If you want to travel in a stylish and comfortable but small and economical SUV around Mississauga, or anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area, the 2022 Mazda CX-30 has got it covered. You could always spend a good deal more on a German or Japanese luxury alternative, but it’s hard to beat what the CX-30 has to offer in almost every area that really matters.
Unlike some of its luxury rivals, Mazda doesn’t ask you to pay extra for that very desirable coupe-like sloping roofline because that’s how it comes, and there’s no version of the CX-30 with a more mundane exterior. There’s no doubt that the way it looks on the outside is what will attract potential suitors to the CX-30, to begin with, but the good news is that things get even better when you start to investigate further.
There are just three trim levels in the 2022 Mazda CX-30 lineup, which start with the entry-level GS and then go to the mid-range GX and finally to the range-topping GT model. And there’s no need to worry about whether to pay extra for the additional capability of all-wheel-drive as all three trim levels get it as part of their standard specification.
Despite just three trim levels in the current lineup, there are three different powertrain options to choose from. The standard engine under the hood of the base CX-30 GX is a 2.0-litre inline-four that develops 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. The second trio of engines is a 2.5-litre four-pot that provides the CX-30 with 186 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque, but if that’s still not enough for your liking, there’s also a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit available boasting 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. when run on regular fuel, or an even more impressive 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. when using premium 93 octane fuel.
All 2022 Mazda CX-30 models send their power exclusively to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode and Drive Selection switch, but GT models are the most driver-focused models with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for a degree of manual control and greater driver engagement. 2.0-litre versions of the CX-30 offer fuel economy ratings of 9.4 L/100 km in the city and 7.7 L/100 km on the highway, while the other two engine options are rated at 9.9/7.7 L/100 km for the non-turbo 2.5-litre and 10.5/7.9 L/100 km for the turbo.
It’s hard not to be impressed by the standard specification of the 2022 Mazda CX-30 at every level. An electronic parking brake, rearview camera, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are standard across the range. However, GS and GT models go considerably further with standard safety features such as Mazda Radar Cruise Control, front and rear Smart Brake Support, Pedestrian Detection, Forward Obstruction Warning, Lane Departure Warning System, Driver Attention Alert, a Traffic Sign Recognition System, and more.
Every 2020 CX-30 comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, but step up to the range-topping GT model, and your ears will then be treated to a Bose premium sound system with 12 speakers. All CX-30 models in Canada come with standard heated seats, but GT models make an impressive impression of luxury rivals with standard leather upholstery, optional Garnet Red leather trimming, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function.
It’s hard to believe that so much has been squeezed into a crossover as compact as the 2022 Mazda CX-30. Still, somehow Mazda has managed to produce a subcompact crossover SUV with big ideas and an even bigger specification. On top of everything, the CX-30 has also managed to be extremely enjoyable to drive, so come and experience it for yourself with a test drive from Erin Mills Mazda at 2400 Motorway Blvd, Mississauga, ON, or give us a call at (905)-828-0070 for more information and to book a test drive for a time that fits your schedule.