First Drive: Small, Seductive 2020 Mazda CX-30 SUV
A luxurious cabin and refined driving experience separate this SUV from the crowd
The all-new Mazda CX-30 SUV fills the gap between the subcompact CX-3 and compact CX-5 SUVs. It is based on the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback but gives buyers a taller roof height and a more elevated driving position. The CX-30 continues Mazda’s recent push to build vehicles that have a more premium feel than competitors have.
Prices for the CX-30 span from $21,900 for the base front-wheel-drive model up to $29,600 for a well-equipped Premium with all-wheel drive, before a $1,045 destination charge. All four trims can be configured with front- or all-wheel drive, and all versions come with a 186-hp, four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. CX-30 competitors include the Honda HR-V, Nissan Rogue Sport, and Subaru Crosstrek, as well as the upcoming Kia Seltos.
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CR purchased and tested our own CX-30. That’s when we’ll put it through more than 50 tests at the CR Auto Test Center, including those that evaluate acceleration, braking, fuel economy, handling, car-seat fit, and controls.
But before we bought and tested our own, we rented a CX-30 from Mazda to learn a little more about this new SUV.
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What we rented: 2020 Mazda CX-30 Premium AWD
Powertrain: 186-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine; six-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Destination fee: $1,045
Total cost: $30,645