In the ever-evolving landscape of compact SUVs, the Mazda CX-30 has carved a niche for itself, appealing to those who seek a harmonious blend of sporty performance and elevated interiors. As we step into the 2024 model year, Mazda is offering a diverse array of trim options for the gasoline-powered CX-30, providing customers with an expanded menu of choices. Among the eight trim levels introduced, the spotlight shines brightly on the “2.5 Carbon Turbo” variant, boasting a robust 250 horsepower and a fresh 10.25-inch center display with touchscreen functionality.
While this promising update brings enhanced features and choices, it’s essential to note that it also comes with a $2,000 base price increase. The entry-level 2.5 S CX-30 now starts at $26,370, and the pricing spectrum stretches up to $38,175 for the luxurious 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus, which includes a destination charge of $1,375 for all models. Moreover, for those seeking a splash of premium color, there’s an additional cost ranging from $450 to $595 for the five “premium paint” exterior options.
Under the hood, the standard CX-30 2.5 S ($26,370) packs Mazda’s updated Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine, producing a healthy 191 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Uniquely, it retains a six-speed automatic transmission, distinguishing itself in a market gradually transitioning to other transmission types.
All CX-30 models are equipped with all-wheel drive, along with G-Vectoring Control Plus and Off-Road Traction Assist as standard features. The interior of the 2.5 S boasts an 8.8-inch center display integrated with the latest Mazda Connect infotainment system, conveniently controlled via a multi-function commander knob. It seamlessly incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, catering to today’s connectivity needs, complete with a pair of USB-C inputs in alignment with the latest iPhone standards.
The new CX-30 2.5 S Select Sport ($27,875) borrows elements from the 2024 Mazda3, offering Ceramic Metallic paint, 18-inch alloy wheels, black leatherette seats, and a leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel with audio, Bluetooth, and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry controls. Additionally, the 2.5 S Preferred package ($30,165) adds heated seats and a power moonroof for added comfort and convenience.
Stepping up the ladder, the 2.5 S Carbon edition ($31,165) boasts a distinctive Polymetal Gray exterior paint (exclusive for naturally-aspirated models) paired with striking red leather seats and interior accents. This trim level elevates the audio experience with an upgraded eight-speaker audio system featuring Mazda Harmonic Acoustics and HD Audio, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a wireless Qi phone charger for tech-savvy enthusiasts.
The 2.5 S Premium package ($33,365) takes things a notch higher, incorporating features from the Preferred package while adding an Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Front-lighting System. It also includes paddle shifters, an advanced navigation system, a premium 12-speaker Bose audio system, SiriusXM radio, leather seats, a power liftgate, and silver metallic 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
For those seeking a more potent driving experience, the CX-30 2.5 Carbon Turbo ($34,165) introduces a four-cylinder turbo engine, accompanied by unique exterior and interior styling cues. It features 18-inch alloy wheels with a black metallic finish, a distinctive Zircon Sand exterior color, and luxurious Terracotta leatherette and black suede-trimmed seats.
Moreover, all CX-30 2.5 Turbo models now sport an expansive 10.25-inch center display with touchscreen functionality, enhancing the overall driving experience.
Finally, the CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium ($36,365) and Premium Plus ($38,175) packages offer features akin to their non-turbo counterparts. The pinnacle, Turbo Premium Plus, incorporates a 360-degree monitor with front and rear parking sensors and “Cruising and Traffic Support.” This level two driver assistance technology allows the CX-30 to maintain a constant distance from the vehicle in front without the need for accelerator or brake pedal input. It also features a steering assist function that aids the driver in staying within their lane, promising a safer and more enjoyable journey.