2020 Mazda CX-30

MSRP $21,900 - $29,600

Ranked #4 in Subcompact Suv

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2020 Mazda CX-30 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 23, 2021

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The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is an all-new subcompact SUV that is not only stylish but brings convenience and versatility. Available in four trim levels with either FWD or AWD configuration, this Mazda offers a 186 horsepower Skyactive four-cylinder engine. The powertrain never feels underpowered and handling hits the right balance of comfort and response. The interior is surely the best in class, with thoughtful design, high-quality materials, and the latest technology.

You will find ample space, more so than you would expect in a vehicle this size. However, the Mazda equips the CX-30 with a large 8.8-inch infotainment display without touch-enabled controls. It is mostly controlled by a knob and a few buttons. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is a decent Japanese offering that slots between the smaller CX-3 and the bigger CX-5. This vehicle seems to be a very fitting competition to the already popular compacts like Honda HR-V and Subaru Crosstrek

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Pros

Stellar safety ratings and ample safety tech.

Exterior styling looks way more expensive.

Agile handling and fun-to-drive.

Premium interior quality and design.

Cons

No touchscreen system.

Cramped rear row for tall passengers.

What's New?

All-new vehicle in Mazda’s lineup.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

186 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

186 ft-lb. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.6/10.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

104.5 in.

length

173 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

61.7 in.

curb weight

3232 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

45.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

957 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$21,900 onwards

Select$23,900 onwards

Preferred$26,200 onwards

Premium$28,200 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Mazda CX-30 in Machine Gray Metallic color
Machine Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

6.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


For small SUV buyers looking for comfort and versatility, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 ranks at the top of the subcompact SUV class. Slotting between the smaller CX-3 and larger CX-5, the CX-30 offers characters of a larger car including comfort, safety, and technology. On lines of Mazda's evolving design language, the CX-30 looks way more expensive than it actually is. Pricing begins from $21,900 for the FWD-equipped models while the optional AWD increases the MSRP by $1,400.

That's not it, this affordable Mazda is fun to drive and delivers decent acceleration off the line. The alternatives to the 2020 Mazda CX-30 include the Kia Soul, Honda HR-V and Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota C-HR, Ford Ecosport, and Hyundai Kona. Want to know more? Here's the detailed insight into the 2020 CX-30.


7.5/10
Features

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety


2020 Mazda CX-30 Features

7.5/10

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is offered in 4 trims, namely Base, Select, Preferred, and Premium. The base trim offers a long list of features, more than some of the competitors, and starts at an MSRP of $21,900 for the FWD model. The standard Mazda's i-Activsense safety suite includes a lot of advanced driver assistance tech including forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist. The mid-level CX-30 Select trim begins at $23,900 and adds synthetic leather upholstery, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and dual-zone climate control. 

All CX-30 models come standard with a four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard across the lineup and the All-wheel-drive is available at a cost of $1,400. 

Trim

Base

Select

Preferred

Premium

MSRP (FWD)

$21,900

$23,900

$26,200

$28,200

MSRP (AWD)

$23,400

$25,300

$27,700

$29,600

Key Features

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

In addition to Base trim features with:

In addition to Select trim features with:

In addition to Preferred trim features with:

 

16-inch Alloys

18-inch alloy wheels

8-way power-adjustable seats

Cylinder deactivation

 

LED headlights, Halogen DRLs

Dual-zone climate control

Synthetic leather upholstery

Leather upholstery

 

Cloth Upholstery

Leatherette upholstery 

12 speaker Bose audio system

Power Liftgate

 

8.8-inch infotainment screen

Blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert

Heated front seats

Power moonroof

 

7.0-inch driver's display

Apple Carplay & Android Auto

SiriusXM satellite radio

Head-Up display

The higher Preferred and Premium trims offer features like a premium sound system and leather upholstery. A wireless charging pad has been kept as a separate option at $250 for all the trims. Overall, the CX-30 has all the options and features that an individual might want or need, just keep a tab on the pricing while you add all these up.

We recommend

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 base trim brings good value and offers a decent set of features including a standard active safety suite. But at a premium of $2,000 over the base trim, we recommend the CX-30 Select, which gains Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, along with more safety tech including blind-spot monitoring, and synthetic leather upholstery.

