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2023 Mazda CX-30: Choosing the Right Trim


The 2023 Mazda CX-30 isn’t your run-of-the-mill compact crossover. Its style blurs the line between wagon and SUV, with driving characteristics more in line with a sport sedan. The CX-30’s sleek styling carries over to the interior, where a blend of design, materials, fit, and finish combine to create a cabin unlike anything in the class.

Mazda provides several trim options, each offering more than the former. Five of the seven trims feature a 191-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and an advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.

The remaining trims offer a 250-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with the same AWD and 6-speed transmission.

Sizewise, the CX-30 slots in below the CX-5 and CX-50. In this space, buyers might cross-shop the CX-30 against the new Honda HR-V, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taos, and Hyundai Kona. At the top end of the CX-30 price range, luxury SUVs like the Lexus UX and BMW X1 might even be fair game.

2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S: $22,950

The base CX-30 2.5 S boasts the same seductive styling and interior quality as the more expensive trims, which makes it the catch of the day for shoppers on a tight budget.

Along with its 2.5-liter engine and standard AWD, the base CX-30 features forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Mazda’s radar adaptive cruise control is also standard and includes a stop-and-go function that can bring the CX-30 to a complete stop and then resume speed once the coast is clear.

New this year are rear seat side-impact airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners. They join the front, front side-impact, and full-length side curtain airbags.

Additional safety and mechanical features include an auto brake hold, a rearview monitor, off-road traction assist, and G-Vectoring Control Plus that helps keeps the CX-30 planted during aggressive cornering.

The 2.5 S comes with LED auto on/off headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, a rear wiper/washer, power side mirrors, and remote keyless entry.

An elegant cabin features cloth upholstery over manually adjustable front seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, one-touch up/down power windows, push-button start, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with controls for the audio, cruise, and Bluetooth.

Single-zone manual air conditioning is included in the price, as are power door locks, map lights, and a rear window defroster.

Unexpected at this price point are features such as a digital speedometer with a center display screen and an analog tachometer, fuel, and temperature gauges. We’re also pleasantly surprised to find an 8-speaker stereo backed by an 8.8-inch infotainment display.

Unlike almost all competitors, the CX-30’s infotainment system does not feature touchscreen operation. Instead, it features a console-mounted rotary controller and buttons south of the shift lever. Voice commands can also be used, but only for certain features.

Additional features for the system include HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a healthy dose of Mazda Connect apps. With Mazda Connect, owners can opt for a Wi-Fi hot spot, remote start, vehicle status and service information, navigation, and emergency services.

The base CX-30 has two USB ports and one 12-volt outlet.

Factory options are nonexistent, but dealer-installed accessories are abundant. One of our favorites is adding navigation by way of a simple SD card. The upgrade requires no additional labor or parts. Just plug in the card, and you’re good to go.

Your dealer can also add a frameless auto-dimming mirror and a wireless charging pad.

With the $1,275 destination charge, the 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S costs $24,225. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $435. See 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S models for sale near you

2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S includes:

  • Rain-sensing wipers – This advanced feature comes standard, automatically activating the front wipers at the slightest hint of rain, mist, or snow.
  • Adaptive cruise control – This advanced cruise control system lets you set a certain speed and maintain a set distance from the car ahead, even as traffic slows, stops, or speeds up.
  • Automatic high beams – Automatic high beams automatically activate in low-light situations and dim when approaching another vehicle.

2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Select: $25,250

The Select trim brings a few more features to the CX-30 while keeping the price comfortably in the $25,000 range.

The Select gains 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, side-mirror turn signals, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Deep-tinted rear privacy glass keeps the interior cool and off-limits to prying eyes, while Mazda’s Advanced Key unlocks the doors when sensing a hand touch the door handle.

The Select cabin includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and rear seat air vents.

We should note that even at this level, heated side mirrors are not included and don’t show up until reaching the Carbon Edition trim.

With the $1,275 destination charge, the 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Select costs $26,525. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $477. See 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Select models for sale near you

2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Preferred: $28,220

The Preferred trim sprinkles in a few more features, picking up where the Select leaves off with tilt-in-reverse memory side mirrors, a power moonroof, and gloss black exterior accents.

The Preferred cabin adds an 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and two-position memory. It also touts illuminated vanity mirrors and heated front seats.

