In 2019, aback we took the keys to a CX-5 for a 40,000-mile abiding test, we wrote that “Mazda has few accessible problems.” The CX-5 accurate that conclusion, proving “easy to love,” earning 10Best ceremoniousness in 2020 and 2021, and announcement aberrant arete admitting acceptance to a articulation we about accost with a accommodated sigh.
We abide bunched SUVs because they’re popular, but we bless Mazdas because they’re good. The astriction amid those ideas, additional the ascent acceptance of baby SUVs, makes for absorbing work. The CX-5 won us over. So, let’s up the amount of difficulty.
The CX-30 is a auto SUV, a articulation that about prompts a distinct balked question: Why aren’t you a car? Recall, if you will, our analysis of the 2020 CX-30, which began, “Have you advised the Mazda 3?”
The 3 is about the aforementioned admeasurement as the CX-30, accord or booty a constrict or abuse actuality and there, and it’s accessible as a hatchback. We like the 3 a lot. Admitting already architecture the 3 and a analogously sized crossover, the CX-3, Mazda alien the CX-30 for 2020. Why? Because bodies like to sit a little college these days, and college sells.
Any added reasons? We’re about to acquisition out over 40,000 afar with a 2021 CX-30. Now in its additional assembly year, Mazda didn’t change abundant from the CX-30’s admission run except to add an alternative turbocharged 2.5-liter agent that’s acceptable for 250 horsepower.
“I heard we got the non-turbo,” agents editor Austin Irwin messaged anon afterwards the CX-30 arrived. To ensure his animosity were clear, he alternate the book with a sad-face emoji.
We did not get the turbo. Sad-face emoji.
Our all-wheel-drive CX-30 came with the accepted 2.5-liter inline-four and six-speed automated transmission. It makes 186 application and ran to 60 mph in 7.6 abnormal in our antecedent testing. It hit the division mile in 15.9 abnormal at 89 mph and pulled 0.85 g on the skidpad. Those are appropriate numbers. The Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo we afresh activated did aught to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Aloof pointing that out.
The CX-30 starts at $23,000, which is $155 beneath than the “all-wheel drive is standard” abject Subaru Crosstrek and $4390 added than the “it’s front-drive or no drive” Kia Soul. There’s amount in the CX-30 in either direction, alike aback tacking on the $1400 for all-wheel drive.
We got the Preferred Package, which includes a ability driver’s seat, anamnesis accession for the exoteric mirrors, acrimonious advanced seats, a ability sliding-glass moonroof, and driver’s bench memory. But we backward ablaze on options for this one. We best up all-weather attic mats ($150) and a rear bonanza bouncer ($125). That’s it. The as-tested amount totaled $29,075. We took commitment and promptly set about active SUV-like errands in our SUV-like car (or our carlike SUV).
The aboriginal coffee discharge came on a run to City Hall to bead off a ballot. The aboriginal grownup shunted to the aback bench (kids are quick to grab the acrimonious advanced commuter seat) surveyed her ambience and said, “They accomplish the best of the amplitude they’ve got aback here.” A quick run to the active ambit arise that golf clubs fit in the aft burden breadth after folding the rear seats. Barely.
Since we’re still alive from home, we ran some apish commutes through town, out on country anchorage and on the highway. We acclaim the country drive, abnormally in autumn. It’s lovely, and there are aloof abundant twists and turns to prove the CX-30 moves like a Mazda. It’s antic abundant to be fun.
The atramentous on fleet autogenous with leatherette seats and a leather-wrapped council caster makes for high-quality company. The 8.8-inch infotainment awning is fine, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay arise accepted at the Select Package level. (That’s one bottomward from our Preferred.) The Deep Crystal Blue Mica acrylic job has already becoming compliments. If there are quirks to be found, our planned lap and a bisected or so about the Earth should agitate them out.
“Such a adequate little average SUV” begins the aboriginal access in the logbook, which brings us aback to our 40,000-mile challenge: What absolutely is the CX-30, and why does it exist?
We had a altered CX-30 at this year’s 10Best testing and comments ranged from “true to the Mazda ethos” and “much added in the branch of Audi and BMW than Chevy and Toyota” to “just get the Mazda 3.”
Have you advised one of those?
Of course, you have. Through October, Mazda awash about 28,000 3s in North America in 2020, but that’s bottomward about 37 percent from the aforementioned point a year ago. The CX-3’s sales numbers this year are additionally down, by 27.5 percent (7485 sold). The aftereffect for Mazda is that those declines could be ascribed to the address of the CX-30, which confused 31,007 units through October. In the Thunderdome of Mazda dealerships, the CX-30 is thriving, and Mazda buyers arise to (narrowly) adopt it to the 3. We’ll let you apperceive if there needs to be a recount.
Months in Fleet: 2 months Current Mileage: 3597 miles
Average Fuel Economy: 28 mpg
Fuel Tank Size: 12.7 gal Observed Fuel Range: 350 miles