Based on the Mazda3, the new CX-30 fills the gap between the CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs and competes with several compact and subcompact SUVs, including the Nissan Rogue Sport and Subaru Crosstrek. It is a bit more expensive than those peers, but brings a nicely finished interior and a dash of style. Unfortunately those assets are countered by a noisy engine and tight quarters.
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Mazda CX-30 Road Test

Based on the Mazda3, the new CX-30 fills the gap between the CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs and competes with several compact and subcompact SUVs, including the Nissan Rogue Sport and Subaru Crosstrek. It is a bit more expensive than those peers, but brings a nicely finished interior and a dash of style. Unfortunately those assets are countered by a noisy engine and tight quarters.

Our tests show the CX-30 is quicker than the similarly-sized Subaru Crosstrek when accelerating flat-out from 0-60 mph. But the Mazda requires a heavy foot on the accelerator to wring power out of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, so around-town driving doesn’t feel particularly brisk. Fuel economy is commendable at 28 mpg overall.

We found the CX-30’s handling to be quite responsive and secure. The Mazda steers nicely but it doesn’t possess the same agility found in the CX-3 or Mazda3. The ride is rather firm and can feel jumpy over bumps, and the engine sounds raspy especially at low revs, which detracts from an otherwise quiet interior.

Best Version to Get
Buyers can choose either a front- or all-wheel drive CX-30. Either way, it would be nice to get a power driver seat with adjustable lumbar support and heated front seats, for which buyers have to opt for the Preferred version which also adds an upgraded audio system with satellite radio.
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4-door SUV Preferred 4-cyl 6-speed Automatic
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