2020 Cadillac XT4 vs. 2020 Mazda CX-30

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac XT4 are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Mazda CX-30 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the XT4 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XT4 Premium/Sport offers optional Reverse Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The CX-30 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CX-30 only offers a rear monitor.

Both the XT4 and the CX-30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The XT4 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CX-30’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT4 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mazda covers the CX-30. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the CX-30 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The XT4’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CX-30’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 58 percent more Cadillac dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XT4’s warranty.

Engine

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The XT4’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 51 more horsepower (237 vs. 186) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 186) than the CX-30’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Cadillac XT4 is faster than the Mazda CX-30:

XT4

CX-30

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.6 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XT4’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CX-30 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The XT4 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XT4 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.3 vs. 13.5 gallons).

The XT4 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Cadillac XT4, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the CX-30.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XT4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-30:

XT4

CX-30

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

10.4 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

The XT4’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CX-30 are solid, not vented.

The XT4 stops shorter than the CX-30:

XT4

CX-30

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

133 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XT4 has larger standard tires than the CX-30 (235/60R18 vs. 215/65R16). The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-30 (245/45R20 vs. 215/65R16).

The XT4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-30’s standard 65 series tires. The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT4 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-30. The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium.

The XT4 has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The CX-30 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Cadillac XT4 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mazda CX-30 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The XT4 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the XT4 flat and controlled during cornering. The CX-30’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The XT4 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The CX-30’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT4’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the CX-30 (109.4 inches vs. 104.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT4 is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the CX-30.

The XT4 Sport AWD handles at .89 G’s, while the CX-30 Premium AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XT4 Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the CX-30 Premium AWD (26.3 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The CX-30 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The XT4 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The CX-30 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The XT4 has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-30 (101.3 vs. 94.1).

The XT4 has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-30.

Cargo Capacity

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The XT4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-30 with its rear seat up (22.5 vs. 20.2 cubic feet). The XT4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the CX-30 with its rear seat folded (48.9 vs. 45.2 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the XT4. The CX-30 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XT4’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The XT4 has a 2500 lbs. towing capacity. The CX-30 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The XT4 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CX-30 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Mazda. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 69% lower rating, Mazda is ranked 25th.

Ergonomics

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The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The CX-30 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the XT4 and the CX-30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XT4 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CX-30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

On a hot day the XT4’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the CX-30 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XT4 has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the CX-30 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The XT4’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The CX-30 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CX-30 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the XT4 and the CX-30 offer available heated front seats. The XT4 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CX-30.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The CX-30 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the XT4’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the CX-30.

The XT4 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium.

The XT4 Premium Luxury/Sport’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park by itself, starting and stopping automatically, with the driver only responsible for switching from reverse to drive. The CX-30 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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The Cadillac XT4 outsold the Mazda CX-30 by almost 36 to one during 2019.

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