The2023 Mazda CX-30 is basically a lifted, or taller version, of the Mazda 3 hatchback. It is about the same size except that the CX-30 is taller. So, if you like the Mazda 3 then you might also like the CX-30. The CX-30 is in between the Mazda 3 and CX-5.
The 2023 Mazda CX-30 has a 2.5L Turbo engine with AWD. FWD is an option but not with this turbo engine. It produces 250hp and 320lb-ft of torque with premium gasoline. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The CX-30 is rated for 10.5L/100km in the city and 7.9L/100km on the highway. I averaged a combined 9.1L/100km during my time with the CX-30. I averaged about the same with the Mazda 3 so although it is a bit bigger it still is great on gas.
The Mazda CX-30 still feels and drives very much on the sporty side even though it sits a bit taller. It is still a fun size crossover SUV as it drives great on twisty roads and picks up speed decently. It really doesn’t feel like you are driving a crossover SUV and feels more like a smaller vehicle. 0-100km/h can be reached in about 6 seconds. Driving around in the CX-30 doesn’t feel much different than if you were to drive in the Mazda 3.
I had no issues with sitting comfortably in the CX-30. Seat adjustments are enough to find the perfect seating position. The rear seats are also comfortable for longer road trips. Leg space, however, is not the greatest especially for taller individuals. It can be a bit squishy especially if the driver and front passenger seats are pushed back. Trunk space isn’t a whole lot either with 572 L behind 2nd row seats and 1,280 L with the 2nd row folded. I wouldn’t think the CX-30 would be comfortable with small children in car seats so if space is a must, then this CX-30 isn’t an option.
Mazda, as we all know, has made a big improvement with their vehicle’s interior. I can’t complain, it feels more on the luxurious side without having to spend so much. It is equipped with leather/leatherette seats with 4 colours to choose from in Canada. The CX-30 is equipped with an 8.8-inch infotainment system. While I am not a fan of the rotary knob as I would much prefer a touchscreen, it is simple to use, it just requires patience.
I am a fan of Mazda, but I am just not really liking the exterior of the CX-30. It doesn’t look stylish like the Mazda 3 hatchback or the CX-5. I think it has to do a lot with the thick cladding around the vehicle and the fact that is looks like a hatchback but also trying to look like a SUV. This is all just cosmetic though but if I were to purchase a car, i’d want it to look great inside and out. It is equipped with 18-inch wheels. The front side of the CX-30 however is identical to all other Mazda models in this generation.
Overall, the CX-30 drives great, it is fun and comfortable. Enough space for a couple but not a crossover SUV I would choose. I would much prefer a 3 sport/hatchback or a CX-5. The CX-30 is slightly more spacious than a Mazda 3 but not enough to be convincing to believe it would be better. The CX-30 is however great on gas, perfect for daily commutes, and is not an expensive crossover. Starting price is $27,050 CAD for the CX-30 GX and $22,950 USD for the CX-30 2.5 S in the United States.