The CX-30 aims to offer engaging Mazda driving dynamics in a compact SUV package. 

Based on the CX-5, the CX-30 is a sportier sort of crossover, slotting between it and the CX-3. Prices start at $21,900 for the base version and go up to $29,600 for the top of the line Premium trim. The CX-30 sports an SUV-coupe styling and is available in four core variants. All variants are available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. The CX-30 is powered by the same 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine that also powers the CX-5. It makes 186 hp of power and 186 lb-ft of torque which is also similar to the CX-5. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Mazda does offer a good blend of convenience and safety features as standard but things like heated seats, blindspot detection and the 12-speaker Bose audio system are reserved for the top variants only. In addition, features like blind spot detection with cross-traffic warning, heads up display and cylinder deactivation are available with the top-of-the-line Premium trim only.

In its segment it rivals the Nissan Rogue SportMitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and the Subaru Crosstrek.

Mazda CX-30 Pricing

The Mazda CX-30 starts at $21,900 for the base version. There are three more trims in the CX-30 lineup: Select, Preferred and Premium. The Select trim starts at $23,900 while the Preferred is priced at $26,200 and the Premium trim is priced from $28,200.  All trims are available with both FWD and AWD drivetrains and the difference between the two in any trim is $1,400. The MSRP prices do not include the destination fee of $1,045.

Mazda CX-30 Features

Mazda has equipped the CX-30 with a three-year trial subscription to its Connected services and a six-month/2GB in-car WiFi subscription as standard across variants. The 8.8-inch infotainment screen with Bluetooth connectivity, rain-sensing wipers, push-button start and rearview camera are offered as standard as well. As for the standard safety features, you get adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane-keep assist and active braking. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay however, are available from the Select variant onwards. which costs $2,000 more. Other features available with the higher variants include blindspot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Only the Preferred and Premium trims get the 12-speaker Bose syste, along with heated front seats and eight-way adjustable driver’s seat with memory function. Finally, the Premium variant offers exclusive features like a heads-up-display, leather seats, power liftgate, moonroof, adaptive front headlamps, paddle shifter, and cylinder deactivation.

Mazda CX-30 vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The CX-30 sports a sleeker design and could almost be passed off as a car rather than a crossover. The Mitsubishi, on the other hand, wears its butch SUV design rather proudly. Both cars are similar in dimensions but worlds apart in powertrains. Mazda employs a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-pot while the Mitsubishi goes for a 1.5-liter turbo unit. In addition, the Mazda gets a six-speed automatic transmission while the Eclipse Sport makes do with a CVT setup.

Read More 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review

Mazda CX-30 vs Nissan Rogue Sport

The Nissan Rogue Sport, also known as Qashqai all over the world is a true-blue city runabout vehicle. It comes with a sedate engine in the form of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit mated to a CVT gearbox that is tuned for efficiency. Nissan doesn’t advertise it as an “exciting” vehicle and against the Mazda it certainly isn’t: 141hp pales in comparison to 186 hp.

Read More 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Review

Mazda CX-30 vs Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek is the closest competitor to the CX-30 at least as far as the brand ethos is concerned. Despite the different powertrains, both brands produce cars that are engaging to drive. And Crosstrek is the only one of the CX-30’s main rivals to offer a 6-speed manual gearbox along with the CVT. The Crosstrek is a handful of inches longer, but barely so in terms of wheelbase (less than an inch).

Read More 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Review

Detailed Specs

Engine / 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower (hp) / 186
Torque (lb-ft) / 186
Transmission / 6-speed manual/automatic
Drivetrain / Front- or all-wheel drive
Price Range / $21,900–$29,600