Mazda CX-30 is the answer to the Subaru Crosstreks lackluster performance
In 2013 most car makers were just starting to explore the “Compact Crossover” segment. Nissan was trying some quirky designs with the Juke and Subaru had just said goodbye to their long-standing Impreza “Outback Sport” trim line to make room for a new addition to their vehicle lineup. The idea of the Subaru XV Crosstrek was simple, take the 5 door Impreza hatchback, put it on a lift and add a more rugged appearance package. The result was a small AWD crossover that grabbed a quick following. The only problem was- that it was boring. In the years that followed the Crosstrek (Subaru dropped the XV in 2016) developed into a true lower cost option for customers looking for small AWD SUV. Subaru has continued along the same road in the most recent update to the model as well. 2018 saw an updated body style it was more evolutionary than revolutionary. The result is still bland. From the low powered 2.0L 4 cylinder engine to the doggish response of the CVT transmission, there is no argument- the Crosstrek is boring. In fact, in this current day and age where nobody can seem to agree on anything, this seems to be the one thing that the internet can all get behind. Fortunately, there is an alternative!
Other companies have developed their own compact crossover SUV offerings often with the same result- low power and disappointing cargo space. Mazda however, is the 1st one to add some much-needed joy and performance to this segment. Enter the 2020 CX-30. Don’t let the name fool you- it’s not just a slightly larger version of their smallest SUV the CX-3, but instead, it’s a brand new design meant to give drivers of compact crossovers something that they’ve been demanding for almost a decade. Some FUN!
Let’s start with the Engine (seems like a good place to start.) The CX-30 is equipped with Mazdas newest 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engine that makes 186 hp and 186 ft-lbs of torque @4k RPM. This is more than 30hp more than the Subaru and it shows- not just on paper but on the faces of the drivers. The car isn’t just fun to drive though the CX-30 has turned some heads with its crash test results over in Europe. The US agencies haven’t published results yet but the European counterpart (Euro NCAP) has given the CX-30 the highest rating the organization has ever given for this segment. Beating out the Subaru and Volvo both. (https://carbuzz.com/news/2019-mazda-cx-30-smashes-a-new-record)
The fact of the matter is that anyone who is shopping for a smaller Crossover SUV should move the Mazda CX-30 to the top of their list.