The Mazda MX-30 EV crossover has earned points for its good look and its handling. But, it has a couple of weird quirks – beyond its back doors – that make it one of the least loveable EVs. It looks like it must be a typo. But can that EV range number be right?
Yes. It only has a 100-mile EV range
On the MX-30 website, Mazda says “The typical American drives approximately 30 miles per day. The MX-30 was specifically designed to meet their needs.” It says the MX-30 has an EPA-estimated EV range of 100 miles on a full charge. That smaller battery, however, lets the MX-30 charge from 20% to 80% (or 60 miles) in 36 minutes on a fast charge. From a household or 120-volt outlet, the MX-30 will charge 20% to 80% in 13 hours and 40 minutes.
How much does an MX-30 cost?
The 2022 Mazda MX-30 starts at $36,480. While that’s a lot for a crossover with a 100-mile range, it does come with several premium options such as a 360-degree camera, premium audio, and more. The base MX-30 EV starts at $33,470. Both versions have a relatively small 35.5-kilowatt battery pack. It comes only in front-wheel drive.
It is eligible for federal tax credits.
The Mazda MX-30 is Mazda’s first EV
The MX-30 tries its best to channel Mazda’s popular sports car by sharing the MX name. Car guys love the MX-5 Miata for its nimble steering, lightweight, and its fun quotient. But while the MX-5 has 181 horsepower, the MC-30 has just 143, which contributes to a slow acceleration even with the short EV range. But that’s plenty for a Mazda’s first EV commuter car.
But most of us won’t need to worry about the MX-30’s laughable range: it’s only available in California.
The CX-30 is the better, gas-powered, Mazda with no EV range worries
The Mazda CX-30 is pretty much the gas-powered version. While the MX-30 may be a disappointment in the range area, it does look good and has a useful interior. The CX-30 also has bigger rear doors that make getting in and out a lot easier. You can also order a 250-horsepower 2.5-liter engine with the CX-30 that gives it sprightly acceleration and all-wheel drive – and no EV range limitations. The CX-30 starts at $22,050.