Mazda is known as one of those car manufacturers that like to do things a bit differently. From their use of rotary engines for their flagship sports cars and emphasis on perfect weight distribution to their elegant, quirky design, and refusal to give in to the downsizing trend. The CX-30 is one of the latest entries in Mazda’s lineup. It is a sub-compact crossover which places it in the same niche as the CX-3. Wouldn’t two offerings of the same segment create an internal competition? Not exactly. Thehe CX-3 is aimed at the entry-level sub-compact crossover segment, where it would go up against the likes of Chevrolet Trax, Ford EcoSport, and Nissan Kicks. At the same time, the CX-30’s goal is to steal clients from the likes of Honda HR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Subaru Crosstrek – models that represent the higher echelon of the sub-compact crossover segment. So, does it have what it takes?
Mazda’s Rotary Engine Returns, But You Probably Won’t Like It
Mazda has been talking about reviving the rotary engine for several years now and back in 2018 it confirmed that it’s finally on its way back into a production model. Come 2020 and the Japanese automaker confirmed that it will offer a rotary engine in the Mazda MX-30. However, it won’t be the sole provider of power, but a range extender on the electric version of the said crossover.
2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo is the range-topping version of the CX-30 subcompact crossover that features a turbocharged version of the SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The most powerful engine available in the CX-30, the turbo-four joins the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter on the U.S. market and the 2.0-liter gas and 1.8-liter diesel engines on other parts of the world. Rated at up to 250 horsepower depending on the type of fuel, the 2021 CX-30 Turbo is the most powerful version of the crossover built to date.
Would the Mazda CX-30 Be More Desirable With a 250-Horsepower Turbo Engine Under the Hood?
If the latest report is to be believed, Mazda is cooking up a turbocharged version of the CX-30, which is expected to crank out 250 horsepower. The CX-30 is one of the most pleasing crossovers you can get as far as the driving experience is concerned, so the idea of extra grunt should, in theory, boost its desirability.
The Mazda 3 Turbo Will Be More Competitive Than We Thought
On July 6, Mazda Mexico released a video that claimed the Mazda 3 Turbo would have just 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. When you consider the fact that we were originally hoping to see it take on the VW Golf R and even the Honda Civic Type R, it was pretty disappointing. Well, Mazda has finally let a few beans overflow from its container of secrets, and the Mazda 3 Turbo is going to post a little more power than we previously thought. Is it good enough to make it competitive? Well, that depends on what you want to compete with.
Mazda 3 Turbo Power Figures Unveiled, And It’s Disappointing As Hell
At the end of June, we broke the news that a turbocharged Mazda 3 was in the works and, while we knew it would lead to a Mazdaspeed revival, we thought it would at least have some performance chops. Unfortunately, thanks to a video posted by Mazda Mexico, we know that isn’t the case at all, and the Mazda3 turbo will be little more than a range-topping hatch will a little bit of daily-driving power. Talk about dropping the ball, huh?
Mazda is Officially Considering a Rotary Range Extender for the Mazda MX-30
Way back in early 2016, Mazda filed a patent for a new rotary engine; two years later, Mazda announced that it was, in fact, bringing back the rotary engine but not in the way you’d expect. Then, with the introduction of Mazda’s SkyActiv-X technology, we started to think that the Wankel rotary engine could be feasible once again. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, but the Rotary is actually coming back – it just won’t live up to the full performance potential it was once destined for.
2020 Mazda 3 - Driven Review
Flying in to Newark International Airport last month, I arrived at the Budget Rent a Car counter and received the keys to a familiar staple of rental fleets: a 2019 Nissan Sentra wearing scratched-up Ignore Me Silver paint. Plenty of travelers would likely ask if, pretty please, anything else was available. This previous-generation Sentra (the car was fully redesigned for 2020) is generally reviled by anyone who appreciates a fine automobile. It’s underpowered, it lacks handling poise, and it’s drab-looking inside and out. And yet, it was just what my family of three needed for a three-hour drive home to Maryland. The Sentra’s plus-sized rear backseat was perfect for our rear-facing child seat, and its big trunk swallowed our suitcases and stroller with ease. Its generously sized windows offered excellent outward visibility, and it could go 41.3 miles before burning a gallon of gasoline. And, keeping our rental rate in check, the Sentra provided plenty of features at low prices.
This brings us to the subject of today’s review: the 2020 Mazda3. Like the Sentra, it belongs to the compact economy car market segment. But that’s pretty much where the similarities stop. For two cars in the same segment, it’s hard to get more dissimilar than our tested Mazda3 and our rental Sentra — for better and for worse.
