How’s Our 2020 Mazda CX-30 Holding Up?

Our long-term 2020 mazda cx-30 is far from the highest-milage vehicle in our long-term fleet, but after nearly a year of schlepping us around town, taking us on road trips, and working as a photo support vehicle, it’s starting to show some signs of its age. Although its powertrain remains steadfastly reliable, our compact SUV is starting to show some premature wear and tear after about 13,000 miles.

Early aging isn’t necessarily a surprise with any car after this long, but it’s still disappointing, especially considering our mazda cx-30 is among the vehicles with the lowest mileage in our fleet. The biggest wear point seems to be its glossy faux-carbon-fiber trim, which can be found on the dash and on the center console. It’s on the latter surface where there’s the most patina, if you will. The CX-30’s center console trim wears easily, now displaying a rainbow of small scratches that are especially apparent in direct sunlight. For such a high-trafficked touchpoint, a harder-wearing finish is a must.

Speaking of harder wearing, our CX-30’s white leather seats are starting to show signs of age. Once ivory white, the CX-30’s comfortable front seats now look almost tan after a year of blue jeans and dark slacks sliding across them. The side bolsters are showing their age, too. The outer portion of the bolster is marred from brushing against the black-trimmed A-pillar. That’s a weird place for wear, but it’s most likely because the front seats need to be slid far forward to fold the rear seat back down, as the CX-30 is too small to do so with the front seats in a comfortable seating position.

Although there’s not much the dealer can do about the wear and tear to the CX-30’s interior, we’re hoping the accelerated aging of our SUV’s interior levels off.

Read More About Our Long-Term 2020 mazda cx-30 Premium AWD:

  • Arrival
  • Update 1: Looking for Joy Beyond the Numbers
  • Update 2: Evaluating the SUV’s Cargo Capabilities
  • Update 3: Road Trip Review: When Driving Doesn’t Matter
  • Update 4: Mazda’s Dealership Experience Is as Nice as Our 2020 CX-30

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