2022 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer Comparison

The 2022 Mazda CX-30 and 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer are sporty, fun-to-drive small SUVs that are as stylish as they are affordable. Here’s how they compare.

2022 Mazda CX-30

2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo

2022 Mazda CX-30 Starting Price: $23,500 (est.) | Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Upscale styling; premium interior; most power in class; standard all-wheel drive; sporty and enthusiastic handling; comprehensive driver assists; available 2.5 Turbo model.

Below Average: Infotainment system learning curve; snug rear seating; stingy feature list requires purchasing top trim level.

Consensus: The CX-30 bridges the gap between a sports car and an SUV. Its standard safety features and high seating position provide the best of both worlds. A long list of options includes an available 2.5-liter turbo-inline-4 engine with cylinder deactivation on the premium trim level.

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer Starting Price: $21,600 | Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Stylish looks; affordable pricing; roomy interior; good standard infotainment and safety tech.

Below Average: So-so performance from both engines; has a case of the jitters on rough roads; cruise control is available at extra cost.

Consensus: The Trailblazer borrows the name from a Chevy SUV of that past that was actually much larger. This one has a low starting price, good standard features, and decent fuel economy.

CX-30 vs. Trailblazer: Town and Country

Mazda CX-30

The Mazda CX-30 is a subcompact SUV that pushes the envelope in what we expect from such a vehicle. Smaller than the CX-5 compact but larger than the discontinued subcompact CX-3, it offers style, an engaging character, and a wide array of standard technology and safety features.

The interior has a near-luxury vibe and feels larger and airier than the CX-30’s size would suggest. Still, some second-row passengers may feel slightly cramped. With its enthusiastic road manners and handling characteristics, this could be the best-driving subcompact SUV in the segment today.

New for 2022: All CX models will now receive standard all-wheel drive. The CX-30’s standard power comes from a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G inline-4, producing 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Those with a taste for more power can choose the 2.5-liter turbo inline-4 to get 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with 87 octane or 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque with 93-octane fuel.

Pricing is not available yet for the 2022 CX-30, but we expect that everything will increase slightly. That includes the turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4, leather seating, Bose premium audio system, head-up display, navigation, and more.

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer

The Chevrolet Trailblazer is a 4-door SUV with hatchback and seating for five passengers. We think it offers substantial room for a subcompact. There’s plenty of rear-seat legroom and if you fold those forward, you can carry upwards of 54.4 cubic feet of cargo.

Unlike the sporty hatchback-looking CX-30, the Trailblazer is more of an upright SUV that sports a faux skidplate, contrasting roof, and prominent body cladding. Despite these off-road styling cues, the Trailblazer comes in front-drive with all-wheel drive an option costing $1,500 to $2,000 depending on trim level.

If you were expecting a beefy 4-cylinder or a stout V6, you might be better off looking at one of the Trailblazer’s competitors instead. That’s because, under the hood, buyers will find a base 1.2-liter turbocharged-inline-3 making 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. A 1.3-liter turbo-inline-3 offers a more impressive 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.

While the front-drive models include a continuously variable transmission (CVT), buyers may find the AWD model more satisfying to drive with its 8-speed automatic.


Tidy exterior dimensions; choice of engines; NHTSA 5-star safety ratings.

Mazda CX-30 Advantages:

More power; 4-cylinder engines; standard all-wheel drive; sleek styling.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Advantages:

Fuel economy; cargo space.

Which One is Right for Me? 

The 2022 Mazda CX-30 offers an alternative to the segment’s boxy standard looks. It has a premium look inside and out and offers great power and crisp handling

The 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer sports more traditional SUV styling. Trailblazer starts at a lower price, but adding all-wheel drive eliminates that advantage.

Ready to buy a 2022 Mazda CX-30 or a 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer? Shop now for one on sale near you.

2022 Mazda CX-30 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.5-liter I4 1.2-liter I3
Horsepower 186 hp @ 6,000 rpm 137 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque 186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 162 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm
Transmission 6-spd automatic CVT
Fuel Economy 28 mpg (25 city/33 hwy) 30 mpg (29city/31 hwy)
Also Available 2.5-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter turbo I4; AWD
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/50,000 miles
NHTSA Safety Rating 5 stars 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 104.4 inches 103.9 inches
Overall Length 173.0 inches 173.5 inches
Width 70.7 inches 71.2nches
Height 61.7 inches 65.2 inches
Turning Diameter 34.8 feet 36.8 feet
Headroom, Front 38.1 inches 40.0 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.3 inches 38.4 inches
Legroom, Front 41.7 inches 40.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 36.3 inches 39.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 55.6 inches 55.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 53.6 inches 53.8 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 94.1 cubic feet 98.2 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 20.2/45.2 cubic feet 25.3/54.4 cubic feet