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2021 Mazda CX-30 Review, Pricing, and Specs


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Overview

Although the Mazda CX-30 is close in size to the CX-3 SUV, it’s a more modern—and hugely desirable—offering. It borrows its styling, interior design, and powertrain from the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback, and adds a slightly lifted suspension that gives it an SUV-like feel (albeit barely) from behind the wheel. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder provides adequate power and can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive. Inside you’ll find a near-premium cabin that should give more-expensive rivals such as the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1 pause; Mazda throws in a host of standard driver-assistance features as well. In our opinion, if you insist on a subcompact SUV over a similarly priced sedan or hatchback, the CX-30 belongs at the very top of your shopping list.

What’s New for 2021?

For the CX-30’s sophomore year, Mazda’s made virtually no changes to it other than making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto both standard features.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  • Base: $23,000
  • Select: $25,000
  • Preferred: $27,400
  • Premium: $29,650

    We would select the Select trim, as you get more features for not much more money. The Select comes with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and keyless entry. All of the trim levels come with the same 2.5-liter engine and are available with all-wheel drive for another $1400.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    All CX-30s are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 186 horsepower; a six-speed automatic is the only transmission available and although it chooses gears wisely based on driving conditions, it exhibits an occasional stumble when shifting. If you’re a fan of the Mazda 3 hatchback, which we are, you’ll find the CX-30 just as nimble, athletic, and fun to drive. Its crisp steering and fluid body movements make it a pleasure to pilot on a twisty road and provide a sense of stability when cruising. At our test track, the CX-30 dawdled to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, slower than rivals such as the turbocharged Hyundai Kona but much quicker than other non-turbocharged SUVs such as the Nissan Rogue Sport and the Subaru Crosstrek.

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    Front-wheel-drive CX-30 models receive fuel-economy estimates of 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined from the EPA; all-wheel drive drops the estimates to 24 city, 31 mpg, and 26 mpg. On our 200-mile highway fuel-economy test route, our all-wheel-drive CX-30 Premium test vehicle managed to exactly match its EPA rating of 31 mpg.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    The 2021 CX-30 has a handsome, well-crafted interior; it’s shared with that of the Mazda 3, which we love. An infotainment display sprouts from the center of the dashboard and is controlled by a rotary knob on the center console; a row of climate-control buttons divide the upper and lower dash panels. Buyers can choose between either an eight- or 12-speaker audio system and can upgrade to available heated front seats. Going with the top-spec Premium trim adds leather upholstery, a power-operated rear liftgate, and other luxury items that put the CX-30 in contention with luxury-brand offerings such as the Lexus UX and the Mini Countryman. As far as cargo-carrying capability goes, the CX-30 isn’t the most voluminous SUV you can buy, but we did fit six carry-on suitcases behind the rear seats and 16 in total with the rear seats folded.

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    The CX-30 comes with a standard 8.8-inch screen and Mazda Connected Services, which allows owners to lock and unlock, remote start, and monitor their vehicle through the MyMazda app. The CX-30 also is equipped with standard Bluetooth, two front USB inputs, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Available features include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration and SiriusXM satellite radio.

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the CX-30 a five-star safety rating and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick. There are also a number of impressive standard driver-assistance features that come on the CX-30, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, and automated emergency braking. Available optional features include a head-up display and blind-spot monitoring. Key safety features include:

    • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
    • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
    • Standard adaptive cruise control

      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

      Specific warranty information hasn’t been released, but we anticipate that the coverage will be the same as the other Mazda vehicles. Both Hyundai and Kia easily best Mazda’s warranty with both offering 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage.

      • Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
      • Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
      • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

        Specifications

        Specifications

        2020 Mazda CX-30 Premium AWD

        VEHICLE TYPE

        front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

        PRICE AS TESTED

        $31,370 (base price: $30,645)

        ENGINE TYPE

        DOHC inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
        Displacement

        152 in3, 2488 cm3
        Power

        186 hp @ 6000 rpm
        Torque

        186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

        TRANSMISSION

        6-speed automatic

        CHASSIS

        Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink

        Brakes (F/R): 11.6-in vented disc/10.4-in disc

        Tires: Bridgestone Turanza EL440, 215/55R18 95H M+S

        DIMENSIONS

        Wheelbase: 104.5 in

        Length: 173.0 in

        Width: 70.7 in

        Height: 61.7 in

        Passenger volume: 94 ft3

        Cargo volume: 20 ft3

        Curb weight: 3391 lb

        C/D TEST RESULTS

        Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec

        60 mph: 7.5 sec

        100 mph: 20.7 sec

        120 mph: 38.8 sec

        Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.9 sec

        Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.6 sec

        Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.1 sec

        ¼-mile: 15.8 sec @ 89 mph

        Top speed (mfr’s claim): 126 mph

        Braking, 70–0 mph: 177 ft

        Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g

        C/D FUEL ECONOMY

        Observed: 28 mpg

        EPA FUEL ECONOMY

        Combined/city/highway: 27/25/32 mpg

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