2021 Mazda CX-30

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2021 Mazda CX-30 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 4, 2020

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What do you do when you have a hatchback in your garage that works well, feels plush, and is a total delight to drive? You add a lifted suspension setup to it and make an SUV (almost) out of it. Well, that's the Mazda's way of doing it, and the result of this experiment is what we call the Mazda CX-30. The all-new CX-30 is a stylish crossover compact SUV, that is based upon the Mazda 3 hatchback. The Mazda CX-30 was meant to replace the CX-3 in the lineup but for 2021 Mazda has decided to place it in a way that it now sits between the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-5

2021 Mazda CX-30
Mazda CX-30 derives its platform from the Mazda 3 Hatchback.

The price for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 starts from $21,900 and goes all the way to $28,200. Well, that's the quotation for the standard configuration. So what's the optional spec you ask? New for 2021, Mazda has decided to roll out a turbocharged version of the CX-30. Details about the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo's specs are a little blurry as of now, but all the subtleties will soon be out as the 2021 CX-30 Turbo will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of 2020. 

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Pros

Uptown interior

Nimble handling

Impressive driving dynamics

Cons

Rear visibility is not great

Transmission can be clunky at times

Does not feel a whole lot of different to drive than the Mazda 3

What's New?

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay offered as standard

A new optional 2.5L turbocharged engine on offer


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Mazda CX-30 Exterior video

Styles

2021 Mazda CX-30 in Basque Red Pearl color
Basque Red Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

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7.8

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Mazda CX-30 S

S

power
148 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$21,900 - $23,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $21,900 MSRP (27/31/36) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Manual front wheel drive 5
S 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $23,300 MSRP (27/31/36) 148 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
7-speed DSG Automatic w/Tiptronic front wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda CX-30 Select Package

Select Package

power
363 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$23,900 - $25,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Select 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $23,900 MSRP (27/31/36) 363 hp @ 5200 rpm, 3.8 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Manual front wheel drive 5
Select 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,300 MSRP (27/31/36) 311 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.8 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
7-speed DSG Automatic w/Tiptronic front wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda CX-30 Preferred Package

Preferred Package

power
335 hp @ 5550 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$26,300 - $27,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,300 MSRP (27/31/36) 335 hp @ 5550 rpm, 2.3 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
7-speed DSG Automatic w/Tiptronic front wheel drive 5
Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,700 MSRP (27/29/33) 186 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda CX-30 Premium Package

Premium Package

power
365 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$28,550 - $29,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,550 MSRP (27/31/36) 365 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Manual front wheel drive 5
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $29,950 MSRP (27/29/33) 186 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
6-speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is the newest and smallest crossover in the company's lineup, and it sits right between the CX-3, and the CX-5 in terms of its size and price. With that said, the CX-30 is an absolute looker and is definitely one of the prettiest looking hatchback-cum-SUV.

The Mazda CX-30 slots between the smaller CX-3 and the bigger CX-5.

Mazda claims that the CX-30 can do a fair share of light offroading as the suspension is lifted and the ground clearance is more than the Mazda 3 hatchback. With so much on offer, the Mazda CX-30 goes up against rivals such as Subaru Crosstrek, Honda HR-V, and Buick Encore. Let's get to know more about the 2021 Mazda CX-30 and see how it overshadows its rivals, shall we?


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2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Front View
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2021 Mazda CX-30 Features

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is offered in 4 trim levels, the Base, Select, Preferred, and the Premium. All of the trims get Mazda's i-Activ AWD system as an option. The prices for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 start at $21,900 for the Base trim and maxes out at $28,550 for the top of the line Premium trim.

These stats are for the standard FWD drivetrain. In case you want your CX-30 to be driven by all of its wheels you need to pay $1400 extra over your selected trim's price. What comes as delight is that all the trims of the CX-30 can be configured with an AWD drivetrain. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is offered in a total of 4 trims. 

For 2021, Mazda has introduced an all-new turbocharged 2.5L Skyactive-G motor which pumps out 250 horsepower and a dollop of torque. This new turbocharged powertrain will go on sale by the end of 2020 and will sit beside the CX-30's familiar 186hp 2.5L I-4 SkyActiv engine.

