Does the $36,000 Mazda MX-30 EV Really Only Have a 100-Mile EV Range?

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

Can the all-electric Mazda MX-30 only have a 100-mile EV range?
2022 Mazda MX-30 | Mazda

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.

Rivals like the Chevrolet Bolt EUV have 247 miles of range, while the Hyundai Kona Electric has a range of 258 miles. They both sell for similar money, but they don’t offer the MX-30’s quirks.

How much does an MX-30 cost?

The 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV parked on a marble plaza right outside a building as a well-dressed couple approaches
2022 Mazda MX-30 | MAZDA

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

A gray 2022 Mazda CX-30 subcompact SUV is driving on the road.
The 2022 Mazda CX-30 | Mazda

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.

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