Mazda is one of the largest major automakers in the world, and one of the top designers and producers of SUVs around the globe. Mazda’s vehicle lineup includes a wide selection of SUVs, including compact, subcompact, crossover, and full-size models. Which Mazda SUV is better for you and your family’s needs?
As an automaker, Mazda is renowned for their sharp attention to detail and for their innovations in drive performance, fuel economy, tech features, and amenities that have paved the way toward the future of modern vehicle models—including SUVs.
Virtually every new Mazda SUV that hits the automarket becomes an instant bestseller, and many of Mazda’s SUV models have been the recipients of one or multiple awards. There are currently several SUVs in Mazda’s lineup. Any Mazda SUV could be a great option for you; the right choice just depends on your family, lifestyle, driving preferences, etc.
Three of the current most popular SUVs in Mazda’s lineup are smaller SUVs—the CX-3, the CX-30, and the CX-5. If you’re in the market for a Mazda SUV, keep reading to learn more about the top three smaller SUVs in Mazda’s current lineup and how they compare to one another in some of the most important areas to help you make your car-buying decision.
Powertrains and Performance
Drive performance is one of the most important contributing factors to consider when you are trying to decide which vehicle is right for you. Keep reading to learn how Mazda’s CX-3, CX-30, and CX-5 models compare in terms of engine options and performance on the road.
The Mazda CX-30 is only available with one engine—a 2.5-L engine that delivers 186 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission to offer excellent responsiveness and agility on the road.
Mazda’s CX-3 is the smallest of Mazda’s smaller crossover SUV models, but it still delivers an impressive amount of power on the road with its only available engine option. This base engine is a 2.0-L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that delivers 148 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque on the road. The CX-3’s engine also pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers a smooth ride for both drivers and passengers.
The Mazda CX-5 differs from the CX-3 and CX-30 models in that it is available with more than one engine option. Its base engine is the same as the CX-30’s only available engine. However, the CX-5 is also available with a more powerful 2.5-L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft and a 2.2-L turbodiesel engine that offers 168 horsepower and 290 lb.-ft. of torque but is only available in signature models of the CX-5.
Size and Space
Mazda’s CX-3, CX-30, and CX-5 models are all smaller compact or subcompact crossover SUVs. So how do these similar models compare in terms of size and cargo space?
The CX-3 is the smallest of the three models with a length of 168.3 inches and the CX-5 is the biggest with a length of 179.1 inches, which puts the 173-inch CX-30 in between these two models when it comes to size. The CX-30 offers the perfect compromise for city drivers who are looking for an SUV that will fit their family but will also fit into tight parking spaces and maneuver easily on city streets.
All three of these SUVs offer plenty of room for both cargo and passengers. The CX-3 gives passengers the least amount of space among these three SUVs, offering front-row passengers 41.7 inches of legroom and second-row passengers 35 inches of legroom. The CX-30 offers front-row passengers 41.7 inches of legroom as well, but gives rear-row passengers 36.3 inches of legroom. Among these three SUVs, the CX-5 takes first place in terms of space for rear passengers—it offers front-row passengers 41.0 inches of legroom and backseat passengers get 39.6 inches of legroom.
Affordability is something that almost every driver keeps at the forefront of their minds when it comes to buying a new car. Keep reading to learn how Mazda’s three smaller SUVs compare in terms of price range.
The starting price for a 2020 Mazda CX-3 is $21,740 and is only available in one trim level, but it is available with a wide range of optional accessories. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 comes in four different trim levels: a base model with a starting price of $23,000, two in-between trim levels—the Select and the Preferred trim levels—and a highest Premium trim level that starts at $29,300.
The base Sport model of the 2020 Mazda CX-5 starts at $25,190, its Touring model starts at $26,830, its Grand Touring model starts at $30,310, its Grand Touring Reserve model starts at $35,135, and its highest Signature trim level has a starting price of $37,155.