The 2024 Mazda CX-30 is a stylish subcompact crossover SUV that’s an ideal daily driver for the roads and highways of Surrey, Burnaby, Langley, and Richmond. However, with all-wheel drive standard across the range, the CX-30 is also happy to keep going when the pavement runs out, and driving conditions become less than optimum. Despite its position as a subcompact, the CX-30 has plenty of character and up to 1,280 litres of cargo volume when the rear seats are not in use and folded down.
The 2024 Mazda CX-30 is now available in five versions, although some might argue there are four trim levels, as the fourth is really an engine upgrade. Either way, the five versions cover a broad spectrum of specifications and appeal to an equally wide range of budgets. The entry-level CX-30 for 2024 is the GX; above that, there are the GS, GT, GT Turbo, and range-topping Suna models.
The styling and capability of the Mazda CX-30 at all levels strike an appealing balance between SUV utility and a car-like driving experience. The Mazda is a little lower, sleeker, and led dumpy than many subcompact crossover rivals, which delivers a sportier look that gives you an idea of what to expect when you get behind the wheel.
Few would have criticized Mazda if the CX-30 was only available with one engine across the lineup, but shoppers get spoiled a little here with a pair of excellent choices. The standard engine under the hood of the CX-30 in all models below the GT Turbo is a 2.5-litre inline-four, providing the Mazda with 191 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque.
But if you want the most power and performance available for the 2024 Mazda CX-30, that comes by specifying the GT trim level with the optional 2.5-litre turbo-four engine (GT Turbo) or the top-of-the-line Suna. If you choose to run the GT Turbo or Suna on regular 87-octane fuel, the turbo-four develops 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. However, pay the extra for premium 93-octane fuel instead, and the engine will then provide the CX-30 with 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque. Regardless of trim level or engine, the power gets sent to all four wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
The standard features and equipment for the entry-level CX-30 GX trim level are extremely impressive, and many shoppers will be more than happy with what they get for a very reasonable starting MSRP. Standard safety features lead the way and assist the CX-30 in getting top marks for overall safety from the NHTSA and IIHS. Every model gets standard automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and ten airbags. But if safety features are important to you, go to the GS level. That means you get standard Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support Front, Pedestrian Detection (forward), Forward Obstruction Warning, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist System, Distance Recognition Support System, and more. GT and Suna versions of the CX-30 come with a vast array of standard kit. And for that reason, both deserve serious consideration.
If you’re shopping for an urban-friendly small SUV with sporty styling and driving characteristics to match that can also handle a bit of the rough stuff when the pavement runs out, the 2024 Mazda CX-30 should be at the top of your list. Try the CX-30 out for yourself with a test drive from Freeway Mazda at 15420 104 Ave, Surrey, British Columbia, or call us at (604) 583-7121 for more information and book an appointment when it’s suitable for you.
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