Mazda CX-30 (NEW)
STATUS: New for 2020 - Nearly every automaker, it seems, is intent on introducing as many different utility vehicles - so-called crossovers or tall wagons - as they can think of, and most are gobbled up just as quickly as they are arrive on dealership lots. Mazda is introducing its fourth such model: The CX-30 slots between the compact CX-3 and midsize CX-5. Why is not called the CX-4, then? Apparently Mazda already has a CX-4 elsewhere in the world and wants to avoid confusion. The CX-30 appears to have blended the best of both tall wagons plus a bit of the Mazda3's looks for good measure. Because the CX-30 isn't arriving until early 2020, there's no confirmation yet regarding powertrains, although a possibility is Mazda's Skyactiv-X compression-ignition powerplant. It works somewhat like a diesel engine but instead burns gasoline and uses spark plugs during startup and hard acceleration. It's expected to be a real fuel miser. Also expected is a base 186-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Base price (incl. destination): $24,000 (est.)
Type: Compact utility wagon
Engine (h.p.): 2.5-liter I-4 (186); 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (178)
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): n.a.
Base weight (lb.): 3,500 (est.)