If you’ve been looking for a compact Mazda crossover that’s bigger than the CX-3 and smaller than the CX-5, you’ll find the 2021 Mazda CX-30 to be just the right size. The CX-30 features attractive styling with elements borrowed from the Mazda3, and the two models share an engine. Visit the Mazda dealer near Tempe, and you’ll be wowed by the CX-3’s luxurious cabin that rivals the interior of some premium models. CX-3 buyers also love this model because of its incredible driving dynamics and long list of driver-assistance technology features. These are just some of the reasons to add the 2021 CX-30 to the top of your shopping list.
According to Mazda dealer serving Tempe, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 is offered in five trim levels: base, Select, Preferred, Premium and Turbo. All models get a six-speed automatic transmission, standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.
Under the hood, the 2021 CX-30 gets a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine generating 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The Turbo trim employs a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant developing 227 hp and 310 lb-ft with regular gasoline and 250 hp and 320 lb-ft with premium.
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is very fuel-efficient. The CX-30 gets up to an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway with the base 2.5-liter engine and front-wheel drive.* At the time of this writing, fuel economy figures are unavailable for the turbocharged engine.
Automotive reviewers praised the 2021 Mazda CX-30. Edmunds wrote: “The Mazda CX-30 is already our favorite small SUV, but the addition of a turbocharged engine for 2021 really puts it over the top. If you’re looking for a crossover with a little extra sauce, you should be pleasantly surprised by the 2021 Mazda CX-30.”
The front row has plenty of space to keep occupants comfortable on long trips, with lots of shoulder room. There’s 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats in use. Fold down the seats, and you’ll get a full 45.2 cubic feet.
Standard features for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 include cloth upholstery, LED headlamps, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, an 8.8-inch infotainment system screen, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, voice recognition, HD Radio and two USB ports. Options include LED interior lighting, sport pedals, a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, wireless device charging, navigation and a universal garage door opener.
Standard driver-assistance features include driver attention monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers and automatic high-beam headlights.
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.