Frustrating Mazda MX-30 Can't Match Other Modern EVs
A short range, odd controls, and an uninspiring driving experience mean it’s hard to make a case for Mazda’s first electric car
The 2022 Mazda MX-30 is the automaker’s first attempt at an electric vehicle. It takes the form of a small SUV, and is about the same size as the gas-powered CX-30. We rented one from Mazda to give it a try.
Perhaps the most important thing you need to know about the Mazda MX-30 is that I couldn’t drive it on Mother’s Day. See, the MX-30 has a range of only about 100 miles. Even though my mother doesn’t live very far away, the little Mazda couldn’t make the round trip on a single charge.
There’s definitely a place for EVs with short ranges. For example, the Mini Cooper SE is a fun-to-drive runabout that’s a perfect second car for someone with a short commute, and a cheap, used Nissan Leaf is a fine choice for someone who wants to go electric on a budget.
What we rented: 2022 Mazda MX-30 Premium Plus
Powertrain: 143-hp electric motor; 1-speed direct drive; front-wheel drive
MSRP: $33,470-$36,480 (before $7,500 federal tax incentive)