If you’ve been looking for a Mazda SUV that’s bigger than the CX-3 and smaller than the CX-5, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 fits the bill perfectly. The folks at the Mazda Dealership near Gilroy tell us customers love the attractive exterior styling of the CX-30, which takes design cues from its Mazda3 stablemate. That’s not surprising, since the CX-30 and the Mazda3 also share an engine.
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is a favorite among automotive reviewers. Edmunds writes:
“At the top of the [subcompact] SUV class is the 2021 Mazda CX-30.... The CX-30 satisfies all of the usual requirements of comfort, safety and technology, and it pulls ahead with its sharp style, interior refinement and spunky performance.... It’s no surprise we rank the CX-30 higher than other tiny SUVs that include the Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul, Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR.”
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is offered in seven trim levels: 2.5 S, Select, Preferred, Premium, 2.5 Turbo, 2.5 Turbo Premium and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. The CX-30 is powered by a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The CX-30 Turbo models employ a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit that puts out 227 hp and 310 lb-ft with regular gas and 250 hp and 320 lb-ft with 93 octane gas. The transmission is a six-speed automatic. The base engine gets front-wheel drive standard and available all-wheel drive. The upgrade engine comes with all-wheel drive.
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 gets outstanding fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated rating of up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway.*
The base 2.5 S trim includes 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, LED headlights, an 8.8-inch infotainment display, remote vehicle monitoring and control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-speaker audio system, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and voice recognition. Advanced safety features that come standard include automatic high beams, driver attention monitoring, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.
The 2021 CX-30 was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with the highest marks of Good in all crash tests. The 2021 Mazda CX-30 received the best overall safety rating of five stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.