2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo First Look: The One You Really Want

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo First Look: The One You Really Want

Mazda has had quite a bit of (horse) power lately. A few weeks ago, the brand unveiled the new 2.5 Turbo version of the Mazda 3 hatchback and the 2021 sedan and its 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. No surprise, then, the CX-30 crossover also gets the turbocharged treatment. As in the case of the 3, the CX-30’s new 2.5-liter turbo is derived from other Mazda models such as the CX-9, CX-5 and 6.

Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo 2021
Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo 2021
Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo 2021














As in its teammates, the CX-30’s forced induction four produces 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque when filled with 93-octane gasoline. Anything with a lower octane rating generates 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. This is still a lot more than the 186 horsepower of the standard mill. This new power is sent to all four wheels via Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system. Mazda hasn’t noted which transmission will be used in the CX-30, but it’s fair to assume that the model will host the same six-speed automatic transmission that pairs with this engine in other Mazdas.

We love the CX-30 for its comfort and functionality, and we also think it has more to offer the discerning driver. When we tested the naturally aspirated model earlier this year, we recorded a 7.8 second run at 60 mph. Even though it felt nimble and nimble around our figure-eight ride, the little Mazda lacked enthusiasm for something truly sporty. Hopefully the new turbo fully exploits the potential of the CX-30.

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In addition to the new engine, the top-of-the-line CX-30 sports black painted rims, blacked-out mirror caps, a set of larger diameter exhaust tips and “turbo” badges on the tailgate. Mazda notes that the new powertrain will go on sale by the end of this year, with pricing to be announced in the coming months.

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