The Mazda CX-30 was introduced as an all-new vehicle in 2020, giving the Japanese automaker another competitor in the subcompact segment. With the SUV entering its third model year on sale, we expect the upcoming 2023 Mazda CX-30 to be a carryover model that arrives with few changes.
As a carryover model, the 2023 CX-30 will share the same design as the current model on sale. The CX-30 is one of the more upscale subcompact SUVs in the class with a prominent grille, slim headlights, and high fenders. From the side, the CX-30 looks like a large hatchback thanks to its sloping roofline. The rear end features lengthy taillights that wrap around the SUV’s body and dual-exhaust tailpipes. If it weren’t for the body cladding, the CX-30 would look like a luxurious hatchback.
The current CX-30 continues its luxurious trend on the inside. Simple lines and high-end materials give the CX-30 an upscale cabin. The center console has a slim section of buttons and dials for the HVAC system, while the infotainment system is controlled via a dial and buttons located behind the shift knob. As a carryover model, the 2023 CX-30 should have the same overall interior design as the current SUV that’s on sale.
We expect the 2023 CX-30 to have the same tech features as the current model as well. An 8.8-inch display, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot are standard. Available tech features include navigation, a wireless charging pad, a Bose audio system, and satellite radio.
When it comes to performance, the current CX-30 is available with two engines. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 186 horsepower. The standard engine comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive is an option on the base engine. A turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder is available and is rated at 250 hp. The turbocharged engine is only available with AWD. For 2023, we believe the CX-30 will be offered with AWD as standard.
The current CX-30 has great crash-test ratings. The NHTSA gave the SUV a five-star overall safety rating, while the SUV was named a Top Safety Pick+ vehicle. As a carryover model, these ratings should remain the same for the 2023 model year.
On the safety front, the CX-30 comes standard with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, a driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam assist. Rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view parking camera, reverse automatic emergency braking, and a head-up display are optional. The 2023 CX-30 will be available with the same features.