Turbocharged CX-30 Review

Turbocharged CX-30 Review

SUVs—especially subcompact crossover SUVs like the CX-30—have reigned over the auto industry for several years. The popularity of SUVs, in general, has skyrocketed throughout the past few model years, prompting most major automakers to design and produce their own new or upgraded SUV models in order to keep the demand for their vehicles high. 

Turbocharged Mazda CX-30 

Mazda is renowned primarily for the SUVs they produce. The Mazda CX-30 is a subcompact SUV that is one of the newest SUVs in Mazda’s lineup. It debuted on the mainstream auto market in 2020 as a high-performing SUV that offers great value for its comparatively low starting price—it had only been a part of Mazda’s vehicle lineup for one model year prior to 2021. However, the Mazda CX-30 has quickly become a bestseller among Mazda’s collection of SUVs. 

Many of Mazda’s most popular SUVs—including the CX-30—have been the recipients of multiple awards and glowing reviews from auto critics, experts in the auto industry, and drivers alike. In fact, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 was named the “Crossover of the Year” by the automotive journal Popular Mechanics. Earning that title is impressive, especially considering that the CX-30 was in its first model year at the time. The CX-30 also became Mazda’s second-best-selling model—surpassed in sales only by the beloved Mazda CX-5—in 2020. 

The CX-30 is especially beloved for the excellent value it offers. Many crossover SUVs are very expensive—even for a base model—and the extremely high demand for vehicles within this segment has caused the average price of crossover SUVs to rise even higher over the past few years. While the starting price of the turbocharged Mazda CX-30 is certainly not the lowest on the market when it comes to crossover SUVs, the CX-30 still offers excellent value for its price. 

Many consumers who want to purchase a premium crossover SUV with a luxurious look and feel but don’t have the funds to buy a more expensive model appreciate the simultaneous high performance and affordability that the Mazda CX-30 offers drivers. Keep reading to learn more about the powerful, agile, and fun-to-drive Mazda CX-30 that will definitely give you a bang for your buck.

New Turbocharged Engine Option for 2021 

One of the main—and one of the only—common complaints about the 2020 Mazda CX-30 was that this subcompact crossover SUV did not provide enough power with its standard naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that delivered only 186 horsepower on the road. 

For the 2021 model year, the Mazda CX-30 is newly available with a 2.5-L turbocharged four-cylinder Skyactiv engine that delivers an impressive 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque. Beyond its turbocharged engine, the Mazda CX-30 is also designed with a variety of features that improve its drive performance on the road. 

The Mazda CX-30 Turbo’s 2.5-L Skyactiv engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and iActiv all-wheel-drive that ensure a smooth ride for both drivers and passengers and improve this subcompact SUV’s performance on a wider variety of terrains—including off-road terrains. 

Pricing for the Turbocharged Mazda CX-30 

Because the Mazda CX-30 is renowned for the excellent value it offers, it is understandable that many drivers who are interested in making the turbocharged CX-30 their next vehicle are interested in how the CX-30’s new turbocharged engine option affects the price of this subcompact crossover SUV. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is available in seven different trim levels or packages. Four of these models are equipped with the naturally aspirated 186-horsepower engine, while the top three trim levels of the 2021 CX-30 feature the brand-new 2.5-L turbocharged engine that delivers 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque on the road. 

The base model of the 2021 Mazda CX-30—which still comes equipped with the 2020 CX-30’s 186-horsepower engine—has a starting price of $22,050. The Mazda CX-30 Premium—which is the top trim level for the non-turbocharged CX-30 models—has a starting price of $28,700. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo, on the other hand, has a significantly higher starting price of $30,050—which is $8,000 more than the starting price of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 non-Turbo S base model. The CX-30 Turbo Premium Plus—which is the highest trim level available for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 and includes a variety of premium amenities and driver-assist features such as a 360-degree surround-view monitor, Smart Brake Support, and Traffic Jam Assist—starts at $34,050.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is definitely more affordable if you opt for a non-turbocharged model. For many drivers, however, the extra power, agility, and amenities that the new 2021 Mazda Turbo models provide are well-worth the extra money they have to pay to purchase a Turbo model. Whether turbocharged or not, the Mazda CX-30 remains one of the best, top-selling SUVs in Mazda’s vehicle lineup and on the mainstream auto market as a whole. Test drive a new CX-30 today!


CX-5 Diesel is No More

Mazda is a well-respected major automaker that produces some of the most popular, best-selling vehicles in the auto industry. They are especially renowned for the SUVs they design and produce. Almost every SUV that Mazda releases become an instant best-selling model on the mainstream auto market. 

