2016 Mazda CX-3 vs. the 2016 Kia Soul
2016 Mazda CX-3
2016 Kia Soul
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 seemingly makes possible the impossible: not only does it provide Nanaimo, Duncan, and Victoria drivers with an agile and dynamic engine that promises excellent fuel efficiency rates, but it also boasts a broad range of technologies like MAZDA CONNECT™ to keep passengers and drivers entertained and informed, and a comprehensive array of safety systems and devices to keep you and everyone else in the car safe and secure at all times. But in order to truly appreciate the 2016 Mazda CX-3, you’ve got to put it in its automotive context and see how it compares to competitor models. Let’s make things simple by taking one of its rivals, the 2016 Kia Soul.
Trims and Price
The first thing you need to appreciate is just the range of trims and prices offered by the 2016 Mazda CX-3:
- The 2016 Mazda CX-3 – Not only does the Mazda CX-3 give you a spectrum of trims to choose from, but it also gives you some of the industry’s lowest prices. For example, the base-line Sport is priced at *$20,695, but the mid-level Touring trim is not much more expensive, starting at *$22,695. Finally, the Grand Touring enters the market at *$28,995.
- The 2016 Kia Soul – Kia gives you three trims, too: the Base ($15,900); the +($19,400); and the ! ($21,300). It’s easy to see that the three Kia trims are definitely cheaper than their Mazda equivalents, but, as everybody knows, cheaper does not equal better (or ‘=’, as Kia might say), and, as we’ll soon see, in the case of these trims, cheaper turns out to mean worse. (In truth, Kia should have named its upper-level trims the ‘–’ and the ‘?’)
Power and Performance
Let’s move on to Exhibit A: engine power, performance and efficiency. Here, there’s really no question that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 outperformes the 2016 Kia Soul:
- The 2016 Mazda CX-3 – The Mazda is equipped with a powerful SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-Cylinder engine with VVT that gets 146 hp and produces 146 lb-ft of torque. But the best part is that, when combined with FWD, the Mazda CX-3 can achieve 29 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway, or, with AWD, 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. And mirroring its impressive levels of efficiency is the distinction it has earned for receiving a ULEV2-B emissions rating.
- The 2016 Kia Soul – The Soul gives you two engines—a 1.6L Inline 4 engine and a 2.0L Inline 4 engine. True, the upper-level engine can get 164 hp, but the 1.6L engine only realizes 130 hp. More importantly, the Kia pales in comparison to the Mazda when it comes to efficiency: the Soul only get 24 mpg in the city and 30 or 31 mpg on the highway.
You would think that with Kia’s evident familiarity with mathematical operators, it would excel in the area of technology…but you would be especially wrong here: the Mazda CX-3 provides a winning array of audio equipment and information technology compared to the Soul:
- The 2016 Mazda CX-3 – The Mazda CX-3 comes with a MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment system, with a 7-inch color touch screen, as well as an incredibly versatile Multi-Function Command Center, which offers SMS text-messaging capability and E911 emergency services. But it also provides a slew of streaming audio services, including Pandora, Aha, SiriusXM, and Stitcher. Best of all, you’re also going to get top-notch sound quality with the Mazda CX-3’s 7-speaker Bose Audio system.
- The 2016 Kia Soul – In some ways, the Soul provides a decent selection of technologies, like its UVO eServices device, which keeps you connected, and Infinity Audio. However, its audio system is outfitted with only 6-speakers and provides a much smaller 4.3-inch color touch-screen.
Just as the Mazda CX-3 gives you an extensive selection of powerful entertainment and information technologies, so does it provide a comprehensive group of safety devices:
- The 2016 Mazda CX-3 – The Mazda CX-3 an assemblage of airbags (side impact door beams, front side-impact airbags, side-impact air curtains, and advanced dual front air bags), as well as a Tire Pressure Monitoring system, a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a LATCH system, and a Keyless Entry System with a panic button.
- The 2016 Kia Soul – The Soul offers Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, but it does not provide anything like the Mazda CX-3’s panic button.
Visit Harris Mazda Today!
We encourage you to stop by Harris Mazda today in order to test drive the exciting new 2016 Mazda CX-3. Find us at 2525 Bowen Road in Nanaimo, or give us a call at 250-758-9125 to arrange your test drive. But don’t wait: experience awesome power with the 2016 Mazda CX-3!
*Starting MSRP for the 2016 Mazda CX-3 GX (HVXK86AA00)/CX-3 GS (HVSK86AA00)/CX-3 GT (HXTK86AA00) is $20,695/$22,695/$28,995. Pricing based on Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Pricing subject to change without notice. See dealer for details. Offer excludes freight, P.D.E. and fees. Offer excludes PST/GST/HST.