Mazda CX-3 vs Subaru Crosstrek

Subcompact SUVs, which you’ll also hear referred to as “crossovers” are the ultimate in practicality for those that want the space and usefulness of an SUV with the flexibility and fuel economy of a sedan. The Mazda CX-3 and Subaru Crosstrek, which you can find at a used auto dealer in Illinois like Hawk Auto, fit the bill for practicality and flexibility. Either one can be a great fit for the family or even if you’re mostly driving solo but need a little extra space.

Here’s a breakdown of both the CX-3 and the Crosstrek.


Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3, whichever year you choose at a used auto dealer in Illinois, provides an upscale and sporty feel that will rival (or beat) any other subcompact SUV.



The sportiness of the Mazda CX-3 starts on the outside. Just looking at it, you might mistake it for a sporty sedan with a little extra space, but it’s definitely a crossover. The newest models of the CX-3 come with LED taillights but you’ll find an elegant grill on the front of every model with stylish exterior accents.


When you look at a CX-3, you’ll likely get an upscale feel from the exterior. That feeling will only be reinforced as you step inside thanks to the careful detailing that Mazda’s expert designers do on every inch of the CX-3’s interior. Of course, it’s not all looks when it comes to the CX-3—this vehicle comfortably seats five adults with plenty of room to spread out.


The CX-3 is available in AWD or FWD. In either case, you can expect horsepower in the mid 100s and great fuel economy, especially for an SUV. Older and newer models of the CX-3 all get between 27 and 29 mpg in the city and 32 to 34 mpg on the highway. That way, your adventures in this vehicle won’t be cut short by constant trips to the gas station.

Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek

The Crosstrek—as its name implies—is perfect for families that like to take their vehicles on an adventure.



Subarus are generally known for their rugged looks and the Crosstrek is no exception. The Crosstrek features hints of the same design elements of other beloved Subarus. Plus, its high-riding body makes it a practical vehicle to drive on rough roads.


Like many Subarus, the Crosstrek’s interior reflects a desire to prioritize function over form. The seats are comfortable, the cupholders, visors, and other features are all highly durable and there’s plenty of space. Plus, its intuitive infotainment system ensures that nobody’s bored, even on long drives.


True to its adventurous spirit, the Crosstrek comes standard with all-wheel-drive, so taking it in the snow is no problem. Its engine puts out horsepower in the mid-100s and boasts a fuel economy of around 23 mpg in the city and 29 to 33 mpg on the highway.

The Crosstrek and CX-3 are both good options, but you’ll have to come down to Hawk Auto, a used auto dealer in Illinois, to go for a test drive and make your final decision!

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