2020 Mazda CX-30 Premium Package Soul Red Crystal Metallic 6-Speed Automatic AWD I4
25/32 City/Highway MPG
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The new 2021 Mazda CX-30 should please consumers who want more space than the smaller CX-3, but don't want something quite as big as the CX-5.
The new CX-30 takes the formula of the smaller CX-3 and scales it up a half-size. The slightly larger dimensions wear Mazda's latest iteration of design language and sports a more modern interior layout compared to the CX-3.
The only engine that's on tap for the CX-30 is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. It makes 182 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque without the help of turbo power. The only transmission is a 6-speed automatic.
Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is a $1,400 option. With front-wheel drive, the EPA says the CX-30 is good for 25 mpg city, 33 highway, 28 combined. Opting for all-wheel drive shaves about 1 mpg from each of those figures.
Safety features are plentiful on the CX-30, with all CX-30s enjoying standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. Blind-spot monitors are standard on Select models and higher.
The IIHS and NHTSA have yet to crash-test a CX-30.
The Mazda CX-30 isn't the most powerful subcompact crossover out there, but it handles with poise and delicacy. Corners, cloverleafs, and rotaries are more fun than they have any right to be in a vehicle such as this. The athletic CX-30 is at the top of the class when it comes to driving dynamics.
That the handling is so good is even more impressive considering the CX-30 does not enjoy the benefit of an independent rear suspension. Despite the old-school design that underpins the rear end, this Mazda rides and handles better than most of the competition.
Powering the eager chassis is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. Its 186 horsepower won't set the streets afire but does outperform some other rivals that also lack turbochargers; turbocharged competitors will beat the CX-30 in a straight line, though.
A 6-speed automatic is the only transmission available. The well-mannered behavior of this gearbox leads one to question the efficacy of 8-speed gearboxes anyway, as the 6-speed usually doesn't miss a beat. Outside of the occasional stumble, it knows when to shift and what gear to pick.