2021 Mazda CX30 Turbo: Charisma. And more charisma

2 Sep 2021 | 171 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds   Mazda has been transforming itself into an affordable--and I mean affordable--sports luxury brand, and one of its biggest successes in that effort is the 2021 Mazda CX-30 turbo. Easily the sexiest of the compact SUVs now available on the market, the CX-30 Turbo backs up those good looks with sparkling acceleration and handling that will put big smiles on your face. It's not easy to design an SUV of any size that doesn't look like a box on wheels, but Mazda's done it.  And it's done so by resolutely sticking to flowing, muscular styling that simply cannot be duplicated by anyone else.  You will not be mistaking the CX-30 Turbo for any other brand. Prices start at around $23,000 at most local Mazda dealerships here in Pittsburgh, and they reach about $30,000 to $32,000 fully loaded.   The 2021 Mazda CX-30 provides you with everything you ever thought you want behind the wheel: Qui ck, precise handling, powerful yet smooth, quiet acceleration with the Turbocharged 2.5-liter engine producing 227 horsepower, and steering that is right on target with every move you make. Ready for a look-see?  Here it is:      Economy: 25 city, 33 highway, 28 combined. The car: The first thing you should know about the CX-30 is its high level of quality, craftsmanship, and materials.  As is the case with all Mazda products, you will find that, especially in the interior, the Mazda brand features products that are usually a class or two above the competition.  Thus, an experience inside the CX-30 will convince you that are driving an entry level luxury vehicle. The only two things we found annoying were rear seat space and the overall cramped nature of the interior and an infotainment system that is counter-intuitive and takes far longer than necessary in order to operate it. Mazda needs to take a closer look at this and see if it can come up with an infotainment system that will not require fiddling with things endlessly and then giving up—which is what I did. Safety: Safety features are woven through the CX-30 lineup and competitively, the list is one of the longer ones among its competition. To get the full picture of safety equipment offered on the CX-30, take a close look at the Technology section.           Technology: So…shopping for the CX-30 is a bit confusing because of the number of models offered and the subtleties that differentiate them all. Better sit down and think about it and be sure you know exactly what you want. The variety includes the 2.5 S, Select, Preferred, Premium, 2.5 Turbo, 2.5 Turbo Premium and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus trim levels. There used to be a time when you could easily differentiate between car models of the same brand by the exterior trim and other appearance details.  Not any more. The models in most brands look all the same—differences are now centered mainly in the interior unless you order sport models with fancy trim packages. First, be assured that Mazda equips all CX-30 models with lavish standard features that include forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, sleepy driver monitor, and automatic high beams. Standard equipment on the base 2.5 S includes a 186 horsepower 2.5 liter four cylinder engine; a six speed automatic, front wheel drive (all wheel drive is optional); 16 inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and an 8.8-infotainment display. Other standard features on the base model include 8.8-inch infotainment display, remote vehicle monitoring and control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration; and an eight-speaker audio system. The next step up, the Select, adds 18-inch wheel, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, center armrest for rear passengers, tinted rear windows and a blind spot monitor. And for the Preferred trim line, you will get a sunroof, power adjustable driver’s seat with memory functions and heated front seats. The Premium CX-30 gives you standard adaptive headlights, power liftgate, roof rails, paddle shifters, leather seating, nav system, traffic sign reader, 12 speaker Bose premium audio system, satellite radio and heads-up display. For the ultimate in performance, order the 2.5Turbo Premium, which has a standard 2.5 liter turbo engine that will open your eyes on the open road for sure. It’s a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine producing 227 horsepower but there’s also a 250 horsepower version available as well. Standard all-wheel drive, roof rails and auto-dimming rearview mirror also are included in the list of no-charge items. The highest level CX-30 is the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus, which has  front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic with automatic braking, surround-view camera system, and traffic jam assist. Styling/Aesthetics: Timeless is the word here.  Flowing lines, muscular profiles, well-designed interiors—except for the amount of space--, and clean, no-nonsense details inside and out make for a strongly attractive ride for just about anyone. Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles.      

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