2024 Mazda CX-30 Review:
Turbocharged Sporty Compact SUV Takes On Crosstrek and HR-V

The fun-to-drive 2024 Mazda CX-30 is a premium compact SUV designed to stand out in the crowded small SUV segment. This sporty compact SUV takes on two popular small SUV models with available all-wheel drive (AWD) - the rugged Subaru Crosstrek and the versatile Honda HR-V.


How Does the Mazda CX-30's Performance Compare?

Under the hood, the CX-30 brings some serious compact SUV power to take on its rivals.



  • Standard 2.5L 4-cyl (186 hp, 186 lb-ft)
  • Optional Turbo 2.5L 4-cyl (227 hp/310 lb-ft or 250 hp/320 lb-ft on premium fuel)
  • 6-speed automatic, AWD available


  • 2.0L 4-cyl (152 hp), CVT, AWD standard


  • 1.8L 4-cyl (141 hp), CVT, AWD optional

So, the CX-30 is the only compact SUV in this comparison with a powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder engine option, making it one of the few small SUVs with a turbo engine.


Compact SUV Interior Space and Versatility

Inside, the CX-30 emphasizes premium amenities and tech over maximum compact SUV cargo space.



  • Up to 45.2 cu. ft cargo room
  • Standard 8.8" infotainment display
  • Available power liftgate
  • Leather seating surfaces are available


  • Crosstrek provides a total cargo space of up to 55.3 cu. ft


  • HR-V has a cavernous 58.8 cu. ft cargo capacity with its rear seats folded

Exterior Compact SUV Dimensions Compared

Looking at exterior compact SUV dimensions, the CX-30 and its rivals are very similar in size: CX-30.



  • Length: 173"
  • Width: 70.7"
  • Height: 61.7"
  • Wheelbase: 104.5"


  • Length: 176.5"
  • Width: 71"
  • Height: 63.6"
  • Wheelbase: 104.9"


  • Length: 170.4"
  • Width: 69.8"
  • Height: 63.2"
  • Wheelbase: 104.2"

The Crosstrek has the most significant overall footprint, while the CX-30's longer wheelbase should translate to more compact SUV interior space.


Standard Safety Tech Compared

When it comes to standard compact SUV safety technology, all three models come well-equipped.


i-Activsense suite with:

  • Smart brake support
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning


EyeSight driver assist includes:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control


Honda Sensing suite with:

  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Adaptive cruise control

While all models offer robust safety, the CX-30 and Crosstrek provide brand-specific tech suites for compact SUV safety.

With its available turbocharged performance, premium and tech-filled interior, sporty driving dynamics, and comprehensive compact SUV safety features, the 2024 Mazda CX-30 presents a compelling all-around package for those wanting a small SUV that's more than just an appliance.