The Mazda3 is basically a luxury sports sedan (or, like in our test car, a five-door hatchback). It’s beautifully styled, elegantly finished, laden with features, and — although it’s not as energetically zippy as it once was — a pleasure to drive. It even offers all-wheel-drive, just like an Audi or BMW. Yet like a luxury car, it’s also more expensive, has a cramped rear seat and tight cargo hold, has slits for windows, isn’t cheap for its class, and gets lousy gas mileage. It would have been absolutely the wrong choice for a family road trip, even for our small family. But if you appreciate something finer than a Sentra and won’t often carry more than one extra passenger, the Mazda3 brings a high-end experience at relatively affordable prices — starting from $21,500.
2021 Mazda MX-30
Mazda is the latest entrant in the EV segment. The company has finally launched its first electric crossover in the form of an urban crossover. Moniker’d the MX-30, Mazda revealed the product at its home turf at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show. From the initial impressions, the MX-30 looks like a mixed bag. We’ll hold our verdict till Mazda releases all the details about the MX-30. The Tokyo Auto Show was lukewarm at best and it was the perfect time to launch the crossover with pomp and fare and garner all the attention. But, Mazda has still not revealed everything about it. Missed opportunity? I think yes.
Mazda’s EV Will Be a Crossover Coupe….Yay
Mazda has dropped a new teaser for its new EV that’s set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week and, surprise surprise; it’s a coupe crossover. This can easily be deciphered from the sloping roofline shown off during part of the teaser video is a dead giveaway that’s backed up by Mazda’s description of a “coupe-like cabin” that accompanied the last teaser that showed off said cabin.
We Know You Want a Mazda 3 Hot Hatch to Take on Your Buddy’s Ford Focus RS - Here’s Why It Won’t Happen
The performance hatch segment is one of the hottest markets right now. There are a plethora of options to choose from, for instance, Honda Civic Type-R, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Focus RS, and so on. However, this one particular automaker from Japan is adamant on not launching a performance version of its hatch for some reason. The Mazda 3 is a perfect hatch that could be launched with a supplement of steroids. But the automaker is steering clear from this fat-profit segment. This is pretty sad considering that Mazda has the means and the tools to launch a pocket-rocket that can give stiff competition to the existing players.
Mazda is Cooking up a Hot Hatch And It Could Take On Some of the Biggest Players in the Game
Mazda doesn’t do hot versions of any of its cars anymore, even though the likes of the Mazda3 and Mazda6 MPS (or MazdaSpeed in some markets) were exceptional cars in their respective categories before they were phased out. But now, with the new Mazda3 hatch making its debut and being received quite well, it seems the Japanese automaker is again considering making a hot hatch version, and it on that could arrive before the year 2021.
2019 Mazda3 Skyactiv-D hatchback - Driven
Mazda has created one of the most beautiful shapes in the compact hatchback segment, its new Mazda3 hatch, a shape that lifts it above any competitor in terms of design. It has a pretty face, nice sides, and a unique rear end that lends it a lot of personality, but at the same time, it also needs to do all the boring, practical stuff well in order to be a serious class contender.
Its interior feels upmarket, and the driving experience is precise and relaxed, especially if the power plant under the hood is Mazda’s latest diesel engine, still available in the 3 and other models the Japanese manufacturer sells in Europe. This latest model doesn’t feel as sharp as its predecessor nor is it the best in class, but it’s far more relaxed and refined than the car it replaces, and it exudes an overall desirable and premium feeling.
The car it replaces was a great all-rounder, although it suffered from excessive tire roar inside at speed (and generally not the best soundproofing), plus its interior didn’t feel as nice as some rivals’, and it also lagged behind in terms of tech. Mazda has addressed all these concerns and more with its new 3, and the result is a much better all-rounder with an even prettier face than before, plus that rear end that will sure to draw a lot of gazes.
Video: We Spent Some Time with the Forbidden 2019 Mazda 3 Hatchback Diesel and it was Amazing
Mazda has created a lot of buzz around its all-new 3 hatchback, a car that has made an impression with its pretty body, premium-like interior, and good handling. To be more specific, this is a car with a nice face, toned, flowing sides, and quite the rump - it looks like it’s wearing leggings two sizes too small, but it is for some reason a very good look - a look that’s much better than that of the boring three-box Mazda3 that debuted alongside it.
The 2019 Mazda CX-30 is Cool and All, But Why Isn’t it Called the CX-4?
2019 Mazda CX-30 Broadens Mazda’s Crossover range
Mazda has finally revealed the model it had been teasing prior to its 2019 Geneva motor show debut - the all-new CX-30, a new small Mazda crossover that you didn’t know you wanted. Had it been called CX-4, its name would have caused less confusion, since it actually fits between the CX-3 and CX-5 in terms of size.