Mazda will be bringing its first all-electric vehicle to market soon in the form of the MX-30 SUV, which will offer a plug-in-hybrid variant, too. The subcompact crossover has a sharp exterior design with a coupe-like roofline and rear-hinged back doors similar to those found on the BMW i3 electric car. Many details are still hazy, but the EV Mazda SUV will likely come with a 32.0-kWh battery pack and a 143-hp front-mounted electric motor. Pre-orders have already started for the MX-30 and Mazda says the SUV will go on sale in the United States this October, starting in California before expanding to other states.
What’s New for 2022?
Not only is the MX-30 an all-new model for Mazda, it marks the first time the Japanese automaker has experimented with an all-electric powertrain. It’s similarly sized to the current CX-30 crossover, but borrows the MX nomenclature of the MX-5 Miata, giving us hope that a performance-oriented variant will eventually join the lineup.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The MX-30 will be offered in base an Premium Plus trims when it first hits the market, but its prices are higher than mainstream rivals such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Nissan Leaf. The Premium Plus model adds a lot of equipment, including active blind-spot assist, front cross-traffic alert, a 12-speaker Bose stereo system, a heated steering wheel, a 360-degree exterior camera system, and more.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The all-electric MX-30 will have one 143-hp electric motor that will drive the front wheels; all-wheel drive isn’t available. However, we’ve also learned that there will be a plug-in-hybrid version that’ll pair an electric motor with a rotary gasoline engine, so perhaps all-wheel drive is still on the table. Despite the seemingly low horsepower rating, the MX-30 should still delivery decent low-speed acceleration, but those seeking outright speed may find rivals such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Mini Cooper Electric offer more power. When we have a chance to test drive the MX-30, we’ll update this story with driving impressions and test results.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
Compared to other electric vehicles, the MX-30’s 32.0-kWh battery pack is small. Mazda estimates its driving range will only be around 100 miles per charge, which is less than half that of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Kona Electric. The battery will be capable of charging on standard AC power as well as more modern and faster DC chargers.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t released fuel-economy estimates for the MX-30, but similar electric vehicles such as the Kona Electric and Bolt EV carry ratings of 120 and 119 MPGe, respectively. We expect the MX-30 to earn a similar rating. For more information about the MX-30’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The MX-30’s cabin uses natural and sustainable materials such as cork and breathable fabric upholstery made from recycled plastic bottles. Front-seat space looks like it will easily fit two adult Americans, but the rear seat appears to be far more cramped, both in head- and legroom. A floating center console is right on trend and frees up space for storage behind a digitized screen that adjusts the car’s climate-control system. Mazda is offering a host of desirable features as standard on the MX-30, including heated front seats, a 7.0-inch digital gauge display, a power sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and more. We’re not sure how much cargo space will be available behind the MX-30’s rear seats, but if the similarly sized CX-3 is anything to go by, Costco runs may require folding the rear seats flat.
Infotainment and Connectivity
In addition to the digital panel for the MX-30’s climate controls and vehicle settings, a secondary 8.8-inch display sprouts from the dashboard to cover infotainment features such as the audio system, navigation, and backup camera. The MX-30 uses Mazda’s latest infotainment interface, which launched on the 3 sedan and hatchback, and offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Called i-Activsense, the bundle of standard features provides collision-mitigation and lane-keeping features to help reduce the risk of an accident. For more information about the MX-30’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance