2020 Mazda CX-30 Review

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2020 Mazda CX-30 Overview

Mazda unveiled the 2020 CX-30 at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The CX-30 will slot between the subcompact Mazda CX-3 and compact Mazda CX-5, and will likely compete with vehicles from both classes, such as the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul, and Toyota RAV4.

Mazda’s Kodo theme is put to good use on the CX-30. For the uninitiated, this “Soul of Motion” design philosophy helps Mazda achieve the elegant yet athletic look that makes its cars and SUVs stand out from the crowd. Curves are a key element, carefully placed to create reflections that integrate the vehicle with its surroundings. A new LED lighting pattern and nine available paint colors complement the design.

The Geneva Motor Show reveal focused on the European-spec CX-30. It will be available with three engines: the Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter gas engine, the 1.8-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine, and the Skyactiv-X engine. Horsepower and torque specs have not been disclosed. As of this writing, it’s not clear which powertrains will be available when the CX-30 goes on sale in the United States. The CX-30 will include the option of all-wheel drive (AWD).

The cockpit has an open, expansive layout and buyers get the choice of two interior color schemes. The dark blue combination features greige or black cloth or synthetic leather upholstery. Step up to the dark brown color scheme for leather in the choice of black or white with brown accents. The driver-focused interior features an 8.8-inch display with a new, simplified user interface with a single control and intuitive operation. Mazda hasn’t yet revealed the system’s features and options beyond the standard 8-speaker audio system and the availability of a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system.

The CX-30 hasn’t yet been crash tested, but Mazda anticipates good scores thanks to the use of high-strength steel and new impact-resistant design. Advanced safety options include the knee airbag for the driver, a driver-monitoring system, which uses an infrared camera and LED technology to monitor the driver’s eye movement and overall attentiveness, ready to wake up the driver and use the automatic emergency braking if necessary. Other innovative options include front cross-traffic alert and traffic jam support.

The CX-30 certainly seems poised for success, building on Mazda’s successful small utility vehicle formula for another beautiful yet practical entry in this highly competitive segment.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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