2020 Mazda CX-30: It's All in the Details

2020 Mazda CX-30: It's All in the Details

Inside and out, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 is built to make you feel alive. Let's take a closer look at what this right-sized SUV has to offer.


Acceleration plays a key role in your experience behind the wheel. If there's too little of it, even a basic passing maneuver can be hair-raising. On the other hand, if a vehicle has a surplus of power underfoot, it can elevate your driving experience. When you find the right balance between power and control, the feel of the drive changes perceptibly, and the journey becomes an experience that sparks excitement. Driver and vehicle become one to help give you a more confident and enjoyable feeling for the road.

Every 2020 Mazda CX-30 is motivated by a refined four-cylinder engine that generates 186 standard horsepower, which is in the top of its class. No other subcompact SUV in this segment delivers that much standard power1. It's enough to make it clear that you're not driving a cold commuter machine. The CX-30's engine has the resources to awaken your senses and stir your emotions. Power from the engine is delivered smoothly and effortlessly, and there's a satisfying immediacy to your inputs that's hard to find elsewhere.

To complement this potency, the CX-30 offers Mazda's predictive i-Activ AWD® and GVC+. Engineered to deliver ultimate control. The optional AWD system analyzes a host of environmental and driving inputs to provide traction that meets your changing needs and facilitates maximum driver enjoyment. The GVC+ in this Mazda helps you zip through corners with more confidence. Together, the two systems work in tandem to manage the CX-30's power without feeling clunky or intrusive in various conditions.

Interior Quality and Design

Cabin design is often the first thing you notice when you slip behind the wheel of a vehicle, and it can have a profound impact on the overall mood of your drive. An upscale, thoughtfully executed environment can have a soothing effect on those seated within.

2020 Mazda CX-30 with Premium Package shown

2020 Mazda CX-30 with Premium Package shown

The CX-30's elegant cabin challenges your expectations of what a compact SUV can deliver. The design is singularly sleek, while the materials used are undeniably premium. Mazda's design philosophy is one of "addition by subtraction." That means there's nothing extraneous within the cabin; the look is clean and modern. This exquisite package meets every need and each element serves a purpose. Nearly every surface you see is soft to the touch. The buttons and knobs have a heft that lends to the CX-30's premium feel. The beauty of the CX-30's interior derives from its artful simplicity.

On the road, form and function merge seamlessly to keep you refreshed and comfortable. The CX-30 is ergonomically built to be compatible with your physique, no matter how long the journey. Mazda's meticulous attention to detail empowers you to handle the mechanics of driving without tension or strain. All controls fall easily to hand, so you can access the infotainment system2 or available climate controls with comfort. The driving position itself is both comfortable and commanding, with clear gauges easily visible through its steering wheel.

A commute can provide you with the time you need to brainstorm and recharge. The CX-30's cabin creates a welcoming space that encourages clear thought and fresh ideas.

Safety Technology

Smart safety technology enables informed decisions. It can help us make safer lane changes and helps warn us when we're drifting off our intended path8. By providing these benefits, it can ultimately remove a world of stress from the driving experience.

Mazda has equipped the CX-30 with a thoroughly modern range of safety features. They're part of the brand's i-Activsense® safety technology suite.

Smart Brake Support7 is standard on the CX-30, and this feature uses millimeter-wave radar technology to help detect vehicles and pedestrians in your path. If the system determines that a collision is imminent, the brakes will automatically deploy to help avoid a crash or lessen its impact.

All CX-30 CUVs come with Lane Departure Warning System and Lane-keep Assist8, which are designed to help prevent the vehicle from straying beyond lane markings. Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go is also standard9. This feature simplifies highway driving by allowing you to set your cruising speed and helping maintain a safe following distance behind the vehicle immediately ahead. It gives you the freedom to focus on the enjoyment of the driving experience. All Mazda CX-30s are also equipped with Driver Attention Alert10, a feature that's designed to alert you if it recognizes driving behavior suggesting driver fatigue or decreased attentiveness.

The list of available i-Activsense® features also includes Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert11. Each is designed to serve as an extra pair of eyes when you're switching lanes or making rearward maneuvers. An Adaptive Front-lighting System is available as well to expand the illumination range of the CX-30's LED headlights when you're making a turn or traveling down dark, winding roads.

Connected Technology

We rely on technology to stay connected with friends and family, as well as maintain contact with co-workers so we can do our best work. The need to remain connected doesn't end once we get behind the wheel. We expect our vehicles to provide amenities that keep us in step with the news of the day and maintain open lines of communication with our various networks.

Staying connected is all about having your phone's features at your fingertips wherever you go. That's why the CX-30 is available with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone3 mirroring that facilitates seamless device integration. This technology is intuitive enough to help you minimize the distractions that can be hazardous when you're behind the wheel. It unites the CX-30 with your devices in a way that's smooth and effortless, allowing you to devote 100% of your attention to the road ahead while providing an interface that's familiar and easy to use.

The CX-30 is also equipped with Mazda Connected Services4. Through the MyMazda app on your mobile device, this service will provide a vehicle health report. This report helps give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that if your CX-30 has a problem that warrants your attention, you'll be notified right away. The MyMazda app can also remotely start the car's engine, lock or unlock its doors or even check tire pressures. And, Mazda Connected Services includes access to Automatic 911 Dialing5 and Mazda Roadside Assistance to help ensure you'll have the support you need in emergency situations.

The CX-30 can also be equipped with in-car Wi-Fi6 capabilities which allows passengers to enjoy seamless access to the internet.

The CX-30's wealth of connected technology can help streamline and simplify your life. These amenities can also provide vital support during those moments when you could use a helping hand.

