Mazda CX-30 vs CX-5: which one to choose?

If you've decided to buy a Mazda vehicle, you can't do better than this. The company’s products are of such high quality that it's hard to resist once you’ve taken the time to check it out. And once you take it for a test drive, it's often love at first sight; no other company delivers this level of driving experience for the price.

What's more, just last fall, Consumer Reports magazine, the benchmark for the automotive industry, gave Mazda numerous awards, even ranking the brand at the top for reliability.

Frankly, there's a lot to be proud of, especially with the Mazda CX-30 and Mazda CX-5 models presented here. Moreover, if you want to see them up close, your Chicoutimi dealer in the heart of the Saguenay, L'Ami Junior Mazda, showcases both models to help you make a wise choice. Discover our complete inventory of new Mazda cars, or our great selection of used vehicles in Saguenay. Whether you're looking for a Mazda family car or a Mazda sports car, our team of experts can guide you to finding the perfect model.

As for knowing which one best suits your needs, here are a few points to consider, comparison points that could help you make the right choice.


To compare two products that belong to different categories, it’s important to establish certain criteria before moving forward. The idea is not to say which one is better than the other, but to show what each one offers so that you can determine which one is right for you. So, we'll focus on the interior space, the available versions and specs and finally, we'll conclude with the driving experience; we can't talk about a Mazda product without addressing this point.


Inside, the front seat room is comparable, but you do get a little more room for the rear passengers. As for the trunk, the CX-5 is more spacious, but the difference is not significant compared to the CX-30. We're talking about 685L of volume with the second-row seats in place and 1687L when they're folded down. The CX-30 gives 570L and 1280L, respectively. If you don't typically overfill the rear trunk, the CX-30 will do the job. On the other hand, if you have kids or are planning on having a family soon, the CX-5 will clearly be more practical for you.

The Versions

If you want a little more choice and luxury, the CX-5 is the one to consider. Each version is available in the GS, GX and GT trim levels, but the CX-5 offers more alternatives with the Kuro, Signature and 100th Anniversary models. With the latter, you’re literally entering the luxury vehicle market, with more features and more higher-end materials throughout the interior.

The Specs

What you'll find under the hood of the two models differs in a few ways, but essentially, you get a choice of engines that are perfectly suited to each vehicle.

The CX-3 comes either with a 2.0L 4-cylinder with 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque - a perfect combination - or a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque which is also available on the CX-5 (187 horsepower). Each model can also be fitted with the company's turbocharged engine, a 2.5L 4-cylinder with up to 250 horsepower (93-octane gasoline) and 320 lb-ft of torque (310 with regular fuel).

Finally, the CX-5 is also available with a more economical diesel engine. This 2.2L 4-cylinder engine is best for drivers who will rack up the kilometers, and with 168 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque.

Overall, the driving experience is optimal. Clearly, if performance is what you're looking for, a turbocharged version will do the trick. The power provided is matched only by the flexibility of the engine.

For the rest, a visit to L'Ami Junior Mazda, along with a test drive of the two models, will help you finalize your choice.

Image of a blue mazda cx-30 and a red mazda cx5 in an outdoor parking lot

Posted in , On May 26, 2021