2020 Mazda CX-30 side by side a 2020 Mazda CX-3

The new 2020 Mazda CX-30 is set to hit dealerships, filing a nice space in the Mazda SUV lineup. Many people aren't sure what the differences are between the CX-30 vs. CX-3, so we will take a closer look at both models. We will examine the performance, features, cargo space and fuel economy in this Mazda SUV comparison from Bob Penkhus Mazda.

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2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 Release Dates

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 released late in 2019 and is available now in Colorado Springs at our Mazda dealership. However, the 2020 CX-3 is not released yet but is expected to arrive at dealerships soon. The 2019 CX-3 arrived at dealerships in May 2018 so we are well overdue for the release of the new 2020 Mazda CX-3.

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 MSRP

Mazda planned for the new CX-30 to take a slot between the existing CX-3 and CX-5, so we expected the pricing to be somewhere in between. The starting price of a 2019 Mazda CX-3 is just $20,390, so it would make sense if the CX-30 was just a tad more. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 MSRP starts at $21,900.

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 Key Differences

The biggest difference between the two models is the additional space in a 2020 Mazda CX-30. While they both fit 5 passengers, you can expect more cargo room with the new CX-30. The interior in the new CX-30 is a bit more refreshed with a slightly newer, upscale feel over the CX-3 as well.

2020 Mazda CX-30 dashboard side by side a 2020 Mazda CX-3 dashboard 

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 Interior

Inside the new 2020 CX-30, you will find available premium leather and a standard 8.8-inch display. Both he 2020 Mazda CX-30 and CX-3 will feature the Mazda Connect infotainment system, Bluetooth and a seven-inch touch screen.

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 Exterior Features

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 has a sleek, dramatic style. You will notice the wide grille that is connecting the thin headlights. You will be able to choose from nine exterior color options on this model that is four inches longer than the 2020 Mazda CX-3. The later model measures 168″ L x 70″ W x 61″ H and features the same exterior style as the 2019 Mazda CX-3. You will have a choice of eight exterior color options with this model.

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2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 MPG

Upon release, we will have a more concrete view on the 2020 CX-3 fuel economy. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 was rated as one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs at 29 city/34 highway mpg with FWD, so we can expect some similar figures for the 2020 CX-3. An AWD 2019 CX-3 achieves a slightly less fuel economy of 27 city/32 highway. However, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 achieves 25 city/33 highway mpg with the FWD drivetrain and 24 city/31 highway mpg with the AWD drivetrain. Both Mazda SUV models are very fuel efficient in the city and on the open road.

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 Trims/Configurations

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 will be available in 4 trim levels: Base CX-30 Package, Select Package, Preferred Package and Premium Package. The 2020 Mazda CX-3 hasn't been announced yet, but it could flaunt the same 3 trims as last year with the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 Performance

A 2019 Mazda CX-3 comes with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine that can also be found in the CX-3 SUV. We expect that it will produce the same 148 horsepower. You can choose between a front- or all-wheel-drive model. With the 2020 Mazda CX-3, you get a standard six-speed automatic transmission. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 features the SKYACTIV-G 2.5L engine that produces 186 horsepower which can be configured with a FWD drivetrain or the i-ACTIV AWD with off-road traction assist. The CX-30 comes with an automatic six-speed transmission as well.

2020 Mazda CX-30 side by side a 2020 Mazda CX-3 comparing cargo space 

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 Cargo Space

As far as carrying ability, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 has far more room with 15.1 cubic feet. The CX-3, on the other hand, holds 12.4 cubic feet.

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 Safety

Safety ratings haven't been released yet for the brand new 2020 Mazda CX-30, but it will have the available i-Activsense active safety feature suite which includes blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. Considering that the 2019 Mazda CX-3 was an IIHS Top Safety Pick, we expect the newer model will be as well. Standard equipment in this Mazda SUV includes rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera and low-speed automatic emergency braking.

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2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 Reviews

Consumer Reports says the 2020 Mazda CX-30 blends, "style, luxury, and roominess in a small package," while Car and Driver says the 2020 Mazda CX-3 "drives better than its rivals."

Evaluating the 2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3

Both Mazda SUVs are great choices for your busy family. If you need a five-passenger SUV with luxury touches, you won't go wrong with either option, but the 2020 Mazda CX-30 does offer a little extra space. Of course, if the price is the primary concern, you will want to opt for a 2020 Mazda CX-3 instead.

Buy A 2020 Mazda CX-30 or A 2020 CX-3

You can buy the 2020 Mazda CX-30 and 2020 CX-3 as soon as they go on sale at Bob Penkhus Automotive. We will have exceptional deals to kick off the sale of the new Mazda SUVs.

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2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 Cost For Used

The starting price of the 2020 Mazda CX-30 is $21,900, but a used Mazda CX-30 would cost less. Currently, as this model is brand new, you won't be able to find many used CX-30s. You could save even more money by choosing a used 2019 CX-3 if you prefer. Because there haven't been any major changes for the new 2020 models, you won't be missing out on too much.

Lease A 2020 Mazda CX-30 or A 2020 CX-3

To take it even further, get behind the wheel of a 2020 Mazda CX-30 or 2020 Mazda CX-3 with a lease. This ensures you get the lowest monthly payment possible with the availability to upgrade or move to own in a few years. 

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