JESSICA LYNN WALKERCAR AND DRIVER
The Mazda CX-30 is based on the fantastic Mazda 3, which means it's no surprise that it's our favorite in this segment. The CX-30 is great because it delivers the advantages of driving a compact car without sacrificing price, fuel economy, or polish. Base CX-30 models have a 186-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, while a 250-hp turbocharged version of that engine is optional. As far as cargo-carrying capability goes, we fit six carry-on suitcases behind the rear seats and 16 with the rear seats folded. The CX-30 is the last stand between car and affordable SUV, and although it doesn't offer a lot in terms of cargo space, it delivers a great deal of driving fun.