2020 Mazda CX-30 Engine and Performance

6.5/10

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is a small crossover that is fun to drive in any situation, be it a city or the highway. A 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine powers the 2020 CX-30 and generates 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. The standard 6-Speed automatic transmission is a welcome bonus over the mundane CVTs and offers a quick downshift to make most of the engine power. Still, Mazda CX-30 is slow off the line compared to turbocharged rivals but is quicker than most non-turbo models. The CX-30 clocks 8.1 seconds 0-60 mph time, which is above average in the class.

2020 Mazda CX-30 2.5L Engine

The peak torque doesn’t kick in until 4,000 RPM, yet the engine doesn’t feel short of breath for quick sprints. The overall engine characteristics of this all-new SUV are smooth & refined and only lack the zippy acceleration a turbo engine would have offered. It has enough power for highway merging or passing.

Models

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

MSRP

$21,900

$21,590

$20,820

$22,145

Engine

2.5L Naturally Aspirated I-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated I-4

1.8L Naturally Aspirated I-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated H-4

Drivetrain

FWD

4WD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed Manual

Power 

186hp @ 6,000RPM

166hp @ 6,500RPM

141 hp @ 6,500 RPM

152hp @ 6,000RPM

Torque

186lb-ft @ 4,000RPM

149lb-ft @ 4,500RPM

127 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

145lb-ft @ 4,000RPM

0-60 MPH

8.1 seconds

8.5 seconds

9.5 seconds

9.0 seconds

Quarter-Mile

16.0 seconds

17.4 seconds

18.5 seconds

16.9 seconds

Top-Speed

124 MPH

125 MPH

125 MPH

140 MPH

The rivals including the Honda HR-V comes with an underpowered engine and a CVT transmission, thus the overall performance is bound to take a hit. It is the slowest of the lot, covering the 0-60 MPH in 9.5 seconds. Ford Ecosport has a smaller turbo unit that lacks power and the 2.0L unit can only be had with 4WD. Subaru comes with an AWD drivetrain as standard, thus providing better traction on roads.

How well does the 2020 Mazda CX-30 handle?

The Mazda CX-30 stands out for its agility and compact size. It is one of the best fun-to-drive vehicles in the segment and interestingly, the athleticism does not compromise with the riding comfort. The steering is responsive and there is adequate feedback from the road. Around the corners, the crossover is composed and stable without anybody lean. The Sport mode on the CX-30 holds the gears a little longer, and thanks to the wide torque band available, the SUV still has some power left to pull ahead.

For riding comfort, Mazda offers plenty of setting for seat adjustments and a well-balanced suspension that is neither too stiff nor soft. . A generously powered natural engine and a compact size make this SUV handle exactly the way you want it to. Driving through city blocks is a piece of cake, thanks to the very well-balanced steering wheel. The AWD variants come with an off-road mode, but with 7.9 inches of ground clearance, we doubt that this can actually handle any serious terrains.

How well do the 2020 Mazda CX-30 Brakes?

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 comes equipped with decently sized rotors, measuring 11.6-inch at the front and 10.4-inch at the back. With curb weight ranging between 3,232 to 3,408 pounds, this lightweight Mazda needed 119 feet to stop from 60 mph. The brake pedal on the CX-30 needs some stomping to actuate, but once done, the car stops instantly. You will miss the slow and gradual feeling brakes on this one.

Models

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Brake Rotors: Front

11.6"

N/A

11.5"

11.6"

Brake Rotors: Rear

10.4"

N/A

11.1"

10.8"

Curb Weight

3232 lbs

3300 lbs

2906 lbs

3117 lbs

60-0MPH

119 feet

125 feet

130 feet

120 feet

All the SUVs are pretty lightweight in this group, but the Honda HR-V is featherweight considering the competition. Despite that, it has failed to cash in on the opportunity and the braking performance is the worst, as it takes 130 feet to stop from 60-0MPH. 

2020 Mazda CX-30 Fuel Economy

The front-wheel-drive Mazda CX-30 delivers decent gas mileage, EPA estimated at 25 MPG in the city and 33 mpg on the highways. The highway economy is much better than the rivals, only except Honda. With the optional all-wheel drive, the fuel economy of the CX-30 drops to 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. At 13.5 gallons the fuel tank capacity of the 2020 CX-30 delivers an overall driving range of about 378 miles, which is average in the class.

