2020 Mazda CX-30 Review by Mark Fulmer
By Mark Fulmer
The Auto Channel
In this current era of growing popularity of crossovers and SUVs, Mazda has engineered for folks with active lifestyles a subcompact crossover that is both affordable and fun to drive - the CX-30.
The 186-hp 2.5-liter inline-4 with 6-speed automatic and AWD does the job but without the torque of the turbos in similarly priced competitors. With firm steering feedback and comfy ride, the CX-30 strikes a really good balance for a daily driver. The driving dynamics, as you might expect from a carmaker that values that element, proved itself a cut above most compact SUVs. For folks who enjoy mountain driving and picturesque twisty roads, this new Mazda all-wheel-drive model handles tight and light in all sorts of weather and road conditions.
The backseat legroom is okay for transporting young folks, but a bit tight for tall adults. Flip those 2nd-row seats dow and you'll get 45.2 cubic feet of cargo space and half that with the seats up. The interior is simple and clean and a bit unusual adorned by soft materials and controls one would find in a more expensive vehicle.
The upper level trim includes a delightful Bose audio system with twelve speakers, power driver’s seat, special lighting, and a much appreciated rearview camera among many other tasty bells and whistles. Safety items include forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind-spot warning, rear-cross traffic alert, and lane-keeping assist.
America's current love affair with SUV vehicles with their ease of entry and exit, legs down comfort, and useful interior flexibility will undoubtedly continue regardless of how they are fueled and powered. Mazda's CX-30 in style, price, and driving characteristics are a welcome addition, indeed.