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2022 Mazda MX-30 EV flexes its Freestyle doors

The MX-30's design pays homage to Mazda's 100-year history while also looking to the brand's electrified future.

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Meet the 2022 MX-30, Mazda's first battery-electric car. It goes on sale in the US starting this fall.

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The MX-30 is similarly sized to the CX-30, but with a more coupe-like roofline.

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The most interesting bits of exterior design are the Freestyle doors.

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The truncated back doors open on rear hinges. This grants reasonably good access to the rear seats while preserving the two-door look.

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Unfortunately, the rest of the MX-30's electrified package is a tougher sell.

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The EV only offers 100 miles of range per charge, which is about half what its best competitors offer for around the same price.

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The front-drive electric powertrain also feels more subdued than its 143 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque would imply.

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It bothers me that this "electric" badge on the window is a sticker, but I think that says a lot about why the MX-30 is the way it is.

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The automaker plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid version with a rotary range extender engine in 2022. That makes the MX-30 EV feel like a stepping stone to the PHEV.

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The 2022 Mazda MX-30 starts at $34,645 for the base model. That includes the $1,175 destination charge, but not EV credits or incentives that could bring the price below $30,000.

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Keep scrolling for more pictures or check out our full first drive review of the 2022 Mazda MX-30 for specs, details and driving impressions.

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