SUV? Not Exactly.
Mazda has been pushing the boundaries of what’s capable in great-looking, fun-to-drive, and affordable vehicles for years now, so it should come as no surprise that they’ve shifted so much of their focus to their groundbreaking lineup of CUVs, or Crossover Utility Vehicles.
What makes a CUV different from an SUV, you ask? Well, first and foremost, refinement. A CUV is more suited for the highway than the dusty trail, easy on the bumps, and more ready to handle corners like a sports car than a hulking adventure machine.
In short, they offer all the space and utility of an SUV but can be a whole lot more fun to drive, especially if you’re talking about one of these Mazda CUV models.
The CX-3 is Mazda’s most compact CUV. Perfect for the busy day-to-day life, where zipping around town is essential to your life and squeezing into those tight spaces—be they parking lots or parallel spots—is something you have to tangle with regularly.
And with a peppy Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter engine motivating front or all-wheel-drive, it’s perhaps the zippiest compact crossover available anywhere.
But don’t let the CX-3’s small footprint fool you. You can still fit five adults comfortably, making this the ideal carpool ride.
Step up from the CX-3 and into the CX-30 and you’ll find a turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G along with available i-Activ all-wheel-drive, which offers a bit more bite when it’s needed.
And with a handful of luxury flairs like heated front seats and a massive touchscreen infotainment system, the low sticker price on a CX-30 might have you doing a second take at your Mazda dealership.
Another step up the line is the CX-5, which is where the Mazda CUV lineup embraces luxury above almost everything else.
The CX-5 boasts an interior that wouldn’t be out of place in one of those European luxury SUVs, with heated front and rear seats that cradle your body, urbane lines that offer some of the most high-minded design, and a tech-savvy interior that revolves around the enormous 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Of course, performance is always key, which is why you’ll find that same 2.5-liter turbo engine under the hood here.
The flagship of Mazda’s CUV lineup, the CX-9 is a three-row masterpiece that puts you in the lap of refinement and surrounds you with some of the most handsome design and engineering you’ll find in a CUV.
With available quilted Nappa leather seats, second-row captain’s chairs with center console, and, just like every other Mazda CUV, tons of tech like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, blind-spot monitoring, and Smart City brake support with pedestrian detection, this is hands down the most luxurious and tech-laden vehicle you’ll ever find at this low of a price point.
No other lineup of utility vehicles comes close to the performance and feel of Mazda crossover utility vehicles. Which one suits you the best? Find out whan you visit your Mazda dealership and get behind the wheel.