2021 Kia Seltos vs 2020 Mazda CX-3

Yellow 2021 Kia Seltos vs red 2020 Mazda CX-3

The crossover SUV segment keeps on growing every year and now it has an option for almost every taste. To carve its own space in this competitive class, more and more carmakers are upgrading current models and designing new ones. In the midst of this stand-out-from-the-rest battle, there’s a model that not only meets the standards of the small SUV segment but also exceeds them, the 2021 Kia Seltos.

The newest member of the Kia family brings a solid combination of style, capability and technology that makes it attractive to every eye. But how does it hold up against competitors? In this comparison, we are going to put the all-new Kia Seltos head to head with the 2020 Mazda CX-3, another popular model in the class. Join us to find out which SUV offers the best value.

2021 Kia Seltos


2020 Mazda CX-3

$21,900 Starting MSRP $20,640
2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine Base Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
147 horsepower/132 pound-feet of torque Power Specs 148 horsepower/146 pound-feet of torque
Standard All-Wheel Drive Available
26.6 cu. ft./62.8 cu. ft. Cargo Space (Seats up/Folded) 17.8 cu. ft./42.7 cu. ft.
8-inch touchscreen Infotainment System 7-inch touchscreen
10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles

Does the Kia Seltos Outrank the Mazda CX-3?

Mazda tries to position itself towards premium and luxury, however many of its features can only be found on the higher trims. Kia, on the other hand, has upgraded its models with a large list of standard amenities, outweighing many competitors in terms of comfort. The 2021 Kia Seltos is the definite proof.

If we take a look at the starting price of both models, it could seem the CX-3 offers the best deal. However, this Mazda comes standard with front-wheel drive, whereas the Seltos includes all-wheel drive. If you wish to add this drivetrain to the CX-3, its MSRP rises to $22,040, clearly surpassing the price tag of the Seltos.

Another noticeable difference emerges when we look inside these two SUVs. In terms of connectivity, both models come standard with Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration and a 6-speaker audio system. However, the Seltos includes an 8-inch touchscreen, whereas the CX-3 only offers a 7-inch display.

One of the main reasons why drivers purchase a crossover is to gain room in the trunk. Inside the 2021 Kia Seltos, there is a maximum cargo volume of 62.8 cubic feet. In contrast, the 2020 Mazda CX-3 only offers 42.7 cubic feet of total cargo space.

If you are interested in a new crossover that is powerful, spacious, and well-equipped, then the 2021 Kia Seltos is the way to go. Interested in learning more? Please fill out the form below, our friendly team will be happy to answer all your questions.