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Should-you-buyShould You Buy a 2024 Mazda CX-30?

Should You Buy a 2024 Mazda CX-30?


  • The 2024 Mazda CX-30 starts at $26,415 in the United States and at $30,245 in Canada, freight and delivery charges included.

  • Engaging to drive, superb design inside and out, decent fuel economy.

  • Not the most spacious in its segment, infotainment system takes a while to master, challenging outward visibility.


Looking for a subcompact crossover with luxury-brand looks at a mainstream-brand price? The 2024 Mazda CX-30 may be a worthwhile option.

It’s no bargain, but remains affordable and might very well fool a lot of people regarding its price, as it straddles the line between the mass-market and luxury brands. Mazda has discreetly lifted itself into what we could call the “premium” segment.

For the 2024 model year, the CX-30 adds the 2.5 Carbon Turbo edition in the U.S., while Rear Seat Alert and blind spot monitoring are now standard across the board. In Canada, the base GX gets the 2.5L engine and loses rain-sensing wipers, while the GX and GS lose HD Radio and navigation system capability (SD Card slot). For both countries, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and USB-C ports are now available in posher trims, while the 12V socket has been removed, which very few people might notice. The Suna Edition is new in Canada for 2024.

2024 Mazda CX-30

Despite being the brand’s entry-level crossover, the 2024 Mazda CX-30 doesn’t skimp on features. The U.S. market gets 2.5 S, 2.5 S Select Sport, 2.5 S Preferred, 2.5 S Carbon Edition, 2.5 S Premium, 2.5 Carbon Turbo, 2.5 Turbo Premium and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus trim levels. Why the automaker keeps the engine displacement in its names is anyone’s guess at this point, but the lineup is pretty substantial.

Standard features include all-wheel drive, LED headlights and taillights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker stereo, an infotainment system with an 8.8-inch screen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability,  automatic high beams and more. Not bad.

Available options include a power liftgate, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power sunroof, roof rails, 18-inch wheels, an intelligent key, dual-zone climate control, leatherette or leather seating, a power drivrer’s seat, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, a Bose 12-speaker stereo, wireless phone charging, a 10.25-inch infotainment system touchscreen, navigation and a 360-degree camera system.

In Canada, the 2024 Mazda CX-30 is offered in GX, GS, GT, GT Turbo and Suna Edition. Standard features mimic those of the U.S. market, although automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist are optional, the base sound system gets eight speakers, and heated front seats are included on all trims.

The more affordable variants are equipped with the naturally aspirated 2.5L I4 engine that develops 191 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, managed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The Turbo trims get increased performance with the turbocharged 2.5L I4 engine that belts out 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet when fed with regular unleaded, or 250 horses and 320 pound-feet with 93-octane fuel.

During our winter test of the CX-30 equipped with the turbo engine, with mostly urban driving, we managed 23 mpg or 10.3 L/100 km. However, Mazda’s subcompact crossover is among the fuel-efficient in its category with the base powerplant. Here are the 2024 Mazda CX-30 fuel economy ratings:

City/Highway/Combined MPGCity/Highway/Combined L/100 km
2.5L I426/33/299.0/7.1/8.2
Turbo 2.5L I422/30/2510.5/7.9/9.3

 

Pricing ranges from $26,415 to $38,220 in the United States, and from $30,245 to $42,795 in Canada, freight and delivery charges included. Competition includes the Buick Encore GX, the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the Dodge Hornet, the Honda HR-V, the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Seltos, the MINI Countryman, the Mitsubishi RVR, the Subaru Crosstrek, the Toyota Corolla Cross and the Volkswagen Taos.


Why You Should Buy a 2024 Mazda CX-30

  • As is the case with most Mazdas, the CX-30 is fun to drive. The suspension is tuned for carving up twisty country roads and its steering is perfectly weighted. When the family isn’t on board, this little crossover encourages spirited driving, especially with the turbo engine underhood. Only the Dodge and the MINI can beat the CX-30’s firepower.
  • Interior design as well as fit and finish are very good. Mazda cleverly conceived a cabin that looks rich without costing a fortune.
  • It looks good. All trim levels get black wheel arches for a slightly more rugged appearance, and we’d be really curious to see what a fully painted body would do to the CX-30. Nevertheless, we like its organic design and athletic proportions. Some trim levels also benefit from a darker finish, such as the Suna Edition in Canada and the Carbon Edition trims in the U.S.
  • The CX-30’s all-wheel drivetrain is pretty capable. It may be a reactive setup that sends available power to the rear wheels after slippage is detected, but that happens in milliseconds. The little crossover is sure-footed for the winter season.


Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2024 Mazda CX-30

  • Mazda’s infotainment system interface isn’t the easiest to use at first. It was designed to be less distracting to use, and the console-mounted multifunction knob with accompanying volume knob helps keep our eyes on the road. Browsing through the menus seems complex at first, but over time, we get used to it. On the other hand, if we’re true believers of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the system isn’t as user-friendly.
  • The turbo engine is undoubtedly more powerful than the base 2.5L mill, and its extra muscle can be felt during spirited driving. However, in normal driving situations, it doesn’t feel all that more athletic, and its generous torque peak is more impressive on paper than in real-world driving.
  • The CX-30’s window surface isn’t very big, which means outward visibility isn’t all that good.
  • Interior space is decent, but not class-leading. Same thing for the cargo area, rated at 20.2 cubic feet or 572 litres with the rear seatbacks in place, and 45.2 cubic feet or 1,280 litres with the seats folded down. Many competitors are roomier, but at least the CX-30’s cabin feels more spacious than the one in the Mazda3.


Final Word

The 2024 Mazda CX-30’s model-year changes bring some new features and a couple of good-looking variants, sweetening the deal. It’s one of the most engaging subcompact crossovers alongside the Hornet, the Countryman and the Taos, and its price is reasonable. It may not be perfect, but we can certainly recommend it—unless buyers are looking for a roomy family vehicle, which it certainly is not.

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