The 2022 Mazda CX-30 and 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer are sporty, fun-to-drive small SUVs that are as stylish as they are affordable. Here’s how they compare.
2022 Mazda CX-30
Above Average: Upscale styling; premium interior; most power in class; standard all-wheel drive; sporty and enthusiastic handling; comprehensive driver assists; available 2.5 Turbo model.
Below Average: Infotainment system learning curve; snug rear seating; stingy feature list requires purchasing top trim level.
Consensus: The CX-30 bridges the gap between a sports car and an SUV. Its standard safety features and high seating position provide the best of both worlds. A long list of options includes an available 2.5-liter turbo-inline-4 engine with cylinder deactivation on the premium trim level.
2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Above Average: Stylish looks; affordable pricing; roomy interior; good standard infotainment and safety tech.
Below Average: So-so performance from both engines; has a case of the jitters on rough roads; cruise control is available at extra cost.
Consensus: The Trailblazer borrows the name from a Chevy SUV of that past that was actually much larger. This one has a low starting price, good standard features, and decent fuel economy.
CX-30 vs. Trailblazer: Town and Country
The Mazda CX-30 is a subcompact SUV that pushes the envelope in what we expect from such a vehicle. Smaller than the CX-5 compact but larger than the discontinued subcompact CX-3, it offers style, an engaging character, and a wide array of standard technology and safety features.
The interior has a near-luxury vibe and feels larger and airier than the CX-30’s size would suggest. Still, some second-row passengers may feel slightly cramped. With its enthusiastic road manners and handling characteristics, this could be the best-driving subcompact SUV in the segment today.
New for 2022: All CX models will now receive standard all-wheel drive. The CX-30’s standard power comes from a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G inline-4, producing 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Those with a taste for more power can choose the 2.5-liter turbo inline-4 to get 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with 87 octane or 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque with 93-octane fuel.
Pricing is not available yet for the 2022 CX-30, but we expect that everything will increase slightly. That includes the turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4, leather seating, Bose premium audio system, head-up display, navigation, and more.
2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
The Chevrolet Trailblazer is a 4-door SUV with hatchback and seating for five passengers. We think it offers substantial room for a subcompact. There’s plenty of rear-seat legroom and if you fold those forward, you can carry upwards of 54.4 cubic feet of cargo.
Unlike the sporty hatchback-looking CX-30, the Trailblazer is more of an upright SUV that sports a faux skidplate, contrasting roof, and prominent body cladding. Despite these off-road styling cues, the Trailblazer comes in front-drive with all-wheel drive an option costing $1,500 to $2,000 depending on trim level.
If you were expecting a beefy 4-cylinder or a stout V6, you might be better off looking at one of the Trailblazer’s competitors instead. That’s because, under the hood, buyers will find a base 1.2-liter turbocharged-inline-3 making 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. A 1.3-liter turbo-inline-3 offers a more impressive 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.
While the front-drive models include a continuously variable transmission (CVT), buyers may find the AWD model more satisfying to drive with its 8-speed automatic.
Tidy exterior dimensions; choice of engines; NHTSA 5-star safety ratings.
Mazda CX-30 Advantages:
More power; 4-cylinder engines; standard all-wheel drive; sleek styling.
Chevrolet Trailblazer Advantages:
Fuel economy; cargo space.
Which One is Right for Me?
The 2022 Mazda CX-30 offers an alternative to the segment’s boxy standard looks. It has a premium look inside and out and offers great power and crisp handling
The 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer sports more traditional SUV styling. Trailblazer starts at a lower price, but adding all-wheel drive eliminates that advantage.
Ready to buy a 2022 Mazda CX-30 or a 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer? Shop now for one on sale near you.
|2022 Mazda CX-30||2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer|
|Engine||2.5-liter I4||1.2-liter I3|
|Horsepower||186 hp @ 6,000 rpm||137 hp @ 5,000 rpm|
|Torque||186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||162 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||28 mpg (25 city/33 hwy)||30 mpg (29city/31 hwy)|
|Also Available||2.5-liter turbo I4||2.0-liter turbo I4; AWD|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/50,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||5 stars||5 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||104.4 inches||103.9 inches|
|Overall Length||173.0 inches||173.5 inches|
|Height||61.7 inches||65.2 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.8 feet||36.8 feet|
|Headroom, Front||38.1 inches||40.0 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.3 inches||38.4 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.7 inches||40.9 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||36.3 inches||39.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||55.6 inches||55.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||53.6 inches||53.8 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||94.1 cubic feet||98.2 cubic feet|
|Cargo Volume||20.2/45.2 cubic feet||25.3/54.4 cubic feet|
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