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Mazda CX-30

Base MSRP range

$21,900 – $29,600

Based on the newly introduced redesigned Mazda 3, the new CX-30 fills the narrow gap between the CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs. A six-speed automatic is the standard transmission. The CX-30 competes with the Nissan Rogue Sport and Subaru Crosstrek. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard. A driver monitoring system uses an infra red camera and infrared LEDs to determine the level of drowsiness or fatigue.

Overview

Slotting into the Mazda SUV lineup in the narrow space between the subcompact CX-3and the compact CX-5 is the new—and curiously named—CX-30. Why isn’t it called CX-4? We asked Mazda: It’s kind of a long story. Regardless, we like the way it looks. Mazda’s designers gave it a more severely forward-canted rear window and chunkier black-plastic body cladding to help differentiate the 2020 Mazda CX-30 from its other crossover siblings. The CX-30 comes standard with impressive technology, both in terms of connectivity and driver-assistance features. Equipped with the perky and responsive engine seen in the Mazda 3, the CX-30 suggests it’ll ooze with that enthusiast appeal for which Mazda is famous. Although Mazda didn’t specify, we expect the CX-30 to go on sale in the U.S. starting in early 2020.