2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD – Re- Driven in Red

2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD: Oomph -ed & Cute vying for entry luxury SAV bragging rights. From $32k, as tested = $37k

COLOR THIS JINBA ITTAI CUTE UTE RED:  What proceeds from an automotive brand legendary for the world’s most competed road car has found a nearly equal amount of acceptance in active lifestyle circles. In 2020 the Mazda CX-30 debuted as the ruggedized handsome “cute ute” with earnest marks of prestige. A year later turbocharging “oomph -ed” the 2021 CX-30 2.5 Turbo to genuine enthusiast driver with steed unity. Glowing bright in Soul Red Crystal Metallic, the 2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD now returns to Roadblazing.com hands and posteriors eager for a Re-Drive Review filled with flavors of ND MX-5 Miata roadster.

2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD Driving Hits:

  • 227 to 250 horsepower = +35 bump (57 hp with minimum 91 AKI octane unleaded gasoline) vs. standard atmospheric 2.5L Skyactiv G engine
  • 320 pound-feet = +129 pound-feet torque = 71% > standard atmospheric aspirated 2.5L Skyactiv G
2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD: performance turbocharging application is subtle during cruising
  • 6-speed automatic torque converter planetary transaxle, low on gear ring count, still betters most on quick down-shift throttle braking
  • More energetic acceleration above 85 miles per hour @ 3500 rpm to redline vs. non-turbo Mazda CX-30 2.5L
  • 26 combined miles per gallon, 400 miles highway range in sporty subcompact all-wheel drive SAV
  • New for ’22: AWD standard on all CX-30 models, w/ ABS torque vectoring and G-Vectoring
  • Rear torsion beam semi-independent suspension adds compliance to Skyactiv taut body control
2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD: Adopting the semi-independent torsion beam suspension lends greater rear wheel compliance to an otherwise tautly controlled body
  • Bridgestone Turanza tires, on 18″ gloss black alloys, tuned for quiet touring
  • Stiff structure rivals luxury brand entry models
  • New for ’22: electronic parking brake auto-disengages

2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD Driving Misses:

  • 100 lb. weight gain for engine turbocharger hardware
  • Loses some cornering stability over related Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo hatchback
  • -13% Combined fuel economy vs. naturally aspirated CX-30 2.5L AWD
  • Lack of fully independent rear suspension curbs some desired playful oversteer
  • Would benefit from stickier tires
  • Gravely engine sound at idle

What 2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD It Has Got:

  • Pricing: from $31,425 M.S.R.P. (incl. destination) for a 6-speed automatic 2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD
    • As tested top Soul Red Crystal Metallic 2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD Premium Plus = $35,400
    • base, naturally aspirated CX-30 2.5L S AWD = $23,425
  • Sleek Mazda 3 hatchback Kodo language silhouette raised by 2.5″-inches
2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD: sleek in sanguine Soul Red Crystal Metallic
    • Shark nose, wide “U” grille, wispy wrap around light housings, darkened comprehensive body cladding, including wheel arches, sharp rake windscreen, chrome upper door frame accenting, sensuously curved Kammback tailgate, Mazda MX-5 taillamps.
2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD: emphatic Kammback tail. w/ MX-5 Miata lighting
  • Carries 4 adults, a pre-teen kid & 20 cubic feet of belongings under the liftgate
  • 60/40% split folding 2nd Row seat backs
2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD: adequately roomy in front, getting tighter in back
2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD: slightly more expanded cargo space than the Mazda 3 hatchback
  • Luxury brand attention to build and display & control details
  • Comprehensive standard feature set
    • Remote keyless access, push button ignition; Heated front seats, power driver’s w/ 2 position memory; 2-zone automatic climate control; Power moonroof
    • LED headlights, Rain sensing windshield wipers,
    • Auto dimming rear view mirror, Reverse power tilting side mirrors
    • 7.0″ TFT variable triple dial gauge cluster; 8.8″ MazdaConnect media display w/ remote dial Command controller
2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD: luxurious cabin w/ artful, precision finished controls, soft flowing stitched panels, 7.0″ TFT variable gauge cluster + split pane 8.8″ LCD remote commander controlled media display w/ available native Navigation
    •  Android Auto, Apple CarPlay phone projection
  • Excellent safety features & ratings
    • IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, 8 airbags, Rear camera (fixed predictive grid)
  • Driver assist tech (standard)
    • Pedestrian & vehicle collision avoidance braking, Blind spot & Rear cross traffic warning, Lane keep assist, Adaptive cruise control
  • 3 year / 36,000 miles bumper to bumper, 4 year / 50,000 miles powertrain warranties

What 2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD Has Not (or Not Preferred):

  • Price encroaches larger Mazda CX-5 SUV territory
  • Seat cushions short, Rear seat hip room and legroom tight for bigger folks
  • Non-power front passenger seat lacks height adjustment
  • Front center armrest distant from console shift lever
2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD: slide to tilt center console storage lid
  • “Carried Away” adventure appearance body cladding
  • LCD center media display lacks touch control capability
  • Sunwashed steering wheel spoke switches
  • Android Auto phone projection occasional connection fails
  • Lane Keep Assist = mere nudge
  • Volume brand warranty duration, scheduled maintenance not included

Standout Feature(s) on 2022 MAZDA CX-30 2.5 TURBO PREMIUM PLUS AWD :

  • Heads Up Display w/ traffic sign recognition; Signature LED DRL lighting
  • Native infotainment navigation map w/ TravelLink subscription
2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD: parchment cabin evokes entry luxury sensation
  • Additional automated driver assistance
    • ♦ Traffic jam assist, slow speed pedestrian & rear traffic collision avoidance braking; rear side traffic braking, ♦ Traffic sign recognition
    • ♦ 360° surround view cameras, ♦ Adaptive front LED headlights
2022 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD: Soul Red Crystal Metallic flows spectacularly sanguine at night
  • ♦ Leather seating, heated front, power driver, w/ 2 position memory, ♦ Heated steering wheel, ♦ Windshield wiper de-icer, ♦ Homelink garage door transmitter, ♦ Power liftgate
  • ♦ Chrome interior accents, ♦ Gloss black side mirror cap and exterior accents

Roadblazing.com Says: Oomph -ed & cute, vying for entry luxury subcompact SAV bragging rights.


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WHAT: 2020 Mazda CX-30 AWD Premium. This all new subcompact crossover utility model has platform commonality with the BP fourth generation of Mazda 3 sedan / hatchback. It is one size up from the DJ series Mazda CX-3 and one size down from the CX-5 crossover ute.


Power: transverse 2.5L DOHC 16V DI gas I-4 = 186 hp/ 186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm. G-vectoring throttle front wheel traction transfer. AWD models feature 2-cylinder deactivation.

Drivetrain: 6-spd. torque converter planetary automatic transaxle + (optional) PTU to multi-plate wet clutch differential torque vectoring variable all-wheel drive.

 WHAT (A) STYLING DIFFERENCE(S):  Not content to be a mere lifted cookie cutter of the BP Mazda 3 hatchback, the addition of a D-pillar, with sail window between it and the C-pillar is less monolithic. The front shark’s nose comes through bearing the same seductive chrome link pentagonal grill, chrome arms extended to cradle the swept back thin headlamp housings, with cinched lower corners. It’s been dipped entirely in contrast darkened lower cladding, which verges on comically high especially at the wheel arches. The liftgate is more punched out as in the larger CX-5 crossover. The CX-30 shares it’s larger sibling’s thin tail lamp modules and a ruggedized bumper cover.

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