MAZDA CX-30 vs. Hyundai Kona
Mazda CX-30
Hyundai Kona
At a Glance: MAZDA CX-30 vs. Kona
Mazda CX-30

You’re upgrading from your current car to a compact SUV—congratulations are in order! Maybe your family is getting bigger, you’re adopting a 4-legged friend, or you just need a bit more room for all your adventure gear. The question is: Which one is best for you?

At Mazda of Gastonia, we’re committed to helping drivers like you find their next car. That’s why we’ve put two category legends head-to-head: the 2023 Mazda CX-30 and the 2023 Hyundai Kona. When you’re ready for your test drive in the Gastonia, Charlotte, or Lincolnton area, come visit us!



250 HP | 195 HP
MAZDA CX-30 vs Kona


8 | 6
MAZDA CX-30 vs Kona


Standard | Available
MAZDA CX-30 vs Kona
See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the Mazda CX-30 compares to the Hyundai Kona.
Mazda CX-30

Naturally, the first item on your checklist is how powerful the engine under the hood is. The 2023 Mazda CX-30 and the Hyundai Kona each offer two engines, so you can experience the performance you crave.

Power of Choice

Interested in seeing just how much power each crossover offers? Reference the chart below:









186 HP

186 lb-ft

SKYACTIV®-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo

227 HP with

87 octane fuel

250 HP with

93 octane fuel

310 lb-ft with 87 octane fuel

320 lb-ft with 93 octane fuel

Hyundai Kona

2.0L MPI-Atkinson


147 HP

132 lb-ft

1.6L Turbo-GDI


195 HP

195 lb-ft

As you can see, the standard engine on the Mazda CX-30 outpowers the standard engine on the Kona. If you decide to upgrade, you’ll still have more power if you choose the Mazda CX-30. Power is important, but it’s not everything, of course. Let’s see how these two SUVs compare in another area.

Primed and Prepared for All Terrain

The Mazda CX-30 makes i-Activ AWD® with Off-road Traction Assist standard, which means driving down gravel paths will feel smooth. When paired with its Skyactiv®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission, revving up to speed will feel dynamic and effortless.

On the other hand, All Wheel Drive is an optional drivetrain on the Kona. It also provides an Intelligent Variable Transmission, which delivers seamless shifting.











Mazda CX-30

Your time behind the wheel should be enjoyable. For this reason, the Mazda CX-30 and the Hyundai Kona equip each of their trim levels with a comprehensive cockpit. When on the go, you can stay in contact with loved ones or serve as the DJ for your carpool karaoke party.

Smart Connections

Whether you’re running errands or en route to your weekend getaway, any time you hit the road is made even better with great tunes. To make sure your favorite song is always queued up, both the 2023 Mazda CX-30 and the Hyundai Kona come standard with:

  • Apple CarPlay™
  • Android Auto™

The audiophiles among us will prefer the Mazda CX-30's standard 8-speaker audio system with Mazda Harmonic Acoustics, which has two more speakers than the Kona’s 6-speaker system.

Sing-Along, Anyone?

Want to turn your SUV into a concert on wheels? Opt for the Bose® 12-speaker premium audio system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® in the Mazda CX-30. In comparison, the Hyundai Kona’s upgraded system only has eight speakers, so it may fall more in line with the standard audio system you get in the Mazda CX-30.

Also standard on the Mazda CX-30—and not available on the Hyundai Kona—is Pandora® Internet radio integration.


Mazda CX-30

The most important thing to SUV buyers? Whether it has what it takes to help keep you and your family safe. After all, when you’ve got your family and friends on board, you want to make sure everyone gets safely from Point A to Point B.

Safety That Always Has Your Back

The Mazda CX-30 and the Hyundai Kona come standard with the following safety features:

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane-keep Assist
  • Driver Attention Alert

With the help of these features, you can always feel confident behind the wheel.

Maintain a Safe Distance

To help reduce driver fatigue, both compact SUVs offer Radar Cruise-Control with Stop & Go. This feature means you can set a speed and following distance from the vehicle in front of you. Your car will even come to a complete stop and resume speed when traffic begins to move again.

This feature is standard on the Mazda CX-30, but you'll have to upgrade to a higher trim level to get it on the Hyundai Kona.


Test Drive Your New On-Road Companion
Mazda CX-30

We must admit, either the Mazda CX-30 or the Hyundai Kona would look great in your driveway. However, with more power, more entertainment options, and more standard safety features, the Mazda CX-30 has a distinct edge.

When you’re ready to test drive this head-turning compact SUV, contact us or visit Mazda of Gastonia if you’re in the Gastonia, Charlotte, or Lincolnton area!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Mazda CX-30 for yourself are conveniently available right here online.


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