Mazda suv 2020. First Drive: Small, Seductive 2020 Mazda CX

First Drive: Small, Seductive 2020 Mazda CX

Mazda suv 2020

Among the ways quietness was designed in was the relocation of audio speakers from the doors to under the dashboard, eliminating the openings in the door panels. Mazda says the design is based on research showing it best suits the typical human leg. Moving up one to the Select trim level adds a blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert. The idea is that the setup is safer because the controls are where your hand falls and you can keep your eyes close to the road while glancing at the screen. The Premium trim level is just that, with a rich black and brown or white color scheme and quality perforated leather accented by blue in the perforations. A sweeping curve runs from the headlights to the rear wheels, and the subtle side shaping creates interesting S-shaped highlights from many angles. Rougher city streets did bring out some mild choppiness, however.

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First Drive: Small, Seductive 2020 Mazda CX

Mazda suv 2020

Meanwhile, the widescreen display is standard. But the transmission tuning seems aimed to squeeze out higher mileage ratings, and it hampers winding the engine out. The brakes felt strong, the response predictable and linear, but that was after I got used to pedal motion designed for shorter travel with higher effort. It includes a front collision system with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams and a driver attention alert. First-Class Cabin The interior has a lot of Mazda3 a good thing with a bit more room. If not, click below to join and access the full review and all of our exclusive ratings and reviews for each vehicle we buy and test.

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First Drive: Small, Seductive 2020 Mazda CX

Mazda suv 2020

Membership also gives you full access to exclusive ratings for any of the other products our experts evaluate in several categories, including electronics and appliances. And you have to move up from the base to the Select trim level to get CarPlay and Android Auto. On the plus side, the climate system retains conventional knobs and buttons that have a quality look and feel. Unlike previous Mazdas, the standard 8. Adult passengers will need concessions from the front occupants and still will have their knees hard against the front seats.

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2020 Mazda CX

Mazda suv 2020

It is based on the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback but gives buyers a taller roof height and a more elevated driving position. Body roll is well controlled and steering is quick and precise, aided by the standard Mazda G-Vectoring Control Plus system that uses selective torque and braking inputs to improve steering response and turn-in — as well as the all-wheel drive that is set up to shift torque to reduce understeer. Generous maybe a little too much dark cladding on the bumpers, large wheel arches and lower body visually raise the height, while the rear roof pillars slope steeply back for a more coupelike roofline. Using the paddle shifters can help, as does the aggressive Sport mode that holds lower gears longer — but it also eliminates the 6th gear, raises the noise level and lowers mileage. A packaging oddity to beware of, however: If heated front seats are a must-have, you need to move up three trim levels to get them. Sign up for to be notified when we post our latest road tests.

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2020 Mazda CX

Mazda suv 2020

. All four trims can be configured with front- or all-wheel drive, and all versions come with a 186-hp, four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It features smooth and mostly unadorned sheet metal that emphasizes the shape and surfaces. If you need more cargo space, the backseat folds flat. Handling is controlled and consistent. The ride was firm though comfortable and was stable at speed.

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First Drive: Small, Seductive 2020 Mazda CX

Mazda suv 2020

The dashboard has a layered design with contrasting textures and padded materials, and the controls and trim details look and feel solid. There are four trim levels, including base, Select, Preferred and the test vehicles, which were all Premium. It feels particularly unnatural to many to operate or without a touchscreen. The seats are comfortable and new shaping holds you in place without the restrictive bolstering of some Mazdas. . . .

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