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The Premium Plus US spec is missing some things compared to a loaded rest of world spec, besides obvious regulatory differences such as lacking a rear fog and matrix/adaptive headlamps.

- Traffic Jam Assist (auto-steer/auto-follow below 40 mph). Mazda3 and CX-30 include this on Premium Plus in the US, so that makes no sense. There's inconsistency: MX-30 has power folding mirrors and auto-dimming driver's side that the Mazda3 and CX-30 are missing.​
- Center Airbag. This prevents the driver and passenger from bumping heads with each other in a crash.​
- Tinted Windows . Any "crossover" worth its salt in the US usually has tinted rear-side and rear windows. I thought it was an unspoken rule bar the super cheap base model UVs. The lack of this particularly affects the MX-30 because the rear seat glass panels are way larger than the actual windows, and that difference becomes visible. The factory tint hides this.​
- Speed limiter "LIM" button, which I'm assuming prevents you from exceeding a limit speed the driver sets.​
- Because of #1 and #4, you get a couple of blank switches on the steering wheel.​

What do you guys think? Anything a deal breaker? Did anyone already know or expect this stuff? Did I miss anything?
 

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Interesting how car specifications vary around the world as indeed does the balance of standard vs extra cost options. Regulation is a factor but is only part of the story. I will not have a car without rear privacy glass but in UK it is a £450 - £500 option on even expensive premium cars. Conversely, for the MX-30, tinted windows are standard on all but the base model. Whether absence of equipment is a deal breaker can only be decided by the individual.
 

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The Premium Plus US spec is missing some things compared to a loaded rest of world spec, besides obvious regulatory differences such as lacking a rear fog and matrix/adaptive headlamps.

- Traffic Jam Assist (auto-steer below 40 mph). Mazda3 and CX-30 include this on Premium Plus in the US, so that makes no sense. There's inconsistency: MX-30 has power folding mirrors and auto-dimming driver's side that the Mazda3 and CX-30 are missing.​
- Center Airbag. This prevents the driver and passenger from bumping heads with each other in a crash.​
- Tinted Windows . Any "crossover" worth its salt in the US usually has tinted rear-side and rear windows. I thought it was an unspoken rule bar the super cheap base model UVs. The lack of this particularly affects the MX-30 because the rear seat glass panels are way larger than the actual windows, and that difference becomes visible. The factory tint hides this.​
- Speed limiter "LIM" button, which I'm assuming prevents you from exceeding a limit speed the driver sets.​
- Because of #1 and #4, you get a couple of blank switches on the steering wheel.​

What do you guys think? Anything a deal breaker? Did anyone already know or expect this stuff? Did I miss anything?
To me the updated spec level is not worth it. I put a deposit down on one earlier, but I think I am going to cancel. With destination charge it is very close in price to base VW id4, which has much better range and 3 years free electrify america. I love the idea of a lower priced/right sized battery but this seems too expensive. Since they are only selling 560 in California, I am very concerned about rapid price depreciation.
 

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US is also missing the windshield wiper de-icer and correction: it does come with reverse tilt-down mirrors.

And I checked out the Canadian model!
  • The GS has many differences in standard equipment vs. the unnamed US base trim. But overall it's sparsely equipped compared to US.
  • The GT, however, does have more than US Premium Plus is able to get. It includes Traffic Jam Assist, wiper de-icer, and a side mention that the cargo/tonneau cover and navigation is standard. It does not include anything else mentioned in the first post.
 

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Turns out there's a reason for the privacy glass!
- The ground clearance isn't high enough for the EPA to classify this as an SUV. In the US and probably Canada, it can only come from the factory with privacy glass if it's classified that way. Super good to know and explains so much that I've seen in the automotive industry. And found another difference:

The rear headrests!
- In North america are full-sized for the outboard rear seats. They can be folded down when not in use for visibility. I think it's cool and probably our first buff. Wait, one more difference!

Tires.
- The famous Dave Coleman of MNAO in this video said him and his team decided to specify stiffer tires for responsiveness due to how to solidly mounted the motor is compared to an engine. Instead of the Bridgestone Turanza EL440 (which may still randomly come on some US models), they elected to go with Falken ZIEX ZE001 A/S. Not sure if they're any good but they do come on the Mazda6 19" wheels [and Subaru Ascent] and customer reviews say at least they're quiet.
 

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US is also missing the windshield wiper de-icer and seems to be missing the reverse tilt-down mirrors.

And I checked out the Canadian model!
  • The GS has many differences in standard equipment vs. the unnamed US base trim. But overall it's sparsely equipped compared to US.
  • The GT, however, does have more than US Premium Plus is able to get. It includes Traffic Jam Assist, wiper de-icer, reverse tilt-down mirrors, and a side mention that the cargo/tonneau cover and navigation is standard. It does not include anything else mentioned in the first post.
I just leased a 2022 Mazda MX-30 in California and it has reverse tilt-down mirrors!
 

