Thursday , May 6 2021

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is a crossover you’ll actually enjoy driving, Ars Technica


    

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Mazda’s insane attention to detail really shows here in this sub – $ (*************************************************************************************************************************************************, (CUV.)       

      

  • I wrote at length about all that stuff back in January, in case you want to learn more.)

    A joy to drive

    The 3’s on-road manners impressed me back then, but as I noted at the time, that impression was based on only about an hour’s seat time. By contrast, we were lavished with seat time in the CX – 32; Mazda had enough cars on hand that, unusually, most of the journalists on my wave got a car to themselves. We kicked off the day in Palm Springs and drove to Julian for lunch before I headed northeast to rediscover some old haunts from my time living in the area in the early s. By 4pm, I was back in the Gaslamp District, having covered more than miles on a mix of roads, from heavy freeway traffic on the 5 to the bliss that is an empty SR – 90. ************

    And yet, like the 3, the CX – (only needed**************************************************************************************************************************************** minutes to make clear just how good Mazda’s ride and handling people are at their jobs. The difference with the larger CX-5 is like night and day — when we tested one on some of the same roads in 2019, I raved about everything (apart) *************************************** from the handling (I complained about numb handling and too much body roll during cornering). Crossovers can’t corner — everyone knows that. They’re just taller hatchbacks, dynamically compromised by design.

    Except this one can.

    You notice it almost immediately the first time you turn in, as the car responds to the initial steering input in an immediate and linear fashion. That first phase of cornering is highly dependent upon the vertical loading of the front tires, which is obviously going to be different if you’re accelerating compared to braking, and so on, thanks to the properties of weight transfer. Mazda wants to make its cars respond consistently at turn-in regardless, and so it redesigned the G-Vectoring Control (GVC) system and all-wheel drive to make that happen.

    As you begin to turn the wheel, the system actually reduces the engine’s torque output very slightly. It’s the sort of thing that feels imperceptible but helps the front tires’ stay at the right spot in the friction circle. Corner with gusto — above 0.4G — and on the way out of a corner GVC drags an outside front brake slightly. (The reason it’s the front outside brake and not the rear inside brake is because the front brakes are closer to the ABS unit hydraulics and so, therefore, can react faster.)************** Mazda has also tweaked the all- wheel-drive system, which runs a real-time vehicle dynamics model to calculate tire load, shifting torque between front and rear axles again to maximize the friction circle. It’s even a slightly more efficient AWD system, losing (percent less energy from the driveline than the CX-5) and percent less energy than the CX-9************       

          

                

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                          One of the best steering wheels on sale today, in my opinion.                                                                                           

                      

                

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                          The infotainment screen is out of reach of your hand. Glance time increases with the square of the angle, so a little change in glance angle makes a big difference in the time your eyes are off the road.                                                        

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                          Mazda suggests spending a few minutes to store things to the favorite button (the star). This setup is very intuitive and can be operated without taking your eyes off the road.                                                                                           

                      

                

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                          Climate controls.                                                        

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                          I took this photo because of the mileage on the odometer.                                                        

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                          I normally dislike crossovers, but I actually took an min minour just to keep driving this one a bit longer.                                                        

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                          I’ll go as far as to say the CX – 31 might be my surprise of the year.                                                        

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    The CX – Uses Mazda’s

    ************************************************************************************************************** (hp) kW) , (lb-ft) (Nm) Skyactiv-G engine. It’s a 2.5L, four-cylinder, gasoline direct-injection design that’s coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the Mazda 3 there is no option of a manual, and while you can get one in Japan with a Skyactiv-X engine, we may still have to wait a while longer before that engine comes to these shores.It’s not a bad power unit, although I have to admit I’d love the car even more if it had an extra (hp) (kW). That said, the 30 is more powerful than the (long) list of competitor subcompacts that Mazda compared it to, including the Subaru Crosstrek , (Jeep Renegade) , Ford EcoSport, (Hyundai Kona, and**************************************************************** Kia Soul. Fuel efficiency isn’t horrid; the FWD CX – 31 is rated at 27 / 40 / 30 mpg city / highway / combined, and the AWD version at 28 / / 28 mpg if fitted with cylinder deactivation (which comes with the Premium package), or 26 / 33 / (mpg without.) ****************

    $ (********************************************************************************************************************************************************, will get you into a FWD CX – 30, while $ 22, buys an AWD CX – (*************************************************************************************************************************************************. Even these base models are pretty well equipped. Every CX – 32 gets LED head- and taillights, a suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that includes adaptive cruise control that handles stop-and-go traffic, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist (which is extremely unintrusive to the point where I don’t actually remember it engaging). The 8.8-inch infotainment system is also standard across the range, but you have to spring for the Select package (FWD: $ (********************************************************************************************************************************************************, ************************************************************************************************************** , AWD: $ 24, 572) if you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (You also get a leather steering wheel, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts).

    The Preferred package (FWD: $************************************************************************************************************************************, ********************************************************************************************************************************, AWD: $ (**************************************************************************************************************************************************, adds Sirius XM, a – speaker Bose system (as opposed to the eight-speaker setup), and an eight-way power seat for the driver. The top-of-the-line Premium pack is $ (****************************************************************************************************************************************************, for FWD and $ (*************************************************************************************************************************************************, for AWD. This comes with all of the above, plus a full-color heads-up display, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, a powered liftgate for the hatch, adaptive headlights, and cylinder deactivation.

    For an interior this classy and a driving experience better than pretty much any crossover short of a (Porsche Macan, that seems like a good deal.

            

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