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Eric's Autos: 2023 Mazda CX-30

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The CX-30 is just a little smaller than most of the really popular small (but slightly larger) crossovers like the RAV4, CR-V and Rogue. But not so much smaller that it doesn't cross-shop well against them, especially if you don't need a little bit larger.

And want to spend a lot less.

Front- and rear-seat legroom in the CX-30 (41.7 inches and 36.3 inches, respectively) is very close to that offered by slightly larger models like the RAV (41 inches and 37.8 inches, respectively) with the major substantive difference being cargo space. The Mazda has 20.2 cubic feet behind its second row and 45.2 cubic feet with the back seats folded; slightly larger -- slightly longer -- models like the RAV have 37.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 69.8 cubic feet in total with those seats folded.

You may of course need the extra cargo room. But what this little Mazda offers is a lot more room for cargo than even a full-size sedan -- and about the same room for people as slightly larger but significantly pricier small crossovers.

The Rest

Using the CX-30's infotainment system involves a two-step process. First, select the function, then adjust. It's just a little more involved than a single process, such as a knob you can turn to change the station without first having to find the digital representation of a knob.


The Bottom Line

A little bit smaller can sometimes be just big enough.


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