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Eric's Autos: 2021 Mazda CX-30

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Sometimes, too close is not far enough.

This is why Mazda will stop selling the CX-3, its smallest crossover SUV, after next year in favor of the new CX-30, its next smallest crossover SUV.

The dimensional differences between the two proved to be so small that people had trouble telling the difference between them even though there were some other differences, such as the CX-30 having a much stronger standard engine than the CX-3.

In any event, Mazda has decided to make just one small crossover rather than two so it doesn't compete against itself for the same buyers.

What It Is

The CX-30's general layout is similar to other small crossovers such as the Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota CH-R, Honda HR-V and Hyundai Kona, but the CX-30 differs from them by coming standard with an engine that's more powerful than the available engines in all of those models.

 

And now it's available with the strongest optional engine in the class.

Prices start at $22,050 for the base S trim, which comes equipped with a 186 horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (without a turbo) and front-wheel drive.

Adding all-wheel drive bumps the MSRP up to $23,050.

The new-for-2021 Turbo -- equipped with a turbo-boosted 227-horsepower version of the 2.5-liter engine -- stickers for $30,050 and comes standard with all-wheel drive.

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