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I used to work for one of the top selling Mazda dealer groups in the nation, was the PR Director and President of our local Miata club, and I've owned a second gen RX-7 turbo and five Miatas, whereas my wife has had Honda Accord coupes since we have been together. She has always loved my Miatas and I had always hoped to finally get her into one, whether it was her own Miata or something else. After she was involved in a hit and run a few weeks ago, and she is OK by the way, the insurance company totaled her car and since I have a 2017 MX-5 Miata RF LE, she figured it would be a good idea to get a compact crossover instead of another coupe. I also have what I call my beater, which is a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe that was given to me by the family of one of my best friends after he passed away a few years back. It is truly a beater, with peeling clear coat, faded paint, hail damage and other dents and dings, and it has 150k miles, so I drive it when the weather is bad or when we need to haul some things. We know it is probably not going to last a lot longer and we don't want to put a lot of money into it so my wife figured a fun sport crossover would be a good choice as her daily driver. I figured she would want to check out the CRV and HRV since she had enjoyed her Hondas, as I have I in the past with Preludes, S2000's and Civic and Accord coupes myself but after driving the CX-30, she was hooked.

I took a fully loaded CX-5 home last Saturday, and while it was very nice, it felt a bit large for her as she is only 5' 4" and weighs about 120 pounds, plus she didn't like how the seats felt. I knew she would like the size of the CX-30 or maybe even the Mazda3 hatch better but had to try the CX-5 to be sure. After we took the CX-5 back, I drove the CX-30 first then turned it over to her and we both loved it. She looked at the Mazda3 hatch after we got back from the CX-30 drive but she didn't want to drive it then since she liked sitting up higher as well as having a bit more room inside. Plus the price was about the same for a comparable model.

She really wanted a sunroof so I explained that she would have to get the Premium for that and asked if the extra money was worth it. We then looked at a Preferred but she liked the seats in the Premium better plus the heads up, power lift gate, and a few other extras made the decision easy. As far as colors went, Machine Gray was her first choice since she loves it on my RF and because it blends well with the plastic cladding but she didn't want black or dark blue. Then it was time to decide on the interior color. She usually prefers a lighter interior but felt that the white leather was such a contrast and that without any of the same color in the door panels that it just didn't look as good as she had hoped, so the Machine Gray over black FWD CX-30 that we test drove was exactly what she wanted.

We drove it home Saturday evening, signed the papers on Wednesday and got the rear cargo tray and tonneau cover then as well. I picked up the high wall floor mats, sun shade, rear bumper protector today and will put the first two in there tonight to surprise her in the morning. I'll probably wait on installing the rear bumper protector until I can take it to our garage at work where I have a lot more room and better lighting.

Fortunately, when we go out and don't take the Miata, I always drive so she can read or catch up on writing work records, so I will be driving it quite a bit and am already thinking about getting one for myself when the Hyundai finally wears out.

I look forward to posting, sharing, and learning here as I have enjoyed doing on the Miataforum since 1999, where I am not only a member but a moderator as well.
 

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Welcome to the forum @Captainkirkw! I'm happy to have someone with your expertise on the forum. Sorry to hear about your wife in her Miata, glad to hear she's ok.

Was the CX-30 the only vehicle you test drove?
 

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Thank you. She actually had an Accord coupe that was totaled and that is what she had before that. I'm the Mazda nut but we had talked about her getting a Miata of her own at one point and we may still do that down the road.

Other than the CX-5, which we drove earlier in the day, the CX-30 was the only other vehicle. She didn't really like the looks of the Honda HRV and knew that the CRV would feel similar if not larger feeling than the CX-5 did. She never expressed interest in any other crossover so that made it pretty easy. I figured she would like the CX-30 but not as much as she actually does so we are both happy. When we go out together and don't the Miata then I drive, so I will be driving the CX-30 quite often.

Plus, with me having worked with Mazda for so long, let's just say that I get treated really well when I want a new Mazda. I, of course, steer as much business their way as I can because I love the while line up and know that a lot of people don't really consider Mazda when they are shopping for new cars. I have created a lot of converts over the years.
 

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Honda did so well with the new Accord that i'm surprised they dropped the ball on offering a sporty SUV like the CX-30. But there is hope. DNA from the new Acura RDX might find its way into something within Honda.

Since Mazda's are your area of expertise, what do you think of the CX-30's build quality? It seems to be a growing concern these days even with brands and models we used to trust for decades. Toyota for example has put off MANY people by offering CVT transmissions.

Interested in hearing your take.

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So far, so good. We have only had it a couple of weeks, but I never had any major issues with any of my new Mazdas nor those I drove as demos where I put the first 5,000 miles on them.

I'm really enjoying driving it and while my wife misses her coupe, she likes the CX-30 more and more each day she drives it.
 

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Honda did so well with the new Accord that i'm surprised they dropped the ball on offering a sporty SUV like the CX-30. But there is hope. DNA from the new Acura RDX might find its way into something within Honda.

Since Mazda's are your area of expertise, what do you think of the CX-30's build quality? It seems to be a growing concern these days even with brands and models we used to trust for decades. Toyota for example has put off MANY people by offering CVT transmissions.

Interested in hearing your take.

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I completely agree, I can't stand the HRV's looks, I don't know what Honda was thinking.
 

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I completely agree, I can't stand the HRV's looks, I don't know what Honda was thinking.
I agree too, the only thing the HRV has got going for it is the large cargo area and "magic" rear seat configuration. However, it has sold extremely well, both in the US and Canada.
 

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I agree too, the only thing the HRV has got going for it is the large cargo area and "magic" rear seat configuration. However, it has sold extremely well, both in the US and Canada.
I've been so turned off by the HRV I didn't even know about the rear seats lol.
 
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