2021 Mazda CX-30

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$21,900 - $29,600
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2021 Mazda CX-30 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 11, 2020
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Rishabh Mehra

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The all-new CX-30 is a stylish crossover compact SUV. The CX-30 is offered in 4 different trim levels. The range kick starts from $21,900 and goes all the way to $28,200. Powered by a 2.5L SkyActiv engine and an i-Activ AWD system, makes the CX-30 a capable compact SUV.

The Mazda CX-30 goes up against rivals such as Subaru Crosstrek, Honda HR-V, and the luxurious Lexus UX 200. Let's get to know more about the 2021 Mazda CX-30 and see how it overshadows its rivals.

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Pros

Premium interiors

Sporty handling

Cons

Rear visibility is not great

Slow shifting transmission

What's New?

A carry-over model for 2021


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
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.

Ratings

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Mazda CX-30 Base

Base

power
228 hp @ 4700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$21,900 - $23,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $21,900 MSRP (27/31/36) 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Manual front wheel drive 5
4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $23,300 MSRP (27/31/36) 228 hp @ 4700 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
228 hp @ 4700 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) 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 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) 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-Speed DSG Automatic w/Tiptronic front wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda CX-30 Preferred Package

Preferred Package

power
228 hp @ 4700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$26,200 - $27,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,200 MSRP (27/31/36) 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 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 $27,600 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
228 hp @ 4700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$28,200 - $29,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,200 MSRP (27/31/36) 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed Manual front wheel drive 5
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $29,600 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 sits somewhere the smallest crossover SUV that the company makes, the CX-3, and the beautiful Mazda 3 hatchback. Be it in terms of size or equipment list. With that said, the CX-30 is an absolute looker and is definitely one of the prettiest looking hatchback-cum-SUV. The engine produces adequate power which is sent to the front wheels as standard or to all four wheels via an AWD system. Mazda says it can do some light offroading as the suspension is lifted and the ground clearance is more than the Mazda 3 hatchback.

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2021 Mazda CX-30 Features

Mazda CX-30 is offered in total 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 price for the base trim starts from $21,900 and the top Premium trim comes with a price tag of $28,200. The CX-30 is powered by a 186hp 2.5L I-4 SkyActiv engine which is mated with a 6-speed auto w/od manual gearbox shared with the Mazda 3 hatchback.

Trim

Base

Select

Preferred

Premium 

MSRP

$21,900

$23,900

$26,200

$28,200

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

The Base trim starts from $21,900. The highlight features are an 8.8-inch display that supports Mazda connect and Advanced dual front airbags. The i-Activ AWD system is optional and comes at a premium of $1,400.

The Select trim gets bigger 18-inch alloy wheels and gets Sports cloth trimmed seats. The price starts from $23,900 and goes up to $25,300 for an AWD system. The Select trim supports Smart device integration as well.

The Preferred trim comes with a dynamic stability control system. For your entertainment, you get a SiriusXM subscription and a 12 speaker premium Bose surround system. The price starts from $26,200 to $27,600 for the AWD model.

The top-end Premium trim gets premium leatherette upholstery and a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel. The SkyActiv Dynamic suspension is sleek. Mazda's very own radar-guided cruise control provides full control on the CX-30. Price starts from $28,200 to $29,600 for AWD edition.

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 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.

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. There is a 3-year/36,000 miles warranty and 24-hour road assistance in the United States accompanied by it.

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.

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 features like dual-zone automatic climate control and blind-spot monitoring system.

The reliability of CX-30 isn't known yet. If we consider the CX-3, another Mazda's compact SUV as an example for Mazda cars reliability, it scored good 76 points out of 100. This suggests that the CX-30 will be nothing less. The SkyActiv-G engine is mated with the SkyActiv drive 6-speed gearbox with sports mode. Mazda makes one of the most reliable and low maintenance cars.

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

Mazda cars lose their value up to just 26% in three years. It means that the car loses $1,500-$2,500 in value per year approximately. You will definitely get a great deal on a used Mazda CX-30. With a low maintenance cost and 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 engine output is the best in the segment with a massive 186hp of peak power. The engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder unit that revs out to 6,000 rpm. The torque numbers are impressive at 186lb-ft of output. 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.

