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The Atlas Cross Sport has standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
The Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium has a standard Overhead 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 Atlas Cross Sport and the CX-30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport weighs 695 to 1179 pounds more than the Mazda CX-30. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Atlas Cross Sport 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.
The Atlas Cross Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CX-30’s (7 vs. 5 years).
Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Atlas Cross Sport for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mazda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CX-30.
There are over 15 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Atlas Cross Sport’s warranty.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the CX-30’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.
The Atlas Cross Sport’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. The Atlas Cross Sport’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 90 more horsepower (276 vs. 186) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 186) than the CX-30’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Atlas Cross Sport’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 Atlas Cross Sport has 5.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.6 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Atlas Cross Sport has 5.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.6 vs. 13.5 gallons).
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the CX-30.
For better stopping power the Atlas Cross Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-30:
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The Atlas Cross Sport’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.
For better traction, the Atlas Cross Sport has larger standard tires than the CX-30 (245/60R18 vs. 215/65R16). The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-30 (265/45R21 vs. 215/65R16).
The Atlas Cross Sport’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 Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s 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 Atlas Cross Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-30. The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium.
For superior ride and handling, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 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.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas Cross Sport’s wheelbase is 12.8 inches longer than on the CX-30 (117.3 inches vs. 104.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas Cross Sport is 5.4 inches wider in the front and 6 inches wider in the rear than on the CX-30.
For greater off-road capability the Atlas Cross Sport has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-30 (8 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Atlas Cross Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Atlas Cross Sport has 17.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-30 (112 vs. 94.1).
The Atlas Cross Sport has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 5.9 inches more front shoulder room, 4.1 inches more rear legroom and 7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-30.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Atlas Cross Sport’s rear seats recline. The CX-30’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-30 (40.3 vs. 20.2 cubic feet).
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Atlas Cross Sport. The CX-30 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Atlas Cross Sport’s available 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.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Atlas Cross Sport SEL to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CX-30 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Atlas Cross Sport to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The CX-30 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.
The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The CX-30 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.
Both the Atlas Cross Sport and the CX-30 offer available heated front seats. The Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CX-30.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium 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 Atlas Cross Sport SEL’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.
The Atlas Cross Sport (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, 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.
The Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CX-30 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Volkswagen Atlas outsold the Mazda CX-30 by almost 91 to one during 2019.
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