2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2021 Kia Soul 

2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2021 Kia Soul

Now entering its sophomore year, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 has made the automotive honor roll for subcompact crossovers thanks to a keen balance of style, performance, and functionality. But Mazda’s newest crossover won’t go down in history as a one-hit-wonder. This year the CX-30 continues to receive subtle enhancements that sharpen its competitive edge.

With model year 2021 afoot, how does the Mazda CX-30 compare to other models in its class? In this model comparison, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 and the 2021 Kia Soul will be put up for judgment. The comparison table provided offers a quick glance into some key considerations car shoppers should know.

2021 Mazda CX-30 


2021 Kia Soul 

$21,900  Starting MSRP  $17,490 
186 - 227 Horsepower  Engine Output  147 - 201 Horsepower 
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control  Available
Standard Automatic High Beams  Available

Advantages of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 

The 2021 Kia Soul may undercut the 2021 Mazda CX-30 in starting price, but the standard features built into the CX-30 more than compensate for that gap. The 2021 Mazda CX-30 rewards owners with a lengthy list of standard features like the 8.8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™/ Android Auto™ integration, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry/ignition, and an in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The i-ACTIVSENSE™ safety suite is also found on every model in the lineup, adding in standard adaptive cruise control with stop/go, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, and automatic high beams.

Under the hood, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 is motivated by a strapping standard 186-horsepower SKYACTIV®-G powerplant and a turbocharged 227-horsepower engine upgrade to match. The Soul must be named for its personality since the crossover’s engines lack anything resemblant to livelihood. The 147-horsepower engine featured on most Soul models leaves much to be desired.

Interested in this model? Mazda fans residing in the Memphis area can drop in and test drive the hot-selling Mazda CX-30 subcompact crossover when they visit the team at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown.

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