The Subaru Outback vs The Mazda CX-3

One of the best ways to ensure that you get the right car for you is by doing a little research and comparing similar makes and models. While spending time comparing specs and reading reviews isn't necessarily thrill it is important and helpful. Luckily, we have don't the work for you and compared the Mazda CX-3 to the Subaru Outback. So all you have to do it come down to Green Subaru and get behind the wheel of a new Outback to fully experience everything it has to offer from the best seat in the house. The driver's seat.

Interior Space

One of the biggest differences between the Outback and CX-3 is size and interior space. While they may look about the same size the Subaru Outback has a more spacious interior for passenger comfort and adaptable cargo space.

Mazda CX-3:

  • Front & Rear Legroom: 41.7 / 35.0 inches
  • Front & Rear Headroom: 38.4 / 37.2 inches
  • Passenger Volume: 86.5 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space/Maximum Space: 12.4/44.5 cubic feet
Subaru Outback:
  • Front & Rear Legroom:42.9/38.1 inches
  • Front & Rear Headroom: 40.8/38.9 inches
  • Passenger Volume: 108.1 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space/Maximum Space: 35.5/73.3 cubic feet


Everyone wants to get behind the wheel of a fun to drive and fuel efficient; which are two more things that the Subaru Outback does better than the Mazda CX-3. Powering the CX-3 is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that only generates 146 horsepower and gets 32 highway mpg. The Outback, however, has two powertrain options. First is the standard 2.5L four-cylinder BOXER engine that generates 156 horsepower and gets up to 33 highway mpg. Or for more spirited performance the Outback is available with a 3.6L six-cylinder BOXER engine that puts out 256 horsepower. Both BOXER engines can tow up to 2,700 lbs. while the CX-3 can only tow up to 2,000 lbs. 

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Advanced Safety

Safety is a top priority for many drivers and again the Subaru Outback comes out on top with more advanced safety features than the Mazda CX-3. The first safety feature that every Outback comes standard with is Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Subaru's legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system provides unmatched traction and control no matter the conditions. The Mazda CX-3 is available with a less capable all-wheel-drive system for an additional cost. The Outback is also available with a number of advanced safety features, not all of which are available on the CX-3.

  • EyeSight - Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning, Pre-Collision Braking, and Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • LED Steering Responsive Headlights
  • Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • High Beam Assist
  • Reverse Automatic Braking
  • STARLINK™ Safety and Security connected services