2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. 2020 Mazda CX-30

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the CR-V Hybrid deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The CR-V Hybrid’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The CX-30’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the CR-V Hybrid. But it costs extra on the CX-30.

Both the CR-V Hybrid and the CX-30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CX-30 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are almost 2 times as many Honda dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CR-V Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in reliability. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The CR-V Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 26 more horsepower (212 vs. 186) than the CX-30’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CR-V Hybrid gets better mileage than the CX-30:

MPG

CR-V Hybrid

AWD

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

40 city/35 hwy

CX-30

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

AWD

Premium 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

24 city/31 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the CR-V Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the CR-V Hybrid’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 CR-V Hybrid has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (14 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The CR-V Hybrid 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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The CR-V Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CR-V Hybrid has larger tires than the CX-30 (235/60R18 vs. 215/65R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V Hybrid LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-30. The CR-V Hybrid Touring’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Honda CR-V Hybrid 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 CR-V Hybrid has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the CR-V Hybrid flat and controlled during cornering. The CX-30’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V Hybrid is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the CX-30.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V Hybrid has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-30 (8.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the CR-V Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the CR-V Hybrid 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 CR-V Hybrid 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 CR-V Hybrid has 11.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-30 (105.9 vs. 94.1).

The CR-V Hybrid has 2 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-30.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats recline. The CX-30’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-30 (33.2 vs. 20.2 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The CX-30 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V Hybrid. The CX-30 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the CR-V Hybrid Touring’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.

Ergonomics

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The CR-V Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The CX-30 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

On extremely cold winter days, the CR-V Hybrid EX-L/Touring’s standard 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.

Recommendations

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The Honda CR-V outsold the Mazda CX-30 by almost 403 to one during 2019.

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