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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Mazda MX-30 EV Premium Plus

Vehicle Type: SUV Electric
 overall score
Category Ranking: 14

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $36,480
Price as Tested: $38,650

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity
120V Charge Time: 4.4 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 20 miles per hour
DC Fast Charger: 20% to 80% in 36 minutes
EPA City MPGe98
EPA Highway MPGe85
EPA Combined MPGe92
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 100

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

The MX-30 is Mazda’s first EV, a small crossover based on the gasoline-powered CX-30. It’s available in 2 trim levels, the base trim and the Premium Plus. The MX-30 has a number of admirable qualities: a sleek, streamlined exterior; a smooth, compliant ride; multiple levels of regenerative braking; and plenty of standard convenience features, such as a power sunroof, 7-inch digital display, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Standard safety features abound: adaptive LED headlights, rear parking sensors, and rear automatic emergency braking. The Premium Plus trim we tested adds a 360-degree surroundview camera, blind-spot assist (actively steers the car back into its lane if you switch lanes with a vehicle in your blind spot), and front cross-traffic warning. Unfortunately, the MX-30’s negatives outweigh its positives, especially in 2 critical areas. First, Mazdas are known for their responsive, engaging driving qualities, which are totally absent from the MX-30. Even worse is the MX-30’s paltry electric range, an EPAestimated 100 miles. That was acceptable in 2015, but no longer, especially for a vehicle priced in the mid-$30,000s. A few more negatives worth noting: Headroom and legroom are tight in the cramped second row, which is also hard for passengers to enter and exit. In addition, visibility to the rear and sides is restricted, and the infotainment system is nonintuitive to operate.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • • Attractive, signature Mazda exterior styling
  • • Lots of useful standard features
  • • Plenty of legroom for front passengers
  • • Multiple regenerative-braking levels

Weak Points

  • • Extremely limited electric range
  • • Driving experience lacks excitement
  • • Difficult entry and exit for rear passengers
  • • Poor rear and side visibility
  • • Cramped rear headroom and legroom

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3680.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 173.3 / 70.7 / 61.5
Wheelbase (in): 104.4
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Bridgestone Turanza EL440
Front and rear tire size: 215/55 R18
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 1-speed
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: Single electric motor
Electric motor horsepower: 143

Test Data

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Handling: 6.95
Quality and Drivability: 7.46

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