2021 Mazda CX-30

MSRP $21,900 - $28,200

Ranked #3 in Subcompact Suv

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2021 Mazda CX-30 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Loosely based on the Mazda 3, the Mazda CX-30 takes everything that makes them popular, puts a taller suspension under it to give it an SUV-type feel. The Mazda CX-30 is a fairly popular subcompact crossover with seating space for 5 people. The CX-30 might not be the most practical vehicle in the class but delivers superior performance.

The 2021 CX-30 is currently in its first generation but is based on the fourth generation Mazda 3. It bridges the gap between the Mazda CX3 and the Mazda CX5. 

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Pros

Premium and Sturdy interior design

Refined and smooth ride quality

Plenty of tech on offer

Potent turbocharged engine

Cons

Transmission gets a bit lazy on occasions

Thick pillars create significant blind-spots

Sub-par fuel economy

Small trunk when compared to others in the class

What's New?

Revamped trims

2.5L turbocharged engine now available on offer

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available

Power Moonroof


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

126 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

186 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.6/10.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

104.4 in.

length

173 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

61.7 in.

curb weight

3109 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

52.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

959 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

15.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

179 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$21,900 onwards

Select Package$23,900 onwards

Preferred Package$26,200 onwards

Premium Package$28,200 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Mazda CX-30 in Machine Gray Metallic color
Machine Gray Metallic

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

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.5

Safety

9.0

8.0

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is priced between $22K and $34K, spread across 7 trims. While most of the trims are available in both an RWD and AWD configuration, the optional turbocharged inline 4 engine can only be opted with an AWD drivetrain. For the price, the CX-30 competes with some well established names in the industry, like the Honda HR-V, the Hyundai Kona, and the Subaru Crosstrek.

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

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2021 Mazda CX-30 Features

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is 7 trims. There are two engines on offer among the trims. The first 4 trims, i.e. the S, Select, Preferred, and the Premium, are offered with a NA 2.5L Inline 4 engine, while the Turbo, Turbo Premium, and the Turbo Premium Plus are offered with 2.5L turbocharged engines. The trims with the turbocharged engine are available only with an AWD drivetrain. 

Trim

2.5 S

Select

Preferred

Premium

2.5 Turbo

2.5 Turbo Premium

2.5 Turbo Premium Plus

MSRP (FWD)

$22,050

$24,050

$26,450

$28,700

-

-

-

MSRP (AWD)

$23,450

$25,450

$27,850

$30,100

$30,050

$32,450

$34,050

Key Features

Mazda Connect with 8.8-inch display

18-inch alloy wheels

Heated front seats

Leather seats

8-speaker audio system with Mazda Harmonic Acoustics

Bose 12-speaker premium audio system with Centerpoint 2 and AudioPilot

360° View Monitor

 

Bluetooth Audio and Phone connectivity

Sports front seats

8-way power-adjustable seats

Skyactiv Dynamics control plus suspension

LED combination taillights

Adaptive Front-lighting System

Traffic Jam Assist

 

Quasi-dual stainless steel exhaust

Smart device integration

Bose 12 speaker premium system

Mazda Radar cruise control

Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capability

Blind Spot Monitoring

Auto On/Off Projector Beam Led Headlights

 

16-inch alloy wheels

Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs

Permanent Locking Hubs

Remote Keyless Entry

Window Grid Antenna

Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers

Perimeter/Approach Lights

 

Body-Colored Front Bumper and black rear bumper

4-Wheel Disc Brakes

Manual-Leveling Auto On/Off Projector Beam Led Headlights

Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column

Seats w/Leatherette Back Material

Leather Seat Trim

Which trim do we recommend?

The CX-30 lineup offers some good features as we go up the trim line, so spending more will return some good value. Keeping that in mind, the Premium trim is a good selection, encompassing features like cruise control and an intuitive suspension system. One can also take one step forward and go for the Turbo trim, which gets you the upgraded engine for better performance. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

With two engines on offer, the 2021 CX-30 offers a great variety when selecting which variant to opt for. The naturally aspirated 2.5L inline 4 engine on offer produces 186 hp and 186 lb ft of torque. It is paired with a simple yet robust 6 speed automatic transmission. This engine is quick enough, crossing 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds. With that number, the CX-30 is already the segment quickest, but those numbers get bumped up a notch with the turbo engine.

2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Engine Bay

The 2.5L turbocharged engine, which produces a generous 227 hp and 310 lb ft of torque, is also paired with a 6 speed transmission. With that combination, it is able to reach 6- mph in just 5.8 seconds, almost a whole 2 seconds quicker. 

