Mazda CX-30: Elevated, Hot Hatch?

The Mazda CX-30 is a compact crossover that smartly bridges the gap between mainstream and luxury offerings. It boasts a competitively priced base model, generously loaded with features. However, as you climb the trim ladder and opt for the turbocharged engine variant, the price nudges toward luxury models. Nonetheless, the CX-30’s exceptional value proposition makes it a compelling choice for those seeking a small SUV.

2023 Mazda CX-30 profile

Model Overview

Introduced in 2020, the CX-30 was initially offered with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. This model seats five and is Mazda’s smallest utility vehicle.

Beginning in 2022, all-wheel drive became standard. In its second year, a turbocharged engine option debuted, giving customers two engine choices that remain. Modest equipment changes since have kept this model near the top in a competitive segment.

The 2023 Mazda CX-30 is available in seven grades: 2.5 S, 2.5 S Select, 2.5 S Preferred, 2.5 S Carbon Edition, 2.5 S Premium, 2.5 Turbo Premium, and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. Prices for these models range from approximately $22,950 to $35,400, excluding a destination fee of $1,375.

Highlights of the 2023 Mazda CX-30

The Mazda CX-30 offers a sporty stance, sharing the design characteristics of a hatchback. Notably, this model comes equipped with LED headlights and a unique combination of LED taillights and daytime running lights, adding a touch of sophistication to its exterior. Enhancing visibility and convenience, it features rain-sensing windshield wipers that automatically adjust to precipitation levels. Further, the front of the vehicle boasts a matte finish grille, lending a stylish edge to the overall look. The back end is accentuated by a black rear roof spoiler that enhances its sporty appeal. Complementing its road presence are 16-inch alloy wheels, outfitted with P215/65 R16 tires, offering a smooth and stable drive.

Upgradeable features based on packages and trim levels include 18-inch alloy wheels. Also, dual-folding and heated side mirrors, an adaptive front lighting system, and signature exterior lighting are available.

Comfort and Convenience

Inside, the CX-30 prioritizes comfort and convenience. The seats are adorned with quality cloth, with synthetic leather and real hides available. Power windows and door locks with remote keyless entry streamline access to the vehicle. The dashboard features a clear 7-inch LCD meter display. The car also boasts a versatile 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback for extra cargo space and an electronic parking brake for secure parking.

Move up through the trim range and such features as powered front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel become available. Ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, and a power-sliding glass moonroof are also attainable.

Performance Choices

This model comes with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 191 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. It works with a 6-speed automatic transmission that features manual and sport modes. The standard all-wheel-drive system enhances stability across different terrains, and it also benefits from an off-road traction assist feature. Additional safety provisions include ABS brakes with EBD and brake assist, along with a handy hill launch assist. For added security, an engine-immobilizer anti-theft system is incorporated.

Turbo Delight

Also available is a turbocharged version of the same engine. In turbo form, output rises to 227/250 horsepower and 310/320 pound-feet of torque. The latter numbers represent when this vehicle is fueled with premium gasoline. The same transmission choice is offered.

Matt Keegan
Author: Matthew Keegan
Matt Keegan is a journalist, media professional, and owner of this website. He has an extensive writing background and has covered the automotive sector continuously since 2004. When not driving and evaluating new vehicles, Matt enjoys spending his time outdoors.

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