Larger crossover SUVs have picked up in popularity in recent years. This is why many auto manufacturers have started to turn away from sedans and compact SUVs and have instead decided to bulk up the size of their midsize crossover SUV lineup. Mazda is doing exactly that with the 2020 Mazda CX-30. The CX-30 is, size-wise, slotted in right between the Mazda CX-3 and the CX-5. Currently, it appears, at least for the 2020 model year, the CX-5 will replace the CX-3 in the Mazda lineup. While the company has not indicated the official retirement of the CX-3, it has no plans to release the smaller SUV to the United States this year, and if the CX-30 sales are strong in 2020, this will likely continue. Jeep has a very specific setup for its SUVs, and the Renegade functions as an excellent entry into the world of Jeep. So, when comparing the 2020 Jeep Renegade vs 2020 Mazda CX-30 it is important to note that all trim specs for the 2020 Mazda are not yet available as the vehicle will not begin hitting showrooms until early 2020. So while the engine, transmission, and some basic specs will stay the same, some variables with what you’ll find in individual trims will likely change from now until the release date.
When considering the MSRP for the 2020 models, it is a bit of a challenge. While there are clear estimates for the 2020 Jeep Renegade and available trims based on information that has been released so far, there are no price points for the 2020 Mazda offering. As it is sized slightly between the current CX-3 and the CX-5, the best way to identify possible price points is to look at those two vehicles and then assume it will increase slightly from the middle point.
For starters though, the 2020 Jeep Renegade has estimated the initial price of $22,275 up to a maximum of $28,145. For the 2019 Mazda CX-3, the MSRP was $20,390, and the CX-5 was $24,350. So, a good bet would be it would end up being about $22,390 or so. And as these are 2019 numbers, the price point would more than likely hop up to at least $23,000. So, if we had to wager a guess, the 2020 Jeep Renegade will probably have a slightly less expensive entry-level MSRP, but it’ll be necessary to wait until Mazda release exact specifics for the price.
Engine Performance Specs (Both Known And Likely)
With the 2020 Jeep Renegade base model, the SUV uses a 2.4L engine that produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque (these numbers are based on the 2019 model using the same engine. It’s possible the torque and horsepower might increase ever so slightly when Jeep releases the official numbers). The 2020 Jeep Renegade does come with a second engine option available on the higher-trim versions. While still a 4-cylinder engine, the upgrade is a 1.3L intercooled turbo premium engine, which produces 177 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque.
The 2020 Mazda CX-30 takes many of its performance notes from the Mazda 3 line of sedans. So if you want to find more information about specific performance features of the 2020 Mazda CX-30, you’ll want to look into the Mazda 3. The CX-30 is basically the Mazda 3 with a larger body.
This means the 2020 Mazda CX-30 will use a 2.5L I4 engine that produces 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. While it’s possible Mazda might decide to offer some other engine options, this is the base engine in all the Mazda 3 cars, which means there’s a good chance this will be the only engine option.
The exact Mazda engine specs might vary slightly as it is the same engine and transmission placed into a larger vehicle. As this means there is more weight involved with the vehicle design, the horsepower might dip a bit. However, there is likely no secondary engine option, so you’re stuck with the base engine, no matter the trim. If you are interested in towing anything at all with the SUV, you’ll probably want to go with the 2020 Jeep Renegade upgrade trim that includes the I4 turbo engine.
Safety and Entertainment Features On Both Models
Safety and entertainment features are not yet hammered down with the Mazda. The company will be releasing the vehicle in Europe by the end of 2019, so we’ll have a better idea as to what will be found on the interior of the 2020 model release.
In terms of safety features on the 2020 Jeep Renegade High Altitude trim, the SUV will come with electronic stability control, child safety locks, traction control, brake assist, and integrated turn signal mirrors. Optional upgrades to the safety features include daytime running lights, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning. As for audio systems, it is possible to opt for the 9-speaker Kenwood Audio premium sound system, which also comes with a 506-Watt amplifier. This setup will give you excellent sound performance. For trims that do not feature the audio upgrade, the SUV will come with a 6-speaker setup.
Mazda has currently said, depending on trim mode. Buyers will be able to select between an 8 or 12 speaker system. It will also have some driver assistance safety features like automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection as available upgrades.
In terms of comparing the safety features of the two SUVs, you’ll find the trim packages are comparable to one another. The same is true with the sound system, as well. The base sound system in the Mazda will likely more have two more speakers than the base Jeep Renegade. However, the 2020 Jeep Renegade will deliver a deeper, fuller, audio listening experience than what you’ll find on the Mazda thanks to it’s Kenwood audio system.
Which Is Right For You?
If you’re trying to decide which small to midsize SUV is right for you, you’ll likely want to perform the 2020 Renegade vs 2020 Mazda CX-30 comparison. These two vehicles are similar to one another and provide a number of benefits that are in line with each other. The Jeep does come with more engine options and has models designed specifically for off-roading, which Mazda does not offer. If that is something you’re interested in, you’ll want to for sure go with the 2020 Jeep Renegade. Beyond this, it may simply come down to the overall design and which look you like the best. The Renegade has the bolder, more traditional Jeep look, while the Mazda looks like a bulked-up sedan. Ultimately the choice is yours.
And keep in mind the Mazda will not be available in the United States until sometime next year, so if you need a new vehicle now, the Jeep is the only option of the two.
Is there something specific you are looking for in a compact to midsize SUV? Do you want it to function more like a sports utility vehicle with off-roading features, or do you like it more as a sedan on steroids? Make sure to let us know in the comments!