2021 Mazda CX-30

MSRP range: $22,050 - $34,050
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2021 Mazda CX-30 Review

  • Upscale interior design and build quality
  • Advanced safety features come standard
  • Poised handling and refined ride quality
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Transmission can be slow to downshift
  • Significant rear blind spots
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Turbocharged engine added to the lineup
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard
  • 12-speaker Bose stereo available with Premium package only
  • Part of the first CX-30 generation introduced for 2020

If you're drawn to small SUVs for their convenience and versatility but find their size or price to be a little too excessive, the extra-small SUV class may be a perfect fit. At the top of that class is the 2021 Mazda CX-30. It squeezes between the smaller CX-3 and larger CX-5 in Mazda's SUV lineup. (Why the company's marketers just didn't call it the CX-4, we'll never know.)

The CX-30 satisfies all of the usual requirements of comfort, safety and technology, and it pulls ahead with its sharp style, interior refinement and spunky performance. Further driving home the CX-30's penchant for behind-the-wheel fun is the newly available turbocharged engine. With up to 250 horsepower on tap, the CX-30 2.5 Turbo is one of the quickest models in its class.

With this kind of broad appeal, it's no surprise we rank the CX-30 higher than other tiny SUVs that include the Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul, Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR. Want to know more? Check out our Expert Rating for more in-depth evaluation on this year's CX-30.

What's it like to live with?

We were so impressed by the Mazda CX-30 when it debuted in 2020 that we added one to our long-term test program. That means we're driving and testing it over the course of a full year and reporting on everything from performance to reliability. Check out our coverage to learn more about what it's like owning a CX-30.

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The CX-30 is a sophisticated and sporty entry into the extra-small SUV class. It has striking looks and plenty of standard features. Though it's priced higher than much of its competition, it offers a lot for your money. It's comfortable on the road and gives you a decent amount of storage too.
The CX-30 is easy and engaging to drive. The base engine provides better-than-average power for this class. Our test CX-30 needed 9 seconds to reach 60 mph, where rivals take more than 10 seconds. Of course, you can always go with the turbocharged engine if you have the need for speed. The 0-60 mph time is just 6.4 seconds, making the CX-30 Turbo the quickest car in its class. (It even beats a Volkswagen Golf GTI.) The steering is sharp and gives you a good feel for the road. It complements the CX-30's excellent handling as it hugs corners and feels composed and at home on twisty roads.

The transmission, left in its default mode, likes to upshift early to help maximize fuel economy. The transmission takes a beat to kick down if you're trying to pass at freeway speeds. Using the Sport mode helps liven up the CX-30's character.
For a sporty SUV, the CX-30 is really quite comfortable. The front seats are supportive and comfortable enough for long drives. The rear seats are nicely padded and offer a good seating position that's not too upright. The suspension has a sporty tautness to it, but it's still adept at absorbing bumps and impacts.

Freeway cruising is especially nice. The CX-30 has one of the quieter cabins in the class, which lends it an upscale feel. The dual-zone climate control is a little weak for those who like it really cold, but the rear vents ensure rear passengers get their share. The heated seats take time to warm up but are nicely toasty once they are.
The CX-30's interior is simple but classy. The controls are easy to see and understand. The infotainment system is laid out well, and navigating with the rotary knob is mostly easy. The exceptions are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which would undoubtedly be more convenient to operate if the CX-30 had a touchscreen.

For an extra-small SUV, the CX-30's cabin is pretty roomy. In front, individuals 6 feet tall and under should have ample space in all directions. Though the CX-30 will accommodate five total, rear-seat comfort is really optimized for two more average-size adults.

The CX-30's swoopier shape involves some trade-offs. It isn't as easy to climb in and out of compared to its boxier rivals, and rear visibility is a bit compromised by a thick rear pillar and relatively small window.
The CX-30 comes standard with a good amount of tech. The advanced safety and driver aids are among the best in class in the way they operate. You even get a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, though you'll have to pay for service after the trial ends. Our test CX-30 had two USBs and two 12-volt power ports up front.