Though there has been no official word about the pricing of this new powertrain, yet we expect the bid to begin above $30,000, as the top currently outgoing Premium trim comes at an MSRP of $28,950.

Trim

Base

Select

Preferred

Premium 

MSRP (FWD)

$21,900

$23,900

$26,300

$28,550

MSRP (AWD) $23,300 $25,300 $27,700 $29,950

Key Features

Mazda Connect with 8.8-inch display

18-inch alloy wheels

Heated front seats

Leather seats

 

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Dual-zone Air conditioning

SiriusXM Satellite radio

Colored active driving display

 

Bluetooth Audio and Phone connectivity

Blind-spot monitoring

8-way power-adjustable seats

Skyactiv Dynamics control plus suspension

 

Advanced dual front airbags

Smart device integration

Bose 12 speaker premium system

Pandora internet radio integration

 

Mazda Harmonics Acoustics Sound system

Sports front seats

Dynamic stability control

Mazda Radar cruise control

Apart from the new engine, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 also gets new i-Activsense safety features that include Smart City Brake Support Reverse with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, Active Driving Display, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Adaptive Front-lighting System which make give it an edge over its competition in the safety department.

The CX-30 is not short on features and equipment either, as this sleek looking crossover gets kit such as a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash, and chrome finishes. Every aspect of the interior is purposely laid out to be intuitive for the driver and its occupants.

The Mazda CX-30 is all set to get a turbocharged engine option for the model year 2021. 

The 2021 version continues to get Bose 12-speaker audio, the 8.8-inch large center display. The subtle enhancements to the exterior of the CX-30 Turbo highlight the new performance and capabilities with 18-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors, and a “TURBO” badge on the liftgate.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The Mazda CX-30 is a new entry in the line-up. The CX-30 is specifically aimed at the younger crowd as a stylish compact crossover SUV with modern tech and design. The CX-30 is placed between the smaller CX-3 and the compact CX-5 SUVs. Mazda is one of the world's most renowned carmakers, in terms of reliability and dependability. 

The CX-30 has not yet been rated by J.D. Power for its actual reliability. Mazda cars are fairly priced and are easy to maintain. Most of the cars by Mazda tend to have an amazing build quality and strong and reliable powertrain. Mazda won't charge you much for repairs and maintenance as well.

Mazda cars have earned the reputation of being reliable and easy to maintain.

The average price of entry-level trim of Mazda CX-30 is $21,900. The prices will vary a little bit in different states of the US.

For long routes and travel, the CX-30 is best suited as it has no such recalls and complaints reported by the NHTSA. The minor repairs and maintenance are quick and won’t cost you much as the maintenance costs are pretty low for Mazda cars.

Warranty

Being one of the most reliable carmakers, Mazda offers a good enough warranty cover for its cars. Some rivals might offer a better warranty but won't be able to offer the value that equals Mazda cars. The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is accompanied by a 3-year/36,000 miles warranty and 24-hour road assistance in the United States.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

3 years/36,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty

5 years/50,000 miles

24/7 Roadside Assistance

3 years/36,000miles

Mazda Replacement part or Accessories Warranty

12 months/12,000miles

Mazda doesn't offer an extraordinary warranty period or coverage. With that said, Hyundai offers the best safety net in the segment. Powertrain warranty of 10 years or100,000 miles and a complimentary maintenance schedule for 3 years or 36,000 miles.

The genuine part replacement or accessories installation by Mazda will also come with a warranty or replacement period of 12months/12,000miles. Subaru offers a similar warranty like Mazda for its car coverage too.

Miles per Dollar

Mazda cars are fairly cheap to run. The running cost is minimal as the cars offer good fuel economy. The CX-30 has an average fuel economy of 28 mpg or 26 mpg (with i-Activ AWD). 

The current fuel price is around $2.2(average) and the CX-30 offers 28 mpg combined. Considering the maintenance cost to be around $80 for the first year and an average run of 15,000 miles, the Mazda CX-30 should be able to cover 12 miles on a dollar.


