2024 Mazda CX-30 Is Impressive Package

I’ve just driven a great lower priced all-wheel drive, turbo powered, Mazda  CX-30.  What a fine drive in a spirited compact sedan that has excellent acceleration and all-around perfection.

The CX-30 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $36,800 that includes a plethora of standard and high-tech features, starting with a snappy appearance of “Platinum quartz metallic” paint and a black and brown interior with leather trimmed seats.  

Assembled in Salamanca, Mexico with  Japanese powertrain engine and transmission. This combination achieved 30 mpg in highway mileage with sport mode with six-speed “Skyactiv” transmission achieving 227 horsepower from the 2.5L turbo engine.

The car was agile, and acted like a Kentucky-bred racehorse, just wanting to run fast.  Running fast means slowing down quickly, and CX-30 has 4-wheel disc “smart” brakes. The car rides on 18-inch black alloy wheels with twin rear tail pipes, a clue to its high performance.

I’m impressed with the technical support that Mazda puts into their cars.  A wide array of safety features earning a five-star frontal and side crash perfect score.  Safety measures include lane keep assist and lane departure warnings, along with a driver attention alert.  More traffic alerts for blind spots and rear cross traffic warnings.  Deicer windshield wipers and heated outside mirrors.  This car is prepared for Colorado weather with all-wheel traction control system for icy roads.

A sliding glass moonroof along with all-around LED lights and a rear end spoiler adds more sparkle to this CX-30.  I have a quibble with the Mazda engineers. I find the suspension system too firm, leading to a rougher ride.  Perhaps the firm suspension may be necessary for the high performance and G-vectoring controls for curve stability.

There are many good features in the CX, including a  Bose 12 speaker sound system and a 360 degree surround camera view.  The vehicle is loaded, but what is the best is the driving performance with paddle wheel steering wheel shifters and turbo power at a very attractive price. This is a car that I would purchase for pleasure and work.