Mazda’s initial entry into the electric SUV market is an interesting little number. Forgoing some backseat space for an attractive roofline and rear-hinged doors that recall some aspects of its RX-8 sports car predecessor is certainly notable.
It comes well equipped, too; with features like blind-spot monitoring, road departure warning, lane departure assist and adaptive cruise control as part of its i-Activsense suite of driver assistance features.
2023 Mazda MX-30
Mazda’s entrance into the electric SUV market is certainly appealing, boasting stylish interior styling and an impressive 100-mile driving range. However, its relatively high price point compared to rival models may turn off potential buyers; similarly, our predicted reliability ratings remain uncertain at present. Still, if you love Mazda products and enjoy engaging driving dynamics then perhaps considering an MX-30 would be worthwhile.
The Mazda MX-30 features an electric front-wheel drive system that combines quick acceleration and exceptional efficiency for an appealing package. From zero to 60 mph in approximately 8.5 seconds, its suspension absorbs bumps effectively while selectable regenerative braking modes allow drivers to regain energy when lifting off of accelerator pedal.
Interior space is quite luxurious and boasts a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, an 8.8-inch infotainment screen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated power-folding mirrors and synthetic leather upholstery. Upgrade to Premium Plus for 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, satellite radio connectivity and sunroof functionality.
Both trims feature an extensive set of standard driver assistance features, with the base model offering forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and a head-up display. Meanwhile, Premium Plus adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front parking sensors, surround view camera footage, reversing assist feature as well as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert reversing assist feature reversing assist feature.
Reaching maximum performance from the MX-30’s battery is straightforward when connected to either a household 240-volt outlet or public Level 2 charger, with DC fast charging reaching 80% capacity in three hours for full charge in less than an eight year/100,000-mile warranty period.
The MX-30 can easily accommodate two adults in its back seat, offering plenty of leg room and cargo space compared to five-door small EVs. When folded flat, its cargo volume reaches 21 cubic feet – more than you’ll find in many competing small EVs.
2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV
The 2024 CX-90 PHEV represents Mazda’s latest flagship midsize three-row SUV, enhanced with an electric drive system to increase fuel economy. Available in Preferred, Premium and the range-topping Premium Plus trim levels.
Mazda’s PHEV features an innovative drivetrain that incorporates a 17.8 kilowatt-hour battery pack and electric motor for additional propulsion capacity, increasing its all-electric driving range to 26 miles. Mazda also employs its traditional 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine to help charge its battery pack, provide power when necessary, and charge its EV mode battery pack when its all-electric range has run out – leading to fuel economy numbers of 29 miles per gallon in electric mode and 27 combined.
A revamp of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the CX-90 base model, the PHEV’s combination of gas engine and electric motor produces 287 horsepower and 369 pound-feet on premium fuel – equivalent to acceleration speeds equivalent to CX-9 Turbo S models while remaining highly responsive.
Mazda makes history with the launch of their CX-90 plug-in hybrid luxury SUV, starting at an initial starting price of $48,820 plus destination charges (and with premium rival brands charging more). But its luxurious interior, entertaining driving dynamics and cutting-edge technologies make the PHEV worth considering as an SUV alternative.
The 2024 CX-90 PHEV is an exceptionally comfortable and refined vehicle to drive, both on the highway and narrow two-lane roads, with excellent balance and stability. Mazda’s i-Activsense safety technologies combine to increase driver awareness of their surroundings as well as those around them.
As with other electric vehicles, the PHEV’s steering feels light and responsive; though we wish there was more feedback available when maneuvering this SUV through turns.
As the CX-9 transitioned to the CX-90, we expected that third-row access and space would improve significantly; unfortunately, those areas remain among the weakest points in this class; although its wide-opening rear doors do facilitate entry/exit for passengers while its second row seats slide for added flexibility.
2023 Mazda CX-70 PHEV
The 2023 Mazda CX-70 will join their existing midsize SUV lineup as a two-row midsize SUV. Riding on the same Skyactiv-Melodyne Scalable Architecture platform as its larger sibling CX-90 three-row counterpart, however with a longitudinal engine layout incorporating rear wheel drive bias. According to Mazda this layout should provide more driving excitement and help the CX-70 stand out.
Mazda reports that their CX-70 will offer seating for five and boast the latest safety and connectivity technologies, providing an engaging drive and refined ride experience for families looking to explore nature together.
Mazda plans to release several electric vehicles within the next several years as part of their multiphase plan to electrify all models by the end of this decade. Their all-electric vehicles will come in various configurations and price points; additionally they’ll offer both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain options to customers.
Guyton announced that Mazda will target European and Japanese markets when selling their CX-30 R-EV this year, prioritizing production in these regions because market demand will be stronger there.
He did not rule out the possibility of offering an all-electric version of the CX-30 in America, though such a model would likely be difficult to produce due to Li-ion battery pack’s limited range.
The 2023 Mazda CX-70 will mark a new entry into the midsize SUV segment and compete against vehicles like Chevrolet Blazer EV and Ford Mustang Mach-E. Its unique design will combine Mazda’s signature “Noble Toughness” with sporty looks and bold styling, plus wireless charging capability for mobile devices – something its competitors do not offer.
2023 Mazda CX-80 PHEV
The 2023 Mazda CX-80 PHEV will provide consumers with a hybrid option of its larger SUV that replaces the outgoing CX-9. Like the standard CX-80, it will be offered in six and seven passenger configurations with either captain’s chairs in the second row or three person bench seating available as options for each configuration.
Mazda’s CX-80 PHEV uses the same plug-in hybrid powertrain found in its regular CX-90. This includes pairing a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine with a 68 kW electric drive motor and 17.8-kWh battery pack for total system output of 323 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque; Mazda claims it can travel 26 miles on electric power alone before switching over to gas-electric propulsion; full charging via household outlet takes 11 hours.
Mazda’s 48-volt mild-hybrid system uses an electric assist motor to improve responsiveness and fuel economy, as well as helping manage battery charge over time to extend battery lifespan and ensure maximum fuel economy in its class. Mazda anticipates the CX-80 PHEV will become one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles ever.
Mazda’s Kinematic Posture Control technology will also make its debut in the CX-80, helping reduce body roll when cornering for an effortless driving experience and easier city maneuverability.
Given the increasing interest in hybrid and all-electric vehicles, it comes as no surprise that Mazda is adding electrified models to its SUV lineup. By doing so, Mazda hopes to stay competitive in this expanding market for SUVs.
Mazda hasn’t given an exact date or time frame for when its new CX-80 and CX-70 SUVs will hit dealerships, though details should become available later this year. They will serve as replacements for the outgoing CX-9 as well as compete with popular models like Toyota RAV4 and Ford Kuga as semi-premium alternatives to BMW X3, Mercedes GLC, and Volvo XC60.
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