2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Engine

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.

Models

2021 Mazda CX-30

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Buick Encore

MSRP

$21,900

$22,145

$20,920

$23,200

Engine

2.5L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L Flat-Four

1.8L Inline Four-Cylinder

1.4L Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic w/od manual

6-speed manual,8-Speed CVT

2-speed CVT

6-speed automatic w/od manual

Power

186 hp @ 6,000 rpm

152 hp @ 6,000 rpm

141 hp @ 6,200 rpm

138 hp @ 4,900 rpm

Torque

186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

145 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

127 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm

148 lb-ft @ 1,850 rpm

The Mazda CX-30 is the most powerful compact SUV with its 186hp 2.5L engine followed by Subaru Crosstrek AWD that puts out 152hp with its 2.0L boxer engine. The i-Activ AWD system on the CX-30 is an optional feature and can be availed by paying an extra $1,400.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 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.

2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 7.8 sec

The brakes on the CX-30 deliver great performance too as they stop the SUV at just 119 feet.

Models

2021 Mazda CX-30

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Buick Encore

0-60 (seconds)

7.8 

9.0 

9.5 

10.0 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.0

16.9

17.4

17.2 

Top Speed (mph)

126 

120 

124 

115 

60-0 (ft.)

119 

120 

114 

126 

Mazda CX-30 nailed the 0-60 mph run and the quarter-mile run. The top speed for the Mazda is 126 mph, which is the highest in the segment followed by 124 mph by the Honda HR-V which took a relaxed 9.5 seconds to reach 60mph. The braking distance is short for the CX-30 but HR-V tops the list by stopping at just 114 feet.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Fuel Economy

The SkyActiv engine on the Mazda CX-30 easily balances performance and efficiency. A combined mpg of 28 is not the best but it is good enough for a compact SUV that outputs 186 hp from its 2.5L engine. The CX-30 drinks the regular gas and with its 13.5-gallon tank, it can give you around 445 miles on a highway. 

Models

2021 Mazda CX-30

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Buick Encore

MPG (City)

25

27

28

25

MPG (Highway)

33

33

34

30

MPG (Combined)

28

29

30

27

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

13.5

16.6

13.2

14.0

Range(City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

337.5/445.5/378.0

448.2/547.8/481.4

369.6/448.8/396.0

350.0/420.0/378.0

Being the most powerful, Mazda CX-30 is holding up really well, thanks to sophisticated Skyactiv tech which essentially burns the fuel just like a diesel engine with a high compression ratio. The Subaru Crosstrek offers slightly better mpg figures 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 new Mazda CX-3 offers a well-built and premium-looking interior with two-tone color and appealing curves. Inside, it is absolutely spacious and looks stunning with high-quality materials wrapped all around, very similar to the cabin of the Mazda 3. 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 and the leatherette upholstery on the high-end trim looks and feels plush and high-end.

2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Cockpit Area

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. The SUV 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.

Models

2021 Mazda CX-30

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 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

A 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space is 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 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.

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. 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.

2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Infotainment System

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.

2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Interior image
2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Interior image
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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. It looks fabulous in any color, especially the 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 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. 

Models

2021 Mazda CX-30

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Buick Encore

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,189 

4,343 

4,001 

4,255 

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

7.1

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. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Exterior image
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2021 Mazda CX-30 Safety

The Mazda CX-30 is all about the safety of its occupants. It 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 Mazda's amazing build quality and advanced safety features, the CX-30 is a rated safe car. 

For safety, the CX-30 has an i-Activsense feature that keeps you focused as safe at the same time. 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. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 Competition

2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

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

2020 SUbaru Crosstek

The build quality is not at par with the Mazda’s subcompact SUV and neither is the design. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2020 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. 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. 

2020 Honda HR-V

2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2020 Buick Encore

Buick Encore loses its ground to the new Mazda CX-30. TheCX-30 feels much superior to the Encore in terms of style, capability, performance and is even cheaper. At that price. you can get a CX-30 with the i-Activ AWD system. Mazda easily won over Buick in this one.

2020 Buick Encore

 

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 engine 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.