Limited-mileage EVs like the 2023 Mazda MX-30 haven’t been common since the first-generation Nissan Leaf went on sale, and that limits the appeal of this stylish little crossover. Nearly all of its competitors offer 200 miles or more per charge, and many speed up the MX-30 to boot. Mazda’s redeeming qualities are its eco-friendly interior, sharp coupe-like styling, and low starting price, which undercuts rivals such as the Kia Niro EV and Volkswagen ID.4 by around $5,000. However, the MX-30 was sold exclusively in California and in small quantities. While we can see the Mazda being a viable option for drivers who rarely travel far from home, it’s hard to see how it could hold up on today’s electric vehicle battlefield.
What’s New for 2023?
While nothing has changed for the MX-30 EV for 2023, we expect Mazda to launch a version with a rotary engine to expand the range of SUVs. We haven’t heard anything from Mazda about that model yet, but rumors are swirling that we might see it launch later this year.
Price and Which One to Buy
The MX-30 is offered in basic and Premium Plus trims. The Premium Plus model adds a ton of equipment, including active blind spot assist, forward traffic alert, 12-speaker Bose stereo system, heated steering wheel, 360-degree exterior camera system and more.
EV Motors, Power and Performance
The all-electric MX-30 comes with a single 143-hp electric motor driving the front wheels; all-wheel drive is not available. However, we have also learned that there will be a plug-in-hybrid version which will be launched later and will pair an electric motor with a rotary petrol engine, so presumably all-wheel drive is still available. As its low horsepower rating suggests, the MX-30’s acceleration doesn’t match that of its more powerful rivals, and on our test track it took 8.7 seconds to reach 60 mph. That the chassis is pleasant and the steering is sharp, that’s what we expect from a modern Mazda. It’s that exuberant handling that earned the SUV the name “MX”, a prefix that only the MX-5 Miata sports car brand has.
Range, Charging and Battery Life
Compared to other electric vehicles, the MX-30’s 30.0 kWh battery pack is small. The EPA estimates its driving range is only about 100 miles per charge, which is less than half that of the Bolt and Kona Electric. The battery will be able to charge standard AC as well as more modern and faster DC chargers.
Real World Fuel Economy and MPGe
The EPA says the MX-30 is good for 98 MPGe city, 85 MPGe highway, and 92 MPGe combined, but similar electric vehicles like the Hyundai Kona Electric and Chevrolet Bolt EV have combined ratings of 120 and 119 MPGe, respectively. On our 75 mph fuel-efficient test route, the MX-30 produced a disappointing 76 MPGe. For more information on the MX-30’s fuel economy, visit EPA website.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The MX-30 cabin uses natural and environmentally friendly materials such as cork and breathable fabric upholstery made from recycled plastic bottles. Front seat space is ample for two adult Americans, but the rear seats are much cramped, in both head and legroom. Floating center consoles are trending; it frees up space for storage behind digital screens that adjust the car’s climate control system. Mazda offers a number of desirable features as standard on the MX-30, including heated front seats, a 7.0-inch digital gauge display, a power sunroof and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Cargo space behind the MX-30’s rear seats isn’t very spacious, so Costco may need to fold the rear seats flat.
Infotainment and Connectivity
In addition to a digital panel for the MX-30’s climate control and vehicle settings, a secondary 8.8-inch display emerges from the dashboard to include infotainment features such as the audio system, navigation and backup camera. The MX-30 uses Mazda’s latest infotainment interface, which was launched in 3 sedans and a hatchback and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Called i-Activsense, the standard features bundle provides collision mitigation and lane maintenance features to help reduce the risk of accidents. For more information on the results of the MX-30 crash test, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key safety features include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane departure alerts with lane maintenance assistance
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The MX-30 comes with the same policies as its counterpart as the CX-30, the CX-5and CX-9.
- The limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- The powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No free scheduled maintenance
Mazda MX-30 2022
Vehicle Type: front motorcycle, front wheel drive, 5 passengers, 2+2 door hatchback
Basic/As Tested: $34,695/$38,600
Options: Premium Plus Package (passive entry, heated steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, 360 degree parking view, cross traffic warning), $3010; metallic multi-tone ceramic paint, $895
Motor: AC permanent magnet synchronous
Power: 143 hp @ 4500 rpm
Torque: 200 lb-ft @ 0 rpm
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 32.0 kWh (CD Est)
Built-in Charger: 6.6 kW
Suspension, F/R: struts/torsion beam
Brakes, F/R: 12.8-inch ventilated disc/11.9-inch disc
Tyre: Falken Ziex ZE001A A/S
215/55R-18 95H M+S
Wheelbase: 104.4 inches
Length: 173.3 inches
Width: 70.7 inches
Height: 61.5 inches
Passenger Volume: 86 feet3
Cargo Volume: 21 ft3
Restraint Weight: 3674 lb
CD TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 8.7 seconds
1/4-Mile: 16.8 seconds @ 83 mph
90 mph: 20.6 sec
The above result removes 1 foot launch from 0.3 seconds.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 8.8 seconds
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.3 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.3 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 91 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 166 ft
Road hold, 300 ft Skidpad: 0.84 g
CD FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 80 MPGe
Driving on the Freeway 75 mph: 76 MPGe
Highway Range: 70 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 92/98/85 MPGe
Range: 100 miles
CD TESTING EXPLAINED
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