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Eric's Autos: 2023 Mazda CX-30

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There are crossover SUVs in just about every size, but how about one that overlaps sizes? That's not too big -- but not too small, either?

Especially under the hood.

That one's the Mazda CX-30 -- and it might just be the right size for you.

What It Is

The CX-30 is Mazda's smallest crossover, with two rows of seats, seating for five and available all-wheel drive. But that is not what makes it different from other, slightly larger crossovers such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.

The big difference is you can get the CX-30 with a 250-horsepower turbocharged engine. Models like the RAV4, CR-V and Rogue don't offer much more than 200 horsepower -- if they offer that much.

 

You can get a similarly powerful engine in the Hyundai Kona, but the Kona is a smaller crossover than the CX-30 and comes standard with a much less powerful (just 147 horsepower) engine.

CX-30 prices start at $22,950 for the base S trim with front-wheel drive. A top-of-the-line Premium Plus with AWD and the 250-horsepower turbo'd engine stickers for $35,400.

What's New

The standard 2.5-liter engine gets a 5-horsepower bump (to 191) and a slight gas mileage bump. Second row side-impact air bags are also standard on all trims.

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