The small SUV vehicle class is extremely competitive. Models like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V have been battling for the top spot for decades. Value is pivotal for many Americans when choosing a small SUV. What small SUV provides the most value for under $30,000? The Mazda CX-5 seems to be the best bet for the money.

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Select is all about value

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 is value-packed because of its luxurious cabin and many standard features. Several automotive publications have acknowledged that the CX-5 is the closest thing to a luxury compact SUV in the compact SUV segment. Mazda SUVs tend to be classier than most SUVs in their vehicle segments.

Since the CX-5 is more refined than its rivals, it offers more value, at least in terms of opulent features and characteristics. Upper trim levels offer even more value.

If you had to find a small SUV for under $30,000, the Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Select trim starts at $28,500. It comes standard with all-wheel drive. The CX-5 2.5 S Select features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go. Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go is perfect for long commutes or road trips and makes driving an easier, more enjoyable experience.

The 2023 CX-5 2.5 S Select comes standard with Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System, push-button start, and 12-volt power outlets. It also features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped gear selector, and leatherette seats with Lux Suede inserts. The small SUV includes Hill Launch Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection.

Should you buy a 2023 Mazda CX-5?

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The 2023 Mazda CX-5 is one of the best small SUVs on the market. It is affordable yet offers more standard features than many of its rivals.

The CX-5 uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to make 187 horsepower. It achieves 24 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. Car and Driver praises the CX-5’s handling, exterior, and interior features.

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Select provides amazing value for under $30,000. That being said, there are plenty of great alternatives if the CX-5 isn’t your cup of tea.

The Hyundai Tucson is gunning for the top spot

The Hyundai Tucson was recently redesigned, and it’s getting plenty of attention. The 2022 Hyundai Tucson starts at $24,950. It uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to make 187 horsepower. The Tucson gets 26 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson SEL starts at $27,100. It comes with heated front seats, a proximity key with push-button start, and Blind-Spot Assist. There are plenty of great small SUV options under $30K, but few models offer as much value as the 2023 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Select for the money.

Read more about the Hyundai Tucson in the next article below.

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