The upgraded Bose audio system delivers a nice, clear sound with good bass. The navigation system is easy to use, and the 8.8-inch infotainment display is a really bright and sharp screen. Using the rotary dial is easy enough but having a touchscreen would be welcome. In previous Mazdas, the display granted touchscreen capability if you were stopped, but that's no longer the case for this latest infotainment system that's in the CX-30.
The CX-30 is middling in terms of storage compared to the class leaders. Cargo room behind the rear seats is decent, but the depth of the space from the hatch to the back of the rear seats seems shallow. A wide and tall hatch opening provides good access for loading. But because the rear seatbacks don't lie flush with the cargo floor when folded, it won't be as easy as it could be to slide in long, heavy items.

Storage for small items is a bit better. The sizable cubby in front of the gearshift, center armrest bin and glove compartment are mostly usable. The door pockets and cupholders are small but that's because it's a small vehicle. If you have young kids, installation access for car seats is great, but actual space for a larger rear-facing seat will be tight.
The CX-30 gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in combined driving with front-wheel drive or 26 mpg with all-wheel drive. These figures are slightly below average for the class. Getting the turbocharged engine, which comes standard with AWD, drops you down just a bit to 25 mpg.

Our base-engine test CX-30, with AWD, got 26 mpg overall during our evaluation, so the EPA's figures seem achievable in real-world driving.
The CX-30's price starts off on the higher side, but it offers an abundance of standard tech and safety features that have it competing against many of the competition's midline trims. Select the turbocharged engine, however, and the price becomes hard to justify. A Mazda CX-5 with the same engine costs just a little bit more.

The interior is roomy, and build quality is excellent with the interior adorned with soft-touch surfaces, leather and nicely placed chrome trim. The piano-black door handles creak a little at times and can leave smudges, but no one's going to notice there. Warranty and ownership costs are standard for the class.
The Mazda CX-30 is sophisticated, athletic and attractive inside and out. Just like the smaller Mazda CX-3, it handles curvy roads with precision and instills confidence as you continue to drive it, but it has the benefit of more interior space and comfort. All in all, it's a well-rounded vehicle.

Which CX-30 does Edmunds recommend?

The Select trim gets our recommendation. It adds some desirable features, such as simulated leather upholstery and a blind-spot monitoring system, and keeps the cost reasonable. If you're drawn to Mazda's reputation for making fun-to-drive vehicles and you have deeper pockets, we heartily suggest giving one of the new Turbo models a spin too.

Mazda CX-30 models

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is an extra-small SUV with seating for five. It's available in 2.5 S, Select, Preferred, Premium, 2.5 Turbo, 2.5 Turbo Premium and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus trim levels. Feature highlights include:

2.5 S
The CX-30 in base 2.5 S comes respectably equipped with:

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (186 horsepower, 186 lb-ft of torque)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • 8.8-inch infotainment display
  • Remote vehicle monitoring and control
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Eight-speaker audio system

Every CX-30 also comes with:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane keeping assist (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Drowsy driver monitor (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)
  • Automatic high beams

Select
For a modest price increase, the Select trim adds some comfort and convenience with features such as:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Keyless entry
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Center armrest for rear passengers
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)

Preferred
The Preferred trim gives you a taste of the more luxurious Premium trim without breaking the bank. It has the Select's features plus:

  • Sunroof
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat with memory functions
  • Heated front seats

Premium
The Premium trim is the nicest CX-30 you can get with the standard engine. It has the Preferred trim's features as well as:

  • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
  • Power liftgate
  • Roof rails
  • Paddle shifters
  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • 12-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Traffic sign reader

2.5 Turbo
It comes equipped with the features of the Preferred trim plus:

  • Turbocharged 2.5-liter engine (227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque or 250 hp and 320 lb-ft with 93 octane fuel)
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Roof rails
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

2.5 Turbo Premium
This trim bundles the turbocharged powertrain with the features of the Premium trim.

2.5 Turbo Premium Plus
The Premium Plus trim is only offered with the turbocharged engine and tops off the features list with:

  • Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Rear cross-traffic with automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the vehicle and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Traffic Jam Assist (enhanced adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist at speeds under 40 mph)
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Mazda CX-30.

