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Mazda is producing an electric SUV, but it can’t cut the mustard for many consumers. The Mazda MX-30 is a subcompact SUV with one huge problem. Here’s why the new 2023 Mazda MX-30 still falls short in America.

The 2023 Mazda MX-30 can’t go the distance

A gray Mazda CX-30 subcompact electric SUV is driving on the road.
The Mazda MX-30 | Mazda

When it comes to electric vehicles, driving range is one of the most important specs. An EV’s driving range is the distance that it can travel on a full battery before needing to stop and recharge. Like mpg estimates, driving range estimates often differ from real-world numbers, which is scary for the MX-30.

The Mazda MX-30 has a total driving range of 100 miles. That measly 100-mile is less than half of what the average electric vehicle is offering in terms of driving range. If the MX-30 was significantly cheaper than its rivals, its range would be more understandable. The 2023 Mazda MX-30 starts at $34,110.

According to InsideEVs, the MX-30 that’s offered in America won’t get any more driving range than the previous model year. This is troubling news to consumers. After all, a lack of practicality is still a huge part of why many drivers are still skeptical about switching from an internal combustion engine vehicle to an electric vehicle.

The European MX-30 is getting a range extender variant, but the American version of the subcompact electric SUV doesn’t have that option at the moment. So, more of the same driving range but at a slightly higher price point? Great. There is one type of driver that could still be interested in the EV, and it’s arguably a competitive model for this type of driver.

These drivers get the most value out of the Mazda MX-30

The Mazda MX-30 | Mazda

The Mazda MX-30 seems unpractical, but it’s a California-only model. California has some of the highest gas prices in the United States, but the networks of charging stations available in the state are increasing. So, there’s is a market for Mazda’s electric vehicle, it’s just very small.

If you’re a Californian with access to plenty of fast charging stations and have no qualms about getting a home charger installed, the MX-30 may be a viable option for you. Edmunds praises the SUV’s handling, cargo space, and quiet cabin. Kelley Blue Book shouts out its attractive exterior and cabin materials. The MX-30 may not be for everyone, but it does appeal to a specific type of Californian driver. Assuming that electric vehicle charging infrastructure drastically improves in the years to come, the MX-30 may yet have a place in the American electric future.

What are the best subcompact electric vehicles?


Why Is Anyone Buying the Mazda MX-30 EV?

Some of the best subcompact electric vehicles include the Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric. The 2023 Kia Niro EV starts at $39,550. It has 253 miles of estimated driving range. The Niro EV is praised for its many standard features and attractive interior.

The 2023 Hyundai Kona Electric starts at $33,550. It gets 258 miles of driving range. The subcompact electric SUV has an excellent warranty, and it shares many traits with the popular and quirky gas-powered version.

Let us know your pick for the best subcompact electric SUV in the comment section below.