Mazda MX-30 EV Price is Right, but Range is Limited

Mazda’s first electric vehicle (EV), the MX-30 crossover SUV, will offer an EPA-estimated 100-mile range. It goes on sale in California this fall with a base price of $33,470 before any applicable taxes and rebates. (Mazda)

Mazda has announced pricing and specifications for its first electric vehicle (EV), the 2022 MX-30 crossover SUV. The new EV goes on sale in California in October 2021 and will cost $33,470 before applying the federal income tax credit or state and local rebates and incentives.

In addition to the appealingly low price, Mazda also provides $500 in credit with the ChargePoint network to use at public charging stations or to offset home charging station installation costs. ChargePoint is a popular partner with automakers, including Polestar and Volvo.

Buyers also benefit from an Elite Access Loaner Program that supplies up to 10 days of use of gasoline-fueled Mazda vehicles annually. Why would a 2022 Mazda MX-30 owner need that? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the MX-30 can travel about 100 miles on a full charge.

Effectively, the official range rating limits the MX-30’s use to commuting and running local errands. Mazda explains the figure in three ways:

1. The automaker characterizes the MX-30 as an “ideal companion for everyday commuting.”

2. Mazda claims the relatively small 35.5-kilowatt-hour battery “helps maintain (the MX-30’s) superb driving dynamics.”

3. The company says the battery will “allow for a lower environmental impact.”

With range anxiety high on the list of reasons why people are hesitant to try an EV in the first place, and with other automakers having proved how much fun long-range EVs are to drive, Mazda’s defense of the battery and its capabilities are unconvincing. The stated environmental concern is credible but also boxes the automaker in when future Mazda EVs inevitably offer larger batteries with more power and range.

Nevertheless, for the right kind of buyer, the new 2022 Mazda MX-30 makes sense. Equip it with the optional Premium Plus option package and the most expensive paint color, and even with the destination charge factored into the equation, this EV could cost California residents no more than $29,650 if they’re eligible for the full tax credit from the federal government.

In addition to the low price, owners can recharge the Mazda MX-30 in less than 14 hours using a standard household wall outlet. If you use your $500 ChargePoint credit to install a Level 2 home charging station, the time drops to about three hours. According to Mazda, pull up to a 50-kW DC fast charger, and the battery reaches an 80-percent charge in no more than 36 minutes.

Mazda MX-30 EV Price is Right, but Range is Limited

The interior of the new Mazda MX-30 will feature a floating center console, rotary-dial controller, a 7-inch touchscreen, two USB inputs, and a 150-watt AC power outlet. The new crossover will also use environmentally friendly materials such as cork and other recycled materials. (Mazda)

Unusual styling and an upscale interior are hallmarks of the MX-30’s design. It has a sportback-style roofline with a rear hatch, similar to the Audi E-tron, Tesla Model Y, and the new 2022 Volvo C40. Freestyle doors open from the center to provide wide access to the passenger cabin, which features recycled plastic and sustainable materials, including cork, a nod to Mazda’s origins as a Japanese cork manufacturer.

The new Mazda MX-30 also boasts the latest in Mazda Connect infotainment, Mazda Connected Services, and i-ActiveSense advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) technologies. The electric SUV is the first Mazda equipped with Blind Spot Assist, which adds steering assistance to prevent ill-advised lane changes. Front Cross Traffic Alert is also new, detecting approaching vehicles from either side when the MX-30 reaches an intersection.

Mazda calls the MX-30 “the first step toward the brand’s commitment to electrification,” an admission that more competitive products are coming in the future. In the meantime, if the MX-30’s capabilities meet your requirements, Mazda’s first EV is a great deal.

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