Average user rating: 4.5 stars
21 total reviews
5 star reviews: 76%
4 star reviews: 5%
3 star reviews: 9%
2 star reviews: 10%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, 2021 Mazda CX-30 Premium
Larry Austin,
Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Best Looking Small SUV. Fit and finish (tight). Premium model (Awesome). Technology (very nice, including new Heads-up Display). Ride ( Impressive). Gas Mileage ( Good - up to 33 mpg ). Driver in a cockpit experience with very comfortable seats and easy access controls and information system at your fingertips. Interior - sharp, sporty , contrast stitching. My first Mazda (I'm very impressed)
5/5 stars, Sublime synergism
Mgonz,
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Best in it's class by far . Bought a 2021 cx30 premium awd. Has 27 sensors in awd system to be as predictive as possible rather than reactive. Elegant interior,12 speaker Bose stereo. Great drive is product of synergistic result of individual components. I switched oem Bridgestones for Nokians with snowflake rating anticipating lake effect snow we get in Northwest Indiana.
5/5 stars, Sporty looking
Lisa Walker,
2.5S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
It’s a good buy for the money, good quality for lower end of suvs, we are satisfied for what it has as being a base model, safety features etc, rear camera, body lines line up good, doors shut nice, we are just average size, fits us nice, but if larger frame might look at step up size, just having couple weeks we like so far
5/5 stars, Really great quiet car.. luxury all there!!
Neal ,
Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Napa leather, 12 speaker Bose, headlights led adaptive with auto highbeam feature. Heads up display. All safety systems in car. Apple car play..Electric lift gate and quiet and handles like a German car. I love the car, Mazda did an unbelievable job building this car.. fit and finish is on top!

