The Kia Soul and Mazda CX-30 are appealing in different ways. The Kia has some practical benefits, like lower pricing and a longer warranty, but the CX-30 has standard all-wheel drive and a more upscale interior.
Let’s take a closer look at the Mazda CX-30 and Kia Soul and find the right subcompact SUV for you.
2023 Kia Soul
The Kia Soul is a stylish compact that could be considered an SUV or a hatchback. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a great value in new cars thanks to its affordable pricing and outstanding warranty. Pricing starts at $19,890.
Kia Soul Highlights:
Value pricing — The Kia Soul has a lower starting price than the Mazda CX-30 by more than $3,000. Even the mid-range S trim, which has desirable features like a 10.25-inch infotainment system, navigation, blind-spot monitoring, and wireless phone charging, is still more affordable than the base CX-30.
Excellent warranty — The Kia Soul comes with an outstanding 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is much longer coverage than what you get with the CX-30, a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Better fuel economy — The Kia Soul is a bit more fuel-efficient than the Mazda CX-30. The Kia has a combined fuel economy rating of up to 31 mpg, while the most fuel-efficient variant of the Mazda gets up to 29 mpg. According to the EPA, the result is $100/year in fuel savings for the Soul compared to the CX-30.
Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Kia Soul models for sale near you.
2023 Mazda CX-30
The Mazda CX-30 is an appealing subcompact SUV with standard all-wheel drive, an upscale cabin, and an exciting optional turbocharged engine. Pricing starts at $22,950.
Mazda CX-30 Highlights:
All-wheel drive — All-wheel drive isn’t available on the Kia Soul, but it comes standard with every Mazda CX-30. The i-Activ AWD system improves traction on slippery roads and optimizes grip on dry pavement for a better driving experience in all road conditions.
Fun to drive — In typical Mazda fashion, the CX-30 has an eager driving character. The base engine makes this SUV feel quick, and the well-tuned chassis gives the CX-30 good handling. Upgrade to the optional turbocharged engine, and you’ll get exciting performance that’s hard to match in this class.
Premium interior — Mazda has a reputation for building premium cars and SUVs without a premium price tag, and the CX-30 is no exception. This interior is comfortable and well-appointed, especially in the upper trims, which rival some luxury SUVs.
Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Mazda CX-30 models for sale near you.
Standard 4-cylinder engine, similar safety, and infotainment tech, similar size.
The Kia Soul is more value-oriented thanks to its more affordable pricing, longer warranty, and better fuel economy. However, the extra cost of the CX-30 is justifiable since it’s more fun to drive, has a nicer interior, and comes standard with all-wheel drive. Which is right for you depends on your priorities.
|2023 Kia Soul||2023 Mazda CX-30|
|Engine||2.0-liter 4-cylinder||2.5-liter 4-cylinder|
|Horsepower||147 hp @ 6,200 rpm||191 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm||186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm|
|Transmission||CVT automatic||6-speed automatic|
|Fuel economy||28 city/33 highway/30 combined mpg||26 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg|
|Also Available||N/A||2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder|
|Basic Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||10 years/100,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||4 stars||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||102.4 inches||104.4 inches|
|Overall Length||165.2 inches||173.0 inches|
|Width||70.9 inches||70.7 inches|
|Height||63.0 inches||61.7 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.8 feet||37.3 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.9 inches||38.1 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.5 inches||38.3 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.1 inches||41.7 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||38.8 inches||36.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||55.5 inches||55.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||54.7 inches||53.6 inches|
|Cargo Volume||24.2/62.1 cubic feet||20.2/45.2 cubic feet|