Models

Mazda CX-30

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

MSRP

$22,050

$21,220

$20,300

$22,145

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6 Speed Skyactiv-Drive Automatic

CVT

6 Speed Automatic

6 Speed Manual

Horsepower

186 hp @ 6000 rpm

141 hp @ 6500 RPM

147 hp @ 6200 RPM

152 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

186 lb ft @ 4000 rpm

127 lb-ft @ 4300 RPM

132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

152 lb-ft @ 6000 RPM

0-60 MPH

7.6 seconds

8.6 seconds

9.2 seconds

8.2 seconds

Quarter Mile

16.2 seconds

15.5 seconds

15.8 seconds

16 seconds

Top Speed

126 MPH

124 MPH

127 MPH

123 MPH

The CX-30 justifies its slightly higher cost by being the best in class in terms of performance. While its top speed is at par with the class, its acceleration is almost a second higher than the next in line. However, the CX-30 fails to maintain the same level of acceleration and becomes the last in class while crossing the quarter mile. This number improves with the turbocharged engine.

Handling 

Arguably one of the best features of the CX-30 is its handling. Thanks to its intelligent automatic transmission, which chooses gears based on driving conditions very well, the CX-30 is able to maintain a very agile and quick driving nature. Its steering is very responsive, and its fluid body motion compliments your steering input beautifully. Body roll is present but nothing to complain about, thanks to its impressive suspension setup. The suspension improves as you travel up the trim ladder, making the driving dynamics even better. Last but not least, opt for the CX-30 in either the RWD or the AWD configuration, it delivers pristine and perpetual precision. 

Braking

With a curb weight upward of 3200 pounds, it is crucial the CX-30 be endowed with impressive brakes. Thankfully, despite having some of the smallest brakes in the class, the CX-30 delivers braking performance that can be counted among the best in the class. 119 feet to come to a full halt if traveling at 60 mph. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Wheel

The RWD gets 11.6 inch disk brakes in the front and 10.4 inch disks in the rear, while the AWD variants get the same 11.6 inch disks in the front but get an upgraded 11.9 inch disks in the rear. This will further improve braking performance.

Model

Mazda CX-30

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Brake Front (in.)

11.6"

11.5"

12"

11.6"

Brake Rear (in.)

10.4"

11.1"

11.2"

10.8"

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3232 lbs

2906 lbs

2890 lbs

3117 lbs

60-0 MPH (ft.)

119 feet

121 feet

129 feet

118 feet

The Crosstrek beats the CX-30 by 1 foot in the braking performance test. Keep in mind though, that the Crosstrek manages such a marginal victory despite being much lighter than the CX-30. With the upgraded brakes on the Mazda’s higher trims, its braking performance will surely surpass that of the Crosstrek. The Kona is the real disappointment here, managing such a poor braking performance despite being the lightest in the class. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

While the CX-30 offers impressive performance, it fails to hold such standards when it comes to fuel economy. The naturally aspirated 2.5L Inline 4 engine manages 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. These numbers drop when we talk about the turbocharged engine, which manages 22 mpg in the city and only 30 mpg on the highway. 

The CX-30 comes with a 13.5 gallon fuel tank with no upgrades capacities offered. 

Model

Mazda CX-30

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

MPG (city)

25

28

27

22

MPG (highway)

33

34

33

29

MPG (combined)

28

30

30

25

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal)

13.5 gallons

13.2 gallons

13.2 gallons

16.6 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (Miles)

337.50 / 445.50 / 378 miles

356 / 435 / 396 miles

356 / 436 / 396 miles

365 / 481 / 415 miles

The Honda HR-V and the Hyundai Kona offer the best fuel economy in the class while the Subaru Crosstrekk offers the least. However, the Crosstrek is able to manage the best range in the class thanks to its 16.6 gallon fuel tank which happens to be the largest in the class. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 Interior

8.0/10

The interiors of the CX-30 is another place where Mazda has focused on. The cabin feels luxurious and is made from premium materials. Visibility from the driver’s seat is good, but the side pillars do create some obvious blind spots. The cloth sports seats offered on the base model can be upgraded to leather seats as we go up the trim line. One can also opt for heated seats. Higher trims also see a power liftgate feature. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Dashboard

While we have no complaints about the interiors, the cargo space is another scene altogether. A 20.2 cubic feet space isn’t bad but isn’t something to write home about either. It falls below the class average. In real world tests, the CX-30 ha managed to fit 6 luggage items in the trunks without the seats folded. The rear seats fold down 60:40, increasing the cargo space to 45.2 cubic feet, making it capable of storing up to 16 luggage items. 