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2021 Mazda CX-30 Buying Advice

Mechanically, all the trims are exactly the same, that is, under the hood sits a 2.5L engine producing 186hp of peak power. The i-Activ AWD system is an optional feature and asks a premium of $1,400 on every trim. As you move up the ladder, the list of creature comforts expands. The Select trim hits the sweet spot as it gets the 18-inch alloys and plenty of additional features like dual-zone automatic climate control and blind-spot monitoring system, all that at a fair price difference from the Base trim.

However, if budget is not a constraint, you can always consider getting a CX-3 with the all-new turbocharged engine that's a lot more potent than the standard powertrain and enhances the driving pleasure manifolds. However, you'll have to wait until the end of 2020 in order to get a 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo. 

Is buying a used Mazda CX-30 a good idea?

It's been not even a complete year since the Mazda CX-30 debuted. Considering the fact that the car is still very very fresh in the market, the chances of you spotting one in the used car market is pretty low. 

However, in case you get lucky and find a used Mazda CX-30 for sale, it will definitely be a great deal as Mazda cars lose their value up to just 26% in three years cutting down the cost by quite some grand. Moreover, with a low maintenance cost and great reliability, a pre-owned CX-30 should be a pretty sweet deal. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 Engine and Performance

The sub-compact SUV is charmed by a SkyActive-G series engine, a state of the art Japanese technology motor. The 2021 CX-30 2.5 S is equipped with a four-cylinder Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter engine that belts out 186 hp and 186 lb.-ft- of torque. The powertrain is paired with a quick-shifting Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission.

 Mazda CX-30 gets a turbocharged Skyactive-G motor for 2021

The transmission setup of the 2021 Mazda CX-30, by default, routes all the grunt to the front wheels of this crossover, until you pay some extra dimes and go for the optional i-Activ AWD system. 

The 6-speed SkyActiv drive gearbox comes with sports mode for a sporty driving experience. The top-spec trim offers paddle-shifters behind the steering wheel for a truly engaging driving experience. Unfortunately, there's only one engine option available for all the trims. The good part is, that the engine is powerful enough to put the rivals to shame.

The Mazda CX-30 gets a 6-speed SkyActiv drive gearbox and offers the option of i-Activ AWD System.

However, for 2021 Mazda has stepped up its performance game by fitting the CX-30 with the latest Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine that is capable of delivering 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque on premium 93 octane fuel. Well, as exciting as it may sound, the 2021 Mazda CX-30's turbocharged variant will go on sale by the end of the year. 

Models

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Subaru Crosstrek (Expected)

2021 Honda HR-V (Expected) 

2021 Buick Encore

MSRP

$21,900

$23,000

$21,020

$24,195

Engine

2.5L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Flat-4

1.5L turbo Inline-4

1.4L turbocharged Inline-4 engine 

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD/AWD(optional)

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic w/od manual

6-Speed Manual

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic 

Power

186 hp @ 6,000 RPM

152 hp @ 6000 RPM

141 hp @ 6500 RPM

138 hp @ 4900 RPM

Torque

186 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

145 lb-ft @ 6000 RPM

127 lb-ft @ 4300 RPM

148 lb-ft @ 1850 RPM

The Mazda CX-30 is the most powerful compact SUV with its 186 hp 2.5L naturally aspirated pot 4, followed by the Subaru Crosstrek AWD that puts out 152hp with its 2.0L boxer engine. The 2021 Honda HR-V which is expected to come with an all-new 1.5L turbocharged engine slots in the third spot with 141 ponies, finally followed by the 2021 Buick Encore that tucks in 138 hp

The Mazda CX-30 was already on the top of its game, even with its standard naturally aspirated engine, just imagine the amount of damage the 2021 CX-30 will do to its rivals, once the turbocharged engine gets into full swing. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 does a quick run of 0-60 mph in just 7.8 seconds. The throttle response is amazing as the motor is free from any type of forced induction. The CX-30 shoots off the line like no other, thanks to a sophisticated AWD system and a light curb weight.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds.

The 2021 CX-30 laps the quarter of a mile distance in dot 16 seconds, at a speed of 88.3 mph. Though the 2021 Mazda CX-30 is not the most exciting or capable subcompact SUV out there, yet considering its pack of rivals, it's a nice place to be. 

