Mazda seems to have mastered the art of designing cars that appeal to the masses, and the CX-30, as one of the newest models, is a fine example of this. Sleek curves abound, with large wheel arches that house 16-inch alloy wheels on the base trim and 18-inch variants on the rest. The front fascia is dominated by a large pentagonal grille, finished in matte on the 2.5 S and gloss black on the upper trims. Thin automatic LED headlights border the grille, supplemented by LED daytime running lights, and complemented by signature LED taillights on the top trims. Rear privacy glass is added from the Select upwards, while the Preferred adds a power-sliding moonroof, and the Premium rounds things out with a power liftgate, roof rails, and a shark fin antenna. The 2.5 Turbo trims will deviate slightly from this aesthetic to advertise its stronger performance. The 18-inch wheels are coated in black, as are the side mirrors. It also gets larger tailpipes and bespoke badging on the tailgate.
The new Carbon Edition comes with black 18-inch wheels and gloss black mirrors to match its gray paint.
Slotting below the larger CX-5, the Mazda CX-30 is a well-proportioned subcompact. An overall length of 173 inches makes it ideal for the urban environment, while a 104.4-inch wheelbase creates surprisingly a spacious cabin. With the mirrors folded down, it measures 70.7 inches in width. Height varies a little bit between the trim levels, starting at 61.7 inches on the 2.5 S, and increasing to 62.2 inches from the 2.5 Preferred up. Ground clearance is standard at eight inches, so you can take it off-road in a pinch. Curb weight ranges from 3,234 pounds to 3,388 lbs, depending on the drivetrain selected.
|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|
|Max Width||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.|
|Length||173 in.||173 in.||173 in.||173 in.||173 in.||173 in.||173 in.||173 in.|
|Height||61.7 in.||61.7 in.||61.7 in.||61.7 in.||61.7 in.||61.7 in.||61.7 in.||61.7 in.|
|Wheelbase||104.4 in.||104.4 in.||104.4 in.||104.4 in.||104.4 in.||104.4 in.||104.4 in.||104.4 in.|
|Mazda CX-30 Trims||Curb Weight|
|2.5 S||3,388 lbs.|
|2.5 S Select Package||3,388 lbs.|
|2.5 S Preferred Package||3,388 lbs.|
|2.5 S Carbon Edition||3,388 lbs.|
|2.5 Turbo||3,505 lbs.|
|2.5 S Premium Package||3,388 lbs.|
|2.5 Turbo Premium Package||3,505 lbs.|
|2.5 Turbo Premium Plus Package||3,505 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||16" x 6.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||16" x 6.5"|
Mazda does not offer the most extensive choice of paint colors when it comes to customizing your ride. A total of seven are presented across the range, with the entry-level 2.5 S only getting access to Jet Black Mica or Deep Crystal Blue Mica for free, with Snowflake White Pearl Mica adding $395 to the bill. Most of the remaining paints are unlocked when you upgrade to the Select. An additional no-cost color at this level is Platinum Quartz Metallic. For $595, you can opt for Machine Gray Metallic, but if the photos of the CX-30 are anything to go by, most shoppers will want the other $595 option - Soul Red Crystal Metallic, which certainly bolsters the sporty image of the little crossover. The final color is Polymetal Gray Metallic, which is made available for $395 on the Turbo models. This is the only color that is compatible with the Carbon Edition.