Compare the Mazda CX-30 to the Mazda3 Hatchback

The 2020 Mazda CX-30: Why It's the Better Option for Your Lifestyle

The Mazda lineup specializes in affordable luxury and accommodating the needs of your busy days with a plethora of helpful features and equipment. Nothing showcases the lineup's potential better than the all-new Mazda CX-30, the latest subcompact crossover option. Similar in capability to the Mazda3 hatchback design, the Mazda CX-30 takes things one step further by offering more than the sedan can provide. When you want the capability and comfort of an SUV blended with the responsiveness and efficiency of a hatchback, you won't find a better option than the new Mazda CX-30. Check out why we recommend it for our drivers when they're on the hunt for an affordable crossover SUV.

Performance and Capability

Both the Mazda CX-30 and the Mazda3 are equipped with the same powertrain - the Skyactiv®-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder, delivering 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Each is paired with the Skyactiv®-Drive six-speed automatic transmission, and both come standard with front-wheel drive. While both models do offer all-wheel drive, you'll find the more affordable option available from the Mazda CX-30 lineup. Equipping AWD on the Mazda3 increases the price tag to $25,100, nearly $2,000 more than the CX-30 with AWD. If you take your adventures off-road, you'll find the all-wheel drive setup from the subcompact crossover offers Off-road Traction Assist, a feature that is designed to enhance traction control while dealing with dirt roads. This feature is missing from the all-wheel drive system in the Mazda hatchback. Further adding to the capability of the Mazda CX-30, it offers 6.9-inches of ground clearance, making better suited to go off-road than the 5.5-inches offered in the Mazda3.

The Mazda3 does offer efficient performance, allowing you to spend less time pumping gas but it does so at the cost of a slightly smaller gas tank than the Mazda CX-30.

MAZDA CX-30
MAZDA3 Hatchback

Interior Comforts

While both models comfortably seat five passengers, the similarities end there when it comes to personal space to stretch out in. The Mazda3 Hatchback only offers a maximum of 92.7 cubic feet of passenger space while the CX-30 increases that amount to 94.1 cubic feet. It might not seem like a huge difference, but when you have five passengers along for the road trip, you'll love the extra bit of room you'll get. Both models are fairly close in available cargo space, with the slight edge going to the CX-30. However, the Mazda subcompact crossover offers an available power rear liftgate for convenient access to your cargo space, allowing you to open the trunk before you get to it. The Mazda3 doesn't offer this same convenience, so you'll need to put a bit more work into opening your trunk, not ideal when your hands are already full.

MAZDA CX-30
MAZDA3 Hatchback

Technology and Safety

Inside, you'll find a similarly-equipped setup between the subcompact crossover and the hatchback. Both offer the Mazda Connect™ Infotainment System with an 8.8-inch center display for convenient access to your music controls. Both come with 2 USB audio inputs, both offer Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, and both include Bluetooth® hands-free calling, so you can keep your eyes on the road ahead. The CX-30 allows you to get things running before you jump in the driver's seat with the standard remote engine start, a feature not included with the base Mazda3.

Both options also include a plethora of driver-assistance features, such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, and Smart Brake Support. These are designed to keep an eye on the roads with you and to alert you when traffic gets tight or when you might be drifting from your lane. While they both offer similar features, you'll find that the Mazda CX-30 does it with a smaller price tag, making it a better value to keep you safe and sound.

So, which option is right for you? Both models are exceptional at what they do, but when you want the most value for your travels, the Mazda CX-30 comes out on top in a variety of categories. If you want to find an affordable subcompact option, swing by Modern Mazda of Burlington and check out our 2020 inventory of the Mazda CX-30 today!

MAZDA CX-30
MAZDA3 Hatchback