Though the 0-60 figures are not yet available for the 2021 Mazda CX-30's 2.5L turbocharged engine, yet we expect this new powertrain to be significantly quicker than the standard naturally aspirated variant. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is a fun to drive car accrediting to the smart driving dynamics and a peppy engine.

The brakes on the CX-30 deliver great performance too as they stop the Crossover at just 119 feet. The relatively low curb weight of this compact Mazda also plays a major role in helping it come to a halt. Moreover, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 has a top speed of 126 mph, which again is a segment-leading figure. 

Models

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Subaru Crosstrek (Expected)

2021 Honda HR-V (Expected)

2021 Buick Encore

0-60 (seconds)

7.8 

8.1

8.4

9.0

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.0

16.0

15.5

16.4

Top Speed (mph)

126 

123

125

120

60-0 (ft.)

119 

120 

121

126

There is no coming near the 2021 Mazda CX-30 in the sprinting fixture. The closest that any rival gets to this Mazda is the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, which is expected to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds. The 2021 Honda HR-V slots in the second spot with a 0-60 time of 8.4 seconds, however, the HR-V is pretty close to the CX-30 in terms of top speed. The 2021 Buick Encore's acceleration figures lend it the last spot. 


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2021 Mazda CX-30 Fuel Economy

The SkyActiv engine used in the Mazda CX-30 easily balances performance and efficiency. The 2021 Mazda CX-30 can roll for 25 miles in the city or can glide through 33 miles on the highway for every gallon of gasoline. A combined mpg of 28 is not the best but it is good enough for a compact SUV that puts out 186 hp from its 2.5L engine.

Mazda CX-30 gets an old-school style analog instrument cluster

Though the 2021 Mazda CX-30 posts decent fuel economy figures, the only downside to this aspect is the 2021 Mazda CX-30's fuel tank capacity. The 2021 CX-30 can stow up to 13.5 gallons of fuel in its gas tank, which happens to be one of the most petite fuel tanks in the class.

However, owing to the decent mpg figures, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 can roll for around 445 miles on the highway before finally halting for a drinks break. 

Models

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Subaru Crosstrek (Expected)

2021 Honda HR-V (Expected) 

2021 Buick Encore

MPG (City)

25

27

28

26

MPG (Highway)

33

29

34

31

MPG (Combined)

28

29

30

28

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

13.5

16.6

13.2

14

Range(City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

337/445/378

365/481/415

356/435/369

350/420/378

Being the most powerful in this class, Mazda CX-30 is holding up really well, thanks to the sophisticated Skyactiv tech under its hood, which essentially burns the fuel just like a diesel engine under high compression.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers slightly better mpg figures than the CX-30, but it is the Honda HR-V that goes a step ahead and returns a combined figure of 28 mpg, thanks to an efficient CVT gearbox. Also, the Subaru Crosstrek gets a bigger fuel tank which can hold 3.1 gallons of fuel more than the Mazda CX-30 which makes a big difference.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Interior

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 offers a well-built and premium-looking interior with a two-tone color scheme and a minimalist and clutter-free design. Inside, it is extremely spacious and looks stunning with high-quality materials wrapped all around, very similar to the cabin of the Mazda 3.

The Mazda CX-30 feels premium and spacious on the inside.

The overall design is ergonomically sound with proper placements of buttons and functions inside the cockpit. The premium cloth upholstery on the base trim looks great, while the leatherette upholstery on the high-end trim looks and feels plush, accentuating the premium vibe of this car. 

The rear seats of the Mazda CX-30 can easily accommodate 4 passengers, but fitting in 5 is not the best idea. 

The 8-way power-adjustable sports seats are wide enough to accommodate taller passengers. The leather-wrapped sports steering wheel with paddle shifters gives it a sports car feeling out on the road. What accentuates is the fact that the window line is set up high and the seat can go quite low to the floor, which is unlike a conventional crossover.

Models

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Honda HR-V 

2021 Buick Encore

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; Inches)

38.1/55.6/41.7

39.8/56.7/43.1

39.5/56.8/41.2

39.6/54.2/40.8

Rear row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; Inches)

38.3/53.6/36.3

38.0/55.6/36.5

38.3/54.5/39.3

38.8/52.5/35.8

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 can easily accommodate 4 people but 5 adults will be a stretch as it still is based on a small hatchback and is smaller than the Mazda 3. For better comfort, it gets lumbar support, armrests, and seat heating function.

