Mazda CX-30 2023

The 2.5L normally-aspirated four in our GT tester was a delight. It spins happily, delivers a pleasing soundtrack, and is more than powerful enough for the car. The conventional, hydraulic, six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, downshifts on command and is geared to deliver good acceleration as well as relaxed cruising. The CX-30’s steering is direct, perfectly weighted and even telegraphs some road surface information back to the driver. Braking is strong, with a nice, firm pedal, and no lost motion. Despite its large 18 inch wheels, the CX-3O rides with a firm compliance that never transmits road shock to the cabin. Handling allies well with crisp turn-in and lean-free cornering. On the road, the CX-30 feels like a very expensive car. The small side windows don’t really impede visibility when driving but are a problem for drive-thru habitués who will struggle to get a larger than medium coffee through the driver’s window. Air-conditioning keeps occupants cool even during sweltering weather. The Bose-branded audio system in our GT testers delivers pleasing sounds that can be widely tailored to individual tastes.

Based on the Mazda 3, the CX-30, slots into the Mazda lineup under the CX-5. Built on a shorter wheelbase, the CX-30 is 64 mm (2.5 inch) shorter, 146 mm (5.7 inches) wider and taller than the 3 hatchback. Power stems from two normally-aspirated fours, a 2L and a 2.5L, and a 2.5L turbo. All-wheel drive is standard and a six-speed automatic is the sole transmission on offer.
The cabin incorporates many of the same pieces as the 3, and like its passenger car sibling, radiates a Zen-like elegance rendered from attractive materials that are plush enough as to make some luxury carmakers blush with embarrassment. The simple, traditional looking gauges (the speedo is actually transistor film technology) and simple, logical controls, are very chic. Some steering wheel-mounted control markings are a bit faint to be totally visible. The climate controls could also be better marked but their operation becomes straightforward once you know where they are. Mazda’s rotary-dial infotainment controller can lead to the driver being lost among the menus, but once accustomed to it, it is easier to manipulate while driving than the touch screens used by other carmakers.
The greater cabin height of the CX-30 compared to the 3, delivers increased spaciousness front and rear. If front occupants show some consideration for those in the rear, four adults can be carried reasonably comfortably in the CX-30. Cargo space will prove sufficient for most users but is no better than it would be in a compact hatchback. The seats are comfortable, front and rear, and our GT tester, with a black, white and dark brown colour scheme, is very stylish. Attractive faux alloy accents brightened the interior. The CX-30 has a more elegant cabin than luxury-branded vehicles like the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and even the Audi Q3.

All-wheel drive is featured on all CX-30s. With blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, alloy wheels and L.E.D. headlights, the base GX is nicely equipped. The GS, which adds a forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, including for pedestrians and, lane departure warning, a lane-keep assist system, adaptive cruise control inscluding stop and go, a dual-zone climate system, deep-tint glass, rear seat vent, heated exterior mirrors, a heated steering wheel as well as the 2.5L engine, is a bargain. The GS Luxury upgrad adds a sunroof, a memory system, a 10-way power driver’s seat and an auto-dim rearview mirror, constitutes good value. The range-topping GT inclusdes leather seating, a Bose-branded audio system, navigation, a power tailgate, front and rear parking sonar, a 360 degree camera system, adaptive headlights and a head up display system, is a bargain. The turbo engine is a $2400 option on the GT only. At 40 percent of total sales, the uptake of the turbo engine (GT only) is very high. However, the GT trim can be harder to get than the more mainstream GS trim. About half of CX-30 intenders finance, 35 percent lease with the balance paying cash, perhaps a reflection of higher interest rates. Delivery times of the CX-30 range from six months to a year, depending on the trim.

Above average reliability is expected. Very good rust resistance. Unlimited mileage warranties are an interesting market proposition from Mazda and a real plus for high-mileage drivers. Turbo engines: Mazda’s last-generation of turbo cars (MazdaSpeed 3 and 6 and the CX-7) lacked durability. An extended powertrain warranty recommended if you plan to keep the car past the five year powertrain warranty.

Last update: June 27, 2023


  • Engine

    2L-4 .(155 HP), 2.5L-4 (191 HP)*, 2.5L-4 T (227 HP)
  • Transmissions

  • Fuel consumption

    City: 9L/100 km Road: 7.1L/100 km
  • Drive Layout

    All-wheel drive
  • Body Style

    Compact SUV & Crossover



What’s new this year?

Power output from the 2.5L four increases from 186 to 191 horsepower. Numerous trim and equipment tweaks for 2023 including adding the elements of the previous GT Advanced Visibility package into the GT trim. Outboard side airbags for the rear seat are new this year.

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What dealers pay$ 22 222

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Report - October 2, 2023
Base vehicle
$ 0 $ 27 050
$ 0 $ 30 350
GS Luxury
$ 0 $ 32 550
$ 0 $ 36 550
GT Turbo
$ 0 $ 38 950
GT models with standard sound system (AA04)

Price may vary if purchased without Navigation system - contact dealer for details.

$ 0 -$ 400
Full Leather Upholstery
$ 0 $ 200
Machine Grey Metallic

Available on select trims.

$ 0 $ 350
Soul Red Crystal Metallic

Available on select trims.

$ 0 $ 450
Ceramic Metallic

Available on select trims.

$ 0 $ 198
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$ 0 $ 1 995
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