In the past, the Mazda CX-30 has struggled to keep up with some of the competition. This is because it has been restricted to the use of a plain old four-cylinder engine with only 186 hp and 186 lb-ft. Now with standard AWD across the range, this engine is enough to get the subcompact from 0-60 mph in around eight seconds, according to independent test drive reports. This acceleration is on par with similarly powered rivals like the Ford EcoSport, but falls far short of what turbo-powered competitors are reporting. Top speed maxes out at around 126 mph.
The 2.5 Turbo model uses a turbocharged four-pot with up to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft, and although Mazda doesn't quote 0-60 times for the CX-30, independent tests place the car at 6.2 seconds. This is slightly quicker than the turbocharged Hyundai Kona, which takes 6.6 seconds, but the sporty Kona N is even quicker. The new power plant is available with AWD only, but it gets the same six-speed automatic transmission as the standard engine. While the auto hasn't disappointed us in the past, it can't match the refinement and responsiveness found in some competitors.
The base engine under the hood of the Mazda CX-30 remains the same 2.5-liter four-pot that debuted last year. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, it develops 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque which is directed to all four wheels. Overall, the powertrain is still capable, with smooth power delivery, but it will feel quite bland if you take the 2.5 Turbo for a test drive first.
The new top-tier Turbo receives a 2.5L turbocharged four-pot, which finally gives the Mazda CX-30 the kind of horsepower that its rivals taunted it with previously. When burning regular gasoline, it develops 227 hp and 310 lb-ft, but this is boosted to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft if you don't mind paying for premium. The same six-speed automatic transmission does duty in this Mazda CX-30 configuration, but AWD is the only option. Whatever complaints buyers might have had about the Mazda's sluggish performance will quickly be silenced the moment you feel the engine hum to life and surge the subcompact past slower cars on the highway. With 310 lb-ft of torque on tap, this engine loves to deliver twist at low rpms, but can run out of steam at the top of the rev range. Think of it more like a diesel or a luxury powertrain than a hot hatch engine, and the turbo mill doesn't disappoint.
|Mazda CX-30 Trims||Mazda CX-30 Engines||Mazda CX-30 Horsepower||Mazda CX-30 Transmissions||Mazda CX-30 Drivetrains||Mazda CX-30 MPG/MPGE|
|2.5 S||2.5L Inline-4 Gas||186 hp @ 6000 rpm||6-Speed Automatic||AWD||26 MPG|
|2.5 S Select Package||2.5L Inline-4 Gas||186 hp @ 6000 rpm||6-Speed Automatic||AWD||26 MPG|
|2.5 S Preferred Package||2.5L Inline-4 Gas||186 hp @ 6000 rpm||6-Speed Automatic||AWD||26 MPG|
|2.5 S Carbon Edition||2.5L Inline-4 Gas||186 hp @ 6000 rpm||6-Speed Automatic||AWD||26 MPG|
|2.5 Turbo||2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas||227 hp @ 5000 rpm||6-Speed Automatic||AWD||25 MPG|
|2.5 S Premium Package||2.5L Inline-4 Gas||186 hp @ 6000 rpm||6-Speed Automatic||AWD||26 MPG|
|2.5 Turbo Premium Package||2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas||227 hp @ 5000 rpm||6-Speed Automatic||AWD||25 MPG|
|2.5 Turbo Premium Plus Package||2.5L Turbo Inline-4 Gas||227 hp @ 5000 rpm||6-Speed Automatic||AWD||25 MPG|
Small SUVs boast pretty good gas mileage figures, and the CX-30 is on par with rivals in terms of economy. It returns 24/31/26 mpg city/highway/combined with the less powerful engine. The turbo model is only slightly less economical, rated at 22/30/25. We observed around 22.5 mpg in mostly city driving. With a 12.7-gallon gas tank, the CX-30's range works out to 330 miles with the standard engine and about 317 miles with the turbocharged unit.
|Mazda CX-30 Trims||2.5 S||2.5 S Select Package||2.5 S Preferred Package||2.5 S Carbon Edition||2.5 Turbo||2.5 S Premium Package||2.5 Turbo Premium Package||2.5 Turbo Premium Plus Package|
|Mazda CX-30 Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)||24/31||24/31||24/31||24/31||22/30||24/31||22/30||22/30|