The CX-30 has proven incredibly popular for Mazda, so it’s no wonder it’s received several key updates in the last two model years. For 2023, the SUV incorporates improvements in technology, safety and even power, with up to 191 horsepower.

For the 2023 model year, Mazda is still making minor adjustments to its small CX-30 crossover. Last year’s tweaks included the standardization of all-wheel drive and the addition of a new trim level. This year, it’s all about refining that experience and making things a little safer in the process.

The main improvements for the Mazda CX-30

On Tuesday, Mazda revealed pricing and packaging information for the CX-30 compact SUV. All five trim levels that use Mazda’s naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I4 engine receive a small boost in power and efficiency. Power increases by 5 horsepower to 191 net horsepower, and improvements to cylinder deactivation technology increase fuel economy by 2 mpg in all metrics. Now, naturally aspirated CX-30s get an EPA estimate of 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined.

Increased security on the CX-30

The automaker also went under the hood to better align the CX-30 with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s battery of safety tests. All CX-30s now feature rear side airbags, rear seat belt pretensioners and shin guards in the front and rear door trims, as well as reinforcements in the B and C pillars. This should keep you on track to gain the most IIHS award, Top Safety Pick Plus.

How much does the Mazda CX-30 cost?

The base CX-30 2.5 S starts at $24,225, including $1,275 for destination, which is an $800 price increase over last year’s model. The lower model is not far behind, offering a number of standard driver aids such as adaptive cruise control with stop-start capability, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.

Its 8.8-inch infotainment screen offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and other creature comforts include two USB ports, an 8-speaker audio system, and keyless entry.

The different versions of the Mazda CX-30

The CX-30 2.5 S Select, which will set you back $26,675, adds blind spot control, roof rails, leatherette seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The $29,495 CX-30 2.5 S Preferred expands on previous equipment with heated front seats, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a gloss-black grille. The $30,565 Carbon Edition offers a sportier aesthetic, while the $32,335 Premium trim goes further with more safety systems, paddle shifters, navigation and leather seats.

The most luxurious Mazda CX-30

At the top of the range, we have the 2.5 Turbo Premium and the Premium Plus. These models feature a 2.5-liter turbocharged I4 engine that produces 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque on premium gas, with more luxurious features like a power liftgate, heated steering wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors and rear automatic braking. Obviously, they’re also a bit more expensive, priced at $35,075 and $36,675, respectively.

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