The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is a good looking crossover that is fun to drive with an appealing size. The highlights for me are the size, looks and the driving experience. The price is also attractive with MSRP starting at $21,900
I really enjoyed driving and parking the CX-30. You feel like you are in total control of the vehicle and the steering is responsive. The size allows you to whip in and out of traffic and parking was a breeze. 186 horsepower and 18-inch wheels allowed for plenty of power and stability at higher speeds. It’s a good balance between power and gas mileage which is rated for 25 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.
Mazda’s CX-30 is based on the Mazda 3 hatchback and features many of the same flowing lines and subtle curves but it is 10 inches shorter and about 5 inches taller with a little more ground clearance. The top is rounded out by roof rails. It’s a stylish compact SUV with a lot of personality that has made a big splash in the Crossover class.
Engine / Powertrain
The CX-30 has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, Skyactiv-G engine. I know, this is a mouthful, what it translates to is a higher combustion rate which means it burns gas more efficiently (up to 15 percent increases in fuel efficiency and torque) compared to Mazda gas engines without Skyactiv-G technology. This is what gives it the great balance of power and gas mileage.
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The interior is clean and has a minimalist approach which I really like. It offers soft-touch materials and the dash and armrests offer plenty of padding as does the center console area. The leather seats are really comfortable and enhance the appearance. The version I drove had the upgraded leather steering wheel and shift knob which add to the driving experience and aesthetics. The infotainment center blends in nicely but I did find it challenging to manage while driving. It takes some getting used to and wasn’t as intuitive as some I have seen. Overall the interior was a big part of the enjoyable driving experience. The cargo space was adequate considering the overall size of the vehicle and I appreciated the rear lift gate automatically opening for those trips to Costco and the grocery store
The 2020 Mazda CX-30 rates high in safety with both the IIHS and NHTSA. It has a 5 star crash test rating. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking (Smart Brake Support), lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and a driver inattention warning system are standard. I did find that the blind spot system worked well and was not prone to false alarms while I was testing the vehicle. Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning come on all but the base trim model.
One of the cool safety features I tested was the Mazda Radar Cruise Control. The technology uses a millimeter wave radar to judge the relative speed and distance to the car ahead and automatically controls vehicle speed. I see how someone that uses cruise control on long trips could benefit from this as it works in conjunction with a Distance Recognition Support System (DRSS) that visually displays the following distance to help the driver maintain awareness.
The safety features and ease of driving make this car ideal for newer drivers or people that would like the comfort of more awareness through technological advances.
Overall the 2020 Mazda CX-30 AWD with premium package offers a lot for the price and is a top competitor in the crossover category. This vehicle should rank high on the list for anyone that wants a smaller SUV that has style with a good blend of power, gas mileage and safety features. .
Check out the various models and packages on the link below. MSRP starts at $21,900. The Premium package is hard to beat for the money.