Models

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

MPG (City)

25

23

28

22

MPG (Highway)

33

29

34

29

MPG (Combined)

28

25

30

25

Fuel Capacity

13.5 Gallons

13.6 Gallons

13.2 Gallons

16.6 Gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

337.5/445.5/378

312.8/394.4/340

369.6/448.8/396

365.2/481.4/415

Subaru Crosstrek has done well as far as fuel efficiency is concerned. Even though the fuel economy figures aren’t the best, the overall fuel carrying capacity of 16.6 gallons delivers a class-leading driving range of more than 400 miles in mixed situations. The 2020 HR-V is the most efficient of the lot offering a combined 30 MPG, thanks to its laid-back engine.

2020 Mazda CX-30 Interior

8.0/10

The 2020 CX-30 has the best interior in this segment, thanks to the upscale material quality, thoughtful design, and elegant style. No matter what trim level you get, the cabin just looks and feels expensive than its class. The dashboard design is funky, and the color is Denim blue. Yes, this is a very good combination, and it turns out to be a cool move as it suits the overall cabin well. The steering wheel is probably the most basic thing present in the cabin. The seats on the base trim would be cloth-lined, and you can get leather ones in the top trim. The comfort of the seats is exceptional for this price range. You get an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings in the Select trim and above.

2020 Mazda CX-30 Dashboard

The second row on the CX-30 is cramped, and the legroom really depends on the person you will fit here. Even then there might not be any room to adjust yourself, it is just tight back in here. Headroom is of no issue thankfully. The seats themselves are flat but are soft and comfortable. Overall, the second-row experience isn’t going to be any good in the CX-30. The trunk space has enough room for your shopping sprees or some light weekend trip luggage. The 60/40 split mechanism seats fold down to create more space, but there’s no room to keep the parcel shelf sadly.

Models

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

38.1/55.6/41.7

39.6/53.3/42.9

39.5/56.8/41.2

39.8/56.7/43.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

38.3/53.6/36.3

37.5/51.3/36.7

38.3/54.5/39.3

38/55.6/36.5

Cargo Capacity

20.2 cubic feet

20.9 cubic feet

24.3 cubic feet

20.8 cubic feet

Subaru Crosstrek has the most spacious front row, but the rear row feels cramped. On the other hand, Honda HR-V has the most spacious cabin, and it also offers the highest cargo capacity in the competition at 24.3 cu-ft. The CX-30 may feel lacking in terms of interior and cargo space, but it is loaded with creature comforts. More importantly, it won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Standout interior features include:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings
  • Power moonroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The base trim CX-30 is blessed with an 8.8-inch infotainment screen that can e controlled via knobs on the center console. It's not touch-enabled. Mazda even excludes the Android Auto & Apple CarPlay on the base trim, you would need to jump on the Select, Preferred, or Premium trims for that. The standard infotainment system has an 8-speaker setup with SiriusXM and general music playing abilities. The top-of-the-line Premium trim adds a premium Bose sound system with 12 speakers.

2020 Mazda CX-30 Infotainment System

Mazda deliberately hasn’t included a touchscreen as they say it is distracting to use while driving, and it really is. Moreover, the way Mazda has designed the dashboard just doesn’t allow them to have a screen be fitted on the center console itself. The rotary dial placed near the drive mode selector does the job well in controlling the infotainment system. Standout infotainment features include:

  • 8.8-inch display
  • 8 speaker sound system
  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM
  • Bose premium audio (Optional)

2020 Mazda CX-30 Exterior

7.5/10

Mazda is on top of the design game in recent years, producing elegant and beautiful cars and CX-30 follows the suit. The 2020 CX-30 doesn’t have any sharp body lines, and the body panels are nice and smoothly curved around. The front end has a car-like vibe to it overall. The gloss front grille on the CX-30 Preferred models and minimalist LED headlight and taillights along with roof rails look aggressive. The sideline of the CX-30 has some unique body flow design elements that can only be revealed in the light plays.

2020 Mazda CX-30 Three Quarter view

As the Jaguar has moved on from their old style of tail lights, Mazda quickly took a slight inspiration from them. The LED strip setup inside the taillights does make the CX-30 look much more premium than it is. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 comes in 8 color options, 4 of them being metallic and the red color looks the best in all. Overall, this Mazda CX-30 has chosen to stay away from the trend and has rather decided to create its own identity. The CX-30 comes standard with 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a matte grille. The higher trims replace those with 18-inch alloy wheels.

