Mazda is forging ahead with larger crossovers fit for American roads and its persistent push into the premium space. The Japanese automaker's effort is evident in the rollout of the CX-50 compact crossover as well as the forthcoming CX-70 five-seater and three-row CX-90, which will both sit on Mazda's new larger, rear-drive platform and offer two powertrains — one of them a plug-in hybrid.
But while the industry is fixated on electrification, Mazda's one EV entry, the MX-30, offers just 100 miles of range, which is bottom rung compared with other new EVs within reach of 300 miles. It sits in the high-volume compact crossover segment but is sold only in California, and volume for 2023 was capped at 560 sales. Not to mention the rear-hinged doors that make getting in and out of the rear seat a chore for passengers.
It's unclear whether the MX-30 will come back for 2023 in all-electric form as Mazda teased a rotary engine range extender that could take over for the next iteration. An MX-50 electric compact crossover could appear in 2025 and offer the range-extender powertrain as an option.