Differences Between the 2020 Mazda CX-30 and the 2020 Mazda CX-3
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Both the Mazda CX-30 and CX-3 offer a sporty spin on the compact crossover. However, each model puts a unique twist on the segment. The CX-30 has a bold, rugged design that’s accentuated by black plastic cladding, much like you’d expect to see on an off-road-ready SUV. It also boasts broader, flatter features and a wide, confident stance.
On the other hand, the Mazda CX-3 has a lighter look, thanks to its black D-pillar, which gives the illusion of a floating roof. Its contours are also less aggressive, lending the CX-3 a more quiet and conservative appearance.
Although both models seat five passengers, the CX-30 offers significantly more cargo space. When all of the Mazda CX-30’s seats are in place, it offers 20 cubic feet of cargo room. The Mazda CX-3, on the other hand, clocks in at 12.4 cubic feet. However, if you fold down the rear seats, both models offer a similar amount of room — 44.5 cubes on the CX-3, and 45.2 on the CX-30.
These two models also differ in terms of design. The CX-3’s dashboard has a Miata-inspired layout, complete with circular air vents and a rotary-dial-controlled infotainment system with touch-screen capabilities. The Mazda CX-30, on the other hand, takes after the Mazda3. Its infotainment system can only be controlled through the rotary dial.
Both models offer tons of tech and comfort, with available features including leather seats, a head-up display, a Bose premium audio system, and a power liftgate.
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Powertrains and efficiency
When it comes to powertrains, you’ll see a marked difference between the Mazda CX-30 and the Mazda CX-3. If you’re looking for a spirited ride, go with the CX-30. It’s packing a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder that delivers 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, channeled through a six-speed automatic. With front-wheel drive, it earns 33 mpg on the highway. It also offers a special driving mode for low-traction conditions.
On the other hand, the Mazda CX-3 boasts a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which pumps out 146 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. It’s estimated to offer 34 mpg on the highway when equipped with all-wheel drive.
Kimiko Kidd is a native Daytonian. She graduated from Wright State University with degrees in environmental science and sociology. She loves her trusty old Honda Civic, but dreams of owning a 1974 Ford Falcon XB with a custom paint job and a vintage Kawasaki Z1000. In her free time, Kimiko can be found watercolor-painting, baking muffins, collecting rocks, playing old-school Nintendo games, writing her novel, sewing stuffed animals, and cosplaying as her favorite Mad Max characters. See more articles by Kimiko.