The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is a subcompact crossover that fits nicely between the Mazda CX-3 and CX-5. It has a higher seating position than its Mazda3 sibling, and the two vehicles share a powertrain. When you step inside the Mazda CX-30 at the Ontario area Mazda dealership, you’ll be amazed by its luxurious interior. Combine this with the CX-30’s sporty styling and exceptional handling, and you’ll understand why the CX-30 provides serious competition for some luxury vehicles like the Audi Q3, BMW X2 and Mercedes GLA.
The 2021 CX-30 is available at dealers like the Mazda dealership near Ontario in five trims, listed as base, Select, Preferred, Premium and Turbo. All models get standard front-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive, and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Powering the CX-30 is a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Opt for the Turbo trim, and you’ll get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant that puts out 250 hp and 320 lb-ft with premium gasoline and 227 hp and 310 lb-ft with regular gas.
The automotive media gives the 2021 Mazda CX-30 thumbs up, with Autoblog writing: “The CX-30 was one of the most compelling new cars introduced last year, and it gets even better for 2021 thanks to the introduction of the new 2.5 Turbo model. ... [T]aken as a whole, this in-betweener alternative should make sense for a lot of buyers, no matter which type of car or SUV they initially started looking for.”
The CX-30 gets outstanding fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated rating of up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway with the non-turbo engine and front-wheel drive.* It’s still too early for ratings for the turbo-four, it has yet to be evaluated by the EPA as of this writing.
Standard features for the base CX-30 trim include cloth seating, LED headlamps, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, an infotainment system with an 8.8-inch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice recognition, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, a stereo system with eight speakers, HD Radio and two USB ports. Options include LED interior lighting, sport pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, navigation and wireless device charging.
The CX-30 comes with many driver-assistance technology features, including low-speed automatic emergency braking, driver attention monitoring, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, a rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
As of this writing, neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has tested the 2021 Mazda CX-30. We expect the crash-test results to be identical to last year’s CX-30, which was named a Top Safety Pick model by the IIHS, with the highest score of Good in all tests. The NHTSA gave the 2020 Mazda CX-30 five-out-of-five stars for overall safety.
* 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.