2021 Mazda CX-30 video

[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Whether you call it an SUV, a crossover, a lifted a hatchback, or whatever, the modern SUV has to fill an extraordinary wide range of jobs from an inexpensive and fuel-efficient city commuter to a lumbering rig that can haul the family and a boat. There's a ton of diversity among SUVs which can make finding the right one for you a challenge. So in this video, we've broken down the major size and price categories for SUVs and we'll give you the recommendation for the best in each class for most buyers. Now, we're basing these recommendations on everything we've evaluated up to the point of the production of this video. Every vehicle listed here has gone through our extensive rating process where we perform a standardized road loop evaluation and performance testing, our rating process is one of the most thorough and regimented in the business. You can find more by clicking the links below to visit Edmunds.com. And you can also get a cash offer on your car by visiting Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Again, that's Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Extra small or subcompact SUVs are the smallest and least expensive crossovers-- as they're often called-- that you can buy. You get the benefits of an elevated driving position with the small exterior size for the feel of added maneuverability. Now, cost cutting is sometimes apparent. But top trim levels can feel surprisingly upscale. Our team's favorite is the Mazda CX-30. It looks sharp and has an abundance of standard technology and safety features that help offset its slightly higher starting price. On the downside, its fuel economy is a little behind the curve, but by such a small margin that it doesn't really matter. Also, total storage space trails others in this group. So why is it our pick? Well, for starters, our team really liked how it drives, from the feel of the steering to the comfortable ride. Then there's those features, from useful and standard advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control to good phone integration all around. Lastly, the experience inside and out feels richer than the price would suggest, making it seem like you're getting a lot more for your money. Another option worth looking at is the Hyundai Kona. I point this out because on Edmunds it's nearly tied with the Mazda for first place. The Kona costs a bit less and that difference is attributable to the interior that doesn't look and feel as nice as the Mazda and a slightly more clunky drive train, in particular the shift from the optional turbo engine and transmission combo are particularly unrefined. Otherwise, it's similarly sized inside and the tech and features are also strong so it's worth a look. Extra small luxury SUV get you a prestigious badge at an affordable price. You always get luxury-grade comfort and performance-- remember that price thing-- but a few gems really stand out. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLB. We think the boxy shape looks kind of cool. And it makes for a spacious interior for people and cargo. Better yet, it comes with our team's favorite entertainment system among luxury cars, if not all cars out there for sale right now. The NBUX entertainment system is really powerful so it can feel a little overwhelming at first. But its broad capabilities and voice recognition are unmatched outside of anything you'd find other than your phone. But hey, you can use that too. As far as other features go, well, it's a Mercedes, so there are a ton of options to choose from. I mean, you can even get massaging seats. But that also means the price can jump considerably as you tack those options on. So keep that in mind. Topping off the Benz is an above average fuel economy for the class, making the GLP a worthy pick for a subcompact luxury SUV. Small or compact SUV these are among the most popular out there because they balance an exterior and interior size really well. You get a lot of space without taking up much yourself. Now, these are essentially the new compact family sedans and it's easy to see why. The Honda CRV has long been our favorite in this group. We even bought one for our own long-term test and had about 50,000 miles on it before we sold it. The CRVs best attribute is not just its interior size but the cleverness of that space. It's massive. But it also has a number of useful configurations like an adjustable load floor in the rear and a really trick center armrest. It's the kind of stuff that a family can really find usable. All that being said, there are a few annoyances like the entertainment system and particularly aggressive warning alerts from some of the safety features. But the overall driving experience price and fuel economy make the CRV a really easy recommendation. We should also point out the Mazda CX5 because it's actually tied for first place in our rankings. It's not as usable as the CRV in terms of interior space. But it's a bit nicer to drive and it feels far more premium inside. So if you don't need the space and don't mind paying a touch more for a bit more luxury, the CX5 is definitely worth considering. Now let's talk about three-row SUV cars in this size category. They may seem like a good idea at first. But we have to warn you that the existence of a third row in a compact SUV can make for a really cramped experience. It takes up cargo volume itself, that third row. And the seat is usually pretty small. If it's all you can afford, well, here's what you should consider. We like the Kia Sorento because it straddles the exterior size and price between compact and midsize SUV. And it finds a sweet spot in the process. Our evaluators gave the Sorento high marks for ride quality, interior comfort, and an intuitive, though far from fancy, entertainment system. You also get decent storage, a third row row, obviously, and a lengthy warranty. It all makes a great pick for a three-row compact SUV. Here's where luxury SUVs come into their stride. There are a lot of options here with wide ranges and capability. Most anything you find here will have a comfortable ride, nice interior materials, and good performance too. