CPO HIGHLIGHTS: 2021 Mazda CX-30 Small Crossover SUV

CPO HIGHLIGHTS: 2021 Mazda CX-30 Small Crossover SUV

The subcompact crossover has become a popular choice for many buyers. This easy-to-use SUV adds utility to the footprint of an economy sedan and makes an ideal commuter car, second car, or city cruiser. The Mazda CX-30 fits the bill here and brings Mazda benefits to the party, including design, driving fun and reliability.

The Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) model also makes sense. Here we will discuss the benefits of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 for used car shoppers.

The CX-30 is priced competitively with the Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, Hyundai Tucson, and other subcompact SUVs.

When driving the 2021 CX-30, our expert test driver said: “The 2021 Mazda CX-30 isn’t just another crossover. It doesn’t fit neatly into any pre-existing size categories. It packs a fair amount of power and has a frame that’s well suited to exploiting those muscles. Like all other Mazdas, there’s a rare aesthetic feel to anything less than the typical level of luxury. A certain sophistication permeates everything the 2021 CX-30 does and owns.

If you want a small SUV with sharp styling, crisp handling, and versatility, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 may be your best choice.

Certified pre-owned Mazda

A Mazda CX-30 must be less than six years old and have fewer than 80,000 miles to obtain a CPO badge. A certified technician performs a 160-point quality inspection, and the vehicle must have a clean vehicle history report.

Extended warranty

This CPO Mazda comes with warranty coverage of at least 12 months or 12,000 miles. But Mazda may cover it for longer. If the 3-year/36,000-mile warranty from when the vehicle was new is still in effect, extended coverage will not begin until the original warranty expires.

Mazda covers the powertrain parts for seven years or 100,000 miles from the vehicle’s original sale date and includes emergency roadside assistance for the same period.

All of these warranties are transferable if you need to sell the car — which is not true for every CPO program.

A little zooming in and out

Handling has always been a Mazda hallmark. There’s a little “Zoom-Zoom” in every Mazda’s DNA. The CX-30 shares a platform with the Mazda3, a perennial favorite of drivers everywhere.

Our test driver said: “The steering feel is great, allowing the driver to know what the front tires are doing while handling has the right balance between comfort and poise. There’s no turbocharger under the hood in the base model, but — at 186 horsepower — power is relatively plentiful.

Mazda is bucking the trend toward continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVT) and sticking with a traditional automatic transmission. “The six-speed automatic transmission is the ideal choice,” our test driver said. “Mazda engineers feel there is no need to cram in extra ratios if the transmission uses the correct ratios in the first place. Selecting Sport mode keeps those gears longer, allowing the driver By reaching more of those muscles.

Looks sharp inside and out

Mazda CX-30 2021 from the inside.

Our expert reviewer said: “Admittedly, this is all subjective, but Mazda seems to have design chops that are much different (and arguably far superior) than every other Japanese manufacturer. Some of the lines on the CX-30 are subtle, and are only distinguishable At certain angles, however, it works as a whole. The plastic side cladding is somewhat detracting, but that comes with the crossover area.

The interior design impresses with high-quality materials and simple, elegant execution. In a class where hard plastics and utilitarian design seem to be the norm, the CX-30’s upscale and elegant cabin design stands out, and the upper trim levels verge on near-luxury appointments.

Turbo power

While the CX-30’s base four-cylinder engine makes 185 horsepower, 2.5 Turbo models come with a class-leading 227 horsepower on regular gas. If you fill up with premium fuel (93 octane), the 2.5 Turbo will give you 250 horsepower. Enthusiasts will appreciate this option, while economists will be pleased to know that there is no damage to the engine if you choose the cheaper gas. Brag if you know you’re out of fun; Save if you are in your day job.

Four-wheel drive is available

Mazda CX-30 2021 in red.

The 2021 CX-30 is available with all-wheel drive (AWD) on non-turbo models where front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard. All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard on 2.5 Turbo models. The extra grip in bad weather and the ability to handle it agilely off-road is worth it.


In 2021, not all compact SUVs come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. But every 2021 CX-30 has it. These systems mirror smartphone apps on the car’s central touchscreen, giving you easy access to streaming music and navigation without taking your eyes off the road. Bluetooth phone/audio streaming, Mazda Connect, two USB ports and a multi-function commander are standard and connect to an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. Mazda opts for the Multifunction Commander interface instead of the touchscreen, believing that reducing distraction and access to the screen makes for a safer driving experience.

Excellent safety ratings

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 received a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It received the institute’s highest crash test score – Good – in all categories.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it a 5-star rating, the highest score given by the government.

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Our full review of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 will help decide whether the Certified Pre-Owned version is right for you. If it checks the right boxes, search for CPO Mazda CX-30 models for sale near you.

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