- A BEV first
- Slab-sided style
- Return of the rotary! (?)
- Uncompetitive battery range
- California-only, to start
- Small back seat
- Rear-door setup
The 2022 Mazda MX-30 puts the Japanese automaker in the battery-electric race, but it’s already running behind.
What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Mazda MX-30? What does it compare to?
The MX-30 is Mazda’s first battery-powered car to be sold in the U.S. Available in Japan and Europe already, the small five-seat hatchback compares to electric vehicles like the Kia Niro EV, Mini Cooper SE, and Hyundai Kona Electric.
Is the 2022 Mazda MX-30 a good car?
The 2022 MX-30 goes on sale in fall 2021 hampered by several disadvantages, from battery range to passenger space to California-only availability. We’ll rate it when we drive it. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What's new for the 2022 Mazda MX-30?
Everything, from the battery pack to the flip-out rear doors. The MX-30 doesn’t get the “CX” designation of Mazda’s other crossovers, but it’s styled more in their vein. The hatchback has flatter body sides and less sculpting in general than the similarly sized CX-3 or CX-30; at about 173 inches long, it’s the same size as the latter. The slope of the roof and the rear-hinged doors (Mazda dubs them “free-style”) give the MX-30 its own sporty profile, one with light crossover styling cues that derive from its tall body and lower body cladding. Inside a spare but warm-looking cockpit, cork panels trim a console between tweedy seats, landing somewhere between BMW’s i3 evocative imaginary “worlds” and Volvo’s current reality.
A 35.5-kwh battery pack powers the MX-30 to an anemic range of 100 miles, which would have been impressive a decade ago. Most new EVs such as the VW ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E have a range between 200-300 miles. Net power from the battery is pegged at 143 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.
The battery can be charged to 80% in about 36 minutes with DC fast charging, Mazda says. Level 2 charging at 240 volts fills the battery to 80% in 2 hours and 50 minutes; on a standard Level 1 120-volt outlet takes more than 13 hours. The automaker will connect with ChargePoint to serve its MX-30 drivers and provide a $500 credit for public charging or to install a Level 2 charger in owner's home.
To offset range anxiety or to enable owners to go on trips longer than 100 miles, Mazda offers MX-30 owners access to any Mazda vehicle for up to 10 days per year for the first three years of ownership.
Automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and automatic high beams come standard. A connected app will allow drivers to monitor the battery’s charge state via mobile devices.
How much does the 2022 Mazda MX-30 cost?
The 2022 MX-30 costs $34,645, including destination. The electric hatchback comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additional standard features include heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver's seat, power sunroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The MX-30 with Premium Plus package costs $37,655, or $3,010 more, and adds a heated steering wheel, Bose 12-speaker sound, surround-view camera system, satellite radio trial, keyless entry, and synthetic leather seats.
The 2022 MX-30 should qualify for many federal and local tax credits based on manufacturer output. Mazda says it will sell the MX-30 in California, followed by other states based on consumer demand.
Where is the 2022 Mazda MX-30 made?