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLC, which delivers a luxury experience you'd expect regardless of the style you choose it in and what styles there are. There are four cylinder and hybrid versions if you care about fuel economy. And there are 500 horsepower turbo V8s if you simply want to go fast. And there's a bunch of stuff in between too. The available MBUX entertainment system is, again, among our team's favorites for its capability voice recognition and phone integration. And the right is comfortable and the interior is, of course, luxurious. Now, cargo capacity isn't as strong as some others so if you need more space, you can look elsewhere. But as for everything else, it's hard to beat what the GLC delivers. Now, you can make an argument that the Tesla Model Y falls into this category. We're making broad recommendations here, so for the Tesla, I'll say this. If your local infrastructure supports your charging needs and you are interested in EVs, the Model Y is worth strong consideration. For more info, read our ownership report on the one we bought to see if it's right for you. As SUVs get larger, you get more interior m more capability, more m and also more options, we decided to split midsize SUVs into two categories, one for SUVs that have a third row standard and the other for SUVs that don't, or SUVs that have an optional third row. We do this because there are shoppers out there who don't want a third row even though they want an SUV of around this size. Now, for three-row SUVs, the gold standard of this group is the KIA Telluride. It really is the stand out. I mean, no buts about it. It has all the features space and capability but it also has a design and approach to materials that make it seem like a luxury vehicle. There are also some really thoughtful touches inside like the location of the USB ports on the seat-back sides for the rear passengers to access. And there are some really helpful technology items in there, too, like an extensive exterior camera system. As for the downsides, well, it can't tow as much as others like the Ford Explorer, for example. And as in the time of this recording, they're actually really hard to find on dealer lots. But on balance and for the money, there are few more appealing ways to move seven or eight people than the Kia Telluride. Now, if you only want two rows in your midsize SUV consider the Honda Passport. Our testing team found it to be highly versatile and with some athleticism, too, from its V6, but also a comfortable driving SUV with tons of passenger and cargo space, not to mention a welcome assortment of standard features too. We also ran one in our long term fleet for a year so check the links below to see more about what it was like to actually own one of these vehicles. If you want something more specialized like for towing or off-road, there are better options, of course. But the Passport is a solid all-a-rounder that like the smaller Honda CRV, makes for an easy recommendation to most shoppers. Midsize luxury SUVs generally take the qualities of a standard midsize SUV like towing space and room for cargo and passengers, but add to it the latest in technology, power, and, of course, high-end premium furnishings inside and out. You'll also see some of these SUVs available as coupes. Now, these generally are the same as the standard versions or the non-coupe versions. But they have more stylized roof lines that sacrifice some practicality for style. Of the two row SUVs, well, are you tired of Mercedes dominating the recommendations? Too bad. Our top pick in this category is the Mercedes GLE which was redesigned for 2020. Like this smaller GLC, the GLE comes in a wide variety of styles, and trim levels, and engines, frankly, too many to list here. But our highlights across all the versions are an extremely powerful entertainment system and an interior that's comfortable, spacious, functional, and quiet. Now, the GLS price can jump considerably when you start playing around the options. But, hey, these are luxury SUVs. And in the case of the Benz, our team truly believes that you get what you pay for. Now, if you want the standard, third-row, no options required, check out the Audi Q7. Obviously, it's going to come up a little bit short in terms of cargo space because of the existence of that third row. But the overall package is strong. Our team said the Audi's mix of performance, comfort, and technology, and value is hard to beat. And we also gave it high marks to the interior and the way the Q7 drives. Here we get the classic utility vehicle, the family trucksters, the Canyonero. These rigs have super-size capability and space. They can haul a big family, that family stuff, you know, the family's boat or the horse too. I don't know. If you need maximum versatility, this is what these big rigs deliver. Our current top pick is the Ford Expedition, which marries excellent design with a capable truck-based platform. It can seat up to eight and tow more than 9,000 pounds depending on the configuration, and inside, the Expedition can be outfitted with all the features and toys you'd expect from a luxury vehicle. If you need more space, the Expedition Max takes the standard expeditions strengths and adds to it nine inches of length. If you absolutely need the most space possible, here's your answer. Before finishing this recommendation, though, I have to point out that Chevy's just put out a new Suburban and Tahoe. We haven't performed a full evaluation on those vehicles yet. But keep up to date with our recommendations at Edmunds.com to see if the results here change. Now here's where things start to get a little silly when it comes to opulence. These SUVs have tremendous road presence due to a combination of size, design, and power. These behemoths are as functional as they are impressive. Not many vehicles out there offer quilted leather upholstery and massaging seats along with 7,000 pound tow ratings, and upwards of 600 horsepower, and seating for seven. But the Mercedes Benz GLS does. What can we say? This is a fancy people and gear hauler that takes all the luxury elements our team likes from Mercedes and adds to them a cushy ride, and remarkable performance, and a cavernous interior. It looks great too. You're paying a lot for this kind of SUV so your expectations should be mighty high. A good thing, our team says the GLS might just be one of the most well-rounded vehicles on sale today. That wraps up our SUV recommendations for 2020 and 2021. Be sure to click on the links below for more information and be sure to like, comment, and subscribe, and, of course, thank you for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING]

