The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is ready for city people with a small parking space but kids or gear to speed off with on the weekends, and it lands in a class with some very different interpretations of that.
The Crosstrek is the most off-road ready, with standard all-wheel drive and a lot of toughness built in—and a new turbo engine—but it’s lacking in refinement.
The Ford Ecosport feels like an old-style economy car, just one with a tall roof.
The Chevy Trax falls into the rental-car department; it’s just adequate.
Honda’s HR-V isn’t much fun to drive, and lacks rear head room.
The Hyundai Venue is new and spacious, but front-wheel drive only.
And the Nissan Kicks is also front-wheel drive only, and rather sluggish, though the rest of the package is compelling.
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|2021 Mazda CX-30||2021 Chevrolet Trax||2021 Ford Ecosport||2021 Hyundai Venue||2021 Subaru Crosstrek||2020 Nissan KicksBrowse Used Listings|
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|Regular Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas 4-Cyl||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-3||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Small SUV 2WD||Small Sport Utility Vehicle||Small SUV 2WD||Midsize Cars||Small SUV 4WD||Midsize Cars|
|2.5 S FWD||FWD 4-Door LS||S FWD||SE IVT||Manual||S FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD|
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