2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2020 Toyota C-HR

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Safety

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The CX-30 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The C-HR doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The CX-30 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the CX-30 and the C-HR 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems 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 CX-30 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The C-HR last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Reliability

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

Engine

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The CX-30’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 42 more horsepower (186 vs. 144) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mazda CX-30 is faster than the Toyota C-HR:

CX-30

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

11 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

20.7 sec

33.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.9 sec

11.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

18.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

126 MPH

115 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-30 Premium’s fuel efficiency. The C-HR doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda CX-30 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The C-HR requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mazda CX-30 higher (7 out of 10) than the Toyota C-HR (3). This means the CX-30 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the C-HR every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The CX-30 stops much shorter than the C-HR:

CX-30

C-HR

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The CX-30 has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The C-HR doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The CX-30 Premium AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the C-HR Limited pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-30 Premium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the C-HR XLE (27.4 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The CX-30 has 8.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (94.1 vs. 86).

The CX-30 has 1.6 inches more front hip room, 6.6 inches more front shoulder room, 4.6 inches more rear legroom, 5.2 inches more rear hip room and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

Cargo Capacity

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The CX-30 has a much larger cargo volume than the C-HR with its rear seat up (20.2 vs. 19.1 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CX-30 Premium has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The C-HR doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the CX-30 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, air filter replacement and tire rotation based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.

Ergonomics

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The CX-30 offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The C-HR doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the CX-30 Preferred/Premium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The C-HR doesn’t offer a memory system.

The CX-30 Premium has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The C-HR doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-30’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The C-HR’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-30’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the C-HR’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

When the CX-30 Preferred/Premium is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The C-HR’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the CX-30 and the C-HR offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium has standard rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The C-HR doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mazda CX-30 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The C-HR doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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