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2022 Mazda CX-30

Starting at $23,725

9.5/10 C/D RATING
2022 mazda cx30
9.5/10 C/D RATING

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  • Highs Agile handling, class-above interior fit-and-finish, generous standard technology features.
  • Lows Non-turbo model is a bit poky, Mazda 3 hatchback is nearly as practical, occasional clumsiness from the automatic transmission.
  • Verdict In the small SUV segment, the CX-30's balanced handling and upscale cabin make it a winner.
By Drew Dorian


Looking like a taller, more rugged Mazda 3 hatchback, the 2022 CX-30 snuggles up next to the CX-5 and CX-50 on the small end of the brand's SUV lineup. Its curvaceous exterior design and near-premium cabin give the CX-30 an upscale appearance that almost puts it in contention with subcompact luxury crossovers such as the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1, but its pricing is more aligned with mainstream subcompact SUVs such as the Hyundai Kona and the Volkswagen Taos. The entry-level engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which delivers tepid acceleration; hot-shoe drivers will find the optional turbocharged 2.5-liter far more desirable. Handling is agile and the CX-30's on-road demeanor is reminiscent of Mazda's sportier offerings, which we greatly appreciate; so much so, that we gave it an Editors' Choice award. A generous helping of infotainment and driver-assistance features is standard and, starting this year, so is all-wheel drive.

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What's New for 2022?

Mazda has made all-wheel drive standard across the CX-30 lineup for 2022, and a new Carbon Edition is now available. Based on the non-turbo CX-30, the Carbon Edition model borrows its Polymetal Grey paint and red leather upholstery from other Carbon Edition Mazdas and rolls on black 18-inch wheels. The Select model now comes with roof rails as standard equipment; Platinum Quartz Metallic joins the list of available colors.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    We would select the Select trim, as you get more features for not much more money. The Select comes with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and keyless entry. All of the non-turbo trim levels come with the same 2.5-liter engine; all-wheel drive is standard across the lineup.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    The CX-30's standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 186 horsepower which is paired with a six-speed automatic which chooses gears wisely based on driving conditions. A turbocharged 2.5-liter engine is optional and provides 250 horsepower. If you're a fan of the Mazda 3 hatchback, which we are, you'll find the CX-30 just as nimble, athletic, and fun to drive. Its crisp steering and fluid body movements make it a pleasure to pilot on a twisty road and provide a sense of stability when cruising. At our test track, the CX-30 dawdled to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, slower than rivals such as the turbocharged Kona but much quicker than other non-turbocharged SUVs such as the Nissan Rogue Sport and the Subaru Crosstrek. A CX-30 with the optional turbocharged engine delivered substantially quicker acceleration times and managed a 5.8-second zero-to-60-mph time.

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      Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

      The CX-30 receives fuel-economy estimates of 24 city, 31 mpg, and 26 mpg for non-turbo models and 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined with the turboharged engine. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route, our CX-30 Premium test vehicle managed to exactly match its EPA rating of 31 mpg. For more information about the CX-30's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

      Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

      The 2022 CX-30 has a handsome, well-crafted interior; it's shared with that of the Mazda 3, which we love. An infotainment display sprouts from the center of the dashboard and is controlled by a rotary knob on the center console; a row of climate-control buttons divide the upper and lower dash panels. Buyers can choose between either an eight- or 12-speaker audio system and can upgrade to available heated front seats. Going with the top-spec Premium trim adds leather upholstery, a power-operated rear liftgate, and other luxury items that put the CX-30 in contention with luxury-brand offerings such as the Lexus UX and the Mini Countryman. As far as cargo-carrying capability goes, the CX-30 isn't the most voluminous SUV you can buy, but we did fit six carry-on suitcases behind the rear seats and 16 in total with the rear seats folded.

        Infotainment and Connectivity

        The CX-30 comes with a standard 8.8-inch screen and Mazda Connected Services, which allows owners to lock and unlock, remote start, and monitor their vehicle through the MyMazda app. The CX-30 also is equipped with standard Bluetooth, two front USB inputs, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Available features include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration and SiriusXM satellite radio.

        Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

        Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA)

        View Crash Test Results

        There are a number of impressive standard driver-assistance features that come on the CX-30, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, and automated emergency braking. Available optional features include a head-up display and blind-spot monitoring. For more information about the CX-30's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

        • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
        • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
        • Standard adaptive cruise control

        Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

        Specific warranty information hasn't been released, but we anticipate that the coverage will be the same as the other Mazda vehicles. Both Hyundai and Kia easily best Mazda's warranty with both offering 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage.

        • Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
        • Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
        • No complimentary scheduled maintenance



        2021 Mazda CX-30 AWD

        front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

        $29,075 (base price: $24,400)

        DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
        152 in3, 2488 cm3
        186 hp @ 6000 rpm
        186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

        6-speed automatic

        Suspension (F/R): struts/torsion beam
        Brakes (F/R): 11.6-in vented disc/11.9-in disc
        Tires: Bridgestone Turanza EL440, 215/55R-18 95H M+S

        Wheelbase: 104.5 in
        Length: 173.0 in
        Width: 70.7 in
        Height: 61.7 in
        Passenger volume: 94 ft3
        Cargo volume: 20 ft3
        Curb weight: 3293 lb

        60 mph: 7.6 sec
        100 mph: 20.9 sec
        Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.9 sec
        Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec
        Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.1 sec
        1/4 mile: 15.9 sec @ 89 mph
        Top speed (mfr's claim): 126 mph
        Braking, 70–0 mph: 174 ft
        Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.85 g
        Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec

        Observed: 27 mpg
        75-mph highway driving: 32 mpg
        Highway range: 400 mi

        Combined/city/highway: 26/24/31 mpg

        3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper
        5 years/60,000 miles powertrain
        5 years/unlimited miles corrosion protection
        3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance


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