How's the 2021 Mazda CX-30's infotainment system

The all-new Mazda CX-30 comes loaded with a huge 8.8-inch center-mounted infotainment system that supports the latest Mazda Connect software. There's a multifunction command controller for the infotainment system.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 gets an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay​​​​​​

It supports a smart device integration such as Apple CarPlay and Android auto. Sirius XM/FM/HD subscription is also available. A satellite navigation system on the go is included in the package as well. What comes as a piece of good news is the fact that the 2021 CX-30 gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard features. 

Audio comes courtesy of an 8-speaker or a 12-speaker surround system that sounds amazing. Bluetooth connectivity makes the cut as well. Moreover, the CX-30 gets an advanced windshield projected full-color heads-up display so that you can see important data about your car without losing your focus from the road.

The head-up display of the Mazda CX-30 is neat and unobtrusive. 

Some of the most prominent standard infotainment features of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 are:

  • 2 1st row LCD monitor
  • AM/FM/HD/Satellite-prep with seek-scan
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • 8 speakers
  • Android Auto 
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Radio data system
  • Window grid antenna
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Voice-activated radio

2021 Mazda CX-30 Cargo Capacity

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 gets 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space which happens to be sufficient for a compact SUV. For an even better boot space, the seats do get a 60:40 split function and can accommodate up to 45.2 cubic feet of cargo.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 has a trunk space of 20.2 cubic feet.

The boot lid is wide enough to open all the way up and the boot gets a nice and square-ish opening for better loading and unloading of stuff. 

Models

2021 Mazda CX-3

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Buick Encore

Cargo  Capacity (cu.ft)

20.2 20.8 23.2 19.0

Speaking of the rivals, all the contenders here are more or less in the same ballpark when it comes to cargo capacity. However, it's the 2021 Honda HR-V with its 23.2 cubic feet of trunk space setting the pace here. 


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2021 Mazda CX-30 Exterior

Mazda’s new design language looks absolutely phenomenal. Mazda cars are certainly cheap but with every new hatchback or SUV, the designers hit a home run. It’s the same with the new Mazda CX-30, it is a stylish-looking crossover.

The Mazda CX-30 looks pretty chic.

The Mazda CX-30 looks fabulous in any color, especially the metallic red paint job launch which is a $600 option and totally worth it. The darkened LED headlamps look sharp. The low signature grille finished in black and surrounded with chrome looks stylish and the chrome part is tastefully done and looks attractive.

The metallic red paint job pictured above costs $600 extra.  

The overall design and the profile look much sportier than its competitors. The multi-spoke alloy wheels are offered in 16 and 18-inch options. To make it look even sportier, the Mazda CX-30 gets a rear spoiler and roof rails. Well if all those head-turning touches do not count enough to catch your fancy, the upcoming 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo will get black 18-inch wheels, larger exhaust tips, black side mirrors, and a Turbo badge on the rear.

Models

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Subaru Crosstrek 

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Buick Encore

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,189 

3,117

2906

3237

Length (inches)

173.0

175.8

170.4

168.4

Width (inches)

70.7

71.0

69.8

70.1

Height (inches)

61.7

63.6

63.2

65.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.9

8.7

7.3

6.2

Wheelbase (inches)

104.5

104.9

102.8

100.6

The CX-30 is lighter than the Crosstrek and Encore. In terms of exterior measurements, Subaru Crosstrek has a bigger footprint than Mazda's CX-30. A long wheelbase helps the CX-30 to open up a usable room on the inside and thus it feels more comfortable and practical than even the Honda HR-V. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 gets LED headlamps and LED taillights as standard. 

Some of the most eye-catching exterior features of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 include:

  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Liftgate rear cargo door
  • Black w/chrome accents grille
  • Power remote manual-folding side-view door mirrors
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Black rear bumper
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Body-colored front bumper with black rub strip
  • Bodyside cladding
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Wheel well moldings
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2021 Mazda CX-30 Safety

The Mazda CX-30 is all about the safety of its occupants. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 scored an amazing 5 stars in the NHTSA crash test. Not just that, the CX-30 is the top safety pick of IIHS for the year 2020. With no significant changes taking place on the CX-30 for the model year 2021, we expect the new model to fare similarly on the safety aspect. With Mazda's amazing build quality and advanced safety features, the CX-30 is a rated safe car. 

