2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2021 Kia Soul

A red 2021 Mazda CX-30 compared to a green 2021 Kia Soul.

In just its second year of existence, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 has made waves in the crossover category. Armed with a balance of style, performance, and functionality, it was an instant hit with Mazda and crossover enthusiasts in 2020.

As an extra small crossover, the model is packed with standard technology and plenty of performance. But how does it compare to other 2021 models in its class? At Neftin Westlake Mazda, we compare the capable 2021 Mazda CX-30 with the 2021 Kia Soul, below:

2021 Mazda CX-30


2021 Kia Soul

Skyactiv®-G 2.5L 4-Cylinder 6A Engine Type 2.0L 4-Cylinder CVT
186 Horsepower 147
186 ft-lbs Torque 132 ft-lbs
28 Combined MPG Estimated Fuel Economy 31 Combined MPG
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control Available
Optional Navigation System Available

Under the hood, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 has additional power and performance specifications compared to the 2021 Kia Soul. With its Skyactiv®-G 2.5-liter engine, its horsepower (186) and torque (186 ft-lbs) exceed the standard 2.5-liter engine inside the 2021 Kia Soul. Later in 2020, the CX-30 will also receive a boost to its performance with a Skyactiv®-G 2.5-liter Turbocharged engine. With it, the model will receive even more power with premium unleaded fuel. The option can provide up to 250 horsepower and 320 ft-lbs of torque. Though the Kia Soul provides added fuel economy, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 adds a navigation system from the initial 2.5 S trim.

Find a 2021 Mazda CX-30 at Neftin Westlake Mazda

Beyond its powertrain, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 provides those interested with a lengthy list of standard features. A major addition to the model comes in its now-standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go also remains as a standard feature, allowing you better control when a vehicle in front of you slows or even comes to a stop. Other standard features include:

  • LED Headlights
  • Rain-Sensing Variable-Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Body-Colored Folding Power Side Mirrors
  • Remote Keyless Entry System
  • Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone and Audio Streaming Capability
  • 2 USB Audio Inputs
  • i-ACTIVSENSE® safety features
  • 8.8-inch large Center Display

Armed with up to two powertrains and a lengthy list of standard features, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 is one of the more complete extra small crossovers available. If you live near the Thousand Oaks area, come find one at Neftin Westlake Mazda today.

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