Based on the Mazda3, the new 2020 CX-30 fills the gap in price and size between the CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs.
The only available powertrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
In everyday driving, acceleration feels tepid--wringing out more power requires a heavy foot on the accelerator.
Fuel economy of 28 mpg overall is respectable.
The CX-30 benefits from responsive handling, but its ride is rather firm and a bit jumpy, and the engine sounds raspy.
The frustrating infotainment system requires multiple steps to complete simple tasks.
The interior is well-trimmed but snug--especially the rear seat.
Small side windows hurt outward visibility.
Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard. Updates for 2021 included standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility for all versions.
There's also a new 2.5-liter turbo engine available, which comes with standard all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is standard on all trims beginning in 2022.