The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is a compact SUV that’s larger than its CX-3 sibling and smaller than the CX-5. Buyers at Mazda dealers near Scottsdale love the CX-30’s beautiful styling that borrows design elements from the Mazda3. In fact, these two Mazda vehicles share an engine. Step into the CX-30’s well-appointed interior, and you’ll think you’re in a vehicle that costs a lot more. The 2021 CX-30 drives as good as it looks. Not too many SUVs in this class can be called fun to drive, but the CX-30 is just that. Buyers looking for an attractive compact crossover that features superb handling and a wide array of driver-assistance features should take a good look at the 2021 Mazda CX-30.
According to the Scottsdale Mazda dealership, the CX-30 comes in five trim levels, listed as base, Select, Preferred, Premium and Turbo. Powering the CX-30 is a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The CX-30 Turbo is equipped with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 227 hp and 310 lb-ft with regular gas and 250 hp and 320 lb-ft with 93 octane gas. A six-speed automatic is the only gearbox offered. The base engine gets standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive, while the turbo-four comes gets all-wheel drive.
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 gets excellent fuel economy figures. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the CX-30 with the base engine and front-wheel drive is 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway.* With all-wheel drive, those figures drop slightly to 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The turbocharged engine returns 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway.
Automotive reviewers give the 2021 Mazda CX-30 high marks. Kelley Blue Book writes: “A certain sophistication permeates everything the 2021 CX-30 does and has. It’s classy and engaging, comes with many standard safety features and advanced driver assists, as well as plenty of options to upgrade the whole experience. ... The Mazda CX-30 achieves all this at competitive prices.”
The 2021 Mazda CX-30’s base trim comes with a long list of standard features, including 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, cloth upholstery, remote vehicle monitoring, an 8.8-inch infotainment display, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-speaker stereo system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, two USB ports and voice recognition. All models come with forward collision warning, driver attention monitoring, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 has yet to tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as of this writing. However, the organization named the 2020 CX-30 a Top Safety Pick, with the highest score of Good in all crash tests. We expect the 2021 CX-30 to receive identical results. The 2021 Mazda CX-30 received the highest rating of five stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association for overall safety.
IIHS and NHTSA crash tests aren’t in as of this writing. However, last year’s CX-30 sailed through its crash testing, with the highest rating of five stars by the NHTSA for overall safety. The IIHS named the 2020 CX-30 a Top Safety Pick, with the best score of Good in all crash tests.
* 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.