2020 Mazda CX-30: U.S. Specs, Pricing Revealed

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
2020 mazda cx 30 u s specs pricing revealed

This week has been all about tweeners. Chevy has one, Buick has one, Kia has one, and now Mazda has one, ready to fill white space between the subcompact CX-3 crossover and compact CX-5 crossover. It’s name, as you know, is CX-30, and it’s bound for a Mexican assembly plant in short order.

While we’ve seen the overseas model before, Mazda took the opportunity to use the LA Auto Show as a backdrop for the model’s U.S. reveal. Don’t worry about power in this thing.

European customers can expect a 1.8-liter diesel four-cylinder as a starting point, but Mazda has a 2.5-liter gas mill ready to do some heavy American lifting. It’s an engine you know well, making 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque — a considerable amount for a vehicle of this size. Handling the shifting duties is a six-speed automatic; old, yes, but Mazda has a pile of them on hand.

Heavily cladded around the wheel wells and rockers, the CX-30 neatly splits the difference between the CX-3 and CX-5 in terms of size (read more about its dimensions here), but it’s far closer to its smaller sibling in terms of price. Starting at $22,945 after destination for a base, front-drive model, the CX-30’s entry price tops that of a base 2019 CX-3 by $1,660.

Opting for all-wheel drive brings the CX-30’s price floor to $24,345 after destination. Thankfully, AWD is available throughout the trim range. If extra creature comforts interest you, the model’s range goes up through Select, Preferred, and Premium, topping out with the $30,645 Premium AWD.

Should you opt to take your AWD CX-30 off-road, a new traction feature could help you navigate through the rhubarb. When the vehicle’s giant electronic brain detects a lack of traction on one wheel, it applies the brakes on that problem customer, transferring the torque to the wheels still in contact with solid terra firma.

Depending on trim, wheel choice ranges between 16 and 18 inches, with LED taillights and running lights as a standard feature. So is an 8.8-inch center display screen. Unfortunately, you’ll need to step up to Premium in order to gain LED headlights.

As for safety features, Mazda’s i-Activsense comes standard. Among the nannies in its control are driver attention alert, radar cruise control with stop and go function, lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, smart brake support, and high beam control. All CX-30 buyers can avail themselves of Mazda Connected Services, accessible via the MyMazda app.

Expect to see the CX-30 arrive early next year. The new crossover, once established in the brand’s U.S. lineup, could help Mazda reverse a trend of falling volume, though time will tell if its presence cannibalizes sales of its two closest stablemates.

[Images: Tim Healey/TTAC]

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  • TrailerTrash TrailerTrash on Nov 22, 2019

    What we are seeing is Mazda is really planning on following the Ford model...and soon the Mazda3 will be gone. This,folks, is really the future of the mazda3.

  • Nrd515 Nrd515 on Nov 23, 2019

    Mazdas have never been even a thought in my universe, and this one isn't going to change that, it's too "schnozzy" like all their vehicles have been lately. I do like the paint color though..

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?