Talking Cars 371: Driving the 2022 Mazda MX-30 

Plus, is it worth upgrading headlights?

Main theme: This week we give our first impressions of the 2022 Mazda MX-30. Based on the current CX-30, the MX-30 marks Mazda’s first foray into the electric vehicle world. We discuss not only Mazda’s strategy in bringing this limited volume EV to the U.S. market but also how it fares against other EVs and ultimately as a vehicle overall. Does the MX-30 provide what U.S. consumers have come to expect from an EV? (Read our Mazda MX-30 review.)

Audience question: Is it a good idea to replace halogen headlights bulbs with LEDs?  

“Talking Cars” panelists Mike Monticello, Jen Stockburger, and Gabe Shenhar.

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Jen Stockburger

I never anticipated that engineering, the auto industry, and a few hundred tire changes and child seat installations would have brought me here: director of day-to-day operations at Consumer Reports' fabulous 327-acre Auto Test Center. The bonus is that the track's location in rural Connecticut leaves me close enough to home to also enjoy my children and husband while still squeezing in time for gardening, riding horses, and hunting for antiques.