2020 Mazda CX-30 vs 2021 Kia Seltos

A red 2020 mazda CX-30 compared with a yellow 2021 Kia Seltos

Making waves in the auto industry the last couple of months has been a pair of fresh, new models. One of the two is the 2020 Mazda CX-30, which is the ideal model that fits seamlessly between the Mazda CX-3 and CX-5 models. But alongside it, the 2021 Kia Seltos has been a popular choice for Kia enthusiasts. Today, we at Marketplace Mazda in Rochester, NY, want to compare the two and see the differences.

Although the 2021 Kia Seltos starts just a pinch over the CX-30 model’s starting price of $21,900, the similarities quickly drop off from there. Both are also considered subcompact crossovers, but the 2020 Mazda CX-30 offers features and engine specifications the Seltos can’t quite catch up to.

2020 Mazda CX-30


2021 Kia Seltos

2.5L 4-cylinder 6A Engine 2.0L 4-cylinder CVT
186 Horsepower 146
186 ft-lbs. Torque 132 ft-lbs.
28 Combined MPG Estimated Fuel Economy 31 Combined MPG

Looking at the engine specifications above, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 pushes ahead with its bulkier 2.5-liter engine. Even though the 2021 Kia Seltos has a turbocharged engine option, it still does not surpass the CX-30 base engine. And while the Seltos edges the CX-30 in fuel economy, the CX-30 holds over 250 lbs. of additional weight for the larger engine, added safety features, and interior amenities. Plus, the Seltos model’s turbocharged engine drops the fuel economy down to 27 MPG, making the CX-30 an ideal choice.

Additional Features for the 2020 Mazda CX-30

Outside of engine specifications, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 also comes with a host of features that are either optional or unavailable in the 2021 Kia Seltos. This includes a standard sunroof and an adaptive cruise control feature. With the CX-30, the vehicle also includes additional features such as:

  • Leatherette-trimmed seats
  • Smart Brake Support
  • Lane-Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Bose® 12-Speaker Premium Audio System

Between the two new models on the market, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 is an ideal choice for those interested in getting SUV production with the feel and control of a smaller compact crossover. Additionally, the number of premium features and comfort features make it an affordable option without its luxury price tag. Stop into Marketplace Mazda today to test one out for yourself.