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Japanese automaker has produced some of the most refined mainstream SUVs of the year. The brand’s 2023 model years are arguably even more enticing. That being said, consumers have a major bone to pick with some Mazda vehicles. This debate has spanned too many message boards to count. The new 2023 Mazda CX-30 has an infotainment system that isn’t touchscreen, but should it be?

2023 Mazda CX-30: Mazda says safety first

The interior of a 2023 Mazda CX-30 subcompact SUV.
The 2023 Mazda CX-30 | Mazda

So, there are several Mazda models that don’t include touchscreen infotainment systems. Instead, drivers and passengers have to navigate through the infotainment system options using a rotary dial. This dial seems antiquated for such refined vehicles in the eyes of many consumers.

Many newer Mazda models include standard touchscreen-free infotainment systems. Why does Mazda insist on forcing its buyers to use a dial instead of an interactive surface? The short answer is safety. It’s no secret that screens can be distracting. You’re reading this article using a screen. In a few minutes, there’s a high statistical likelihood that you’ll check your phone screen without being prompted to by any notifications (but that’s another story).

The point is that as technology advances, screens are being integrated into our devices more often than not. While that may be fun and convenient for some machines and devices, it can be incredibly dangerous for automobiles.

One of the reasons why texting and driving is so dangerous is because it’s an act that diverts a driver’s attention from the road. This act has proven to be fatal. Mazda has determined that touchscreen infotainment systems divert drivers’ attention from the road more than touchscreen-free systems. According to CarBuzz, the automaker’s touchscreen-free system is the “safest and most ergonomic to use.”

The great debate: Are touchscreen infotainment systems dangerous?

Europe’s largest motoring association Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club conducted a study to determine which compact car had the safest infotainment system. The CX-30’s cousin, the Mazda CX-3 was found to have the safest system of all compact cars included in the study.

So, while there’s less information proving that touchscreen infotainment systems are dangerous, there’s evidence to support touchscreen-free systems being safer alternatives. Preference is a huge reason why this debate is such a hot topic in the Mazda community.

Touchscreen-free infotainment systems may be safer, but it’s tough to deny that touchscreen systems are often more familiar and enjoyable to use. If you’re looking for a subcompact SUV with a touchscreen infotainment system, then the 2023 Mazda CX-30 isn’t for you.

Should you get a 2023 Mazda CX-30?

A blue 2023 Mazda CX-30 is driving on the road.
The 2023 Mazda CX-30 | Mazda

The Mazda CX-30 is a perfect sedan alternative for consumers that want a little more room and cargo space than a sedan offers. It starts at $22,950.

The CX-30 uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to make 191 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. It achieves 26 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway.

The 2023 Mazda CX-30 comes standard with all-wheel drive and an off-road traction assist system. It also features standard Mazda radar cruise control with stop and go, a keyless entry system, and a 12-volt power outlet. The CX-30 comes in seven different trims to suit different types of consumers.