Model

Mazda CX-30

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/55.6/41.7

39.5/56.8/38.3

39.6/55.5/37.8

39.8/56.7/38

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/53.6/36.3

38.3/54.5/39.3

37.8/54.5/34.6

38/55.6/36.5

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

20.2

24.3

19.2

20.8

While all competitors in the class can seat up to 5 passengers, the Subaru Crosstrek seems to have the most interior seating space in the class. The HR-V holds second place here, however, by a very small margin. With its cargo capacity of 24.3 cubic feet, it is looking like a very capable competitor in this aspect. 

Some of the CX-30’s key interior features are as follows:

  • Heated leather seats
  • Heated Leather Steering Wheel
  • Power moonroof
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning

Infotainment System

The 8.8 inch touchscreen in the CX-30 is integrated beautifully in the center console, controlled by a round knob near the gear selector. 8 speakers are offered as standard, but a 12 speaker Bose system can be selected as an option.

2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Infotainment System

The onboard Mazda Connected Services lets its owners control various functionalities of their CX-30, like locking or unlocking the doors and engine start, via the “MyMazda” app. Features like Bluetooth, USB ports, and wifi hotspot are standard. Other infotainment features include:

  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Bose 12 speaker system
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Pandora internet radio

2021 Mazda CX-30 Exterior

8.5/10

The CX-30 has taken some obvious cues from the Mazda 3 sedan when it comes to its exterior. The vehicle holds a similar front fascia. The front of the CX-30 seems bold and sleek.

2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV Side View

The black bumper, along with the black trim which surrounds the car gives it a semi-offroad look, but this dual tone color elevates the look of the car. The rear of the car carries a very sporty look. 

Model

Mazda CX-30

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Curb weight (lbs.)

3232 lbs

2,906 lbs

2,809 lbs

3,117lbs

Length(in)

173

170.4”

164”

175.8”

Width(in)

70.7

69.8”

70.9”

71”

Height(in)

61.7

63.2”

61”

63.6”

Ground clearance (in)

8"

7.3”

6.7”

8.7”

Wheelbase (in)

104.5

102.8”

102.4”

104.9”

The CX-30 is the heaviest in the class, however, as we saw, this doesn't affect its performance or driving dynamics much. The Hyundai Kona seems to be the lightest in the class. The Subaru Crosstrek has the most ground clearance, followed by the CX-30

Some noteworthy exterior features are:

  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Powered liftgate
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated and powered side mirrors
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Automatic projector headlamps
  • LED DRLs

2021 Mazda CX-30 Safety

9.0/10

Mazda has made sure that the CX-30 offers the best in class safety. Not only in features but also in terms of build quality and crash testing, the CX-30 dominates all. The NHTSA gives the 2021 CX-30 a perfect 5/5 start score, while the IIHS award the CX-30 with their “Top Safety Pick” badge. Furthermore, there are some impressive features available with the CX-30. Some of them are:

  • Smart City Brake Support Reverse
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Braking
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Active Driving Display
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting System
  • Lane-Departure Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

2021 Mazda CX-30 Competition

2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2021 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is less expensive, offers better fuel economy, and has a class leading cargo storage space. However, that is where its list of advantages ends.

2021 Honda HR-V

The CX-30 on the other hand might be $1k more expensive, but for that delivers you superior performance, impressive driving dynamics, and an interior that makes the best of us slobber. For our money, we will go for the CX-30. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2021 Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona focuses on a very different approach than the CX-30. While the CX-30’s main focus is its performance and user experience, the Kona focuses more on user economy and daily drivability.

2021 Hyundai Kona

However, seeing the difference in price, and the marginal nature of the Kona’s lead, we would recommend the CX-30 over the Kona for its superiority in performance. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 vs 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek is big, bold, and very fuel inefficient. Costing more than the CX-30, the Crosstrek manages more range than the CX-30, but by having a bigger fuel tank, not by being more fuel efficient.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

It also has more seating room and higher ground clearance. The Crosstrek is for people who like a layer of fresh dirt on their car from time to time while the CX-30 is more city focused. 

2021 Mazda CX-30 Final Verdict

The CX-30 is an impressive vehicle. With two engines on offer, the 2021 CX-30 offers great versatility both in terms of powertrain and features. Impressive build quality both in and out makes the CX-30 an enticing option to consider. There might be some obvious overlooks here and there but that the CX-30 focuses on, it does good. Majestic power and driving dynamics make this a driver’s car. 5/7 would recommend. 

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