The little crossover is more agile than you might think.
Gone are the days where SUVs lumber along like full-sized pickup trucks. The modern SUV and spin-offs such as the crossover SUV and crossover coupe are able to mimic the handling capabilities of sedans and much smaller cars thanks to advancements in chassis, suspension, and computer software. This in part explains the rise of the SUV as the dominant body shape on American roads today. Mazda is one manufacturer that is hard at work expanding its SUV lineup, and its latest addition, the all-electric MX-30, is one of the most exciting to come out of the stable. While its tech advancements and bold looks have dazzled the press, it turns out that it is pretty average when attempting the moose test.
The moose test measures a car's ability to dodge objects on the road by swerving into the adjacent lane, before returning to the correct lane in quick succession. Completing the test at around 47 mph is a good showing. Earlier this month we reported how the Toyota RAV4 Prime, a loose competitor to the Mazda, failed to impress. In the video, posted by km77 we can see the new Mazda EV swerving for dear life. According to km77, the Mazda felt agile and easy to handle, and the car only slightly skims a cone when exiting the opposite lane. The channel also commends the car's rear axle which does a great job of compensating for understeer.
After a few attempts, the Mazda's electronic traction systems start to kick in with more force, exaggerating the understeer, but still, the car remains composed. It's not the most exciting experience, but the Mazda MX-30 passes with no major complaints. The MX-30 is Mazda's first all-electric vehicle and packs a 141 horsepower and 195 lb-ft punch and a range of around 130 miles from its 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery.