Mazda CX-30 AWD

Mazda CX-30 AWD

model. 2020 Mazda CX-30 AWD
price. $21,900
as tested. $31,870 (incl $1,100 dest)
seating/style. 5-pass/subcompact CUV
powertrain. 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, 186 HP
transmission. 6-speed automatic
driveline. AWD
fuel economy. 25/32 city/highway
available. now
words. Nicole Wakelin
visuals. Sam Abuelsamid

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The all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30 crossover slots between the CX-3 and CX-5. It has the elegant design and luxurious, comfortable interior for which Mazda is known, along with good driving dynamics. Mazda builds cars for people who like to drive, and the CX-30 delivers on that reputation.

While it’s fun to pilot, the CX-30 is not a performance superstar. Power comes from a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with just 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s more than enough to get the CX-30 up to highway speeds and delivers the extra oomph needed for highway passing but it won’t exactly get your blood pumping.

The CX-30 excels in delivering an upscale interior with a comfortable ride. Seating is plush and supportive upfront with good headroom, although tall passengers may find legroom tight. The ride is remarkably smooth and rough road surfaces do little to disturb passengers, maintaining that desired elegant vibe.

That luxury ride comes with a decidedly non-luxury price. The base trim starts at $21,900 while the top Premium with all-wheel drive starts at $29,600. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is a sophisticated and affordable choice for crossover shoppers.

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