The 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus crossover delivers all the features and options needed- and then some – at an affordable price families can afford.
With a starting price of $22,950 for the base model, additional models include the 2.5 S, 2.5 S Select, 2.5 S Preferred, 2.5 S Carbon Edition, 2.5 S Premium, 2.5 Turbo Premium, and my top-of-the-line tester, the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus that tops out at $36,345.
All trims comes with the latest I-Activ AWD system as standard, which enhances performance by focusing on improved driving dynamics, handling, and vehicle control that help the driver enjoy the experience on most terrains and conditions.
CX-30 handled heavy rains, standing water conditions, and gravel surfaces without fault, but just missed our first “snow event” of the year.
Powered by a 2.5-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with sport mode, the duo generates 227-horsepower, and 310 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to cylinder-deactivation technology, the CX-30 delivers 30 miles per gallon fuel efficiency down the highway as rated by the EPA.
CX-30 seats up to five adults in comfort, with a small cargo area behind the second-row seat to tote groceries and Christmas presents. The split/fold second-seat folds flat to provide more storage capacity when needed.
The well-appointed interior features an 8.8-inch center display, the latest Mazda Connect infotainment system, and integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other amenities include a Bose 12-speaker premium sound system, dual USB inputs, seven-inch LCD multi-information gauge display, push button start, remote keyless illuminated entry system, black cloth seats, rearview camera, climate control, electronic parking brake, speed sensitive automatic power doors locks, and power windows with one-touch automatic up/down.
Other amenities include a power liftgate, heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, available black or white leather seats, navigation system, active driving display with traffic sign recognition, adaptive front-lighting system, shark fin antenna, frameless auto-dim rearview mirror, heated door mirrors with memory positioning, LED signature illumination headlights and taillights, gloss black exterior accents, and black metallic 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
Standard i-Activsense safety features include radar cruise control with stop and go, smart brake support, high beam control, and lane departure warning with lane keep assist. The recipient of an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award the previous model year, all 2023 CX-30 models have been updated to be compliant with IIHS’ newest safety protocols. These enhancements include the addition of rear side airbags, rear seat belt pre-tensioners, B and C-pillar improvements, and a shin pad to front and rear door trims.
The Turbo Premium Plus completes the exceptional packaging with the addition of many convenience features. This top-level package includes a 360° view monitor with front and rear parking sensors, rear direction base safety, which includes smart brake support-rear and rear cross-traffic braking, traffic jam assist, Homelink added to the frameless auto-dim rearview mirror, and auto-dim driver’s door mirror.
Mazda continues to lead the way when it comes to providing practical value. Pick the option that suits your family best, save some money, and drive with peace of mind. Not a bad combination.
Base Price: $35,665
Price As Driven: $36,345
Destination charge is included in base price. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.