CAR REVIEW

Quality Verified | Posted July 19, 2023

2023 AAA Car Guide Winner: 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV Premium Plus

The 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV Premium Plus ranked 7th in the Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles in the 2023 edition of the AAA Car Guide .
What is the AAA Car Guide?
The AAA Car Guide helps consumers navigate the evolving automotive marketplace by ranking and rating the newest vehicles, including EVs. The Guide provides consumers with reviews, based on testing by AAA Engineers, highlighting how many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are included in the vehicle, along with other criteria and information.
2022 Mazda MX-30 EV Premium Plus
VEHICLE TYPE
BASE PRICE
PRICE AS TESTED
SUV Electric
$36,480
$38,650
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.

Strengths and Weaknesses

AAA’s Recommendation: Whether you own an electric vehicle or a gas-powered car is up to you – and you should consider lots of factors in making that choice. No matter what type of vehicle you’re choosing, we recommend visiting a dealership, test driving one, and asking as many questions as possible to make an informed decision.

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