Mazda is producing an electric SUV, but it can’t cut the mustard for many consumers. The Mazda MX-30 is a subcompact SUV with a big problem. Here’s why the new 2023 Mazda MX-30 still falls short in America.
The 2023 Mazda MX-30 can’t go all the way
When it comes to electric vehicles, range is one of the most important specifications. The driving range of an electric vehicle is the distance it can go on a full battery before having to stop and recharge. Like mpg estimates, driving range estimates often differ from real-world numbers, which scares the MX-30.
The Mazda MX-30 has a total range of 100 miles. Those measly 100 miles is less than half of what the average electric vehicle offers in terms of range. If the MX-30 were significantly cheaper than its rivals, its scope would be more understandable. The 2023 Mazda MX-30 starts at $34,110.
According to InsideEVs, the MX-30 offered in the United States will not have more range than the previous year’s model. This is worrying news for consumers. After all, impracticality is still a big part of why many drivers are still skeptical about switching from an internal combustion engine vehicle to an electric vehicle.
The European MX-30 is getting a range extender variant, but the US version of the subcompact electric SUV doesn’t have that option right now. So more of the same driving range but at a slightly higher price? Big. There is one type of driver who might still be interested in the EV, and it is arguably a competitive model for this type of driver.
These drivers get the most out of the Mazda MX-30
The Mazda MX-30 seems impractical, but it’s a California-only model. California has some of the highest gasoline prices in the United States, but the networks of available charging stations in the state are increasing. So there’s a market for Mazda’s electric vehicle, it’s very small.
If you’re a Californian with access to plenty of fast-charging stations and have no qualms about installing a home charger, the MX-30 may be a viable option for you. Edmunds praises the SUV’s handling, cargo space, and quiet cabin. Kelley Blue Book highlights its curb appeal and cabin materials. The MX-30 may not be for everyone, but it appeals to a specific type of Californian rider. Assuming EV charging infrastructure improves dramatically in the coming years, the MX-30 may still have a place in America’s electric future.
What are the best subcompact electric vehicles?
Some of the best subcompact electric vehicles include the Kia Niro EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric. The 2023 Kia Niro EV starts at $39,550. It has 253 miles of estimated range. The Niro EV is praised for its many standard features and attractive interior.
The 2023 Hyundai Kona Electric starts at $33,550. Gets 258 driving range miles. The subcompact electric SUV has an excellent warranty and shares many features with the popular and quirky gas-powered version.
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