Virtually every automaker is bringing out at least one electric vehicle (EV) for the 2022 model year. Most of them are putting all the effort they can into stretching the range of those new EVs. And many of those new EVs carry a price tag of at least $60,000.
Mazda Canada hopes that it has created an opening for buyers who don’t want to pay the typical EV premium. Its first all-electric car, the 2022 Mazda MX-30, will carry a price tag of just $42,150 in Canadian dollars That price will include a $500 ChargePoint credit and complimentary 2-year/32,000-kilometre scheduled maintenance plan included with ownership. Note, though, that this fall, when the MX-30 first goes on sale, it will be available only in Quebec and British Columbia, the two Canadian provinces with the most generous EV rebate programs.
Also to keep in mind, the Mazda EV’s low price comes with a relatively short electric driving range. The MX-30 will have an estimated range of just 161 kilometres. In comparison, the lowest-priced trim of the 2021 Nissan Leaf EV has a range of 240 kilometres and starts at $44,298 (and is not available in Quebec).
Not based on any existing Mazda, the MX-30 is truly “all-new.” Beyond its value EV pricing, it’s an appealing vehicle. It’s not easy to design a car that stands out visually but remains tasteful. Mazda has pulled that off. The MX-30 offers sharp looks that combine a coupe-like profile with an SUV’s high stance and seating position. Its unique rear-hinged back doors and tri-tone colour scheme (a dark grey roof, silver pillars, and choice of paint colours for the main body) are distinctive and handsome.
Another unique MX-30 feature is its freestyle doors, which, when fully opened, helps achieve a feeling of openness and freedom. Opening the front door reveals a latch to access the rear doors and enter the back seats easily.
Mazda says the MX-30 was created "to meet the needs of most urban residents." A single electric motor mounted to the front axle makes it front-wheel-drive. It puts out 143 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. Like all electric motors, it is near silent, so Mazda has created a unique EV noise that makes a sound "that is in sync with the electric motor and helps provide a familiar connection that helps lead to a natural driving experience."
The list of standard equipment is long. The base MX-30 GS trim ships with heated, 8-way adjustable power front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an 8.8-inch central touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity.
The only other trim, the $47,150 MX-30 GT, features steering assist that “help[s] keep the vehicle in its own lane if the driver attempts to change lanes while another vehicle is detected in the blind spot,” as well as an upgraded audio system and heated steering wheel.
What’s the same?
Despite the EV powertrain, Mazda boasts that the MX-30 will appeal to driving enthusiasts, as per its brand mantra. Mazda says the MX-30 may be an EV, but it’s still a driver’s car.
A new electric G-Vectoring Control Plus (e-GVC Plus) system uses electric motor torque adjustments to control vehicle load to deliver "natural and consistent handling". Steering wheel paddles, also standard, allow the driver to adjust the level of regenerative braking to match the driving situation.
When will it go on sale?
Later this fall, but only in Quebec and B.C.
How much will it cost?
As mentioned, the base 2022 Mazda MX-30 GS’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price starts at $42,150, and the next-rung-up GT trim is $5,000 more.