CX-5 Diesel is No More

Although Mazda has multiple SUVs within their vehicle lineup, the number-one best-selling SUV in Mazda’s vehicle lineup is the Mazda CX-5. The Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover SUV that offers high performance on the road, is fun to drive, and is designed with a variety of comfortable amenities as well as high-tech infotainment and advanced safety features. 

The Mazda CX-5 was released by Mazda for the 2012 model year, and it has been a popular compact crossover SUV on the mainstream auto market ever since its original debut. It has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, and many critics and experts in the auto industry agree that the Mazda CX-5 belongs among the top best-selling compact crossover SUVs on the mainstream auto market. 

In 2020, more than 146,000 Mazda CX-5 models were sold in the United States alone. These numbers put the CX-5 among some of the top-selling compact crossover SUVs on the mainstream auto market. Sales of the CX-5 declined just over 5% from 2019, but that is still impressive considering that the vast majority of vehicles experienced much more significant sales declines in 2020 due to dealership shutdowns and production complications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fact that the CX-5 was able to keep its sales numbers about the same between 2019 and 2020 serves as a testament to the quality of this high-performing compact crossover SUV. 

About the 2019 Mazda CX-5’s Diesel Engine 

For the 2019 model year, Mazda released a long-awaited diesel engine option for their best-selling CX-5 compact crossover SUV. 

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 was available with three engine options—including a standard base 187-horsepower 2.5-L four-cylinder engine, a 227-horsepower turbocharged 2.5-L four-cylinder engine, and a turbo-diesel engine. 

This turbo-diesel engine option was a 2.2-L Skyactiv-D four-cylinder engine that delivered 168 horsepower and 290 lb.-ft. of torque on the road and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Why Did the Mazda CX-5 Diesel Die? 

Mazda spent multiple years in the process of designing their own diesel-powered SUV. They first announced their plans to produce and distribute a vehicle that runs on a diesel-powered engine more than a decade ago—way back in 2010. Many drivers who are fans of diesel-powered vehicles immediately got excited about the promise of a diesel-powered Mazda vehicle hitting the U.S. auto market. 

However, it took nine years from the time of Mazda’s announcement of a diesel-powered vehicle for this major automaker to actually release a diesel-powered model to the mainstream auto market in the United States. Much of the reasoning behind this extremely long delay lay in the complicated process of getting diesel-powered vehicles approved to be sold in the U.S. The United States has very strict and severe emissions standards, and Mazda struggled to produce a powerful and efficient diesel-powered engine that would pass these emissions standards tests. 

Finally, Mazda announced that their 2019 CX-5 crossover would be available with a diesel-powered engine. They did finally follow through with the available turbo-diesel engine for the 2019 Mazda CX-5. However, after just one year of selling the CX-5 diesel-powered model, Mazda officially announced that their CX-5 would no longer be available with a diesel-powered engine. This major automaker also quickly shut down inquiries about the potential introduction of a diesel-powered engine to one or more of the other vehicles in their lineup. 

The primary reason why Mazda decided to kill off their diesel-powered engine so quickly in the United States after almost a decade of trying to get it approved for sale on the U.S. market is the underwhelming lack of sales of the diesel-powered CX-5 throughout 2019 and 2020. 

These low sales numbers are likely due to the fact that the diesel-powered engine that Mazda finally brought to the U.S. was much different than the diesel engine they had promised U.S. consumers back in 2010. 

Instead of being extremely fuel-efficient and ultra-powerful with clean emissions, the turbo-diesel engine that Mazda finally got approved in the United States was disappointingly weak and inefficient. It also relied on a urea injection system to keep its carbon emissions low enough to pass U.S. standards, and Mazda’s diesel engine just barely passed these emissions tests even with this system.

Plus, the starting price of the diesel-powered Mazda CX-5 model was also significantly higher than that of most other 2019 CX-5 models equipped with one of the two other available non-diesel engine options—despite the fact that the turbo-diesel-equipped CX-5 was less powerful than CX-5 models equipped with either of these other available two engines. 

Although it might seem like a waste to finally debut a diesel-powered vehicle just to take it off the market after a single model year, it seems that Mazda was unable to accomplish what they really wanted to accomplish with their turbo-diesel engine and that significantly affected the diesel-powered CX-5’s sales numbers in a negative way. Although no future diesel-powered engine has been mentioned by Mazda, it is possible that this major automaker will design a diesel engine in the future that is more efficient and more powerful than their turbo-diesel engine of 2019.