For starters, the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is enhanced with an extra 5 horsepower to a total of 191 horses. It’s also more efficient, as an updated cylinder deactivation technology is applied, providing an extra 2 mpg in the city and highway categories. The new figures are 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined. All-wheel drive continues to be standard for the CX-30, which was a change Mazda made last year.
Safety features and crash performance are also improved for 2023. Mazda says it’s added rear side airbags and rear seat belt pre-tensioners. The B-pillar and C–pillar performance in crashes is said to be improved, and new shin pads are added to the front and rear door trims. The CX-30 was an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award winner for 2022, and Mazda believes these enhancements will help it keep the designation in 2023.
The CX-30 Turbo carries over mechanically unchanged, but Mazda dropped the more budget-friendly base Turbo trim, making the Turbo Premium the new starting point. The Turbo Premium is priced at $35,075, including the $1,275 destination charge. That’s a $700 increase over the 2022 model year Turbo Premium and a $3,300 increase over last year’s base Turbo.
If you want the naturally aspirated engine, the S starts at $24,225, representing just a $450 price increase for 2023. Mazda didn’t specify a date, but expect the 2023 Mazda CX-30 to go on sale soon.