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The joy in editor Sebastien Bell’s face is clear from 50 yards away. It’s a no-Insta-filter-necessary sort of Monday morning, and he’s practically floating in his seat as the red convertible rolls my way. Is this affordable sports car head-to-head over before it’s even begun?
September is almost here, which in the auto industry means the arrival of 2021 models for almost every car you are thinking of buying. It also means that a lot of manufacturers and dealers will be looking to dispose of the 2020 models – with some very attractive deals!
The crossover boom is inescapable, even for Mazda, a marque long revered as the maker of fun-to-drive, reasonably priced cars. Its Mazda3 compact sedan formerly served as a gateway into the brand, but even it waned in popularity with the rise of enthusiasts’ least-favorite mildly lifted segment. Thus, the CX-3 crossover was born to woo singles and small families into a Mazda with an entry-level subcompact crossover.
After showcasing the CX-30 at the Geneva Motorshow this year, Mazda has finally announced the pricing of its coupe-esque SUV for the North American market. The MSRP for the CX-30 starts from $21,900 and goes up to $29,600 for the Premium top trim. Prices exclude the $1045 destination fee. The CX-30 fills the gap between the CX-3 and CX-5 crossovers. It is about six inches shorter than the CX-5 and features a wheelbase that is two inches shorter and is also narrower by two inches. Compared to its competitors like the Nissan Rogue Sport, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and the Subaru Crosstrek, it is slightly longer than the Rogue but smaller than the other two. But in profile looks uncannily similar to the CX-5. You could even call it the coupe version of the CX.
The small crossover segment, a murderously competitive market in which there is a phalanx of players, is plenty crowded. In fact, trying to choose the best one is like trying to pick your favorite trumpeter out of a large brass band. With everyone making so much noise, it’s tough to focus on a single player.
For years, if you wanted an AWD hatchback without getting an over-the-top hot hatch, there was only one option: the Subaru Impreza. But Mazda has entered this domain with the new Mazda3, which is now being offered with all-wheel-drive. Is the new Mazda set to upstage Subaru in its own territory?
The new Mazda3 is here with a new trick up its sleeve: AWD, but is that enough to make it the best in the class? We brought out the 2019 Honda Civic to see if the new Mazda can topple the best compact on the market. The Civic has been recognized as one of the best all-around compact cars thanks to its abundance of space, excellent fuel mileage, and fun driving dynamics. How will Mazda’s new hatchback fare against the best in the biz?
The 2019 Mazda3 is an entirely new car from its approach to styling, a completely redone rear suspension setup, a distraction-free interior, and an additional drivetrain option that powers all four wheels. It’s impressive that even with all this new stuff, however, that the Mazda3 feels so naturally like its old self in all the best ways.
The 2020 Mazda3 rides on a brand-new architecture, features newly designed powertrains and is equipped with some of the newest technology around. It truly is an all-new car, but how have engineers managed to deliver a high-quality, efficient vehicle at a mass-market price?