In years past, the CX-3 was the sole subcompact champion of the Mazda family, but things have changed with the recent debut of the CX-30. Now the new Mazda CX-30 fills out the lineup with a weightier take on the subcompact crossover. So, which option comes best suited to handle the demands of your distinct lifestyle? Discover your match in our comparison of the 2020 Mazda CX-30 vs the 2019 Mazda CX-3.
Slotting just above the CX-3, the Mazda CX-30 fills the growing demand for a crossover that’s bigger than the typical subcompact but not quite big enough to be considered compact. The strategic sizing means passengers of the CX-30 get 2.4 cubic feet more cargo space and 36.3 inches of rear legroom. But if you’re looking for a crossover bred to navigate city conditions, the CX-3 is your best contender with its short wheelbase and boosted fuel economy ratings.
SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder 186 hp, 186 lb-ft of torque
SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L 4-cylinder 148 hp, 146 lb-ft of torque
20.2 cubic feet
17.8 cubic feet
25 city / 33 highway
29 city / 34 highway
Comparing the Performance and Feature Highlights of the Mazda CX-30 and Mazda CX-3 Subcompact SUVs
While the 2019 Mazda CX-3 remains powered by its potent 148-horsepower SKYACTIV®-G engine, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 accommodates its size with a more powerful 186-horsepower SKYACTIV®-G variant. Both Mazda subcompacts offer standard front-wheel drive or the available Mazda i-ACTIV AWD® system.
As a new model, the Mazda CX-30 boasts some niceties not found on the smaller CX-3. For one, the CX-30 gets the best in MAZDA CONNECT™ technology with an 8.8-inch touchscreen standard across the range, including one-touch access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Mazda CX-3 employs a smaller 7-inch touchscreen. Other luxury touches exclusive to the CX-30 include the 12-speaker Bose® sound system and power liftgate.
The CX-30 also gets more i-ACTIVSENSE® features from the base level with Smart Brake Support, Driver Attention Alert, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-keep Assist and High Beam Control standard across the lineup. The CX-3 gets Smart City Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert as standard but saves the rest of the package for the top-level Grand Touring trim level.