2020 Mazda CX-30

MSRP $21,900 - $23,900

Ranked #10 in Midsize Suv

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

Updated on: July 15, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is a decent Japanese offering slotted 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. An unusual design in the segment and a strong safety suit make the 2020 CX-30 a very practical choice. 

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Pros

Stellar safety ratings

Looks pretty

Agile handling

Small yet capable engine

Cons

No touchscreen, it is 2020

Nomenclature might confuse some

Gets expensive in a jiffy

Cramped rear row

What's New?

Completely 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 Package$23,900 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


Compact crossovers are loved for their size, and the tiny dimensions of this Mazda are perfect for urban driving. It should also return a decent mileage due to its compact nature. The pricing is very aggressive, at $21,900 for the base trim RWD. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is all set to compete against the Honda HR-V, Ford EcoSport, and Subaru Crosstrek. 


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 better features than many other competitors. The standard safety suite includes a lot of features, and only the blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert remain for the upper trims. The Select trim would add synthetic leather upholstery, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and dual-zone climate control. 

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 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.

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This is going to be a little bit tricky. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 doesn’t have many options to customize your ride, and you will have to rely on the manufacturer’s monopoly. The base trim offers a decent set of features including safety ones. However, the Preferred trim level should be your ideal choice here. The on-paper pricing stays below the $30k mark, and you still get many features like power-adjustable seats with heating features and a fully-fledged Bose audio system. You will miss the most useful power tailgate, but this is where Mazda wants you to overspend. So be vigilant.

2020 Mazda CX-30 Engine and Performance

6.5/10

The 2020 CX-30 is a small crossover that should be fun to drive in urban environments. The 2.5L Inline-4 engine produces 186 hp & 186 lb-ft of torque and can be paired with an AWD or RWD system. The 6-Speed automatic transmission is a welcome bonus over the mundane CVTs mostly offered by the Japanese automakers. While the competition we have chosen offers a fully automatic experience, there are still a lot of them out there relying on a CVT. 

The peak torque doesn’t kick in until 4,000 RPM, yet the engine doesn’t feel short of breath for quick sprints. The 6-speed auto transmission is smooth and nothing new for an Asian brand. The overall engine characteristics of this all-new SUV are smooth & refined and only lack the zippy acceleration a turbo engine would have offered.

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 (seconds)

7.8

8.5

9.5

9.0

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.0

17.4

18.5

16.9

Top-Speed (MPH)

124

125

125

140

With 7.8 seconds on the clock for 0-60 MPH, Mazda still offers better acceleration than most of its rivals. 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 compact crossover segment is known for its agility and size, and the 2020 CX-30 is no different. The seat adjustments offer plenty of settings to make you feel comfortable so you can’t really blame it on the SUV this time. 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 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. The paddle shifters on the top trims are just a gimmick and don’t infuse any fun in the driving. 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.

Braking Performance

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. It is also a lightweight vehicle, and that should improve the braking performance overall. 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 (inches)

11.6

N/A

11.5

11.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.4

N/A

11.1

10.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3232

3300

2906

3117

60-0MPH (feet)

119

125

130

120

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. Mazda CX-30 stops the quickest from 60-0MPH in just 119 feet.

2020 Mazda CX-30 Fuel Economy

Japanese brands have always excelled in fuel economy, and the Mazda CX-30 follows the same path. The 25 MPG in the city is almost the best figure in the segment. The highway economy is much better than the rivals, only except Honda. The difference too is very minimal and can be erased with a better laid-back driving style. Fuel tank capacity remains almost the same on all the rivals between 13 to 14 gallons.

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 (Gallons)

13.5

13.6

13.2

16.6

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 in this section. Even though the fuel economy figures aren’t the best, the overall fuel carrying capacity is, and sometimes that helps you more than having a better mileage. 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. No matter what trim level you get, the cabin just looks and feels upstate. The first thing you will notice is the absence of no-sense buttons and switches. Well, they are present but only the very necessary ones. 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.

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 (cubic feet)

20.2

20.9

24.3

20.8

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 screen which isn’t a touch screen, more on that later. Mazda even excludes the Android Auto & Apple CarPlay on the base trim, you would need to jump on the 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.

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. Even though the basic design structure mostly remains the same on all of their vehicles, they still stand out from the crowd. It is like a trademark design. 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 minimalist LED headlight setup makes the SUV aggressive. The sideline of the CX-30 has some unique body flow design elements that can only be revealed in the light plays. 

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.

Models

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Curb Weight (lbs)

3232

3300

2906

3117

Length (inches)

173

161.3

170.4

175.8

Width (inches)

70.7

69.5

69.8

71

Height (inches)

61.7

65.1

63.2

63.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

8

7.8

5.4

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

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. NHTSA has awarded it 5-stars in every category with a rollover score of 4-stars. IIHS has given the 2020 CX-30 a Top Safety Pick award for its splendid performance in the crash tests. Moreover, the vehicle comes loaded with active safety features from the base trim itself. 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 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 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 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.

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