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I'm continually impressed by Mazda's attention to details on the CX-30. How cool is it that they add your navigation favorites to the favorites button. When backing out of a parking spot I did not see an oncoming car crossing behind me - the CX-30 alerted me with a sound from the REAR of the car - bringing my attention to the rear ! The headlights are incredibly bright compared even to Audi's I have owned - which are among the brightest. The engine bay components and attention to detail compares to a German car. My 2018 Camry XSE had very poor body panel fitment - you could see 3/8" gaps between panels and often one side of the panel was a different distance than the other side. The CX-30 panels are all consistent and very close - more like an Audi than a Toyota. The CX-30 shows Mazda is serious about building a world class car.
 

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I am very impressed on how quiet it is. With the windows up there is no outside noise. They really did a great job with the CX-30
 

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@nusslejj Did you check out other SUV's in person before deciding on the CX-30? Also what are your thoughts on build quality?
As for me I road tested the following cars before I got the CX-30: I am lucky in that the all the dealerships are within 10 minutes from my house. It was a 2 month journey to test all.
But none of the cars can close to the build quality and driving test accept the CX-3 & CX-5 and the Honda CR-V.

Nissan Kicks
Chevrolet Trax
Mazda CX-3
Hyundai Kona
Toyota C-HR
Honda CR-V
Honda HR-V
2020 Kia Sportage
2020 Kia Soul
Nissan Rogue
Hyundai Tucson
Nissan Rogue Sport
Kia Seltos
Mazda CX-5
 

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Wow - 14 cars ! That's quite a testimonial for the CX-30. I've been an Audi / VW guy for many years. My father-in-law retired from VW so I have had access to the VW eTag program for 10 years. Basically you pick whatever you like in the 'port' for 6-11 months for a relatively small monthly payment, then turn it in and pick another. I was looking for something where the drive/quality/features/fit/finish was 'like' an Audi A3/A4/Q3/GTI, but not the the price and cost of ownership. Surprisingly - my first visit to the local Mazda dealer was to drive a CX-5 turbo - which was ok but not what I was looking for. As soon as I started a test drive in the CX-30 I knew that was the car. There was really only ONE trade-off - performance. The Audi/GTI 2.0 turbo has a lot more HP and torque with similar or better fuel mileage. The counter argument is the SkyactivG will likely be more reliable long-term, as it has no turbo, no dual-clutch transmission that requires expensive maintenance, and is less is costly to own. I think Audi/BMW/Mercedes/Acura/Volvo should be very worried about the CX-30.

The CX-30 works for me because I'm a 'tweener' - Toyota/Honda/Chevy/Ford/etc. are not nice enough, Audi/BMW/MB/etc. are nice enough but too expensive to purchase/own. Mazda is fitting their products into that niche.
 

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"Tweener" -- perfect description of me when it comes to cars. I owned and drove a Lexus RX330 for 16 years and I loved it. But I just couldn't get comfortable with spending $50k+ to replace it with another one. At <$30k out the door for a Premium FWD (blue, no red paint for me) the CX-30 is a heck of a value. And fun to drive!
 
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