Larger than a CX-3, smaller than a CX-5, you could ask why Mazda didn’t call its CX-30 crossover the “CX-4” instead. Turns out, that’s a China-only model, but nomenclature can take a back seat when the little SUV looks this good. Sharp styling combined with a choice of 2.5L non-turbo and turbo engines give just the right combination of options.
The naturally-aspirated 2.5L inline-four is the most affordable, with the choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. For those wanting more power, the 2.5L turbo kicks things up to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque when supplied with 93 octane gas, and AWD is standard. Either way, you get a six-speed automatic as standard.
Cabin and trunk space aren’t as capacious as some more squared-off rivals, but then they can’t keep up with the CX-30’s punchy manners on the road. Firm suspension and direct, predictable steering make for a surprising degree of engagement, regardless of engine choice. Inside, meanwhile, there’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in a cabin that punches above its class for design and quality.