Mazda continues to pack value into one of its most popular models.
Mazda has announced pricing for the 2023 CX-30.
The Japanese luxury crossover will start at $22,950 for naturally aspirated cars, with the peppier CX-30 Turbo starting at $33,800. Mazda brought a few new changes to the CX-30, including better fuel economy and higher power figures. The standard engine is now capable of cylinder deactivation and will achieve 26/33/29 mpg city/highway/combined (up from 24/31/26). As for the turbo, expect the same fuel economy as last year's model (22/30/25).
While CX-30 pricing has risen yet again for 2023, Mazda hopes its seven available trim choices will allow customers to pick their price point a bit better. All trim levels come with a slew of standard features (too many to name here), so we've selected the highlights from each to show you, as well as anything that comes standard on all models.
For all models in the range, Mazda's i-Activ AWD is standard. Until you reach the Turbo Premium trim, all trims get the N/A four-cylinder engine making 191 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Standard safety assists include radar cruise control, auto emergency braking, high beams assist, and lane-keep assist.
The CX-30 S Select ($25,400) gets aluminum roof rails and blindspot monitoring with cross-traffic alert. Inside, it adds black leatherette seats, a leather shifter and wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Mazda also tosses in different 18-inch wheels.
The CX-30 S Preferred starts at $28,220. Entering the lineup here adds heated seats, as well as an eight-way power driver's seat. This trim offers a grey interior and a black painted grille. We've covered the Mazda's Carbon Editions at length already, so here's some highlights for the CX-30 Carbon Edition ($29,290): Polymetal Gray paint, red leather seats, black 18-inch wheels, all features found on the aforementioned S Preferred trim, and heated mirrors.
The CX-30 lineup stays naturally aspirated for one final trim level, the S Premium, starting at $31,060. This adds a HUD with adaptive lighting and traffic sign recognition, plus real leather seats in black or white. Mazda adds paddle shifters here, but as we found with our Mazda 3, they're not a necessary item. We found the six-speed transmission to be just fine for daily driving, but this is not the kind of car you'll want to use the paddles in. They just aren't responsive enough. Navigation and 18-inch aluminum alloys are also available here, as well as LED headlights and taillights.
Finally, the more powerful CX-30 Turbo range starts with the Premium trim. Making 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque (on premium fuel), it starts at $33,800. Mazda adds a heated steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icer, black 18-inch wheels, a 12-speaker Bose system, and a frameless auto-dim rearview mirror to the Turbo.
You can also have your pick of any color Mazda offers, but Soul Red Cyrstal Metallic (pictured above) is better than any red offered on competitors and thus should be your only choice. That, along with Machine Gray Metallic, will run you $595. The Carbon Edition's Polymetal Gray Metallic and Mazda's Snowflake White Pearl Mica run $395 each.
Finally, the CX-30 range is topped off by the Turbo Premium Plus, starting at $35,400. It adds all features from the below trims, including a 360-degree camera system with front and rear parking sensors. Mazda includes its own Smart Brake Support-Rear and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking too. Traffic Jam Assist is only available here, and Homelink is now added to that frameless mirror we talked about above.
With more than $10,000 separating the range, we called the CX-30 the "driver's crossover." Much like the Mazda3 Turbo, we found the CX to be a transmission away from greatness, and it's no surprise that the CX-30 continues to be one of the brand's hardest-hitting models on sales alone.