|Yes||Teen Driver System||No|
|54.4||Cargo Volume (cu.ft.)||45.2|
The Chevy Trailblazer is making its return to dealerships around the country with its arrival just around the corner. If you've wanted a smaller crossover vehicle, but you'd like something with some excitement, the Chevy Trailblazer may be the right option for you. There are also all kinds of makes and models out there competing in the small crossover category, which means you'll have plenty to choose from. One such option is the Mazda CX-30. But which of the two gives the best bang for your buck? Let's check out the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer vs 2020 Mazda CX-30 to find out.
Out of the gate, you'll want to know the price comparison. The base 2021 Chevy Trailblazer will go on sale with an entry MSRP of $19,000. The base 2020 Mazda CX-30 is currently on sale with a base price of $21,900, which is over $2,000 more than the starting price of the Trailblazer. The top-tier Chevy Trailblazers will have an entry MSRP of $25,400, with the option of adding an all-wheel-drive drivetrain. On the other side, the top-tier Mazda CX-30 has a starting MSRP of $28,200.
When it comes to performance, Chevy has always wanted to give you multiple options. It is why most vehicles Chevy produces come with several engines to choose from. The upcoming 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is no exception. The base Trailblazer will have a 1.2L I3 Turbo engine that produces 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. When you spring for the all-wheel-drive option, you will receive a slightly larger engine with the 1.3L I3 Turbo. This engine produces 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.
The 2020 CX-30 comes with one engine. You don't have the option to upgrade or to switch to a different model if you want (if you want a different engine from Mazda, you'll need to go with a completely different vehicle). The one engine you receive is a 2.5L I4 that produces 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque.
The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer has an estimated fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway with the 1.3L engine. If you switch to the 1.2L engine, the fuel economy barely drops to 28 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 does have an estimated fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. The engines on both the Trailblazer and CX-30 produce a similar fuel economy but the Trailblazer will save you just a little bit more at the pump.
It is always interesting to see how much cargo a crossover can have packed into it. Naturally, you'd like these kinds of vehicles to have more space than what you would ordinarily receive in a sedan. After all, it is one of the reasons why you go for a larger vehicle.
With the Chevy Trailblazer, you will have 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back row when it is fully up and ready for use. However, should you flip the seats down, you will boost the cargo room to a full 54.4 cubic feet of space.
The Mazda CX-30 doesn't exactly deliver that much in the way of cargo space. If the back seat remains upright, you will have 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The Trailblazer has five more cubic feet of space with the seat up. And when you fold the rear seat down, it will give you 45.2 cubic feet of cargo space. This means the Trailblazer has almost ten more cubic feet of room for your gear (or just about 25 percent more than the CX-30).
If you're someone who needs extra space and is always using your trunk or cargo space for carrying around equipment, shopping, lugging sports gear, or taking your instrument to your next performance, you will want as much space as possible. In this category, the Trailblazer delivers.
The Chevy Trailblazer is going to come packed to the brim with futures all drivers will love. First, it will have a 7-inch touchscreen that is running the current Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. This system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, so it will run all your favorite applications while keeping you hands-free. This is so important when you're looking to drive safely.
Depending on the trim, the Trailblazer is going to come with optional wireless charging, which is a fantastic feature for if you have a mobile device that accepts wireless charging. How many times have you gotten to your destination, only to look at your phone and see that dreaded red battery line? That last ten percent of battery life could last you the rest of the night, or it could be dead in five seconds. You have no idea. The battery danger zone is unpredictable. Well, with wireless charging, you'll never again need to fret. Just put your phone down on the pad, and it will charge.
Your entertainment system will also come with AM/FM stereo, satellite radio (with a free three-month trial subscription upon purchase of a vehicle), plus wireless 4G LTE WiFi will come standard in all trims. To get the 4G LTE WiFi, you will need to activate it with a data plan, similar to buying a tablet and adding a data plan to it. By creating your own internet connection, you will be able to use your favorite applications without using your phone/device's data plan, this includes your kid's favorite applications. This feature can come in handy for families that travel a lot, for people who work on the road, and for anyone that just wants to stay connected during their commute.
In addition, you can download the MyChevrolet application to your phone and then gain greater insights and control over the vehicle when you're not even around. You can unlock the vehicle doors from anywhere and you can check how much gas is in it. You will even be able to tell when your teenager decided to sneak out to their friend's house in your Trailblazer.
As for the 2020 Mazda CX-30? Well, the base model comes with an AM/FM stereo, an MP3 player, AUX input connection for plugging in a mobile phone that still uses a headphone jack into your vehicle, and HD radio. There is no option for satellite radio, but you can have a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
Well, what about the top-tier package? It does come with the same base features, plus satellite radio, an upgraded audio sound system plus it will support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, what's missing is a Teen Driver system that is found on the Trailblazer. On the Trailblazer, this system allows you to set speed limits and disables the radio until passengers have their seatbelt on.
The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is looking to be one of the Safest compact crossovers on the road today. However, we do know the vehicle is going to be four-wheel ABS and disc brakes. It will also include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, pedestrian braking, lane-departure warning, plus automated emergency braking.
On the 2020 Mazda CX-30, the base will come with five airbags, plus four-wheel ABS and disc brakes. It will also include brake assist, lane departure warning, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, lane-keeping assist, and traction control.