2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo AWD Premium Plus - Mazda still has some Zoom Zoom!
My wife got into the 2023 Mazda CX-30 and said "This is a nice size SUV." It is a nice size SUV for us. You have to realize that we are older and there's just the two of us.
You may notice from the first photo there isn't much length behind the rear doors. There is 20.2 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seat, and that goes up to 45.2 with the rear seats folded down. That is enough for my wife and me, we usually pack light. An average airplane carryon bag takes up about 2.4 cubic feet.
I am not a big fan of Mazda's styling but styling is subjective. All Mazda models share styling cues and that is good for brand identity.
The only transmission offered is a 6-speed automatic; the CX-30 has AWD.
I usually don't put that many miles on a test car, just around town, maybe a short day trip, or a visit to see our local granddaughters. But we took the CX-30 to Monterey, CA and back, a round trip of about 260 miles plus some running around in Monterey. I am pleased to say that the CX-30 was comfortable and economical.
The turbo engine is not as fuel efficient as the non-turbo but the penalty is minimal. I didn't quite match the EPA numbers but then I was driving a bit faster than I usually do, at least for part of the trip (75 mph on the Interstate). The EPA highway figure is 30-mpg, and I saw 28.9 on the highway portion, and averaged about 26-mpg combined against the EPA's 25 combined.