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2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2021 Mazda CX-30 Review

New 2020 Subaru Forester

2020 Subaru
Forester

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New 2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Mazda
CX-30

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MSRP*
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$24,495 to $34,595
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$21,900 to $29,950
Invoice* $23,099 to $32,266 $21,275 to $29,088
MPG - City 26 24 - 25
MPG - Hwy 33 31 - 33
Engine(s) Horizontal Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Forester than in the Mazda CX-30. The Subaru Forester will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda CX-30.

Convenience
The Subaru Forester requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Mazda CX-30, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Subaru Forester is somewhat more expensive than the Mazda CX-30. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Subaru Forester will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Mazda CX-30.

Dimensions
The Subaru Forester is a little wider than the Mazda CX-30, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. If you go with the Subaru Forester, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mazda CX-30.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Subaru Forester doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda CX-30.

Handling
The Subaru Forester has the same turning radius as the Mazda CX-30, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Subaru Forester and the Mazda CX-30.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Subaru Forester and the Mazda CX-30. With the Subaru Forester, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mazda CX-30.

Warranty
The Subaru Forester comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Mazda CX-30.