The Mazda CX-30 is our pick for 2020 Car of the Year

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by Drei Laurel | Apr 16, 2021
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To say that 2020 was a rough year for the local industry is kind of putting it lightly. Remember: Deadly airborne viruses bringing entire economies to a halt tend to throw a wrench into the works when it comes to selling things—cars included.

The industry didn’t lay down and die, though. In fact, quite the opposite happened. Manufacturers made adjustments, cars continued to be moved, and a total of 244,274 brand-new keys were handed to customers in 2020. Among last year’s batch of new introductions, we’ve chosen the Mazda CX-30 to be our Car of the Year.

The Mazda CX-30

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As usual, we’ve come to our pick by way of voting. Top Gear Philippines writers and editors took part in choosing a winner with the goal of finding the most impactful model in the 2020 release window.

Now, a little background information. Each voter had to pick their top five cars of 2020, with the first-place vote carrying a weight of 10 points. Second place gets a car seven points, third nets five points, and fourth and fifth receive three and one point, respectively. Check out the results below:

Dinzo Tabamo

1st Place – Toyota Corolla Cross

2nd Place – Mazda CX-30

3rd Place – Kia Seltos

4th Place – Ford F-150

5th Place – Honda City

Jason Tulio

1st Place – Honda City

2nd Place – Ford Territory

3rd Place – Suzuki S-Presso

4th Place – Geely Azkarra

5th Place – Kia Stonic

Drei Laurel

1st Place – Mazda CX-30

2nd Place – Honda City

3rd Place – Nissan 370z

4th Place – Land Rover Defender

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5th Place – Suzuki S-Presso

Leandre Grecia

1st Place – Kia Stonic

2nd Place – Ford F-150

3rd Place – Suzuki S-Presso

4th Place – Toyota Corolla Cross

5th Place – Nissan 370z

Sharleen Banzon

1st Place – Kia Stonic

2nd Place – Land Rover Defender

3rd Place – Honda City

4th Place – Lexus IS

5th Place – Suzuki S-Presso

Niky Tamayo

1st Place – Toyota Corolla Cross

2nd Place – Geely Azkarra

3rd Place – Mazda CX-30

4th Place – Suzuki S-Presso

5th Place – Land Rover Defender

Andrew Guerrero

1st Place – Kia Stonic

2nd Place – Ford Territory

3rd Place – Mercedes-Benz GLB

4th Place – Geely Okavango

5th Place – Land Rover Defender

Robby Consunji

1st Place – Mazda CX-30

2nd Place – Land Rover Defender

3rd Place – Kia Seltos

4th Place – Hyundai Venue

5th Place – BMW 1-Series

Carlo Chungunco

1st Place – Mazda CX-30

2nd Place – Mazda CX-8

3rd Place – Land Rover Defender

4th Place – Toyota Corolla Cross

5th Place – Jaguar I-Pace

Ian Magbanua

1st Place – Toyota Corolla Cross

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2nd Place – Mazda CX-30

3rd Place – Honda City

4th Place – Maxus G50

5th Place – Geely Okavango

Raymond Figuerres

1st Place – Lexus IS

2nd Place – Mazda CX-8

3rd Place – Geely Okavango

4th Place – Land Rover Defender

5th Place – Nissan 370z

Final COTY scores

1st Place – Mazda CX-30 (49 points)

2nd Place – Toyota Corolla Cross (36 points)

3rd Place – Kia Stonic (31 points)

4th Place – Honda City (28 points)

5th Place – Land Rover Defender (27 points)

It’s the CX-30, and it isn’t very close—a well-deserved win. Mazda’s sharp new offering looks great, feels incredible to drive, and offers a level of refinement that simply stands out in an ever-growing sea of crossovers. Congratulations, Mazda Philippines.

So, do you agree with our pick? Let us know what model you feel should have won Car of the Year in the comments.

The Mazda CX-30 on the road

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