2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Mazda CX-30

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Safety

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The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CX-30 only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Tucson and the CX-30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-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 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Mazda covers the CX-30. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CX-30 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CX-30’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tucson for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mazda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the CX-30.

There are over 48 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Tucson has a standard 150-amp alternator. The CX-30’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The CX-30 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 22nd, 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 Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tucson has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tucson has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 13.5 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Hyundai Tucson as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Mazda CX-30 is only certified to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tucson

CX-30

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.4 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

The Tucson stops shorter than the CX-30:

Tucson

CX-30

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

133 feet

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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

147 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the CX-30 (225/60R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-30 (245/45R19 vs. 215/65R16).

The Tucson SE/Value’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 Tucson Sport’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 Tucson SE/Value has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-30. The Tucson Sport’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 Hyundai Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tucson flat and controlled during cornering. The CX-30’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the CX-30.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 8.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-30 (102.2 vs. 94.1).

The Tucson has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-30.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-30 with its rear seat up (31 vs. 20.2 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the CX-30 with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 45.2 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson’s liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind 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.

Towing

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The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The CX-30 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Tucson and the CX-30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Tucson 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 Tucson has a standard rear fixed 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 Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’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 Tucson and the CX-30 offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate 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 Tucson Ultimate 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 Tucson Limited/Ultimate’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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $305 less than the CX-30 over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Hyundai Tucson, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Mazda CX-30 isn't recommended.

The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Mazda CX-30 by almost 153 to one during 2019.

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