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News The Mazda CX-30 gets a new base engine for 2024

The Mazda CX-30 gets a new base engine for 2024

  • The old 2,0-liter unit is out.

  • There is a new trim called Suna.

  • A new 10,25-inch center screen is available.


Launched for the 2020 model year, the smallest crossover sold by Mazda – since the CX-3’s retirement last year – is finally receiving a few changes that will make it more attractive to motorists looking for a practical, fun-to-drive vehicle with a good-looking design.

For 2024, the Mazda CX-30 continues its journey with five available liveries: GX, GS, GT, GT Turbo and Suna, a new trim for the coming year. The biggest improvement, however, lies under the hood of the crossover. The base engine, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, is no longer an option.

In other words, the most affordable Mazda CX-30 GX (at an MSRP of $28,150) leaves the factory with the 2.5-liter unit and its 191 horsepower and 186 ft-lb of torque. What’s more, i-Activ all-wheel drive now comes as standard to enhance the crossover’s traction. As for the six-speed automatic transmission, it remains in place, even though Mazda has been offering this eight-speed unit since the arrival of the larger CX-90.

As an entry-level model, the CX-30 GX also benefits from i-Activsense safety features, including blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Inside, the elegant dashboard retains the “small” 8.8-inch central touchscreen, CarPlay and Android Auto (both wired), an eight-speaker audio system and another seven-inch information screen, housed behind the steering wheel.

A starter button, keyless access system, black cloth seats, rearview camera, air conditioning, electronic parking brake and electric windows complete the basic package. The GX livery is distinguished by its 16-inch wheels.

The CX-30 GS (MSRP $31,450) of course comes with more equipment. The other safety features of the i-Activsense suite are integrated (intelligent cruise control with city driving function, intelligent front city braking assist, pedestrian detection (front), lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, high beam control, attention alert).

Dual-zone air conditioning, a heated steering wheel, heated door mirrors and a central armrest with rear cupholders complete the rest of the CX-30’s specification sheet.

It’s also possible to order an optional Luxury Package (which swings the MSRP to $33,650) that swaps the 8.8″ screen for a new 10.25″ one, but that’s not all. New leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, an auto-dimming side mirror and much more.

The next level is called GT ($37,550) and is distinguished primarily by its 18-inch wheels, but also by its leather seats. Other equipment includes a twelve-speaker Bose audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, head-up display, integrated navigation, paddles behind the steering wheel and an adaptive front lighting system.

The Level 2 driver assistance system also assists the driver with enhanced features, while USB-C ports and wireless versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also added.

Next comes the GT Turbo level ($39,950), which energizes the vehicle with its 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder block rated at 250 horsepower and 320 ft-lb of torque.

As for the new Suna edition ($40,700), it stands out with its zircon sand body color and distinctive black exterior accents. In the cabin, black suede upholstery and terracotta-colored leatherette complete the tour of the new CX-30.

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