2020 CX-5 vs 2020 CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

The crossover market is full of great options. As a consumer, it can be hard to pick which vehicles deserve your time and money. We’d like to help.

We’ve chosen two popular vehicles to compare: the 2020 Mazda CX-40 Preferred AWD and the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Limited AWD. Which one comes out on top?

2020 Mazda CX-30 Preferred AWD


2020 Subaru Crosstrek Limited AWD




2.5L inline 4-cyl


2.0L flat 4-cyl

186 hp / 186 lb-ft

Horsepower / Torque

152 hp / 145 lb-ft

6-speed shiftable auto






25 cty / 33 hwy

Fuel Economy

27 cty / 33 hwy


2020 CX-30 steering wheel and gauge cluster

Superior Drivability

As you can tell from the numbers above, the CX-30 has some serious power compared to the Crosstrek. That power makes the CX-30 quick and nimble. The Crosstrek is slow and tepid. Even with the accelerator pedal to the floor, it feels lethargic. Not only that, but the CX-30 has some of the most precise handling on the market. Mazda vehicles are famous for being exceptionally drivable. The Crosstrek feels flat by comparison. It’s floaty and unwilling when you do anything but the slowest of maneuvers. The CX-30 is fun to drive; the Crosstrek is stagnant.

Refined Interior

The Crosstrek is alright on the inside. There’s no scratchy, cheap plastics. The ride is relatively quiet and comfortable. In short, there’s nothing to complain about, but there’s nothing to be impressed by either. The CX-30, on the other hand, feels like a luxury vehicle, especially at higher trims. No matter which trim you pick, however, the interior is streamlined, upscale, and ergonomic. The buttons and controls are few and logically placed, the interior materials range from great to exceptional (depending on the trim), and the seats are comfortable, even for long commutes and road trips.

2020 CX-30 center console and shifter showcase
2020 CX-30 moonroof showcase
2020 CX-30 exterior shot from behind

Interested in the 2020 CX-30? Schedule a test drive at Capistrano Mazda in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

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