2023 Mazda CX-50 joins the CX-5 as another stylish SUV

  • The 2023 Mazda CX-50 is a new crossover model joining the range and appears to be similar in size to the CX-5.
  • It will offer the same 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and 2.5-liter turbo engine options as most other Mazda models, with a hybrid on the way.
  • The CX-50 will be built in the United States and will go on sale in the spring of 2022.

    Mazda’s new crossover, the 2023 CX-50, seeks to capture the same successful formula as its existing SUVs: attractive looks, luxurious interiors and, hopefully, an immersive driving experience. Although Mazda does not provide dimensions, it appears to be similar in size to the CX-5, giving Mazda another entry into the popular compact crossover segment. Although the two models will be sold together for the time being, we expect the CX-50 to eventually replace the CX-5, just as happened with the smaller. CX-30 and the CX-3.

    Mazda is pitching the CX-50 as an off-road-oriented SUV with greater ground clearance than the CX-5 and ruggedly styled accessories available, but it’s still a unibody crossover and based on the same transverse architecture as the Mazda 3 and CX-30. Mazda says it’s slightly longer than the CX-5 and claims it has more space for rear seat passengers. Mazda’s upcoming longitudinal architecture and straight-six engine won’t arrive until the larger CX-70 and CX-90 crossovers make their debut.

    The styling of the CX-50 mimics this sturdy corner with lots of black plastic trim around the wheel arches, front and rear bumper trim meant to look like black and silver skid plates and wheels. It is also available in a tan exterior color called Zircon Sand, and the models pictured here come with accessories including a luggage rack, hood graphics, and optional all-terrain tires. In addition to these add-ons, we like the nice boxy shape and modern-looking headlights and taillights, and we think the CX-50 is even better than the already sleek CX-5.

    The familiar 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine will be under the hood, in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions that will likely produce around the same 187hp and 250hp as the CX-5. All-wheel drive will be standard and a six-speed automatic transmission will be paired with both engines. A hybrid model will join the lineup later, but Mazda has not yet shared details on that powertrain other than saying it will feature a Toyota hybrid configuration. Otherwise, Mazda claims that there are no shared parts between the CX-50 and the smaller one Toyota Corolla Cross which is built in the same factory.

    The CX-50 is a five-seater and from what we can see of the interior appears to feature a dashboard design similar to that of other Mazda models. A touchscreen mounted on the top of the dashboard is controlled by a knob on the center console. The more expensive trim levels feature luxurious materials such as leather upholstery, available in a beautiful shade of brown, and a panoramic sunroof will be optional. Like other Mazdas, we expect the CX-50’s cabin to come closer to the luxury end of the spectrum than many of its traditional competitors, including the Honda CR-V Other Toyota RAV4.

    The CX-50 will offer a new drive mode selector that includes off-road and tow modes in addition to the sport mode offered on most current Mazdas. These settings adjust functions such as throttle response, steering feedback and tuning of Mazda’s G vector control system.

    Mazda hasn’t released pricing for the CX-50 yet, but we expect it to cost a little more than the CX-5, which starts at $ 27,945 with all-wheel drive. It will be built in Mazda’s new Alabama plant shared with Toyota and will begin production in 2022, on sale in the spring.

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