Introduced for the 2020 model year, the Mazda CX-30 compact crossover has made quite an impression. Critics and owners like have been rating it highly, marking it as one of the best options available on the market. It’s even claimed the top spot for the segment on numerous review sites. What makes it so good? Well, let’s take a look.
Here’s our comparison of the entry level 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 and Select trims. Keep reading to see which trims are the best for your needs.
The base 2021 Mazda CX-30 trims (2.5, Select, Preferred, and Premium) are all powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine. It produces 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5 and the Select trims both come standard with FWD, but AWD is an available option. FWD models are EPA-estimated at 25-city/33-highway mpg. Similarly, AWD models are rated at 24-city/31-highway mpg.
The 2021 CX-30 comes standard with a lot of great features. Infotainment-wise, it has Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, HD Radio, voice recognition technology, an eight-speaker stereo, two USB ports, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, and an 8.8-inch infotainment display. On the safety side of things, it has forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver attention monitoring, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera.
The Select trim adds a few upgrades for a modest bump in price. It gets synthetic leather upholstery, a genuine leather steering wheel and shift knob, proximity keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control. It also the popular blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert driver assistive aids.