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2020 Mazda CX-30 Performance

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2020 Mazda CX-30 Performance Review


Performance: 7.9

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 has engaging handling, a plush ride, and a refined automatic transmission. However, it doesn't accelerate quickly off the line, and its fuel economy is merely average for the subcompact SUV class.

  • "Mazda remains steadfast in its determination to make every one of its vehicles engaging and enjoyable to drive, and the CX-30 is no different." -- Edmunds
  • "The CX-30 lives up to the expectations we’ve come to develop from Mazda vehicles. While it’s no speed demon, it has more than adequate acceleration even climbing mountain roads above 4,000 ft. The steering is precise and gives surprisingly good feedback." -- Forbes
  • "At the same time, Mazda has made a genuine effort to make the CX-30 not only comfortable to drive, but even a little fun, at least by the standards of crossover utility vehicles. One doesn’t shop for CUVs with sportyish handling in mind. But you can at least have a little more fun driving one of these than driving almost anything else in the class." -- Autoweek

Acceleration and Power

The Mazda CX-30 comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

The CX-30's acceleration feels a little underwhelming from a stop, but power feels adequate at higher speeds. The automatic transmission delivers timely downshifts to maximize power when needed.

The 2020 CX-30 with standard front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class. With all-wheel drive, the CX-30 gets 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

  • "There's enough power on tap once you're up and going, but off the line, this CUV is a little slow -- largely a product of the engine's torque not being fully available until 4,000 rpm. … I may have to throw the hammer down to get up to speed while merging onto the highway, but once I'm there, the standard adaptive cruise control can do a lot of the heavy lifting for me." -- CNET
  • "Although the large 2.5-liter engine should be another strength of the CX-30, it wasn’t evident in our 'seat-of-the-pants' acceleration tests. … But that doesn’t affect transmission downshifts, which were about as quick as they get." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Acceleration is more than adequate when you need to make a pass or accelerate quickly to highway speeds." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

The CX-30 has impressive handling for a crossover SUV. The steering is responsive, and there's ample feedback from the road. Ride quality is also good, and despite being an athletic SUV, the CX-30 absorbs most bumps in the road.

  • "Once it's up to speed, the CX-30 shines. I'm not sure there's a better-handling new crossover that can be had for less than $30,000. On a backroad drive from San Diego, California, out to the desert of Palm Springs, the CX-30 is truly fun to drive." -- CNET
  • "It exhibits far more refinement than you might expect from a vehicle at this price. The CX-30 soaks up bumps with the poise of a larger, more sophisticated (and more expensive) vehicle. It's also fun to drive around turns thanks to poised handling and steering that gives you a decent feel for the road." -- Edmunds
  • "The steering is good, but it’s not sports car good. I’m sure Mazda would want me to say it’s got MX-5-inspired steering or something, but I won’t go quite that far. It’s very good for a crossover, and about on par with your average sporty sedan." -- Jalopnik
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