The 2022 Mazda CX-30 now comes with the latest i-Activ AWD system as standard, which enhances performance by focusing on improved driving dynamics, handling, and vehicle control that help the driver enjoy the experience on most terrains or in most conditions. Engaging driving dynamics are engineered into every aspect of vehicle development to help create a connection between car and driver. Mazda’s unique i-Activ AWD system continuously monitors weight distribution and shifts power to the appropriate wheels, providing drivers a near-instant response to inputs. In addition, all CX-30 models are equipped with G-Vectoring Control Plus and Off-Road Traction Assist as standard.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2022 Mazda CX-30‘s standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 186 horsepower which is paired with a six-speed automatic which chooses gears wisely based on driving conditions. A turbocharged 2.5-liter engine is optional and provides 250 horsepower. If you’re a fan of the Mazda 3 hatchback, which we are, you’ll find the CX-30 just as nimble, athletic, and fun to drive. Its crisp steering and fluid body movements make it a pleasure to pilot on a twisty road and provide a sense of stability when cruising.

At our test track, the CX-30 dawdled to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, slower than rivals such as the turbocharged Kona but much quicker than other non-turbocharged SUVs such as the Nissan Rogue Sport and the Subaru Crosstrek. A CX-30 with the optional turbocharged engine delivered substantially quicker acceleration times and managed a 5.8-second zero-to-60-mph time.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The 2022 Mazda CX-30 receives fuel-economy estimates of 24 city, 31 mpg, and 26 mpg for non-turbo models and 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined with the turboharged engine. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route, our CX-30 Premium test vehicle managed to exactly match its EPA rating of 31 mpg. For more information about the CX-30’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The 2022 CX-30 has a handsome, well-crafted interior; it’s shared with that of the Mazda 3, which we love. An infotainment display sprouts from the center of the dashboard and is controlled by a rotary knob on the center console; a row of climate-control buttons divide the upper and lower dash panels. Buyers can choose between either an eight- or 12-speaker audio system and can upgrade to available heated front seats.

Going with the top-spec Premium trim adds leather upholstery, a power-operated rear liftgate, and other luxury items that put the CX-30 in contention with luxury-brand offerings such as the Lexus UX and the Mini Countryman. As far as cargo-carrying capability goes, the CX-30 isn’t the most voluminous SUV you can buy, but we did fit six carry-on suitcases behind the rear seats and 16 in total with the rear seats folded.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2022 Mazda CX-30 comes with a standard 8.8-inch screen and Mazda Connected Services, which allows owners to lock and unlock, remote start, and monitor their vehicle through the MyMazda app. The CX-30 also is equipped with standard Bluetooth, two front USB inputs, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Available features include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration and SiriusXM satellite radio.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Feature

There are a number of impressive standard driver-assistance features that come on the CX-30, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, and automated emergency braking. Available optional features include a head-up display and blind-spot monitoring. For more information about the CX-30’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2022 Mazda CX-30

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Full Specifications

2021 Mazda CX-30 AWD

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE AS TESTED
$29,075 (base price: $24,400)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement
152 in3, 2488 cm3
Power
186 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
6-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/torsion beam
Brakes (F/R): 11.6-in vented disc/11.9-in disc
Tires: Bridgestone Turanza EL440, 215/55R-18 95H M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 104.5 in
Length: 173.0 in
Width: 70.7 in
Height: 61.7 in
Passenger volume: 94 ft3
Cargo volume: 20 ft3
Curb weight: 3293 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS: NEW
60 mph: 7.6 sec
100 mph: 20.9 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.9 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.1 sec
1/4 mile: 15.9 sec @ 89 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 126 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 174 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.85 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 27 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 32 mpg
Highway range: 400 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 26/24/31 mpg

WARRANTY
3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper
5 years/60,000 miles powertrain
5 years/unlimited miles corrosion protection
3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance

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