Mazda MX-30

The MX-30 is powered by a 355V electric motor that produces 145 horsepower mated to an automatic transmission. Mazda claims the MX-30 is capable of an estimated range of 100 miles and that when it's connected to a Level 3 DC Fast Charger, it can go from 20% to 80% in approximately 36 mins. Each MX-30 also comes with a Level 1 120V charging cable that can be plugged into any household outlet, as well as a connector that's compatible with most public charging stations.

The MX-30 comes in two basic FWD forms, the Base and the Premium Plus Package. The base MX-30 comes standard with seating for five, LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, power folding side mirrors, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers, rear parking sensors and keyless entry with push button start. Inside, the MX-30 comes with heated front seats, steering wheel mounted controls for the cruise control and stereo, an 8.8-inch center display, voice activated infotainment playing through an 8-speaker stereo, 2 USB audio inputs, and Bluetooth.

The Premium Plus Package adds auto-dimming side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, satellite radio, a 12-speaker sounds system, an integrated garage door transmitter, and surround view cameras.

The Mazda MX-30 has elements like freestyle doors that open from the center, a floating console, ergonomics, environmentally friendly materials such as cork, recycled thread, and other sustainable materials.

Safety features include 8 airbags, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist functions, forward and rear collision mitigation, and active driver attention alert, and a dynamic radar controlled cruise control with stop and go function.

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Editors' First Take

This story is about two EVs: our long-term Mini Cooper SE and the new Mazda MX-30. Both are cute electric hatchbacks that also happen to have some of the lowest EPA-estimated driving ranges among new EVs. But while the Mini gets a pass -- seriously, we all love it -- I cannot recommend anyone buy the Mazda

Let me be clear: The range isn't the problem. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the Mini at 114 miles and the Mazda at an even 100, and both EVs charge at a maximum speed of 50 kilowatts, meaning their batteries take 30-ish minutes to hit 80% capacity. These are small cars designed for city-dwellers who don't need a lot of range; not every EV needs to have a 300-mile battery pack in order to make sense.

The issue with the Mazda is that it's flawed in other ways. Take a look at their specs, and you'll see the standout differences.

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