Mazda CX-30 vs. Mazda CX-5

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, Automotive Editor - January 27, 2020

Mazda, like many automakers, is looking to fill many niche segments with utility vehicles of all sizes. The Japanese automaker has four crossovers in its lineup, which include the all-new Mazda CX-30 and the Mazda CX-5.

The most obvious difference between these two is that the CX-30 is a subcompact crossover, while the CX-5 is a compact option. Beyond size, the two have more differences that could have you preferring one over the other.

We researched both to see which one is the better buy for the majority of consumers.

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What the CX-30 Gets Right

As the smaller vehicle, the CX-30 is the more affordable option. The CX-30 starts at $22,945 including destination, while the CX-5 costs $26,135. The $3,190 difference means that consumers can step up to the mid-level Select trim with all-wheel drive for only $210 more than the base CX-5.

Despite being the smaller, more affordable option, the CX-30 comes with more impressive standard tech features. These include an 8.8-inch touchscreen, an eight-speaker audio system, and a 7-inch driver information display. The CX-5 comes with a 7-inch touchscreen and a four-speaker audio system as standard.

For consumers looking for something that’s easy to drive in the city, the CX-30 is the crossover that stands out. It's roughly 6 inches shorter in length, 2 inches shorter in width, and 4 inches shorter in height than the CX-5. If you plan to do a lot of driving in tight, urban areas, the CX-30 is easier to maneuver.

What the CX-5 Gets Right

As the larger vehicle, the CX-5 offers passengers more space on the inside. It has more front and rear head room, front and rear shoulder room, front and rear hip room, and front and rear leg room than the CX-30.

More crucially, the CX-5 offers more cargo room. With the rear seats in place, the CX-5 can hold 30.9 cubic feet of cargo, compared to the CX-30’s 20.2 cubic feet. If having more interior space ranks highly on your priority list, the CX-5 is the one to have.

Both share similar four-cylinder engines, but the CX-5 is available with a more powerful turbocharged motor. The CX-5’s available 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder is rated to make 250 horsepower. The only engine in the CX-30 lineup is rated to make 186 hp. This makes the CX-5 the clear option for consumers looking for more performance.

At the top of the range, the CX-5 has more luxury features than the CX-30. The Signature trim comes with auto-leveling LED headlights, a power liftgate, Nappa leather upholstery, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, layered wood trim, and navigation. When it comes to luxury, the CX-5’s top-ranging trim is more opulent than the CX-30’s.

Want Something Small or Kind Of Small?

Choosing between the CX-5 and the CX-30 mostly boils down to size. The CX-5 is small, while the CX-30 is really small. Thanks to its dashing design, impressive tech features, and versatile size, the CX-30 is a great subcompact crossover. For the majority of consumers, though, the CX-5 is the better option.

Our Verdict: Mazda CX-5

With more available trims, an optional turbocharged engine, and more luxury features, the Mazda CX-5 is the better choice for most consumers. It also has more cargo and passenger space, which a lot of consumers will appreciate.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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