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2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2020 Lexus UX Comparison

2020 Mazda CX-30

Starting Price: $22,945 | Price Yours

Above Average: Steering and driving dynamics; standard adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist; most powerful engine in its class; premium interior

Below Average: Blind-spot monitor and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity don’t come standard; small rear seat; so-so rear visibility

Consensus: With excellent driving dynamics, beautiful styling inside and out, and a wide array of standard safety and tech all at a low starting price, the Mazda CX-30 is a value buy in the price-sensitive subcompact SUV segment.

2020 Lexus UX

Starting Price: $33,325 | Price Yours

Above Average: Lexus quality and resale value; excellent hybrid option; standard advanced safety features; excellent turning radius

Below Average: Small interior and cargo area; AWD only available with hybrid; clunky infotainment controls

Consensus: Excellent fuel economy and Lexus quality on a very, very small scale.

The CX-30 is Mazda’s second entry in the subcompact SUV segment. It’s larger than the company’s CX-3 and smaller than the CX-5. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is a stylish, high-value vehicle with a wide array of safety and tech features that come standard. The beautifully crafted interior feels airier than the vehicle’s size would suggest, but tall passengers may feel cramped in the second row. This is arguably the best-driving subcompact SUV on the market today, with excellent ride, handling and comfort. Fuel economy is a respectable 28 mpg combined in FWD models; adding AWD costs $1,400 extra but is available with every trim level. The 2020 Lexus UX is the company’s smallest SUV, an entry-level luxury model that happily serves as a fuel-efficient, upscale comfortable daily driver. Fuel economy is as high as 43 mpg in the city with the hybrid, and up to 37 highway mpg with the standard gas engine. An innovative steering system, plus the UX’s small size, make maneuvering in tight city spaces a snap. Acceleration and handling aren’t the UX’s strong suits. If you want all-wheel drive, your only choice is to get the hybrid — but that powertrain is easy to recommend, as it also comes with the most power and best fuel economy of the UX lineup.


Similar dimensions, both companies are known for safety and reliability, standard advanced safety features, premium interiors

Mazda CX-30 Advantages

Excellent ride and handling, much lower starting price, powerful engine

Lexus UX Advantages

Lexus reliability, quality, and resale value, fuel economy, excellent hybrid option

Final Recommendation

With the Mazda CX-30, you’ll get a fun-to-drive subcompact SUV with an upscale interior and an impressive slate of standard equipment at a price that’s significantly lower than that of the Lexus UX. The UX offers Lexus quality and reliability, plus a hybrid option, but it’s in a smaller vehicle that offers similar standard equipment to that of the CX-30. Unless you want to spend more than $35,000 for the UX 250h hybrid, take a look at the Mazda CX-30. You’ll get a lot for your money.

2020 Mazda CX-30 2020 Lexus UX
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.5-liter I4 2.0-liter I4
Horsepower 186 hp @ 6,000 rpm 169 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Torque 186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 151 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-Spd Automatic, 10-Spd
Fuel Economy 28 mpg (25 city/33 hwy) 33 mpg (29 city/37 hwy)
Also Available AWD Hybrid AWD
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years or 50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating Not yet rated 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 104.5 inches 103.9 inches
Overall Length 173.0 inches 177.0 inches
Width 70.7 inches 72.4 inches
Height 62.2 inches 60.6 inches
Turning Diameter 37.3 feet 17.1 feet
Headroom, Front 38.1 inches 37.2 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.3 inches 36.3 inches
Legroom, Front TBD 42.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 36.3 inches 33.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.6 inches 55.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 53.6 inches 52.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 94.1 cu. ft. 90.4 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume behind 2nd row 20.2 cu. ft. 21.7 cu. ft.

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