Mazda has already launched its crossover SUV model CX-30 a couple of years back. Then the efforts taken to move the model upwards securing a higher place in its segment is all history. Now while celebrating the second anniversary of CX-30 model series, Mazda gave the model a better status with all the necessary modifications done to the model series.

A new buyer of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 model whom we met at the showroom complex of the Mazda dealer Tempe dealership confirmed that the 2021 Mazda CX-30 models share many with the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback models, especially in the front of styling and powertrain configurations. All this helped the 2021 Mazda CX-30 models perform like a class-leading crossover SUV.

Leading the Class of Crossover SUVs

The 2021 model year edition of Mazda CX-30 got many exemplary virtues packed in its various trim models to inspire its own class of crossover SUVs. One of them is the powertrain range. Even at the base there is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which is enough to rule the unruly road surfaces. This powertrain itself offers both the options to drive only front- wheels or with all four wheels to attain a revving performance even while off roading.

Then there is a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine version that offers all-wheel drive configuration as the standard.

For the year 2021, Mazda prepares its flagship model CX-30 with a bunch of desirable functionalities that works perfectly in tune with its latest infotainment system that is enabled with smartphone configuration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  All this come as standard configuration this year while an optional turbocharged 2.5-liter engine is added to the existing lineup that can make an impressive 250-hp.

Appreciable Driving Dynamics

The 2021 model year lineup of Mazda CX-30 starts with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine at the base level which is capable of producing 186 horsepower when mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.  This new transmission automatically shift the gears after reading the driving conditions ahead while the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine does its job of delivering a spirited performance with a force of 250 horsepower that officially allows all-wheel-drive as the standard setting.

All this once again draws our attention to the effective driving dynamics that the automaker has installed in each of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 models that help keep up their capabilities of delivering an athletic performance. 

When driven with the FWD configuration, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 models score an impressive fuel-economy record of 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highways, and 28 mpg from a combined trip as estimated by the EPA. But when driven with AWD modes, the fuel economy rates drop to 24 mpg for the city, 31 mpg for the highway, and 26 mpg for the combined.

At the showroom premise of Tempe Mazda dealership showroom, our test drive with the base model of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 showed us how thrilling can the rides be in a crossover that is manufactured by an automaker like Mazda.