Why Does Consumer Reports Prefer the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek to the 2021 Mazda CX-30?

If you want an SUV, but you don’t need anything too big, you may be looking at the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek or 2021 Mazda CX-30. What are the key differences between the two? Why does Consumer Reports give the Crosstrek a higher score? Let’s compare the ratings between the two. 

A red 2021 Mazda CX-30 in the woods.
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The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek’s road test score is way higher than the 2021 Mazda CX-30

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek scores a good 3/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 10.2 seconds. 

Its transmission scores a 4/5. Routine and emergency handling both receive a very good 4/5. The Subaru Crosstrek’s max avoidance speed is 55 mph. The Subaru Crosstrek gets a perfect 5/5 for its braking. It can brake from 60 mph on dry pavement in 125 feet and 136 feet on wet pavement. The Crosstrek’s headlights only score a 3/5.

As far as comfort, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek gets a very good 4/5 for its ride. However, it’s fairly quiet: it scores a 4 for its noise. Unfortunately, front-seat comfort is lacking, with just a 3/5. Rear seat comfort gets a 4/5. Interior fit and finish get an okay 3. The trunk and cargo space scores only a 2/5, with just 27.5 cubic feet of storage space.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 still has solid road test ratings

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Mazda CX-30 scores a good 3/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 8.7 seconds. Its transmission scores a 4/5. Routine and emergency handling both receive a very good 4/5. The Mazda CX-30’s max avoidance speed is 54 mph. The Mazda CX-30 gets a perfect 4/5 for its braking. It can brake from 60 mph on dry pavement in 133 feet and 147 feet on wet pavement. The CX-30’s headlights only score a 3/5.

As far as comfort, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 gets an okay 3/5 for its ride, as well as for noise. Front-seat comfort is pretty good, at a 4/5. Rear seat comfort gets only a 3/5. Interior fit and finish get a very good 4/5. The trunk and cargo space scores only a 1/5, with just 21.5 cubic feet of storage space.

Safety equipment is more plentiful in the CX-30

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with surprisingly few safety features across the board. Only a rear view camera, anti lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and daytime running lights are standard. Certain transmissions and trim levels may come with more.

Optional are forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking for the city and highway, lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning. 

Both the IIHS and NHTSA have crash-tested the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek. The IIHS gives it all good ratings. The NHTSA gives it five stars for overall crash, but just four stars for overall frontal-crash, overall frontal-crash: driver, and overall frontal-crash: passenger side. The overall side crash, overall side crash: driver and passenger sides, and side pole crash are all five stars. The rating for the 4WD rollover is four stars.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 comes standard with a decent amount of safety features. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking for the city and highway, lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection are all standard in the 2021 Mazda CX-30. So are a rear view camera, anti lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and daytime running lights. Optional are blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning. 

Both the IIHS and NHTSA have crash-tested the 2021 Mazda CX-30. The IIHS gives it all good ratings. The NHTSA gives it five stars for everything except for its rollover rating. The rating for both the 2WD and 4WD rollover is four stars.

Overall, these two subcompact SUVs have very good ratings, and they’re both recommended by Consumer Reports. Despite the CX-30’s abundance of safety features and excellent crash-test ratings, it only scores a 75 in Consumer Reports overall rating. On the other hand, the Crosstrek gets an 84. Still, you may want to consider comparing specific categories that are aligned with your priorities to determine which is the right SUV for you.

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