2016 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2016 Kia Soul

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-3


2016 Kia Soul

Bringing innovative design and thrilling dynamics to the small crossover segment, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is an all-new model this year. It has been widely praised for its engaging handling, high-quality cabin, and superior fuel economy. It’s not the only model available in this segment, though, and some buyers may have considered the 2016 Kia Soul. While it has a certain appeal, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 has the clear edge in a number of important categories. Find out for yourself at Cox Mazda, your Tampa-area Mazda dealer located at 3101 Cortez Rd. W. in Bradenton, FL.


When it comes to power and sophisticated performance, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 universally outclasses the 2016 Kia Soul.

  • 2016 Mazda CX-3 Specs: The all-new Mazda CX-3 crossover’s 2.0L inline-four produces a balanced 146 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque, which can be distributed to all four wheels thanks to the available all-wheel drive system. Add to that the Mazda CX-3’s surprisingly agile steering system and adeptly tuned suspension, and this model feels quite sporty whether climbing a mountain, zipping around town, or taking winding back roads at top speeds.
  • 2016 Kia Soul Specs: The base engine on the Kia Soul is a 1.6L four-cylinder that only makes 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, this model only comes with a two-wheel drive system, and while its steering and suspension are adequate, they’re not nearly as engaging as the 2016 Kia Soul.

Fuel Economy

Save more money at the gas tank when you opt for the 2016 Mazda CX-3. In spite of its superior standard performance, the Mazda CX-3 is able to achieve an EPA-estimated 35 mpg highway and 29 mpg city thanks to Mazda’s exclusive SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, which utilizes direct injection, lighter bodyweight, aerodynamics, fine transmission tuning and more to help achieve an optimal combination of performance and efficiency. The 2016 Kia Soul’s standard engine only achieves an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg city.


The all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 is also fitted with more standard features. For starters, both models get standard goodies like Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice-activated audio controls, and power windows and door locks. However, in terms of safety, the Mazda CX-3 gets both a stereo anti-theft system and a rearview camera, respectively unavailable and optional on the Kia Soul base trim. The Mazda CX-3 also gets a standard CD player, telematics system, cruise control, keyless entry, and daytime running lights, all of which are either unavailable or a costly upgrade on the Kia Soul.

Test Drive the 2016 Mazda CX-3 at Cox Mazda

Getting behind the wheel of your very own crossover SUV is easy when you come to Cox Mazda for the 2016 Mazda CX-3. You can contact our sales team seven days a week with questions!