Mazda CX-50

Mazda CX-50

Model Years Produced: 2023 to Current

Summary

The CX-50 is Mazda’s newest vehicle in their lineup. But wait…they already have a vehicle in this segment, the CX-5. Aren’t they competing with themselves?

Ultimately, yes, they are, but Mazda says the CX-5 and the CX-50 serve two different purposes. The CX-5 is a global car – that is, it was designed to be sold to the entire world – and Mazda is marketing it in the US as the more “sophisticated” of the two, with a more complicated suspension configuration and more delicate looks. The CX-50 is only sold in the United States, and it is marketed as more “rugged” and “adventurous” with a more boxy and masculine appearance.

From a technical perspective, the CX-50 is essentially Mazda’s subcompact CX-30 crossover but streeeetched out longer, with some additional transmission cooling to give it an extra 1000 lbs of towing capacity. Although it trades the complex multilink rear suspension of the CX-5 for the CX-30’s bizarre torsion beam setup, it still drives quite nicely, and 99% of drivers won’t notice the absence.

Warranty - New

Information is as of 2023 model year

  • Limited: 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 years/60,000 miles
  • Emissions: 8 years/80,000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Accessories: 1 year/12,000 miles

Mazda offers extended coverage up to 7 years/100,000 miles as well.

Warranty - CPO

Information is as of 2023 model year

  • Repair Deductible: $0 per visit
  • Limited: 1 year/12,000 miles extension to new vehicle warranty
  • Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date
  • Roadside Assistance: Yes

Verdict

Pros

  • Fun to drive compared to competition (though the CX-5 is slightly more fun still)
  • Nice interior, especially on the upper trim levels
  • Excellent standard safety features
  • Looks cool
  • Mazda finally offers an optional panoramic sunroof

Cons

  • Warranty benefits could be better
  • Infotainment takes some getting used to

Reviews

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Specifications

All figures are as of 2023 model year.

  • Transmission: Mazda 6-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: AWD standard
    • 2-speed transfer case not available
    • Electronically locking center differential not available
    • Electronically locking rear differential not available
  • Base curb weight: 3706 lbs
  • Max cargo capacity: 56.3 cu ft
  • Seating: 2 rows
  • Rear leg room: 39.8 in
  • Towing capacity: 3500 lbs

Engines

Mazda Skyactiv-G PY-VPS - 2.5L I-4

Power Figures

  • 187 hp
  • 186 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 27mpg combined
  • 24mpg city
  • 30mpg highway

Mazda Skyactiv-G PY-VPTS - 2.5L I-4 Turbocharged

Standard on “Grand Touring Reserve” and up trim levels.

Power Figures

  • 227 hp on regular / 250 hp on premium
  • 310 lb-ft on regular / 320 lb-ft on premium

Fuel Economy

  • 25mpg combined
  • 23mpg city
  • 29mpg highway