2021 Mazda CX-30 vs. Its Competition

2021 Mazda CX-30
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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.

2021 Mazda CX-302021 Mazda CX-30
2021 Chevrolet Trax2021 Chevrolet Trax
2021 Ford Ecosport2021 Ford Ecosport
2021 Hyundai Venue2021 Hyundai Venue
2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited, left, and Sport, right2021 Subaru Crosstrek
2020 Nissan Kicks2020 Nissan Kicks
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Quick Specs
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is great-looking, spacious, and more polished and fun-to-drive than other compact competitors, but it’s a step behind in value and features.
If you need a spacious new vehicle for the tiniest of parking spaces (and budgets), the Trax is an acceptable but mediocre contender.
The 2021 Ford Ecosport small crossover forsakes its name and doesn’t offer much by way of driving excitement or efficiency.
The 2021 Hyundai Venue courts bargain shoppers with department-store space and quality.
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek flexes a more potent available powertrain but still prioritizes safety and capability.
The 2020 Nissan Kicks is a quirky and cute crossover that’s inexpensive, but some of the details just feel cheap.
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Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas 4-CylIntercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
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Small SUV 2WDSmall Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDMidsize CarsSmall SUV 4WDMidsize Cars
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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