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2022 Mazda MX-30 is an EV underachiever

Yeah, it's pretty and yes, the interior is delightfully premium, but with just 100 miles of range, the MX-30 falls is a tough sell.

Craig Cole
Craig brought 15 years of automotive journalism experience to the Cars team. A lifelong resident of Michigan, he's as happy with a wrench or welding gun in hand as he is in front of the camera or behind a keyboard. When not hosting videos or cranking out features and reviews, he's probably out in the garage working on one of his project cars. He's fully restored a 1936 Ford V8 sedan and then turned to resurrecting another flathead-powered relic, a '51 Ford Crestliner. Craig has been a proud member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
Craig Cole
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The 2022 Mazda MX-30 is a curious EV with just 100 miles of range. 

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A small crossover, this vehicle's interior is extremely premium, with loads of soft plastics and interesting materials. 

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Mazda uses cork as an accent material on the center console and door pulls -- and it's absolutely delightful. 

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This Mazda has a single electric motor that delivers 143 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque.

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In the US, just 560 of these cars will be offered in 2022 and only in the state of California. 

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The MX-30 has curious rear-hinged doors, kind of like the old Mazda RX-8 sports car. 

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Unfortunately, the backseat is restrictive and difficult to access.

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Plug into a 50-kilowatt DC fast charger and you only need around 36 minutes to take the battery from 20% to an 80% state of charge.

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The MX-30's interior is unexpectedly premium.

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For more photos of the 2022 Mazda MX-30, keep clicking through this gallery.

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