Despite not being a large-volume manufacturer like its domestic rivals Toyota, Honda and even Nissan, Mazda stands out with its increasingly high-end products compared to the competition.
The trend continues in 2021. No new models on the program as was the case in 2020 with the CX-30. However, there are several changes and improvements that potential buyers should consider. The Car Guide presents them to you …
Created to mark the centenary of the company’s founding, the 100th Anniversary Edition models simultaneously pay homage to the design of Mazda’s first passenger car, the 1960 R360 Coupe. Available in late fall 2020 with the Mazda3, MX-5, CX-5 and CX-9, they all sport a Snow White Pearl body color matched with a Garnet Red leather interior and red carpets. A “100th Anniversary” logo can be found on the front fender, wheel center caps, headrests, floor mats and key ring.
That’s not all: the Mazda6, CX-5 and CX-9 add a style-focused Kuro Edition with Polymetal Gray or Jet Black bodywork, Garnet Red leather seats, red stitching on the steering wheel, gear lever and in various places in the passenger compartment as well as contrasting black elements inside and outside.
Beyond the improved equipment of the GX and GT versions, the big news on the side of the Mazda3 is the addition of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine whose power and torque will reach respectively 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet – or 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet using premium gasoline. This is only available in GT or 100th Anniversary Edition (sedan or hatchback) with all-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission. It comes with larger tailpipes, 18-inch black-finish alloy rims and gloss black color mirror housings.
The optional Premium Package introduces all-new i-Activesense safety technologies such as traffic jam assist, intelligent rear brake support with intelligent cross-traffic brake support at the rear of same as the 360 ° screen with front and rear parking assist sensors.
The Mazda6 midsize sedan moves very quietly. In addition to the addition of a Kuro edition, it is equipped in GT version of the wireless Apple CarPlay system. At the top of the range, the Mazda6 Signature enhances safety thanks to the intelligent city braking assistance system and the driver vigilance alert.
2021 Mazda MX-5
The little roadster we love so much will also receive a few updates for 2021, but those will be announced at a later date. As mentioned earlier, however, a 100th Anniversary Edition is planned for both the MX-5 softtop and the MX-5 RF retractable hardtop.
2021 Mazda CX-3
Despite the arrival of the CX-30, the CX-3 still has its place in the lineup, Mazda believes. However, don’t expect big changes for 2021. The all-wheel drive option is eliminated for the base GX version. The mid-size GS version offers a new custom appearance package, which includes leatherette upholstery with brown suede inserts on the front seats, dashboard and door panels, signature 16-inch rims, black exterior mirrors and a discreet black grille that creates an effect of depth.
Finally, Apple CarPlay integration is now wireless in the high-end GT version, while pedestrian detection has been improved and now works in night-time conditions.
2021 Mazda CX-30
The CX-30 is Mazda’s new star and it gets even more interesting for 2021. All versions now feature auto on / off headlights and rain-sensing wipers, but most importantly, the turbocharged engine from 2.5 liters is added to the menu as for the Mazda3.
With 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque (or 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque using premium gasoline), the all-wheel-drive CX-30 Turbo largely crushes its usual rivals, unless we include the new 301 horsepower MINI Countryman JCW. Considering in addition its generous equipment and its refined interior, it will be able to seriously compete with luxury models like the Audi Q3, the BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Volvo XC40.
2021 Mazda CX-5
The popular CX-5 offers a few changes for the upcoming model year. We told you about the 100th Anniversary and Kuro editions. There is also a small revision of the colors available and the fact that the off-road traction assist function is now offered from the base version GX (but only with i-Activ all-wheel drive). In addition, the only touchscreen in the catalog measures eight inches (previously seven inches as standard), while the GT version incorporates wireless Apple CarPlay.
The 2021 Mazda CX-5 does a little more to protect its occupants, but also the people around the vehicle. The Signature version adds automatic emergency braking in reverse and a driver inattention alert system. The rest of the safety equipment, however, remains unchanged.
2021 Mazda CX-9
Finally, Mazda’s three-row midsize crossover also wins 100th Anniversary and Kuro editions. Elsewhere in the range, it’s pretty quiet. The GS-L version of the CX-9 features new shift levers on the steering wheel, the GT incorporates more i-Activsense safety features (intelligent city braking assistance system and driver vigilance alert), while the Signature adopts a new grille with a titanium gray metallic finish, new 20-inch light gray alloy wheels with a high-gloss finish and larger twin tailpipes.