standard power offered in the Mazda CX-30.

Additionally, the Mazda model also has an available engine. This turbocharged motor is built to thrill with a dynamic blend of 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque, leaving the competition in its dust.

Refined Performance Around Every Turn

The Mazda CX-30 is also outfitted with Skyactiv®-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control Plus. This feature seamlessly distributes vehicle weight and engine power to gently usher you around twists and turns in the road.

This is a Mazda-exclusive feature, though, so you won’t be treated to this type of control on the Crosstrek causing you to notice a difference when it comes to cornering.

An Engaging and Enjoyable Drive

Such a dynamic engine calls for an equally enjoyable interior within a compact SUV you can’t wait to drive. Coming standard in the 2021 Mazda CX-30 is an 8.8-inch infotainment center display mated to a Multifunction Commander control for simplified use on the unpredictable road.

This system is also paired to Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration which instantly pairs to your compatible smartphone when you plug it into the USB port. Choose from your road trip playlist or a new podcast—the entertainment possibilities are endless.

The Subaru Crosstrek is also standardly equipped with smartphone integration, but the base screen is much smaller at only 6.5 inches so you may have a harder time viewing it while you explore the road.

The Crosstrek does allow you to upgrade to an 8-inch system, but it’s only available on the highest trim levels and still doesn’t measure up to the baseline system in the Mazda CX-30.

Surrounded by Sound

No matter what you decide you listen to, the Mazda CX-30 ensures it sounds crystal clear with a standard 8-speaker audio system with Mazda Harmonic Acoustics. Since the Crosstrek only has four speaks on the base trim, you may not be able to hear your audiobook as well.

Eight speakers are available on the Crosstrek when you opt for the Harman Kardon® speaker system on the highest trim levels. If you’re thinking of a higher trim level though, you may prefer the Mazda CX-30, since it offers a 12-speaker Bose® premium audio system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® to further enhance the quality of your tunes.

MAZDA CX-30 Safety

Stay Protected on the Open Road

When it comes to your next ride, the most important factor is safety. You’ll want to make sure you and your passengers are protected and stay safe at every mile, so the 2021 Mazda CX-30 comes standard with the following technologies:

  • Smart Brake Support—Measures the distance between your SUV and frontal obstacles to warn when you’re too close. If needed, it applies the brakes to help avoid a collision.
  • Lane Departure Warning System—Reads the lines on the road to detect when you may be drifting out of your lane unintentionally.
  • Lane-keep Assist—If needed, applies gentle steering corrections to help you avoid making an unwanted lane change.
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go—Maintains a set following speed and distance between your car and the car ahead, stopping and slowing as traffic calls for.
  • High Beam Control—Uses your high beams at night for an enhanced view of the road around you. As another vehicle approaches, it toggles downwards to ensure no one’s view is obstructed.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers comparable features, but they aren’t available on the baseline model, so you’ll have to upgrade to a higher trim level to make use of them.

Park with Confidence

To lend a hand with parking your vehicle, the Mazda CX-30 and Subaru Crosstrek can be armed with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. When reversing out of a parking space, this system will let you know when another vehicle is approaching, so you can be on your way with ease.

However, you may find the actual act of parking to be easier in the Mazda CX-30 thanks to a 360˚ View Monitor. This available system uses cameras placed all around the exterior of your SUV to provide you with a comprehensive view of your surroundings.

The Crosstrek, on the other hand, does offer a Rear-Vision Camera but it only shows you what’s directly behind your ride, so you may miss out on side obstacles.

2021 MAZDA CX-30 vs 2021 Subaru Crosstrek: Which Compact SUV Is Right for You?

In terms of power output, entertainment, and safety, it appears the 2021 Mazda CX-30 has a leg up on the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek.

Don’t just take our word for it though. Come to Paretti Mazda to see for yourself what this new Mazda has in store for you. Our friends from Metairie, Harvey, and New Orleans, Louisiana, can contact us today to get started and set up a test drive of this compact SUV.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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