On the tiny end of Mazda’s SUV portfolio sits the 2022 CX-30, the Mazda 3 hatchback. Despite its curving body and near-premium interior, the CX-30’s cost is more in line with mainstream subcompact SUVs like the Hyundai Kona and the Volkswagen Taos rather than luxury crossovers, the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1.
The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, but the turbocharged 2.5-liter is a better alternative for going fast. In addition to a wide range of standard equipment, and all-wheel drive will be available for the first time this year.
The basic engine in the CX-30 is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 186 horsepower and six-speed automated transmission that makes intelligent gear selections based on driving circumstances. The turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, which produces 250 horsepower, is available as an option. As much as we love the Mazda 3, we think you’ll enjoy the CX-30’s agility, athleticism, and driving pleasure.
Because of its precise steering and smooth body motions, it’s a joy to drive around curves and provides a sense of security when highway cruising. While slower than rivals like the turbocharged Kona, the non-turbocharged Nissan Rogue Sport and Subaru Crosstrek on our test course, the CX-30 limped to 60 mph in only 8.1 seconds. It took a CX-30 with the optional turbocharged engine just 5.8 seconds to go from zero to 60 miles per hour.
The inside of the Mazda 3 and the 2022 CX-30 is shared, and we think it’s gorgeous. The upper and lower dash panels are divided by a row of temperature control controls and an infotainment display that protrudes from the middle of the dashboard. In addition, there are also multiple warning flags in different hues like red, green, blue and yellow on your CX-30 Dashboard to direct you if any utility software in your car detects an internal problem. Because of this, check out this dashboard tutorial for the Mazda CX-30, which will explain exactly what those notification indicators signify. Additional options include operating the following lights manually or using other Mazda models, such as the CX-30….