All of Mazda’s 2021 SUVs Earned Important Distinctions From Consumer Reports

Receiving a recommendation from Consumer Reports for your vehicle is something car manufacturers strive for. Receiving a recommendation for all of your models in one class? That is the dream. And that is exactly what Mazda got for all four of their 2021 SUVs.

This is not a very common feat, even among reliable standbys like Honda and Subaru, which consistently have models that rank at near the top of Consumer Reports top 10 lists. Even though each of Mazda’s 2021 SUVs might not be at the top of the list, they are all recommended by Consumer Reports, and that is something to be proud of.

Consumer Reports recommends all four Mazda 2021 SUVs

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In order to get a coveted Consumer Reports recommendations, a vehicle has to have a high overall score, which factors in predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, safety equipment, and results of road tests and crash tests.

Mazda’s four 2021 SUVs are the CX-3, the CX-30, the CX-5, and the CX-9, with overall scores, out of 100, of 73, 75, 83, 80, respectively. For reliability three of the four models received a 5/5, with the CX-9 receiving a 4/5. They also do well on fuel economy ratings with both the CX-30 and the CX-3 receiving 4/5, and the CX-5 and the CX-9 receiving 3/5.

Each model also ranked near the top of the best in class lists. The CX-9 ranked 4th out of 15 for midsize SUV 3-row and the CX-5 ranked 2nd out of 23 for compact SUV. The CX-30 and the CX-3 were ranked 3rd and 4th, out of 14, respectively, for subcompact SUVs.

The CX-30 even made the coveted 10 Top Picks of 2021: Best Cars of the Year list, which is the best of the best list. Mazda also ranked 2nd on U.S. News Best SUV Brands for 2021. 

An impressive distinction

Receiving this recommendation for all for SUVs is incredibly impressive, particularly when you consider the competition and Mazda’s history. The Mazda Tribute, which was discontinued in 2011, is still the 3rd most complained about Mazda SUV.

Prior model years for the CX-5 and the CX-9 have received lots of complaints, with the 2016 CX-5 having the most complaints overall, according to It is important to note that even though they have the highest number of complaints, it does not mean they are the worst Mazda SUVs.

Also, their complaint totals do not reach 500, for comparison, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has over 3,000 complaints and the Jeep Wrangler has received almost 2,000 complaints.

Does Mazda make good SUVs?

Mazda’s impressive 2021 SUVs are a direct result of the company continuing to improve and make their SUVs better. Previous model years for the CX-3 consistently had reliability and owner satisfaction scores of 1/5. Both the reliability and owner satisfaction scores have risen, particularly with the 2021 model year.

Mazda also manages to have an SUV model for everyone. Taking full advantage of the desire for crossover SUVs, their models appeal to both singles and families, and those who want luxury touches. They also somehow manage to remain relatively affordable without losing quality. The CX-5 was on Consumer Reports Best SUVs under $30,000 list.

There are a lot of awards, ratings, and recommendations vehicles can receive these days, from Kelly Blue Book’s Performance Award to Insurance Institute for Highway Top Safety Picks. Receiving a recommendation from Consumer Reports is one of the most valuable a vehicle can receive due to their rigorous testing, reliable reports, and completely objective findings.

So when they say that all four 2021 Mazda SUVs are recommended, it is an impressive distinction and worth paying attention to.