The 2022 Mazda CX-30 and 2022 Jeep Compass come from two different ends of the compact SUV spectrum. Here’s how they compare.
2022 Mazda CX-30
2022 Mazda CX-30 Starting Price: $22,200 | Price yours or See listings near you
Above average: Exclusive styling; premium interior; most power in class; standard four-wheel drive; sporty and enthusiastic handling; comprehensive driver assistance; available 2.5 Turbo model.
Below average: Infotainment system learning curve; comfortable rear seats; some desirable features require purchasing the top trim level.
Consensus: The CX-30 bridges the gap between a sports car and an SUV. Its lively driving style and high seating position provide the best of both worlds. A long list of options includes a peppy 2.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine.
2022 Jeep Compass
2022 Jeep Compass Starting Price: $26,020 | Price yours or See listings near you
Above average: Off-road capability; spacious back seat; active safety features as standard on all trims.
Below average: Only one engine choice; just average fuel economy.
Consensus: The Jeep Compass looks like a Jeep, and this crossover also has Jeep-like capability when the pavement runs out. However, the only engine offering leaves us wanting.
CX-30 vs. Compass: Urban vs. Country?
The Mazda CX-30 is a subcompact SUV that pushes the envelope of what we expect from such a vehicle. Smaller than the compact CX-5 but larger than the outgoing subcompact CX-3, it offers style, an engaging character and a wide range of standard technology and safety features.
The interior has an almost luxurious feel and feels larger and airier than the CX-30’s size would suggest. Still, some second-row passengers may feel somewhat cramped. With its enthusiastic handling and handling, this may be the best-driving subcompact SUV in the segment today.
The CX-30’s standard power comes from a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G inline-4, which produces 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Those with a taste for more power can opt for the 2.5-liter turbo inline-4 to get 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with 87 octane or 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque with 93-octane fuel.
A new trim for the 2022 model year is the Carbon Edition based on the CX-30 2.5S with the normally aspirated engine. This appearance package includes black alloy wheels and exterior trim along with red interior contract stitching and carbon fiber trim.
Models with turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4, leather seats, Bose premium sound system, head-up display, navigation, start at $30,200.
The 2022 Jeep Compass goes where other small SUVs may fear to tread. That’s especially true of the Trailhawk version, which includes low-gear all-wheel drive (AWD), hill control, lifted suspension and skid plates. Other Compass trims come standard with front-wheel drive and offer AWD as an option.
All Compass models are powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with either a 6-speed automatic in forward drive or a 9-speed with all-wheel drive. Its 177 horsepower is adequate but little else, and fuel economy averages 25 mpg with both powertrains. The ride on the road can be stiff, although the handling is not bad.
Inside, a new center console has more storage space, and the finish has received a much-needed upgrade. Passenger space is good, as is trunk space at 27 cubic feet behind the rear seats and close to 60 cubic feet with the seatbacks down. An 8.4-inch touchscreen is now standard and includes wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto; a 10.1-inch display is available in the three upper trims.
The standard list of active driver aids now includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot and rear cross traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control, automatic parking and a surround camera come with the Latitude trim. Additional available features include a digital instrument cluster, automatic parking and wireless charging.
Four-cylinder powertrains; seating for five; guarantee.
Mazda CX-30 Advantages
Stylish styling; sporty handling; more powerful engine options; Lower price.
Jeep Compass Advantages
Cargo space; larger rear seat; off-road capability.
Which one is right for me?
The 2022 Mazda CX-30 offers an alternative to the segment’s boxy standard look. It has a premium look inside and out and offers great power and crisp handling.
The 2022 Jeep Compass is more off-road capable than most small crossovers, and it’s well-equipped and affordable.
Are you ready to buy a Mazda CX-30 or Jeep Compass? Shop for one on sale now near you.
|2022 Mazda CX-30||2022 Jeep Compass|
|Engine||2.5-liter I4||2.4-liter I4|
|Horsepower||186 hp at 6,000 rpm||177 hp at 6,400 rpm|
|Torque||186 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm||172 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm|
|Transfer||6-speed automatic||6-speed automatic|
|Fuel economy||28 mpg (25 city/33 hwy)||25 mpg (22 city/31 hwy)|
|Also available||2.5-liter turbo I4||9-spd automatic; AWD|
|Basic warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA overall safety||5 stars||n/a|
|Max seating capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||104.4 inches||103.8 inches|
|Total length||173.0 inches||173.0 inches|
|Width||70.7 inches||73.8 inches|
|Height||61.7 inches||64.6 inches|
|Twist diameter||34.8 feet||36.3 feet|
|Standing height, front||38.1 inches||39.2 inches|
|Standing height, rear||38.3 inches||38.5 inches|
|Legroom, front||41.7 inches||41.8 inches|
|Legroom, rear||36.3 inches||38.3 inches|
|Shoulder room, front||55.6 inches||56.7 inches|
|Shoulder room, rear||53.6 inches||55.1 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||94.1 cubic feet||100.0 cubic feet|
|EPA cargo volume||20.2/45.2 cubic feet||27.0/59.8 cubic feet|