It's always a good day when you get to take a Mazda out on a country road because they're just so much gosh darn fun.
And today is even better because I'm in a new model the CX 30.
So why don't you ride right seat with me and let's figure out five things that you need to know.
Master already has a subcompact crossover called the CX three.
And the CX-30 fits in between that and the larger CX-5.
So why didn't they just call it the CX-4?
I know it's a good question, right?
Well, the reason is because [UNKNOWN] already has a CX-4 on sale on other parts of the world and that is not gonna be coming to the US.
Additionally, the CX-30 represents a new nomenclature that will eventually envelop the rest of the Mazda lineup.
Under the hood is a 2.5 liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder Skyactiv-G engine.
Phew, that's a lot of words.
Knocking out 186 horsepower and an equal amount of torque, Power goes to the front or alternatively all four wheels through a six speed automatic transmission and isn't a little underpowered.
I mean, yeah, just a bit, especially when you're coming off the line and a lot of that has to do with the fact that the torque does not come in full bore until 4000 RPM, so accelerating from a dead stop.
It does feel a little bit slow, however Once you get the CX-30 up to speed that is where number 3 comes in, and that is that the CX-30 is an excellent handling crossover.
I mean if you wanna have something that corners just as flat, you're gonna have to move up to a German luxury crossover, now I'm not sure you gonna wanna do that, I mean you gonna spend a lot more money.
The CX-30 has excellent value in terms of handling Like the six speed transmission, it doesn't just up shift in the name of fuel economy.
Instead it's happy on a twisting road you just kind of hang out in third gear so that power is there waiting for you as you come out of a turn.
The X 30 comes standard with an 8.8 inch color screen.
That's not a touch screen, so it's a little difficult to use.
Instead, you've gotta operate it through the dial in the center console that's surrounded by a couple of buttons.
Now, Mazda says it expects consumers to take about three weeks to become really confident with the system, but they're okay with that tradeoff because in the end, the less time it spends watching your finger move toward the screen so that you can tap on a very specific place, The more time your eyes are spent on the road.
And the fifth and final thing, as always, is the price.
So the 2020 Mazda CX 30 starts at $21,900, but that does not include $1,045 per destination.
However you want to kick up to a fully loaded model with all wheel drive, that's going to set you back about $29,600 which, frankly.
The way this thing handles that's a pretty good price.
If you want to learn more I've got a full review, plus a whole bunch of pictures over on theroadshow.com so be sure to check it out.