|54.4||Max Cargo Space (cu.ft.)||53.2|
|Est. 31||Combined Fuel Economy (mpg)||29|
Much like its bigger brother, the Blazer, the Chevy Trailblazer is back for a new lease on life. While Chevy put the fan-favourite up on the shelf for a few years, it is bringing it again with a new design that is sure to fire up the mid-size crossover fans. If that sounds like you, then you'll love what Chevrolet has in store. Of course, the mid-size crossover market is packed full of models, so you'll want to compare it to other manufacturers, including the Mazda CX-30. But just how do these two vehicles stack up against one another? Let's dive into the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer vs 2020 Mazda CX-30 comparison to find out.
Right from the beginning, it is evident that the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer has a lower price point than the 2020 Mazda CX-30. This low price is already a bonus for buying the Trailblazer. Plus, the Trailblazer offers five trims in comparison to the four that are offered with the 2020 Mazda CX-30. With more options and lower price points, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer has everything from budget-friendly to luxury.
We do have some confirmation regarding the engines you'll find on the Trailblazer. The front-wheel-drive builds will come with a 1.2L I4 engine while the optional all-wheel-drive models will use a slightly more substantial 1.3L I4, the same engines used in the Buick Encore GX. The 1.2L I4 generates 137 hp with 162 lb-ft of torque. The 1.3L engine will produce 155 hp with 174 lb-ft of torque. Those are pretty good numbers for a crossover vehicle.
The 2.3L I4 engine is the only option available on the 2020 Mazda CX-30. This engine will produce 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. The numbers do offer a slight improvement over what the 1.3L I4 in the Trailblazer give, but realistically, you likely won't notice the difference.
What you will likely notice is the difference in fuel efficiency. Chevrolet hasn't announced the official city and highway miles per gallon. However, the Buick GX, that uses the same engines, has an average of 31 miles per gallon. Because of that, we can expect similar numbers for the Trailblazer. This is two more miles than the combined 29 miles per gallon you net with the Mazda CX-30.
Neither the 2021 Chevy TrailBlazer or the 2020 Mazda CX-30 are designed to be towing SUVs. These crossovers use sedan frames combined with the height of an SUV. It is possible to have a trailer hitch installed on both of these crossovers, and you will be able to haul those "little-lugger" trailers found at U-Haul, but you shouldn't try to do anything more than 1,500 pounds, which is about the max for just about any sedan or compact/small crossover. If you are interested in something that can tow more, we have several excellent crossovers and SUVs to choose from, including the new Chevy Blazer, which will give you up to 4,500 pounds of pulling power.
In terms of cargo space, we do have some basic numbers given to use by Chevrolet. We know that when the rear seats are folded down in the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer, you will have a max cargo space of 54.4 cubic feet. In the 2020 Mazda CX-30, you have a max of 53.2 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. The numbers are similar, but with the Trailblazer, you do get over a cubic foot more of cargo space.
Entertainment is always essential in a vehicle. Long drives can feel even longer without the proper equipment to keep you awake and enjoying the ride. Plus, some of the newest technology in cars can help to keep your family and other passengers entertained throughout the trip as well. So, let's see what each of these vehicles have to offer in terms of entertainment features.
We do know that the Trailblazer will come with the all-new Chevrolet infotainment system. This supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It will also come with Sirius XM satellite radio. When you purchase a high trim vehicle, you will automatically receive a three-month subscription to try it out. Plus, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot feature is standard across all trims. This is a fantastic feature for when you want to stream your favorite applications. After all, nobody knows your musical tastes better than you and the playlists you've carefully crafted over the years. Even better, if you are on a long trip, the upper trims offer wireless charging so you can keep using your phone to play music without having to plug it in.
As for the 2020 Mazda CX-30, you will find it doesn't come with the kinds of bells and whistles the all-new Trailblazer offers. The base model includes AM/FM stereo, HD radio, MP3 compatibility, and an AUX input for connecting external devices via a 3.5mm cable. Having the auxiliary jack is nice, but with most smartphones no longer using a headphone jack, using this feature can be a bit challenging. Plus, with hands-free driving laws spreading throughout the United States, it is a good idea to have an infotainment system that allows for wireless pairing. If you purchase the top-tier CX-30, you can get wireless integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but you have to pay much more just to get what is already standard in the Chevy Trailblazer. Plus, the CX-30 does not have an option for 4G LTE Wi-Fi at all. In terms of entertainment, the Chevy Trailblazer blows the Mazda CX-30 out of the water.
No matter what features are available in a vehicle, it is never satisfactory if it is not safe. As technology becomes more advanced, more safety features are becoming standard in cars. Let's see how the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer and the 2020 Mazda CX-30 match up with their safety features.
Chevrolet offers a variety of standard safety features. These features include automatic emergency braking, following-distance indicators, forward collision alerts, front pedestrian braking, lane-keep assist, rear vision cameras and even a Teen Driver package for younger drivers who are starting behind the wheel. With all of these features standard, it is evident that Chevy cares about their drivers staying safe. If you want to take the extra step, there are optional features such as rear cross-traffic alerts, rear park assist, and lane change alert with blind zone alerts. With all of these features, standard and optional, Chevrolet has made an extremely safe crossover vehicle for both you and your family.
Mazda also has taken safety quite seriously with their CX-30. Standard features for this vehicle include lane departure warnings with lane-keep assist, high beam control, traction control system and a back-up rearview camera. While there are quite a few safety features there, the list is much shorter than the standard features in the Chevy Trailblazer. Although, you do get some additional safety features when you upgrade trims. Once you hit the second trim, you also get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. Overall, there are not nearly as many standard or optional safety features in the 2020 Mazda CX-30 as there are in the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer.