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Subaru Forester vs. Mazda CX-30

When comparing the Subaru Forester to the Mazda CX-30, the Subaru Forester has the advantage in the area of interior volume. The Mazda CX-30 has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and base engine power. The Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-30 have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Subaru Forester versus the Mazda CX-30, the Mazda CX-30 is a better car than the Subaru Forester.

Subaru Forester versus Mazda CX-30 Pricing

For a new model, the Subaru Forester's price is between $29,698 and $38,813, with the Mazda CX-30 priced between $26,024 and $36,463.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Subaru Forester’s base engine makes 182 horsepower, and the Mazda CX-30 base engine makes 191 horsepower. Both the Forester and the CX-30 are rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 548 and 419 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Subaru Forester, a crossover/compact SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Subaru Forester has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity than the Mazda CX-30.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Subaru Forester and the Mazda CX-30 have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, both the Subaru Forester and the Mazda CX-30 have the same Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 Subaru Forester

2023 Mazda CX-30

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,698 - $38,813

Used Asking Price:

$23,362 - $34,063

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.4%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,024 - $36,463

Used Asking Price:

-

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.4%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.1 / 10

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 61
4 / 61
4 / 28
4 / 24
4 / 24
4 / 14
8 / 24
11 / 61
16 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

15 / 61
16 / 18
35 / 61

Summary Review

The Subaru Forester is a five-seat, compact SUV that foregoes the station wagon styling of other Subaru models for a more utilitarian, square-bodied design. The Forester has earned a reputation as a reliable and capable all-weather SUV with a spacious cabin and versatile cargo space. New models of the Forester cost an average of $32,632 and 3-year-old models average $23,752.

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Summary Review

The Mazda CX-30 is a subcompact SUV with a sleek, upscale interior and engaging driving dynamics. The current CX-30 was an all-new vehicle introduced for the 2020 model year, with new models costing an average of $28,620.

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Pros and Cons

  • All-wheel drive is standard
  • Better-than-average ground clearance and off-road capability
  • Large cargo area

  • Engine power could be stronger
  • Low tow rating may not match many buyers’ lifestyles
  • Continuously variable transmission (CVT) not to everyone’s liking

Pros and Cons

  • High quality interior materials
  • Engaging driving dynamics
  • Numerous standard safety features

  • Snug rear seats
  • Confusing infotainment controls
  • Modest acceleration

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Base, Premium, Sport, Wilderness, Limited, Touring

Trim Levels

2.5S, Select, Carbon Edition, Preferred, Premium, Turbo Premium, Turbo Premium Plus

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque:

176 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.053 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

191 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

186 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.056 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 33 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

432 / 548 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

26 / 33 / 29

Range (city/hwy):

330 / 419 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.2 inches

Cargo Space:

28.9 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

74.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

140.5 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.3 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36.3 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.6 inches

Cargo Space:

20.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

45.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

114.3 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3454 lbs

Width:

80.9 inches

Height:

67.5 inches

Length:

182.7 inches

Wheelbase:

105.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.7 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3424 lbs

Width:

70.7 inches

Height:

61.7 inches

Length:

173 inches

Wheelbase:

104.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

225/60R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P215/65R16