Mazda has several 2021 Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUV) that are perfect for active families. These aren’t small cars, and they aren’t giant SUVs. Both the 2021 Mazda CX-30 and the CX-3 are ideal for tolling around town or taking a short road trip that requires hauling some gear. Let’s explores the different features of the Mazda CX-30 vs. the CX-3.

Mazda CX-30

2021 Mazda CX-30


The main difference may be in the capabilities of the engines. The CX-30 boasts of a 2.5 turbo, 250 horsepower, and 320 lb-ft torque engine. The CX-3 has a 2.0-liter engine with 148 horsepower. Both have Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics.

Exterior Details

Both cars feature LED headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The front grilles are similar and stand out. The main difference is the wheelbase. The CX-3 is 16 inches, while the CX-30 is 18 inches. Though, both are aluminum alloy.

Mazda CX-30

Roomy Interiors

Both cars have 5 passenger capacity with a 60/40 rear seat split fold-down seat. The rear cargo space is ample in both with storage boxes and under-floor compartment space.


MAZDA CONNECT – Audio and Infotainment

Both the Mazda CX-30 and CX-3 have impressive suites of audio and entertainment systems. They do differ a bit. Both include Apple CarPlay integration, Android Auto integration, and Pandora internet radio integration.

The Mazda CX-30 has an 8.8-inch large center display, Bluetooth13 hands-free phone and audio streaming capability, 2 USB audio inputs, 8-speaker audio system with Mazda Harmonic Acoustics, and Infotainment system voice command.

The Mazda CX-3 has a 7″ full-color touch screen display, Bluetooth hands-free phone & audio capability, 6 speakers, and MAZDA CONNECT Infotainment System.

Mazda CX-30 head lamp

Final Thoughts

Both the CX-30 and CX-3 are impressive 2021 Mazda CUVs. These vehicles have everything I like in a family car with spacious interiors with ample cargo space, infotainment systems, and standard safety packages. The main difference is the more powerful engine in the CX-30, as well as the larger wheelbase. The CX-30 has a variety of upgrade packages.