Mazda’s timid approach to the subject of electric cars had cost the limelight to its excellent and beautiful line of vehicles, which lacked an emission-free companion in the showrooms to assert that Mazda has its sights set on the future.
This gap was addressed in Japan and Europe in late 2020 with the arrival of the Mazda MX-30 compact electric crossover, which had debuted at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2019. But in the United States the story is very different.
Mazda’s little electric crossover arrives in the United States in extremely limited quantities – 560 units to be exact – and will only be sold in California. The problem lies in the short range of the MX-30, which with a range of 100 miles (160 km) offers just 38% of the range of a Chevrolet Bolt. This peculiarity makes it an electric car suitable for everyday life but not for long trips, and it definitely restricts the spontaneity of its owners.
Tests and reviews of electric cars inevitably emphasize the issue of autonomy, but the truth is that the average American travels 16 miles (25.6 kilometers) each way to and from work, which in the case of the MX. -30 would leave 68 miles for optional shopping and recreational activities, which isn’t bad at all assuming the car can be charged overnight. By the way, Mazda offers a $ 500 voucher to each MX-30 owner to pay for battery charges, which can be used to pay for the cost of installing a charging port at home.
For those owners who occasionally need a longer range, Mazda offers a conventional motor vehicle at no additional cost for 10 days per year.
The Mazda MX-30 is based on Mazda’s Skyactiv architecture, which also underpins the Mazda3 and the CX-30 crossover, whose kinship with the MX-30 is undeniable. Not only is the MX-30 visually related to the CX-30, but both crossovers have the same 104.4-inch (2,652 mt) wheelbase and share their lengths (173 inches / 4,394 mm) and widths (71 inches / 1,803). mm). However, at 61.5 inches tall (1,562 mt) tall the MX-30 is a bit shorter.
Despite its visual identity, the Mazda MX-30 is easy to distinguish from the CX-30 thanks to a pair of rear-hinged rear doors that Mazda refers to as ‘freestyle doors’, which Mazda had already used on the driver’s side of the RX-8, and found in the Hyundai Veloster and in the old BMW i3 among other vehicles.
The Mazda MX-30 is powered by a single 143-horsepower electric motor that propels the front wheels from zero, and which can accelerate to the crossover from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 9 seconds. The motor is powered by a lightweight 35.5 kWh battery.
The big problem with the beautiful Mazda MX-30 is its base price of $ 34,645, from which while you can subtract the $ 7,500 federal tax credit and the $ 2,500 California state tax credit, competitors like the Nissan Leaf reach 50% more miles in its base configuration for $ 28,375, and one has 126% more range in its extended battery configuration Nissan Leaf Plus with a starting price of $ 32,400. However, with only 560 units to be sold in its first year, this is probably not keeping Mazda friends at ease. Still.