With the $1,275 destination charge, the 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Preferred costs $29,495. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $530. See 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Preferred models for sale near you

2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Preferred includes:

  • 8-way power driver’s seat – The Preferred’s power driver’s seat provides more leeway in finding a comfortable driving position, and its memory feature means you won’t have to start from scratch should someone else get behind the wheel.
  • Heated front seats – Practically a prerequisite these days for anyone living north of the Mason-Dixon line, the Preferred’s heated seats help warm you quickly on cold winter mornings.
  • Power moonroof – The CX-30’s power sliding glass moonroof is a nice way to let more light and fresh air in the cabin. The moonroof includes a vent position ideal for neutralizing the buffeting when only the rear windows are down (dog owners will understand).

2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Carbon Edition: $29,290

The Carbon Edition of the 2023 Mazda CX-30 adds several unique visual styling elements, such as Polymetal Gray paint and 18-inch black alloy wheels. It also gains heated side mirrors with black mirror caps and red leather upholstery.

With the $1,275 destination charge, the 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Carbon Edition costs $30,565. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to $549. See 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Carbon Edition models for sale near you

2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Premium: $31,060

The Premium is the most luxurious non-turbocharged CX-30 you can buy. But for some inexplicable reason, it loses the Carbon Edition’s heated side mirrors.

Building off the Preferred trim, the Premium goes all out with front and rear signature illumination, a power liftgate, silver-finish 18-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel paddle shifters, and a choice between black or white leather upholstery.

Premium buyers enjoy a color head-up display, auto-leveling adaptive LED headlights, and a navigation system with traffic sign recognition.

A 12-speaker Bose audio system comes standard but may not be available on early production models due to supply chain shortages. If your car arrives without the Bose system, you’ll receive a $440 credit but no ability to upgrade once the shortages end. Be sure to check with your dealer before ordering.

If a premium sound system is on your must-have list, you’ll need to move up to one of the turbocharged trims that don’t have the Bose delete provision.

With the $1,275 destination charge, the 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Premium costs $32,335. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $581. See 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Premium models for sale near you

2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 S Premium includes:

  • Power liftgate – This feature is incredibly convenient when you need access to the cargo area while carrying a load of groceries.
  • Head-up display – Projects vital vehicle and navigation information onto the windshield, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road.
  • Adaptive headlights – The Premium’s adaptive headlights swivel in the direction of the turn, helping illuminate dark corners before entering.

2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium: $33,800

The 2.5 Turbo Premium builds off the 2.5 S Premium, adding a 250-hp turbocharged engine (227 horsepower with regular 87 octane gas), heated side mirrors, and front wiper de-icers.

The 2.5 Turbo Premium gets the 12-speaker Bose audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio with Travel Link and Traffic (subscription required), a heated steering wheel, and a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror.

With the $1,275 destination charge, the 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium costs $35,075. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to approximately $630. See 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium models for sale near you

2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus: $35,400

The top-line Turbo Premium Plus builds off the Turbo Premium, adding additional safety features such as an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, a 360-degree surround-view monitor, and front and rear parking sensors with braking.

Traffic Jam Assist provides low-speed (under 40 mph) steering assist when using the adaptive cruise control.

With the $1,275 destination charge, the 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus costs $36,675. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to $659. See 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus models for sale near you

2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus includes:

  • Turbocharged engine – The Turbo’s turbocharged 2.5-liter engine is an absolute tire scorcher, providing rapid acceleration for passing, merging, and quick escapes.
  • 360-degree monitor – Provides a top-down view around the vehicle, helping avoid collisions with objects below the driver’s line of sight.
  • Bose audio – The powerful 12-speaker Bose audio system brings music to life with Centerpoint technology that converts stereo signals into multiple channels for a more dynamic music experience.

FAQ

What is the best 2023 Mazda CX-30 trim?

If you can afford the turbocharged trims, we think they deliver the kind of driving experience Mazda buyers have come to expect. However, in terms of sheer value, we’d go with the 2.5 S Preferred or perhaps the Carbon Edition if you need heated side mirrors.

How many miles per gallon does the 2023 Mazda CX-30 get?

The 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 is rated by the EPA at 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway/29 mpg combined. The 2.5 Turbo models come in at 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway/25 mpg combined.

Which 2023 Mazda CX-30 trim offers the most safety?

In crash tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) give the CX-30 excellent marks. The IIHS gives the Mazda CX-30 a Top Safety Pick + accolade.

Select and higher trims are equipped with a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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