By on November 21, 2019

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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28 Comments on “2020 Mazda CX-30: U.S. Specs, Pricing Revealed...”

  • avatar

    Why not cx-4? I don’t get the 30 part.

    • 0 avatar

      There’s already a CX-4 in other markets. I don’t know why they don’t bring that one over, as it’s one of the best looking crossovers I’ve seen (more wagon than minivan, basically).

      In an effort to fill every CUV-niche, the CX-4 would be the superior choice to this vehicle.

    • 0 avatar

      My guess, and only a guess, is that the CX-3 will go away and the next CX-5 will be called the CX-50. Because more letters/numbers means better. Apparently.

  • avatar

    TCO on this will be a fraction of TCO on a new Trailblazer or Seltos, because this car has a real engine and transmission that will make it much sought after as a used car in 2024. When the world is running down, you make the best of what’s still around. This is what will still be around when turbos, CVTs and DCTs are being recycled into bulldozers to knock down the suburbs.

    • 0 avatar

      Who woulda thunk? That one day disposable front drive unibody 4 cylinder junk was considered the “good stuff”.

      I miss the malaise era all of a sudden.

      • 0 avatar

        Most of the best malaise era cars had four cylinders and unibodies. The good thing about the malaise era was that it gave us Ronald Reagan and his success pushed the commies into hiding. Unfortunately, they hid on campuses and brainwashed future teachers and business leaders. Today will seem like a fantasy once we’re a few days into the coming dark age.

    • 0 avatar
      Peter Gazis


      If the suburbs get knocked down, most gas stations will go with them. Leaving few intercity gas stations that will be able to sell gas at whatever price they want.
      Most people will buy EVs because parking garages can be retrofitted with EV charging stations.

  • avatar

    My god, if there is a 1 foot hole and $1000 gap between crossover segments, it seems every car company on earth and their dog is going to come out with a new model to fill it.

    This is turning into a joke. Explain, exactly, why someone is going to choose this over the CX-5, with the same engine and transmission? Because when you finance for 8 years its $5 cheaper a month?

    Aside: Where the heck is Skyactiv-X??? Swimming around in Hiroshima with the Skyactiv-D we’ve been promised for a decade now?

    Aside 2: TTAC, can you please please please update the site so the login works correctly? What’s it been now? 12-18 months when i enter username and password, I get an error. I refresh. I submit again. No bueno. Then I have to do some difficult math problem. Then I am taken back to the login again where I do username and password and then another difficult math problem. Then I am taken back to the main page where I then have to scroll down to the article I wanted to comment on, and leave my comment.

    Last week I looked for contact info for the site and found nothing. maybe I missed something. But I’m getting really tired of it to the point where many days I just skip engaging in comments because it is a PITA to log in.

    • 0 avatar


      log in? I have same issues.

      Between log in and that unwatchable girly man beta male Ed Cole Grand son auto loading videos…..

      I m reading TTAC less and less.

      • 0 avatar

        “Between log in and that unwatchable girly man beta male Ed Cole Grand son auto loading videos…..“

        Fortunately using my phone to view the site I don’t have to put up with that embarrassing act pop up.

    • 0 avatar

      Hey, at least we finally have Skyactiv-D now in the CX-5, but no one will buy it since it makes very little financial sense

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Now I know that the market is getting saturated with crossovers. How many sizes do we need of crossovers? A dealer near me has almost 200 RAV4s mostly front wheel drive and mostly 2019s. The Buick dealer near me is literally stack with 2019 Encores. Just too much of a good thing! I believe in a few years people will get tired of these crossovers and want something else.

    • 0 avatar

      The crossover trend has been building since the 90’s, it has to be approaching the jump over the shark at some point soon. Personally I think crossovers and cars will soon merge into one thing, just cars again, but higher riding than they were previously.

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t see much difference with the multiple sized sedans these are replacing. Remember these car companies are barely making sedans anymore so they have to fill the void with something

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “The new crossover, once established in the brand’s U.S. lineup, could help Mazda reverse a trend of falling volume”

    It won’t, because it is so small inside and it doesn’t really fill a gap in the Mazda lineup.

  • avatar

    2 Mazda models that don’t have MT
    2 Mazda models that do have MT

    Bye bye Mazda. You suck!

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Eventually there will be no more manuals. Will be harder to say bye bye to all brands unless you keep what you have forever.

  • avatar

    Great, another Russian nesting doll Mazda. And they wonder why they’re zoom-zooming their way further and further down the sales charts.

  • avatar

    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.

  • avatar

    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..

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