The 2023 Mazda CX-30 is getting some welcome updates after a summer of record high gas prices.
Starting under the hood, the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine boasts an increased output of 191 hp (142 kW / 194 PS) and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque. That’s 5 hp (4 kW / 5 PS) more than last year and the improved performance doesn’t require premium gasoline.
Besides being more powerful, the engine is more efficient thanks to improved cylinder-deactivation technology. Thanks to the change, the crossover has an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined. Those are improvements of 2 mpg across the board.
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Elsewhere, the 2023 CX-30 has been updated to comply with the latest safety protocols from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. As a result, the crossover has been equipped with rear side airbags, rear seat belt pre-tensioners, and shin pads on the door panels. The model also benefits from “B- and C-pillar improvements.”
There doesn’t appear to be any other equipment changes, but the entry-level CX-30 2.5 S starts at $22,950 which is an increase of $450. It comes equipped with LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and 16-inch alloy wheels with a gray metallic finish. Buyers will also find black cloth seats, remote keyless entry, a push-button ignition, and an 8.8-inch infotainment system. They’re joined by an eight-speaker audio system, a 7-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster, and standard all-wheel drive.
In terms of safety, there’s the i-Activsense suite of driver assistance systems. It includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Smart Brake Support, High Beam Control, and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist.
Customers looking for more performance can upgrade to the CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium or CX-30 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. Both feature a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 227 hp (169 kW / 230 PS) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque on regular 87 octane gasoline. Those numbers climb to 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) and 320 lb-ft (433 Nm) when using premium.
Note: Prices exclude a $1,275 for destination fee ($1,320 in Alaska)