Your First Look at the 2020 Mazda CX-30

The crossover SUV market is one of the most competitive in the auto industry. There is no shortage of options, however, one vehicle that stands out is the 2020 Mazda CX-30, now available at our Renton, WA Mazda dealership. 

Here is our comprehensive 2020 Mazda CX-30 review so you can decide if it is the right choice for your lifestyle. See what all the fuss is about by coming into Walker’s Renton Mazda serving the Seattle-Tacoma area for a test drive.

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Mazda CX-30 SUV

Mazda CX-30 SUV

You know the old saying about how good things come in small packages? That goes double for the All-New Mazda CX-30. This subcompact crossover offers class-leading performance, sophistication, loads of style and personality, and all of the modern technology you want in safety and infotainment.

This latest addition to the Mazda stable perfectly fills a gap that was missing between the smaller Mazda CX-3 and larger Mazda CX-5. From the elegant exterior to the refined interior and features, every detail is designed to enhance every aspect of your ride.

What’s Different from 2019?

The Mazda lineup added a new pony to its stable at the end of last year. The Mazda CX-30 made its debut in the U.K. and Mexico at the end of 2019. It subsequently arrived in North America in January of this year. 

Why the need for a new crossover in the Mazda family? 

Just like Goldilocks, everyone is searching for the perfect-size SUV. If you have a bigger family or need more cargo space, the Mazda CX-5 or the full-size Mazda CX-9 will fit the bill.

On the smaller end of the spectrum, we have the popular Mazda CX-3 compact crossover. As the vehicle in the middle, the Mazda CX-30 takes over the “just right” category in terms of seating space, cargo room, and performance.

Despite its affordable price, the Mazda CX-30 is extremely refined and performance-driven, which may be its biggest selling point.

Exterior Features of the 2020 Mazda CX-30

Mazda CX-30 Preferred Package SUV

Mazda CX-30 Preferred Package SUV

This 2020 Mazda CX-30 is a thing of beauty. The design is inspired by the Japanese phrase Kodo or “Soul of Motion”. The exterior aesthetic captures the essence of movement even when the car is sitting still.

This philosophy creates a dynamic sense of energy and flow.

The other phrase to remember is “less is more”. The CX-30 has a sweeping S curve that perfectly reflects light to create the impression of constant movement.

Meanwhile, the distinctive grille allows better airflow and aerodynamics.

In appearance, the Mazda CX-30 looks a lot like the Mazda3 hatchback. That’s because it actually shares much of the same body architecture. However, you get more ground clearance (6.9-inches) and 61.7-inch roof height. 

You’ll notice the exterior lights have been redesigned on the Mazda CX-30, with sculpted headlights and turn indicator lamps that pulsate in a distinctive rhythm.

Highlights of the Interior Features

Mazda CX-30 Preferred Package SUV

Mazda CX-30 Preferred Package SUV

The cabin of the Mazda CX-30 follows the same philosophy of simplicity and constant movement. The interior features are elegantly crafted with flowing lines, while also being convenient for the driver’s use.

You will never have trouble squeezing into the tight parking spaces with the Mazda CX-30. Yet you will still enjoy seating for five, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, and a generous cargo space of up to 20.2 cubic feet.

The available Rear Power Liftgate and low platform make it easier than ever to load up and bring along all of your gear.

Safety Features

Safety is always at the top of your want list in a family vehicle. The Mazda CX-30 pulls no punches in this area thanks to the i-Activesense® safety system.

Standard and available driver-assist systems:

  • Side Mirror with Active Driving Display
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Smart Brake Support
  • Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting System

These technologically advanced driver-assist systems ensure you can stay focused on the road, other vehicles, pedestrians and any other hazards you may encounter.

