2020 Jeep Compass vs. 2020 Mazda CX-30

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The Compass’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The CX-30 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Compass and the CX-30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 4 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Compass’ warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Compass has a standard 160-amp alternator. The CX-30’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Compass Auto’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 Compass 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 Compass offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A nine-speed automatic is optional on the Jeep Compass 4x4, 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 Compass’ brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-30:

Compass

CX-30

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

10.95 inches

10.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Compass Limited 4x4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-30 (235/45R19 vs. 215/65R16).

The Compass Limited 4x4’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Compass Limited 4x4 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The CX-30’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Compass Trailhawk has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the CX-30; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Compass’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CX-30 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For greater off-road capability the Compass has a 1.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-30 (8.2 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Compass to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Compass Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 1.6 inches higher than on the CX-30 (8.5 vs. 6.9 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Compass has 5.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-30 (99.6 vs. 94.1).

The Compass has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-30.

Cargo Capacity

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The Compass has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-30 with its rear seat up (27.2 vs. 20.2 cubic feet). The Compass has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the CX-30 with its rear seat folded (59.8 vs. 45.2 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Compass 4x4 w/Towing Package offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The CX-30 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Compass and the CX-30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Compass 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Compass has a standard rear variable 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 Compass’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The CX-30 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Compass Limited/Trailhawk 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 Compass’ 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 Compass 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 Compass (except Sport) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Compass outsold the Mazda CX-30 by over 160 to one during 2019.

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