All 2022 Mazda CX-30 models are equipped with all-wheel drive and there is a new Carbon Edition styling package offered that builds off of the Preferred trim. Front-wheel drive is no longer available on the CX-30.
Choosing Your Mazda CX-30
The 2022 CX-30 is available in seven trims. The base engine is offered in S, S Select, S Preferred, and S Premium trims and the upgraded engine can be had in Turbo, Turbo Premium, and Turbo Premium Plus trims. Base prices range from $23,425 to $35,625.
Both engines offered in the Mazda bring more performance than others in its class although it comes at the expense of fuel efficiency. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine generates 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque and an optional 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and route power through an on-demand all-wheel-drive system.
With the standard engine, the CX-30 earns an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 26 combined and the more powerful engine earns 25 mpg combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The 2022 Mazda CX-30 is equipped for five passengers but its compact size will challenge the comfort of those three in the back seat. At 173 inches long and 70.7 inches wide, it is about three inches shorter than the Volkswagen Taos and BMW X1 and one to two inches narrower, but its 36.3 inches of rear legroom and 55.6 inches of front shoulder room are relatively generous figures.
The Mazda’s swoopy styling keeps its overall height to just 61.7 inches but, again, its 38 inches of headroom for front and rear passengers won’t likely bring any complaints. The CX-30’s cargo area is where its size and styling compromises are mostly felt with 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 45 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded which are less than the competition.
The 2022 Mazda CX-30 is equipped with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing wipers, and additional safety systems are added on higher trims. The S Select adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, the S (and Turbo) Premium trim gains traffic sign recognition, adaptive front headlights, and a simplified head-up display system, and the top-tier Turbo Premium Plus is equipped with rear automatic braking and traffic-jam driving assist.
The small Mazda crossover earns five stars from NHTSA and is awarded IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ award with top ratings for its crash avoidance systems and base and premium headlights’ performances - a rare achievement, especially at this price point.
All trims are equipped with an 8.8-inch display with a remote controller, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Mazda’s connected services. There are two USB ports and a 12V power outlet available and the stereo system is upgraded to a Bose unit with 12 speakers in the S (and Turbo) Premium trims that also include SiriusXM and navigation.
The base trim includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights, cloth black seats, a seven-inch digital driver information screen, and one-touch up/ down windows.
The S Select trim gains aluminum roof rails and a new gray color for 2022, and continues to feature 18-inch wheels, tinted windows, mirrors with integrated turn signals, proximity entry, leatherette seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and dual-zone climate control with rear vents.
The next trim level up receives a gloss black front grille, a power sunroof, and heated front seats with eight-way power adjustability and position memory for the driver’s seat.
The new trim is offered solely in a gray exterior paint hue and red leather seats. Building off of the Preferred trim, the Carbon Edition additionally gains black 18-inch wheels and black heated mirrors.
The Premium trim is equipped with silver 18-inch wheels, LED signature lighting and additional lighting details on the taillights, a power tailgate, gloss black B and C-pillar trim, leather seating surfaces, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The base trim that features the turbocharged engine starts with the features of the Preferred package and further adds black 18-inch wheels, black heated mirrors, a two-tone interior with chrome accents, and a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror.
In addition to the S Premium, the Turbo Premium gains a windshield wiper deicer (new for 2022), a heated steering wheel, and the option of white leather seats.
The top-tier trim receives a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, and Homelink.
The 2.5 S Premium trim offers additional safety equipment, upgraded audio, and creature comforts to live up to its premium name-sake without feeling over-priced.