We’ve spent time with the Mazda CX-30 and Honda HR-V to get some personal research on the small SUV battle. While the 2023 Honda HR-V is new with tons of goodies, it seems to fall short compared to the 2023 Mazda CX-30.
2023 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2023 Honda HR-V
The first thing to consider is the price. The 2023 Honda HR-V starts at $23,800 and has three trim levels. The top-spec Honda HR-V EX-L trim brings the price up to around $27,900.
You can start with the 2023 Mazda CX-30 for around $22,950 and it comes in four different trim levels. The top-of-the-line 2.5 S Carbon Edition brings the cost up to $29,290.
So the CX-30 is cheaper to start with and you have more options. But the HR-V could get more features over time. Plus, the CX-30 could pack more value as it comes packed with valuable standard features like all-wheel drive. You can add AWD to the HR-V.
Is the HR-V or CX-30 better performing?
The 2023 Honda HR-V comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 hp and 138 pound-feet of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 10 seconds. It’s adequate, but not exactly exciting.
With the 2023 Mazda CX-30, the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 186 hp and 186 pound-feet of torque. It can hit 60 mph in about 8.0 seconds, which is adequate for the class.
Upgrade to the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine for up to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the CX-30 reaches 60 mph in about 6.4 seconds.
The HR-V rides surprisingly smooth, but the brakes are a bit soft. It feels confident in corners with little body roll, but it’s noisy. It’s noisy at highway speeds, and the engine makes a loud hiss when going uphill or hard acceleration.
The Mazda CX-30 has a sport mode and available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for more interaction. The suspension is a bit stiffer for athletic performance. You can feel slight bumps from the road, but the tires seem to be connected to improve control.
Additionally, the CX-30 is much quieter at highway speeds with a more engaging engine roar. It offers more padding in the seat, making it more comfortable on longer trips than the HR-V. Plus, it has rear passenger vents, while the HR-V doesn’t.
Both can be well equipped to fight against inclement weather. However, during light off-road testing, the HR-V had far more problems on gravel grades than the CX-30.
Does the Mazda CX-30 or the Honda HR-V have better features?
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The 2023 Mazda CX-30 has an 8.8-inch infotainment system controlled by a rotary dial. The 2023 Honda HR-V starts with a 7.0-inch touchscreen that can be upgraded to a 9.0-inch unit.
The HR-V has an advantage because it offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the CX-30 requires a cable. Both SUVs have optional features such as a wireless phone charging pad, premium audio and integrated navigation.
However, the CX-30 offers a head-up display, 360-degree surround-view camera, wood trim, Traffic Jam Assist, and a power liftgate.
You can access up to 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear of the CX-30, and up to 45.2 cubic feet total. The HR-V provides 24.4 cubes behind the rear seat, bringing the total to 55.1 cubes.
While the HR-V is slightly better on fuel and cargo space, the CX-30 has a lower price, more options, two engines, more standard features, more available technology, improved athletic performance and a more comfortable ride.
Advantages of the Honda HR-V
- fuel economy
- cargo space
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Advantages of the Mazda CX-30
- Lower price
- More value as standard AWD
- More technology options
- A sportier performance
- two engines
- A more refined interior