Models

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Curb Weight

3232 lbs

3300 lbs

2906 lbs

3117 lbs

Length

173"

161.3"

170.4"

175.8"

Width

70.7"

69.5"

69.8"

71"

Height

61.7"

65.1"

63.2"

63.6"

Ground Clearance

8"

7.8"

5.4"

8.7"

Wheelbase

104.5"

99.2"

102.8"

104.9"

Even though the wheelbase of all the SUVs is similar, the actual length is very diverse in the segment. On one hand, we have the Ford EcoSport with the lowest length, but it has the height to its advantage. On the other hand, we have the Crosstrek, which is the longest in the segment. Honda HR-V has compact dimensions, but it has the best interior space. Having more cabin space means more headroom for the passengers. Standout exterior features include:

  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Front grille in gloss Black finish
  • Roof-mounted "shark fin" antenna
  • Power sliding-glass moonroof
  • Rear Power Liftgate
  • Roof rails

2020 Mazda CX-30 Safety

7.5/10

Safety is one of the strongest points of the 2020 CX-30. Not just the active safety features, but the structural integrity of this SUV has been proven in the crash tests. The NHTSA gave the CX-30 the highest 5-star overall safety ratings with a rollover score of 4-stars. IIHS awarded the Mazda CX-30 the 2020 Top Safety Pick designation for its splendid performance in the crash tests.

Moreover, the new CX-30 comes standard with Mazda's i-Activsense safety features. Only the blind-spot monitor & rear cross-traffic alert are reserved for the higher trims. Standout safety features include:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

2020 Mazda CX-30 Competition

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs 2020 Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport has some advantages due to its size. The height of the EcoSport is much better than the CX-30, and that allows comfortable seating for the second row. The overall interior space is good despite the size, and that also comes in handy if you are planning to use this in urban areas. EcoSport has scored poorly in safety tests and the fuel economy too isn’t amazing.

2020 Ford EcoSport Three Quarter View

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

The name Crosstrek itself suggests something. This Subaru is very much capable of adventures, and the design language just screams off-road. The SUV also comes standard with AWD, which is a boon for treacherous terrains. The Subaru has an underpowered engine, and if optioned with the CVT transmission, it just doesn’t have that fun feeling of the CX-30. 

2020 Subaru Crosstrek Driving View

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs 2020 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V offers more space both in the interior as well as the cargo compared to the Mazda CX-30. The HR-V might have an underpowered engine, but it is the most fuel-efficient of the two. The CX-30 may be a little expensive than the Honda, but it offers better features than the Honda. Still, Honda HR-V becomes a more practical and reliable option at a lower price point.

2020 Honda HR-V Three Quarter View

2020 Mazda CX-30 Final Verdict

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 definitely is a change of pace SUV in the segment. We have been seeing the same old Honda’s & Toyota’s for such a long time, and the all-new CX-30 feels like a fresh breeze of wind. The design itself is polarizing. The 2.5L engine performs very well and is suited for city and highway rides as well, just don’t be adventurous with it. The interior is especially great in the CX-30, only except for the second row. All in all, the 2020 CX-30 is a practical overall performer which you shouldn’t miss.

Read the review of the latest 2022 Mazda CX-30 >> 


2020 Mazda CX-30 FAQs

How much does the 2020 Mada CX-30 cost?

The all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30 starts at a price of $21,900 excluding the destination charges. The higher trims, CX-30 Select start at $23,900, Preferred begins at $26,200, and the top-of-the-line Premium costs $28,200. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available with all trim levels at $1,400.

What is new in the 2020 Mazda CX-30?

The all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30 slots between the brand's CX-3 and the larger CX-5. Though the 2020 CX-30 shares mechanical fitments with the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback. it offers better proportions. This new Mazda is a little taller and has a better ground clearance, rated at about 8.0 inches. 

Is the 2020 Mazda CX-30 good in snow?

Yes, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 comes with all-season tires, a respectable 8.0-inch ground clearance, and an available all-wheel drive across the lineup.

Are there any problems with the 2020 Mazda CX-30?

No, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 does not suffer from any problems as per the NHTSA report. There are no complaints against the all-new Mazda. 

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