Infotainment Features

The modern world demands that you stay connected at all times. Again, the Mazda CX-30 answers your need, with a suite of infotainment features

Standard and available infotainment features:

  • MAZDA CONNECT® Infotainment System
  • 8.8-inch touchscreen with multifunction Command Control
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smart device integration
  • Mazda Navigation
  • Windshield projected color Active Driving Display
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Pandora® Internet radio
  • HD RadioTM
  • Voice-activated radio
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming
  • Premium 12-speaker Bose® Audio System

These features ensure you’ll always be able to keep in touch, while accessing your music, maps, apps, and other information.

Performance Features of the Mazda CX-30

Whether you are driving your kids to school or heading out on a cross-country road trip, the Mazda CX-30 will get you there. You will appreciate the responsive and efficient ride provided by the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter engine, which delivers class-leading 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque.

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 also comes with available i-Activ AWD® to help tackle all road and weather conditions. This intelligent All-wheel drive system uses innovative technology to predict and correct traction loss due to rain, ice or uneven ground.

Meanwhile, G-Vectoring Control Plus allows for precise adjustments to help provide a smoother driving experience. If your journey leads you to more challenging terrain, choose Off-Road Traction Assist to optimize torque and traction control.

The Mazda CX-30 really shines when it comes to driving in the city. Its nimble handling, excellent steering control, compact body, and features like Smart Brake Support make it ideal for navigating around tight corners and parking lots.

Meanwhile, the standard adaptive cruise control makes dealing with city and highway traffic easier than ever.

The Mazda CX-30 also offers enviable fuel efficiency that will please your wallet, 25 MPG City / 32 MPG on the Highway.

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Mazda CX-30 Trim Comparison: Basic vs. Select

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is available in four trims: Base, Select, Preferred, and Premium. How do they compare? Let’s take a look at each trim.

First, all trims come with the standard 2.5-liter DOHC I-4 engine.

Base Trim

The Base model offers more features than you might expect from a standard trim, including many of the safety and infotainment you want.

Basic trim features:

  • 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Cloth-trimmed sport seats and door insets
  • Power door locks with one-touch up/down feature
  • MAZDA CONNECT with 8.8-inch touchscreen
  • Pandora Internet radio
  • SiriusXM radio
  • HD radio
  • Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
  • Mazda Connected Services 

Select Trim

The Mazda CX-30 Select trim adds several more safety and infotainment features, along with more sophisticated interior details.

Select Package additional features:

  • Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Leatherette-trimmed sport seats
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-Keep Assist & Lane Departure Warning
  • Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Smart Brake Support
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

Now let's look at the differences in the features of higher trims, including the Preferred and Premium models.

Mazda CX-30 Trim Comparison: Premium vs. Preferred

Mazda CX-30 Preferred Package SUV

Mazda CX-30 Preferred Package SUV


Moving up to the higher trims, you will enjoy all of the previous features, plus more luxurious interior appointments and additional convenience and infotainment features. 

Preferred & Select Package features:

  • 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels (Select Package)
  • Leatherette-trimmed sport seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • LATCH child safety seat anchors & tethers
  • 12-speaker Bose® premium audio system

Premium Package features:

  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Adaptive Front-lighting System
  • Rear Power Liftgate
  • Full-color Active Driving Display

No matter the trim you choose, you will get a dynamic driving experience that makes going anywhere a joy.

Which 2020 Mazda CX-30 is for me?

Choosing the right edition of the Mazda CX-30 is a matter of preference, budget, and needs. Moving up to a higher trim will mean additional safety and infotainment features, as well as premium finishes such as leather-trimmed and heated seats.

One of our sales professionals at our Mazda dealership near Seattle, WA can help you determine which 2020 Mazda CX-30 suits your needs best.

Ready To Buy The All-New Mazda CX-30?

If you are ready to buy or lease a 2020 Mazda CX-30, come in for a test drive at Walker’s Renton Mazda. We’re located at 720 Rainier Avenue South, Renton, WA. Be sure to check out our other popular new Mazda models, including the Mazda CX-5 compact SUV, Mazda CX-9 full-size SUV or the Mazda3 sedan.

We also have a wide inventory of quality pre-owned and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.

No matter your needs, one of our experienced sales associates will help you find the perfect vehicle for your budget and lifestyle.

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