Audio System

Some of the most unforgettable drives are backed by a memorable soundtrack. A vehicle's audio system gives you the equipment you need to create a sonic tapestry, adding new dimensions to your journey.

While the standard eight-speaker audio system provides an excellent listening experience, the available bespoke 12-speaker Bose® audio system takes that experience to the next level. With its crisp highs and booming lows, the system immerses you and your passengers in rich, vibrant sounds. And with the Mazda Connect Infotainment System2, you can enjoy content from a variety of sources, including Bluetooth® streaming or a hard USB connection. Whether you're nodding along to your favorite tunes or engrossed in the latest podcast, this Bose sound system is talented enough to keep you energized and entertained during commutes.

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A "right-sized" vehicle is usually better when it comes to navigating city traffic or venturing off the paved path. An urban environment often brings narrow roads and congested streets. A vehicle with a petite footprint is favorably equipped to take the challenges that city driving (and parking) brings in stride. And if you're traveling off-road, the CX-30 will be more likely to navigate trails and paths than its competition.

Size also matters from the perspective of choosing a vehicle that's roomy enough to accommodate you, your passengers and all your belongings. The CX-30's cabin is generous enough to provide you with utility that shines through on road trips and impromptu getaways. With the available roof rails and cross bars, if you choose to spend the weekend in a kayak or on a bike, the CX-30 has the space to accommodate your gear. And if you bring some friends along, don't worry – there's room.

When it comes to both passenger and cargo capacity, this compact SUV is designed to support your active lifestyle.

Seating and Comfort

Of course, there's more to an intelligently designed cabin than just size. If you've ever found yourself having to shout to be heard while having a conversation in a car, you know that road noise can make driving a lot less pleasant. For this reason, finding transportation that comes with a quiet cabin is a top priority for many vehicle buyers.

The CX-30 boasts an interior layout that's crafted to facilitate effortless communication between front and rear passengers. Built to minimize noise, vibration and harshness, the cabin is quiet without feeling isolating, with little wind or road noise echoing throughout. All of these qualities help pave the way for smooth, serene travels, whether you're making a quick grocery run or embarking on a cross-country journey.

Many shoppers also pay special attention to seating. A vehicle's seats – both in terms of their position and the support they provide – can impact the tone of your drive. The CX-30 comes with a driver's seat that's high enough to provide clear and expansive sight lines, so you'll always be well situated to enjoy the view. Also, the driver's seat is constructed to provide a natural driving position that promotes comfort and lessens fatigue. The seats themselves are supportive and comfortable and offer plenty of adjustment to customize them to fit a wide range of body types.

It all comes together to create an environment dedicated to help keep you alert and engaged. The CX-30 is built to serve as a comfortable and accommodating partner wherever the drive may take you.


1. Based on standard engine horsepower of Subcompact CUV/SUV non-luxury/non-premium segment (Mazda Segmentation) as of November 2019.

2. Don't drive while distracted. Even with voice commands, only use Mazda Connect™ or other devices when safe. Some features may require cellular or Wi-Fi service; some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in motion. Not all features are compatible with all phones. Message and data rates may apply.

3. Requires compatible phone and standard text and data rates apply. Third-party interface providers are solely responsible for their product functionality and third-party terms and privacy statements apply. Don’t drive while distracted or while using a hand-held device. Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC. Apple CarPlay, iPhone and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc.

4. Mazda Connected Services is provided during a 3-year trial period; annual subscription fees apply thereafter. Use of MyMazda app and compatible phone are required. Data fees may apply. Never drive while distracted or while using a hand-held device. Please see your Owner’s Manual for important feature details and related privacy information.

5. Mobile 911 automatically calls 911 from a paired hands-free device when a moderate to severe collision is detected. Specific phone settings are required. There are limitations to the system. Please see your Owner’s Manual for further details.

6. Mazda Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi powered by Verizon is available during 6-month/2GB trial period (whichever comes first); monthly subscription fees apply thereafter. Vehicle cellular connectivity and availability of vehicle GPS signal are required. Certain services may collect location information. Limit one trial per vehicle. Up to 5 devices can be supported using in-vehicle connectivity. Verizon wireless data subscription required upon end of 6-month trial period or use of 2GB data (whichever comes first). Use of Mazda Connect Wi-Fi is subject to Verizon Wireless’ Customer Agreement (verizonwireless.com/legal/notices/customer-agreement). Never drive while distracted or while using a hand-held device. Please see your Owner’s Manual for important feature details and related privacy information.

7. Smart Brake Support operates under certain driving conditions. Vehicle detection operates at speeds above 2 mph. Pedestrian and bicycle detection operates at speeds between approximately 6 mph and 50 mph. Not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. There are limitations to the range and detection of the system. Factors including movement and shape of the object in front of the vehicle, weather and road conditions can all impact automatic brake control and collision warning. Please see your Owner’s Manual for further details.

8. Lane Departure Warning System and Lane-keep Assist operate under certain conditions above 40 mph. Neither system is a substitute for safe and attentive driving. There are limitations to the range and detection of each system. Please see your Owner’s Manual for further details.

9. Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop & Go is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. There are limitations to the range and detection of the system. Driver action is required to resume MRCC with Stop & Go after a complete stop. Please see your Owner’s Manual for further details.

10. Driver Attention Alert operates under certain driving conditions above 40 mph. It is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. There are limitations to the range and detection of the system. Please see your Owner’s Manual for further details.

11. Always check your mirrors. Be aware of the traffic around you. There are limitations to the range and detection of the system. Please see your Owner’s Manual for further details.