2020 CX-30 vs 2020 HR-V

2020 Mazda CX-30 vs 2020 Honda HR-V

Competition in the crossover SUV segment is fierce. With many companies producing multiple offerings, sometimes upwards of four or five, an automaker really has to give the potential customer a reason to consider buying their product.

Today, we’ll be comparing 2020 Mazda CX-30 and the 2020 Honda HR-V to see which compact crossover is worth your time and money.

2020 Mazda CX-30 Premium


2020 Honda HR-V Touring




2.5L 4-cyl


1.8L 4-cyl

186 hp / 186 lb-ft

Horsepower / Torque

141 hp / 127 lb-ft

6-speed auto







Fuel Economy



2020 CX-30 front close-up shot

Better Performance

Mazda is known for its exceptionally well-handling vehicles. The 2020 CX-30 effortlessly lives up to that reputation. Its handling is responsive and pleasantly weighty. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is near-perfect in CX-30, giving the compact crossover great acceleration and power. But a good engine is no match for a bad transmission, so we’re happy to say that the six-speed automatic in the CX-30 is silky smooth. The 2020 HR-V doesn’t quite meet the standards the CX-30 sets. We’ll give credit where it’s due: the HR-V handles well. It’s responsive and precise. However, the subpar engine and CVT don’t deliver power to road very well. The HR-V feels little too sluggish around town and too unresponsive on the highway. Not to mention that the smaller engine doesn’t even give the HR-V better gas mileage than the CX-30.

Luxurious Interior

Despite being top-of-the-line trim, the 2020 HR-V Touring still feels a like a budget vehicle on the inside. The interior doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy, and is generally comfortable, but it doesn’t have that sense of refinement you’d expect from a near $30,000 vehicle. The Mazda CX-30 Premium is a night-and-day difference. With features like premium leather seats, a heads-up display, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, and many more, the CX-30 feels more like a European luxury car than a typical Japanese import.

2020 CX-30 front seating showcase
2020 CX-30 front seating showcase
2020 CX-30 passenger side showcase

Interested in the 2020 CX-30? Come test drive one at Capistrano Mazda.

Test Drive a 2020 MAzda CX-30