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Reasons to get CX30 GT Turbo when you can get CX5 for 2k more

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Reasons to get CX30 GT Turbo when you can get CX5 for 2k more

Hi All

I'm confused between CX30 GT turbo and a CX-5 GT turbo... with Mazda giving 1000 $ incentive on CX5 and also a 1000 $ iawd credit
Does it make more sense to get a CX5 which'll get you more interior space + ventilated seats + power passenger seat n heated back seats for about 2k more

What are your thoughts, I intend to keep the car for about 4 years and then sell it. Don't like the idea of a lease bcoz then I need to take extra care of wear ans tear.
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Cx-5 has the older interior design. Some people like the CX-30 for that new Interior look that utilizes better materials and a better infotainment system. The infotainment in the current CX-5 and CX-9 is beyond terrible.
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Fair enough, do you see any other reasons for not choosing the CX5, can always use Android Auto to make up for that
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Do you need the space of the CX-5? I personally like the styling more of the CX-5 so it would get my vote if the gap is indeed "only" $2,000. I also think it'll be worth more down the road when/if you decide to sell as it'll appeal to a larger audience due to being more practical.
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Depends if you need the size. CX30 will be lighter weight so feel more responsive and peppy which would be important to me and CX30 probably slightly better MPG too. I prefer smaller cars also IMO CX30 looks better.
Just get the car you like best that your going to enjoy 4-5 years with. I would hate to buy a car just because it is going to be worth more than other cars in 4-5 years and not enjoy driving it for the the time I own it.
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Don't really need the size, and I used to drive a Chevy Cruze hatchback before this...So I guess CX30 size is more to my liking as well
Just that with Mazda incentives being more on CX5 was bit confused.
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Why get a cx-30 when you can get a Mazda 3 sport? The turbo version of the Mazda 3 sport is pretty sick. You can get upto 250hp and I believe 310lbft of torque which is crazy for a small hatchback.
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aomous wrote: Why get a cx-30 when you can get a Mazda 3 sport? The turbo version of the Mazda 3 sport is pretty sick. You can get upto 250hp and I believe 310lbft of torque which is crazy for a small hatchback.
It's the same engine same power numbers on both cars 93 octane gas yields the higher HP TQ numbers vs lower power numbers on 91 octane.
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aomous wrote: Why get a cx-30 when you can get a Mazda 3 sport? The turbo version of the Mazda 3 sport is pretty sick. You can get upto 250hp and I believe 310lbft of torque which is crazy for a small hatchback.
I feel CX30 or CX 5 is better in winters in Ottawa, with the snow on the roads
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aomous wrote: Why get a cx-30 when you can get a Mazda 3 sport? The turbo version of the Mazda 3 sport is pretty sick. You can get upto 250hp and I believe 310lbft of torque which is crazy for a small hatchback.
Not that crazy...



Anyway going back more on-topic, OP's finding can be seen with other models too. For example Audi Q3 gets really up there when you option it out, while a base Q5 already has many of those features, plus is larger; and it doesn't much more than the optioned-out Q3. The low-level Q5 may not look as nice/sporty as the gussied up Q3, but the vast majority of buyers would go with the Q5 instead. And the sales numbers likely reflect this.
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ES_Revenge wrote: Not that crazy...



Anyway going back more on-topic, OP's finding can be seen with other models too. For example Audi Q3 gets really up there when you option it out, while a base Q5 already has many of those features, plus is larger; and it doesn't much more than the optioned-out Q3. The low-level Q5 may not look as nice/sporty as the gussied up Q3, but the vast majority of buyers would go with the Q5 instead. And the sales numbers likely reflect this.
Yes I know there are smaller and more powerful hatchbacks, but for a Mazda, its pretty crazy.
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CX-30 is more compact so it's easier to park, drive in the city. Slightly faster and more fuel efficient. You definitely get more plastic cladding lol.
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aomous wrote: Why get a cx-30 when you can get a Mazda 3 sport? The turbo version of the Mazda 3 sport is pretty sick. You can get upto 250hp and I believe 310lbft of torque which is crazy for a small hatchback.
Yeah, the same engine is now in the CX-30 GT trim. Some reviewers liked the performance / handling of the CX-30 (The Straight Pipes) for example.
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abhi22 wrote: Fair enough, do you see any other reasons for not choosing the CX5, can always use Android Auto to make up for that
That’s if android auto works. It crashed a million times on my drive to Florida. It was a Samsung s10 with the 2019 CX-9. Apple car play seems to be better, but it crashes sometimes and fails to load at other times. The current Mazda connect system is pure trash lol. I hope there’s a way to add in the 2021 US infotainment system to Canadian CX-9. I love Mazda’s new infotainment software. If only I could somehow install that.
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Seanhfx wrote: Yeah, the same engine is now in the CX-30 GT trim.
Not bad but I wonder if they improved the brakes? 177ft from 70MPH isn't terrible, but you'd expect better when they upgraded the engine. I'm going to guess they haven't though given the 3 with the same engine needs 169ft to stop which leads me to believe the brakes are the same as on the CX-30 and will be the same on the CX-30 turbo.

Also I think this is the review, for those interested...


IMO this thing looks super dopey, totally like a 3 on stilts. It screams "needs lowered" but then...why not just get a 3 instead? :shrug:
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aomous wrote: Why get a cx-30 when you can get a Mazda 3 sport? The turbo version of the Mazda 3 sport is pretty sick. You can get upto 250hp and I believe 310lbft of torque which is crazy for a small hatchback.
Better visibility in the cx-30 and it has better/usable back seats and trunk vs the Mazda 3 hatch I read.
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ES_Revenge wrote: Not bad but I wonder if they improved the brakes? 177ft from 70MPH isn't terrible, but you'd expect better when they upgraded the engine. I'm going to guess they haven't though given the 3 with the same engine needs 169ft to stop which leads me to believe the brakes are the same as on the CX-30 and will be the same on the CX-30 turbo.

Also I think this is the review, for those interested...


IMO this thing looks super dopey, totally like a 3 on stilts. It screams "needs lowered" but then...why not just get a 3 instead? :shrug:
Those wheel arches are hideous. People actually find this good looking? LOL
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The Straight Pipe reviews should be taken with a huge grain of salt. Everything is "SO GOOD".

Reasons for CX30 over the aging CX5:
- Newer infotainment system
- Fresher interior

The cargo area of the CX30 is actually serviceable, compared to the tiny 3 hatchback.
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abhi22 wrote: Don't really need the size, and I used to drive a Chevy Cruze hatchback before this...So I guess CX30 size is more to my liking as well
Just that with Mazda incentives being more on CX5 was bit confused.
What happened to the Cruze hatchback? That was a heckuva nice car for a subcompact hatchback.

FWIW, I spent a lot of time researching the CX-5 and 30 last year and just found the 30 to be too cramped compared with the CX-5. Yes the CX-5 is a dated design but it's still an attractive vehicle.

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