In early 2021, Mazda shared details about its new 2022 MX-30, an all-electric, SUV-like hatchback and the first full EV the automaker will sell in North America. One detail Mazda didn’t share until today, however, was pricing. Sales of the 2022 Mazda MX-30 are scheduled to begin in October in California, with the vehicle priced from $34,645. According to Mazda, the 2022 MX-30 will be exclusive to California, though the automaker “will pursue a national roll out over the coming years.”
That $34,645 price includes a destination fee of $1,175, but excludes any federal or local tax credits for which the MX-30 might be eligible. It also doesn’t include the $500 ChargePoint credit Mazda will provide to buyers, which can be used toward charging at ChargePoint public charging stations or installing a Level 2 home charging station. Buyers who want more than just a base MX-30 can add the $3,010 Premium Plus Package, which adds upgraded safety technology, a premium 12-speaker Bose stereo and more. Premium paint colors cost $495, $895 or $995 depending on the color.
How Much Range?
Besides pricing, one other previously unknown detail about the MX-30 was its EPA range estimate. And now, we have that, too: 100 miles, which is notably less than the still-modest 124 miles pegged by European regulators earlier this year. That’s a very modest figure for today’s EV market, and it likely limits MX-30 buyers to those looking for an electric commuter vehicle. As we said in our review of the 110-mile, all-electric 2020 Mini Cooper SE Hardtop, buyers should consider miles driven per day instead of total range and shouldn’t think of this sort of vehicle as their only car. Home charging is really the most viable route to EV ownership, so if you do buy an MX-30, putting that $500 ChargePoint credit towards a home charging station might prove the wiser choice.
For those who really want to make a go of the MX-30 as an only car, or for MX-30 buyers who want a taste of the rest of Mazda’s lineup, the automaker offers Mazda’s MX-30 Elite Access Loaner Program. According to Mazda, MX-30 buyers will be able to borrow other Mazda vehicles for up to 10 days per year — subject to dealer participation, vehicle availability and only by scheduling in advance — for the first three years of ownership. Owners could theoretically borrow a gas-powered Mazda for a lengthy road trip, or if they needed something roomier than the MX-30.
Nissan offers a similar, albeit much smaller, program for Leaf shoppers: Until Sept. 30, buyers get a $350 credit toward Turo, a peer-to-peer car-sharing program. That’s equivalent to as many as 14 days of rental, Nissan claims (though if you want to rent anything newer, expect the credit to cover far less). The Leaf may prove the biggest competitor to the MX-30, with starting prices recently slashed to $28,375. That’s for its lowest-capacity, smallest battery, which is expected to get the same 149 miles of driving range it tallied for 2021.
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More Electrification to Come
If the all-electric MX-30 isn’t the EV for you, Mazda currently plans to bring a plug-in hybrid MX-30 to the U.S., as well as multiple other electrified vehicles in the coming years.
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