The Mazda CX-30 bagged 5 stars in the NHTSA crash test

For safety, the 2021 CX-30 has an i-Activsense feature that keeps you focused as safe at the same time. New for 2021, the i-Activsense safety features include:

  • Smart City Brake Support Reverse with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, which can help a driver by automatically applying the brakes when the vehicle is reversing at speeds between 2 to 4 mph if an obstacle is detected.
  • A new support feature, Traffic Jam Assist, enhances Mazda Radar Cruise Control in certain situations by providing steering inputs that can help assist the driver stay within lane markers at speeds under 40 mph.
  • A 360° View Monitor with high-definition digital clarity is also available as an option.  
  • Active Driving Display and Traffic Sign Recognition along with Adaptive Front-lighting System.

The body is made out of high tensile steel that is agile and lightweight. Furthermore, it has Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic control, Mazda radar cruise control, smart brake support, lane departure warning, and an adaptive front lighting system. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 gets the i-Activsense suite of safety features as standard.

Apart from the i-Activsense suite of safety features, some of the most prominent safety and driver-assist highlights that the 2021 Mazda CX-30 underscores are:

  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Adjustable front head restraints
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • 8 airbags
  • Occupant sensing airbags
  • Tailgate/rear door lock
  • 4 ABS channels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Panic alarm
  • ABS and driveline traction control

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2021 Mazda CX-30 Competition

2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru really did a great job with its crossover offering, the Crosstrek with its design and offroad capabilities. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek even gets a spacious cabin on the inside and a bigger boot capacity but is unable to match the performance of the CX-30 as Mazda.

2021 Subaru Crosstek

Even in terms of the interior, the Crosstrek feels a segment lower when compared to the CX-30. The build quality is not at par with the Mazda’s subcompact SUV and neither is the design. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2021 Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V is the toughest rival for the Mazda CX-30. Honda cars are considered one of the most sophisticated and reliable machines. With its better mpg figures and a lower price, Honda HR-V is a close call.

2021 Honda HR-V

With that being said, performance is also an important factor and Mazda feels peppier out on the road thanks to its more powerful 2.0L four-cylinder engine and an athletic chassis. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2021 Buick Encore

Buick Encore loses its ground to the new Mazda CX-30. The CX-30 feels much superior to the Encore in terms of style, capability, performance and is even cheaper.

2021 Buick Encore

At that price. you can get a CX-30 with the i-Activ AWD system. Mazda easily won over Buick in this one.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Final Verdict

The Mazda CX-30 has proved itself a worthy opponent by competing with the best players in the market and making its own place as a great choice for new SUV enthusiasts. The CX-30 gets it all, be it the styling, luxury, comfort, technology, performance, and even the off-road capabilities. 

The Mazda CX-30 is a bang for buck proposition and is definitely going to be a preferred option in its segment.

Furthermore, the engine of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 does a great job of delivering unmatchable performance. If you are looking for a car that can do both office runs and occasional soft-off road trails, then the all-new Mazda CX-30 makes a lot of sense.

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2021 Mazda CX-30 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Mazda CX-30 a new car?

It is certainly not brand-new, but the Mazda CX-30 is a rookie in the SUV game. It was introduced in the model year 2019 when Mazda was planning to replace the CX-3 with it. However, both models are offered side-by-side now.

Should you buy a used Mazda CX-30?

By all means, you should. Mazda launched the CX-30 SUV only recently, in 2019. So it is still in its first generation. You won't miss out on a lot by opting for a used model. Also, Mazda's cars are quite reliable, so maintenance should not be an issue.

Where is Mazda CX-30 made?

Mazda began production of the CX-30 SUV in 2019. Currently, it is manufactured in Hiroshima in Japan, Salamanca in Mexico, Nanjing in China, and Rayong in Thailand. These assembly units have been divided to cater to the specific markets.

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