2020 Kia Soul vs 2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Kia Soul Vs 2020 Mazda CX-30

With the rollout of the new 2020 model years from both Kia and Mazda, both automakers showed they wanted to make significant changes to their small and subcompact crossover market. Kia redesigned the Soul after its most recent generation was only five years old, and Mazda scrapped its CX-3 in favor of the slightly larger CX-30.

Despite that, the closest thing Mazda makes to the Soul is the CX-30. With a distinct raised back end, the Kia Soul manages to achieve greater internal space and a rectangular overall shape. Still, the general sizes and price points make the CX-30 and Soul a relatively even match.

2020 Kia Soul 


2020 Mazda CX-30 

$17,490  MSRP  $21,900 
27/33/30  Fuel Economy (MPG, city/highway/combined)  25/33/28 
Harman/Kardon®  Premium Sound System Brand  Bose® 
24.2  Cargo Capacity (Seats in Placecu.ft.)  20.2 

Comparison Analysis

The substantially less-expensive 2020 Kia Soul leaves a lasting impression. Not only is its exterior design satisfyingly unusual enough to draw the gaze of passersby, it doesn’t demand designer prices. The lifetime cost of owning a Kia Soul is also brought down by having a better fuel economy than the CX-30.

For younger drivers and small families who find the Soul or CX-30 the ideal size range for a vehicle, they will find more use out of the greater cargo space of the Soul. The premium sound system option of each comes up to personal preference, but the Soul does have one thing in terms of entertainment that the CX-30 does not have. USB external media control in the Kia subcompact crossover gives drivers and passengers an audio option not found on the CX-30.

Other Available Features of the 2020 Kia Soul

  • Climate Control
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Cargo Tray
  • Multi-Level Heating
  • Passenger Seat
  • Turn Signal Mirror
  • Hands-Free Entry
  • Sport Pedals
  • And More!