2020 Lexus NX Series vs. 2020 Mazda CX-30

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Safety

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The NX Series’ optional 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The NX Series offers an optional Intuitive Parking Assist with Automatic Braking that use 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 NX Series offers an optional Panoramic View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CX-30 only offers a rear monitor.

Both the NX Series 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, 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 all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Lexus NX Series weighs 532 to 948 pounds more than the Mazda CX-30. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 standard headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the NX Series its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CX-30 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2020.

Warranty

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The NX Series 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.

Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the NX Series 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 NX Series’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CX-30’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Mazda is ranked second.

Engine

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The NX 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 8 more horsepower (194 vs. 186) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (199 vs. 186) than the CX-30’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The NX 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 49 more horsepower (235 vs. 186) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 186) than the CX-30’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the NX 300 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Mazda CX-30:

NX Series

CX-30

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

88.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the NX 300h gets better fuel mileage than the CX-30 AWD (33 city/30 hwy vs. 25 city/33 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the NX Series 300h’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 NX Series 300h’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 NX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (14.8 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The NX Series’ standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 13.5 gallons).

Transmission

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The NX 300h 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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

NX Series

CX-30

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.4 inches

The NX Series stops shorter than the CX-30:

NX Series

CX-30

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the NX Series has larger standard tires than the CX-30 (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The NX Series F Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-30 (235/55R18 vs. 215/65R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the NX Series has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-30.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Lexus NX Series 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 NX Series has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-30’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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

The NX Series offers an optional 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.

Passenger Space

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The NX Series has .1 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear hip room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-30.

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

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the NX Series’ optional rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers 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 NX Series. The CX-30 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the NX Series’ 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.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Mazda. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 70% lower rating, Mazda is ranked 25th.

Ergonomics

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

The NX Series’ standard rear view mirror and optional 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.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the NX Series 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 NX Series’ 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 NX Series 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.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lexus NX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Lexus NX Series outsold the Mazda CX-30 by over 65 to one during 2019.

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