Most automakers make a subcompact SUV ideal for those who need something small and parkable in an urban setting. Mazda did that in the now-discontinued CX-3.
Most also make a compact crossover closer to the classic family car size but with the added space of an SUV. Mazda’s answer to that problem is the CX-5.
The CX-30 is something few others offer — a Goldilocks solution between the two. It almost compares to the 2020 Hyundai Venue or Nissan Rogue Sport. But it’s hard to compare it to anything, which is part of its appeal.
It offers the terrific handling and premium-feeling interior Mazda is known for at just the right size — bigger than subcompact but still smaller than compact.
Mazda Certified Pre-Owned
To earn the CPO badge, a Mazda CX-30 must be under 6 years old and have under 80,000 miles on the odometer. A certified technician conducts a 160-point quality inspection, and the vehicle must have a clean vehicle history report.
A CPO Mazda comes with at least 12 months or 12,000 miles of warranty coverage. Better yet, if the 3-year/36,000-mile warranty from when the vehicle was new is still applicable, the extended coverage doesn’t kick in until the original warranty expires.
Powertrain parts are covered for 7 years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle’s original sale date. Emergency roadside assistance is included for the same period. These warranties are all transferrable if you need to sell the car, which aids in resale value.
The primary reason anyone buys a Mazda over its rivals becomes apparent the minute you take it around a turn. The CX-30 boasts responsive steering you don’t always find in affordable small SUVs.
Sharp Dressed Looks
There’s no way around this — most subcompact SUVs don’t look great. The taller proportions of a crossover body often look odd when shrunk down to urban runabout size, like a puppy that hasn’t grown into its feet. That’s not true of the CX-30. It looks sporty and sleek.
Mazda only built the 2020 CX-30 with one engine choice, but it’s a perky one nonetheless. A 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder model, it makes 186 horsepower. That’s a lot of scoot in a small vehicle and easily beats the 2020 Toyota C-HR’s 144 and the Honda HR-V’s 141.
Available All-Wheel Drive
The 2020 CX-30 is available with all-wheel drive (AWD) at every trim level. We can’t say that about some rivals. The C-HR and Venue, for instance, don’t offer it at all. If you want the sure-footed security of AWD in snow, the CX-30 is one of the more affordable ways to get it.
Standard Safety Features
The 2020 Mazda CX-30 offers a few advanced driver aid systems despite its affordable price. They include adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams. Those are standard even on base models.
Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are options you won’t find on every 2020 CX-30.
Excellent Safety Scores
The 2020 Mazda CX-30 won the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award. It earned the top score — Good — in every crash test the institute conducted. It only missed out on the higher Top Safety Pick+ designation because Mazda made upgraded headlights an added-cost option. The IIHS only gives its highest award to cars that don’t charge extra for their best headlights.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star rating on every measure except its rollover resistance test, where it earned four of five.
More Mazda CX-30
Our full review of the 2020 Mazda CX-30 will help determine if a Certified Pre-Owned version is right for you. If it’s checking the right boxes, find CPO Mazda CX-30 models for sale near you.