Based on the Mazda3, the new CX-30 fills the gap in price and size between the CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs.
The base engine is a 2.5-liter four cylinder matched to a 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.
New for 2021 is an optional 2.5-liter turbo engine, which comes with standard all-wheel drive.