The new Mazda 2022 MX-30 electric car is shockingly uncompetitive, but don’t worry—you probably won’t see one anyway.
The automaker plans to sell only 560 in calendar 2022, exclusively in California.
This would make the MX-30 slightly more popular than the California Condor, of which the US Fish and Wildlife Service estimates a 504 presence.
However, an EV range of only 100 miles on fully charged batteries makes the MX-30 a more likely extinction candidate than the majestic carrion eaters. Condors have federal protected status. All your MX-30 gets is a $7,500 federal tax credit, plus whatever your state might put on the table to encourage electric vehicle sales.
For field detection purposes, the MX-30 is a compact SUV that competes with EVs such as the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro and Nissan Leaf. Like them, Mazda’s small hatchback has an SUV-style profile, but only offers front-wheel drive.
The MX-30 is Mazda’s first electric car. An additional hybrid version containing a petrol engine to enable longer engines is expected to go on sale sometime in 2022.
Mazda MX-30 prices
Premium Plus: $36470
Prices do not include destination fees ($1,175)
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Electric Vehicle Range of 2011… in 2021
The MX-30’s exterior is sleek and modern, but its 100-mile battery range is outdated 10 years later, compared to the 73 miles of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, when the little Nissan made news as one of the first affordable electric cars.
EV technology has come a long way since then, although the MX-30’s specs might not make you think so. Among the contemporary electric vehicles comparable to the MX-30, the 2022 Leaf’s made 215 miles in EPA tests. The 2022 Kia Niro EV raises the ante to 239 miles; Chevrolet Bolt EUV, 247; Hyundai Kona EV 258.
The MX-30’s base price is $33,470 less than these competitors, but not enough.
I tested the Premium Plus model, base price $36,480, plus $495 for the “shiny gray” metallic paint. All prices do not include the $1,175 destination fee.
Mazda rightly points out that most Americans drive much less than 100 miles a day, but long trips happen too often to ignore, and US charging capacity isn’t enough to count on finding a nearby 240v – or better yet, a DC fast charger – When you get to your grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving. A full charge at 240V takes 5.3 hours, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Mazda says the DC fast charger takes the MX-30 from 20% to 80% in 36 minutes. But generic chargers – especially DC fast chargers – aren’t common enough yet, and even if they were, the MX-30 range would still be a huge disadvantage.
Enough about the battery. Why beat a dead horse? Although dead horses are well eaten for California condors, which have no problem riding temperatures over 100 miles at a time.
Safety and driver assistance features
- Adaptive cruise control
- Blind spot and cross traffic alerts
- Low Speed Forward Traffic Alert
- Front and rear automatic braking
- Lane assistance
- Driver alert
- Automatic high beams
- head width
Driving impressions, features and price
At 173.3 inches, the MX-30 is longer than the Bolt EUV, Kona or Niro, and shorter than the Leaf.
It has a low roofline, flared fenders and a fastback rear design. Appearance is consistent with other Mazda SUVs, but is distinctive. A chrome strip above the rear fender-mounted charging port declares it a Mazda, while a sticker on the adjacent window declares it electric.
The interior design emphasizes sustainable materials with cork and canvas trim.
The MX-30 has the smallest passenger cabin and a reasonably convenient cargo compartment. Rear legroom is very limited. Two rear hinged doors allow access to the so-called suicide doors.
The front seat has plenty of space, but limited access to features, including hard-to-reach 12V and USB ports and a mobile phone tray. The back seat has very little legroom. Rear hinged rear doors provide usable access to the rear seat.
The MX-30 uses a multifunctional rotary controller for audio, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and other features. I found it cumbersome for common tasks like browsing audio tracks or stations and accessing smartphone functions.
The screen installed above the dashboard shows navigation, audio, smartphone screens, etc., but it does not have the ability to touch. Neither wireless charging nor Wireless CarPlay / Android Auto are available. Flat panel climate controls require more driver attention than dials and buttons.
Acceleration is sufficient. The MX-30’s 3,655 pounds, 143 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of lead has a lower weight-to-power ratio than its competitors. The steering requires a fairly significant effort, but it doesn’t provide much feedback, unlike the sporty tuning characteristic of most Mazdas.
The driver can increase regenerative braking to recover energy when decelerating, but the MX-30 lacks the “one-pedal driving” feature that many other electric cars offer. Pedal driving essentially increases the amount of power that is directed back to the battery when decelerating to the point that the driver rarely has to touch the brake pedal at all.
Just wait until next year… for PHEV
It would have been better for Mazda to release the MX-30 — a stylish, distinctive little car — with the plug-in hybrid that the automaker says will go on sale in 2022. The PHEV will use a small Wankel rotary engine — the kind that Mazda makes famous in its RX sports cars — To generate electricity for longer driving.
No details available yet. We can expect a smaller battery than an EV, but literally infinitely longer range, because the rotary motor generates more electricity when the battery runs out.
We just don’t know what the PHEV battery range will be.
PHEV may be lighter. Its battery will almost certainly be smaller, but we don’t know how much weight the Wankel engine and gas tank will add or how much weight it will add. Mazda hasn’t said if it plans to offer the MX-30 PHEV nationwide, but based on other automakers’ practice, sales will likely be concentrated in California and states that share an EV encouragement emissions policy.
A Quick Look at the 2022 Mazda MX-30
Five-door mini electric front wheel drive SUV
Base price: $34.470 (excluding $1,175 destination fee)
On sale late now
Tested model: 2022 MX-30 EV with Premium Plus Package
Price as tested: $36,975 $38,150 all inclusive of destination.
Command unit: 80.9 kw electric motor
Produce: 107 kW / 143 hp: 200 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: Single speed direct drive
battery: 35.5 kWh Li-ion
EPA Estimated Fuel Economy Rating: 100 mile range, 98 mpge city / 85 highway / 92 community
EPA estimated annual fuel cost: $700 (at current prices)
wheelbase: 104.4 inches
Length: 173.3 inches
an offer: 70.7 inches
Height: 61.5 inches
curb weight: 3655 pounds
Passenger size: 89.9 cubic feet
Luggage space behind the back seat: 21 cubic feet
Assembled in Hiroshima, Japan