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Congratulations! Thanks for this, good to know and good to hear, I will correct my post if I can.
Did yours come with Falken or Bridgestone?
And it did not come with Nav, right?
My tires are Falken and correct, my model did NOT come with Nav (even though it's Premium Plus) but I'm actually ok with that because I only ever use Apple CarPlay anyway. I noticed when building the car on Mazda's US website the Mazda Navigation System is an additional $450 option. I'm guessing because they realize not many people use the native Navigation systems anymore.
 

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The Premium Plus US spec is missing some things compared to a loaded rest of world spec, besides obvious regulatory differences such as lacking a rear fog and matrix/adaptive headlamps.

- Traffic Jam Assist (auto-steer/auto-follow below 40 mph). Mazda3 and CX-30 include this on Premium Plus in the US, so that makes no sense. There's inconsistency: MX-30 has power folding mirrors and auto-dimming driver's side that the Mazda3 and CX-30 are missing.​
- Center Airbag. This prevents the driver and passenger from bumping heads with each other in a crash.​
- Tinted Windows . Any "crossover" worth its salt in the US usually has tinted rear-side and rear windows. I thought it was an unspoken rule bar the super cheap base model UVs. The lack of this particularly affects the MX-30 because the rear seat glass panels are way larger than the actual windows, and that difference becomes visible. The factory tint hides this.​
- Speed limiter "LIM" button, which I'm assuming prevents you from exceeding a limit speed the driver sets.​
- Because of #1 and #4, you get a couple of blank switches on the steering wheel.​

What do you guys think? Anything a deal breaker? Did anyone already know or expect this stuff? Did I miss anything?
Hey I think I noticed another difference on the US model. My DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) aren't circles like in Europe. Mine just look like the headlights are on during the day. I love the way the circles look and wondering why Mazda changed that for US?
 

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Hey I think I noticed another difference on the US model. My DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) aren't circles like in Europe. Mine just look like the headlights are on during the day. I love the way the circles look and wondering why Mazda changed that for US?
I saw you made a thread for investigating this. This is definitely a US thing. I wasn't sure about the MX-30, so thanks for confirming that. CX-5 and other Mazdas, maybe even all of them (besides MX-5 Miata), have the main beams as their DRLs. I don't know for sure why. Maybe what Mazda uses as DRLs in rest-of-world aren't bright enough to be DRLs in this region, but again, not sure.

Is your DRL only the main beam or the main beam + ring?

You know what other difference there probably is? The lower DRL. In rest-of-world with the CX-30 and MX-30, the lower horizontal strip which acts as both an amber turn signal and a white DRL that turns on with the headlamp rings. For the US CX-30, this white light doesn't come on, only amber. And I forgot if it's just turn signal or if it doubles as an amber DRL for the CX-30. But the CX-50 that just came out has the amber strip as well (and this model is north america only).
 

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I saw you made a thread for investigating this. This is definitely a US thing. I wasn't sure about the MX-30, so thanks for confirming that. CX-5 and other Mazdas, maybe even all of them (besides MX-5 Miata), have the main beams as their DRLs. I don't know for sure why. Maybe what Mazda uses as DRLs in rest-of-world aren't bright enough to be DRLs in this region, but again, not sure.

Is your DRL only the main beam or the main beam + ring?

You know what other difference there probably is? The lower DRL. In rest-of-world with the CX-30 and MX-30, the lower horizontal strip which acts as both an amber turn signal and a white DRL that turns on with the headlamp rings. For the US CX-30, this white light doesn't come on, only amber. And I forgot if it's just turn signal or if it doubles as an amber DRL for the CX-30. But the CX-50 that just came out has the amber strip as well (and this model is north america only).
Thank you for clarifying that! I was wondering and couldn't find anything about it. I'm totally bummed as the circles look way cooler. Also yes I totally noticed that as well about the lower horizontal strips. They are only amber (not white) in the US and they only come on for the blinker, they don't stay on as DRLs. Man that would look so much cooler! Haha.
 

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I saw you made a thread for investigating this. This is definitely a US thing. I wasn't sure about the MX-30, so thanks for confirming that. CX-5 and other Mazdas, maybe even all of them (besides MX-5 Miata), have the main beams as their DRLs. I don't know for sure why. Maybe what Mazda uses as DRLs in rest-of-world aren't bright enough to be DRLs in this region, but again, not sure.

Is your DRL only the main beam or the main beam + ring?

You know what other difference there probably is? The lower DRL. In rest-of-world with the CX-30 and MX-30, the lower horizontal strip which acts as both an amber turn signal and a white DRL that turns on with the headlamp rings. For the US CX-30, this white light doesn't come on, only amber. And I forgot if it's just turn signal or if it doubles as an amber DRL for the CX-30. But the CX-50 that just came out has the amber strip as well (and this model is north america only).
Oh and my DRLs are just the main beam. The "ring" only turns on with the full headlights at night.
 

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What comes on when you turn on your parking lamps? How's that look?

Outside north america, they're these little LEDs located between the high-beam section and main beams, basically right in the middle of the housing. (Of course, in north america, the high-beam section is blanked)
 
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