By Nick Yekikian – MotorTrend
The 2021 Kia Seltos is the brand’s latest entrant in the SUV octagon, and it enters the arena with a full head of steam. Last year Kia delivered a knockout punch in the form of the three-row Telluride. It was so good, we named it our 2020 SUV of the Year. With the recent release of the handsome new K5 sedan, as well as a redesigned Sorento crossover making its way to our shores, it’s safe to say that Kia is on a roll. The question is, can anyone stop this South Korean juggernaut?
Well, Mazda certainly has a contender in the CX-30. The hatchback-based CUV gives the Seltos a run for its money—but when it comes to dollars and cents, the Mazda is starting on its metaphorical back foot. The 2020 Mazda CX-30 with Premium package we’re using for this comparison is actually more expensive than the Seltos SX it’s up against. The Mazda stickers for $31,425, while the Kia will run you $29,485 all in.