The Mazda MX-30 Gives You a Different Model for Road Trips

The 2022 Mazda MX-30 looks excellent, and we’re sure it will be a superb electric vehicle to use around the city. However, the Mazda MX-30 has a limited range, making it not exactly the best option for road trips. That’s why Mazda is providing an interesting solution. 

The 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV provides loaner models 

White 2022 Mazda MX-30 charging while parked.
Mazda MX-30 | Mazda USA

With the 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV, you get an 80.9-kW electric motor and a battery pack that stores 35.5-kWh. They combine to generate 143 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. It’s a little weak but efficient. 

It also only has a range of 100 miles. 100 miles is enough for errands and daily commutes. But that’s barely enough juice to get to locations about an hour away. It also makes long road trips impossible without mapping out a few charging stations. 

But the MX-30 EV doesn’t exactly charge quickly either. With a Level 1 (120V0 charger, it will take about 13 hours and 40 minutes to regain an 80 percent charge. The Level 2 (240V) charger will take about two hours and 50 minutes to reach 8- percent. Also, with a level 3 fast charger, you can gain an 80 percent charge in 36 minutes. 

However, instead of planning your route according to where the DC fast chargers are, you can borrow a different Mazda model. Because with the Mazda MX-30 EV, you get three years of access to the MX-30 Elite Access Loaner Program! 

What is the MX-30 Elite Access Loaner Program? 

The MX-30 Elite Access Loaner Program is designed to allow 2022 Mazda MX-30 owners to borrow a different Mazda model for up to 10 days a year. MX-30 owners get free access to this program for three years. 

This program is only available in the United States, so Canadians and Europeans will need a different solution. Also, 10 days per year seems a little limited. Most road trips last between four to seven days. Does this limit MX-30 owners to less than two weeks of vehicle travel? 

Also, how long does it take to get a loaner vehicle? Will you have to plan your trip according to the loaner Mazda’s schedule? Do you have to request a vehicle a certain amount of days in advance? 

We know that the program is free, but we wonder if it comes with any red tape. For example, do owners have to pay insurance on their loaner vehicles or return it with a mostly full tank of gas? 

Other programs like the Flexible Mobility Program were launched around 2014 for the BMW i3, and similar programs were established for the Fiat 500e. But these programs and low-range electric vehicles were popular almost a decade ago. The 2022 Mazda MX-30 might be too far behind to keep up. 

How much does the Mazda MX-30 cost? 

2022 Mazda MX-30 interior
2022 Mazda MX-30 interior | Mazda

If you don’t mind having a limited range, you can get started in a 2022 Mazda MX-30 for about $34,645. This is a little more than the Mini Cooper SE that starts at around $30,750, and the 2022 Nissan Leaf, with a base model price of about $27,375. Both of these rivals provide a better range too. 

With the Premium Plus package for $37,655, you gain Bose premium audio, upgraded upholstery, a heated steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring with steering assist, and front-cross traffic alerts. 

With the Mazda MX-30, customers in the United States and Canada get a $500 charging credit for ChargePoint charging stations. The credit can be used toward installing a Level 2 ChargePoint home charger too. We would recommend getting a home charger if you have range anxiety.

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