Consumer Reports Loves the 2021 Mazda CX-30 for This ‘Superpower’

It’s no secret that Consumer Reports loves the 2021 Mazda CX-30. It earned a coveted position on the publication’s Top Picks list this year and has one of the highest reliability ratings out of every vehicle the site reviewed. But when it’s all said and done, the Mazda CX-30 outshines most of the class due to this one “superpower.”

the interior of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 view from outside the driver's side looking into through the open door
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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is a super subcompact SUV

This is a small crossover SUV that stands out for its athletic acceleration and driving dynamics. After hearing about it for so long, I finally got to drive one at the Texas Auto Roundup and it met every expectation. The 2021 Mazda CX-30 has some soul. 

It’s not your boring (but totally practical) CVT transmission lifeless four-cylinder subcompact. This is a small crossover designed with the true driver at its core. Consumer Reports says that it “out-accelerates most competitors, even with the base 2.5 liter four-cylinder.” 

It’s certainly not perfect, but its value and all that the 2021 Mazda CX-30 brings to the table make it an easy choice for the Consumer Reports Top Picks list this year. But there are even more compelling qualities than immediately meet the eye. 

What is the Mazda CX-30’s ‘superpower?’

a side view of a light blue 2021 Mazda CX-30 on display at an indoor auto show
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Once we get past the satisfying base engine, decadent Premium trim, and satisfying new turbo upgrade option, there’s more to the 2021 Mazda CX-30. This small crossover SUV has what Consumer Reports calls a “superpower.” It combines near-perfect reliability ratings with a long list of important standard safety features.

“Its main superpower is the winning combination of key standard safety equipment and much-better-than-average predicted reliability.”

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How reliable is this subcompact SUV? 

a red 2021 Mazda CX-30 on display at an indoor auto show, front quarter view
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In terms of reliability ratings, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 is at the very top of the class. With a total score of 95/100 for reliability, this is a subcompact SUV with substance in more areas than just being fun to drive. When it comes to buying a new car, reliability is often a box-checking item for many shoppers. 

Consumer Reports gives it a 5 out of 5 for predicted reliability. However, Consumer Reports ratings aren’t the only ones that sing the same tune. J.D. Power also gives this subcompact SUV a reliability score of 82/100. It rates the 2021 CX-30 “Great” in terms of reliability. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 isn’t perfect, but it makes a compelling argument

It’s not all rainbows and unicorns in terms of Consumer Reports’ opinion of this subcompact SUV. It has noisy (though quick) acceleration. The publication also isn’t keen on the way some of the packages are configured, making it costly to add simple features like a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

 
Plus, it’s a little tight in the interior with visibility that’s nothing to write home about. That said, it is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ with some of the highest reliability scores in its class from multiple critics. While it’s not perfect, the 2021 CX-30 uses its superpower to make a compelling argument.

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