Mazda’s 2021 CX-30 2.5 Turbo Resets the Performance Bar In the Small Crossover Segment
During our recent testing of the outstanding Mazda CX-30, one thought continued to ping our brain; “I wonder if Mazda will drop the 2.5-turbo in this?” The answer came faster than we expected. Yes, you can get the 320- lb-ft of torque engine in the Mazda CX-30 starting this coming model year.
The CX-30 is more compact than the larger CX-5 crossover. However, the driver and front passengers in the CX-30 have ample personal space. In fact, the driver legroom and the center console storage in the CX-30 are larger than in the CX-5.
One advantage the CX-30 has over both the current CX-5 and the outgoing CX-3 is its sporty, fun to drive nature. The CX-30 is among the most enjoyable small crossovers on the market. With the new 2.5 Turbocharged engine, drivers can now put the class-leading power to good use through the all-wheel drive system.
The 2.5 turbo is an outstanding engine that has massive torque off the line. Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine delivers 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque with premium (93 octane) fuel or 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with regular (87 octane) fuel. Trust, us. We have tested this engine in the CX-9, CX-5, and Mazda6. You won’t need the pricey fuel. 310 lb-ft of torque is about double what many small crossovers offer, and it comes much lower in the rev band where it matters most.
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Watch Torque News for a full test in the coming months.
John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. John's focus areas are technology, safety, and green vehicles. In the 1990s, he was part of a team that built a solar-electric vehicle from scratch. For 20 years he applied his engineering and sales talents in the high tech world and published numerous articles in technical journals such as Chemical Processing Magazine. In 2008, he retired from that career to chase his dream of being an auto writer. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American newspapers and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin
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