The Best SUVs for 2020 & 2021 — The Top-Rated Small, Midsize, Large, Luxury SUVs and Crossovers

NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Mazda CX-30, but since the 2021 Mazda CX-30 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$22,050
MPG & Fuel
25 City / 33 Hwy / 28 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.5 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 186 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 173.0 in. / Height: 61.7 in. / Width: 70.7 in.
Curb Weight: 3232 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 20.2 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite CX-30 safety features:

Smart Brake Support
Warns you if you are rapidly approaching a vehicle, pedestrian or bicyclist. Can apply the brakes to reduce the severity of a collision.
Mazda Radar Cruise Control
Maintains a driver-selected distance between the Mazda 3 and the car in front.
Lane Departure Warning System
Alerts the driver if the Mazda 3 begins wandering outside of its lane.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover15.5%


Mazda CX-30 vs. the competition

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Hyundai Kona

Mazda CX-30 vs. Hyundai Kona

The Mazda CX-30 is a standout in its class thanks in part to its sporty performance. But it's not the only game in town. The Hyundai Kona also benefits from sharp handling, and its available turbocharged engine gives it some satisfying punch. The Kona will also get you a few more features for the money, but the liberal use of hard interior plastics puts a dent in overall refinement.

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Mazda CX-30 vs. Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek gains points for being, well, a typical Subaru. Standard all-wheel drive and an elevated ride height give it an advantage off-road. Subaru has added a more powerful engine option this year, but it's still no match for the CX-30's available turbocharged engine. The Crosstrek isn't as upscale or fun to drive as the Mazda either.

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Mazda CX-30 vs. Buick Encore GX

Wait. A Buick? The Encore GX isn't what most people would picture as a Buick. But put your assumptions aside and you'll find this tiny SUV proves itself worthy with a likable blend of handling performance and comfort, a spacious cabin, and plenty of tech. Like the Mazda, the Buick has luxury aspirations, but the Encore GX will cost you a bit more.

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FAQ

Is the Mazda CX-30 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 CX-30 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about Mazda CX-30 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the CX-30 gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg to 28 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the CX-30 has 20.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mazda CX-30. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Mazda CX-30?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Mazda CX-30:

  • Turbocharged engine added to the lineup
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard
  • 12-speaker Bose stereo available with Premium package only
  • Part of the first CX-30 generation introduced for 2020
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Is the Mazda CX-30 reliable?

To determine whether the Mazda CX-30 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the CX-30. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the CX-30's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Mazda CX-30 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Mazda CX-30 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 CX-30 and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 CX-30 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Mazda CX-30?

The least-expensive 2021 Mazda CX-30 is the 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $22,050.

Other versions include:

  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $30,100
  • Select 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $24,050
  • Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $27,850
  • Select 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $25,450
  • Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $28,700
  • 2.5S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $22,050
  • Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $26,450
  • 2.5S 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $23,450
  • 2.5 Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $30,050
  • Turbo Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $32,450
  • Turbo Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $34,050
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What are the different models of Mazda CX-30?

If you're interested in the Mazda CX-30, the next question is, which CX-30 model is right for you? CX-30 variants include Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Select 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), and Select 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A). For a full list of CX-30 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Mazda CX-30 Overview

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is offered in the following submodels: CX-30 SUV. Available styles include Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Select 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Premium 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Select 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 2.5S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), Preferred 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 2.5S 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 2.5 Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Turbo Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Turbo Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2021 Mazda CX-30?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 CX-30 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 CX-30.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 CX-30 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Mazda CX-30?

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,425. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,477 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,477 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $21,948.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is 6.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 44 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5S 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Select 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 Select 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,475. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda CX-30 Select 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,588 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,588 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23,887.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Select 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is 6.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 55 2021 Mazda CX-30 Select 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,315. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda CX-30 Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,603 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,603 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,712.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is 5.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 40 2021 Mazda CX-30 Preferred 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,620. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda CX-30 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,677 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,677 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,943.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) is 5.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 68 2021 Mazda CX-30 Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,540. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $1,584 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,584 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,956.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 8 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,940. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $1,856 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,856 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,084.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 5.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,540. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $1,807 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,807 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $33,733.

The average savings for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 5.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Mazda CX-30s are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Mazda CX-30 for sale near. There are currently 223 new 2021 CX-30s listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $23,000 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Mazda CX-30. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $2,500 on a used or CPO 2021 CX-30 available from a dealership near you.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Mazda CX-30?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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