Many people were confused by the name of the newest Mazda vehicle, the CX-30. It seems so similar to the already in-production CX-3. Are they variants of the same vehicle like the Miata and the Miata RF? Are they completely different, but just named similarly?
Today we’ll compare the 2020 Mazda CX-30 and the 2020 Mazda CX-3 and see what makes them different from each other.
2020 Mazda CX-30 Preferred
2020 Mazda CX-3 Sport
|186 hp /186 lb-ft
||Horsepower / Torque||148 hp / 146 lb-ft
|6-speed shiftable auto
||Transmission||6-speed shiftable auto
The compact crossover CX-30 comes in four different trims: Base, Select, Preferred, and Premium. Features are added or upgraded as you climb the tiers. Each trim is available in both FWD and AWD versions. The CX-30 has the same engine as the CX-5 and CX-9, the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder. It doesn’t have access to the turbocharged version of that engine, however. The CX-30 has a 20.2 cu-ft cargo bay behind the second-row seats. With those seats folded down, that space more than doubles to 45.2 cu-ft.
The subcompact crossover CX-3 has been scaled back to only one trim for 2020, the Sport. In exchange, however, the CX-30 Sport inherited many of the features that used to only be on upper trims, so potential buyers can expect a lot of features for a low price. The CX-3 has a FWD and AWD variant. It comes equipped with the same engine found in the Mazda3, the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder. The CX-3 is smaller than CX-30 but doesn’t let that hold it back. There’s 12.4 cu-ft of storage behind the rear seats. Fold them down, though, and that almost quadruples to 44.5 cu-ft.
Test drive the 2020 Mazda CX-30 and the 2020 Mazda CX-3 at Hall Mazda near Milwaukee.