2018 Kia Soul vs. 2018 Mazda CX-3

2018 Kia Soul vs. 2018 Mazda CX-3

The 2018 Kia Soul is yet another head-turning, fun-loving vehicle, which has room for five to sit comfortably, yet power for winning street races, if need be! The 2018 Mazda CX-3 crossover, a competitor of the Soul, has inferior performance levels and a smaller interior, among other disadvantages.

The 2018 Soul is the second model year with a turbo-charged 4-cyl engine in the Exclaim (!) trim that comes with 201 horsepower, which is outstanding power for a vehicle in this multi-purpose segment, while the 2018 CX-3 comes with 146 horsepower in all of its trims, making even routine driving maneuvers more difficult. And the 2018 Soul is less than $20,000 at Tampa-area Friendly Kia in its top-line Exclaim trim, while the 2018 CX-3 is around $20,500 to start for its base trim at a competing dealer.

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2018 Kia Soul


2018 Mazda CX-3

$19,450 for top-line Exclaim (!) trim (Friendly Kia VIP) Price Starts at $20,487 for base trim (The Competition)
201 Top Horsepower 146
3 Transmission Options 1
16 to 18 inches Wheel Size(s) 16 inches
61.3 Cargo Room (cubic feet) 44.5
Yes Available Apple CarPlay? No
Yes "Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality" by J.D. Power in 2017 Initial Quality Study? No
10 years or 100,000 miles limited powertrain; 5 years or 60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 5 years or 60,000 miles limited powertrain; 3 years or 36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper

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While the 2018 CX-3 comes with 44.5 cubic feet of available cargo room, the 2018 Soul comes with a nice upgrade upon that with about 35 percent more room available with 61.3 cubic feet for cargo like shopping bags, music equipment, items for a move, and more. And only the 2018 Kia Soul comes with such a visually-appealing color palette for its exterior, with 11 color options, including carryovers like Carribean Blue and Inferno Red, and brand-new Wild Orange.

Compare the price, power, and cargo room of these two crossovers, and it's quickly clear the 2018 Kia Soul is a better vehicle with more features for your money – and a more unique one, at that, with its iconic boxy design and available speaker mood lighting, among other fun features. The choice is clear, so we hope to see you on the lot at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Brooksville, Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. Please call us at (877) 544-6706 or visit us on the lot so we can set you up with a test drive today. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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