Mazda expands its crossover SUV offerings this year with the CX-50, a compact model designed and engineered to handle more rugged terrain than the brand’s existing utility vehicles. Mazda stops short of calling it an all-out off-roader, but it is positioned as a premium option to the more affordable CX-5.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
The 2023 CX-50 is an all-new model.
Mazda offers the CX-50 in GS-L and GT trim levels. In both, standard power is from a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and AWD. GT can be optioned with a 2.5L turbo engine.
GS-L trim starts out with 17-inch wheels, a power tailgate, panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a front wiper de-icer, and passive keyless entry. Inside, there’s a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, eight-speaker audio, dual-zone A/C, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated/leatherette front seats, a power driver’s seat, a heated steering wheel, and a digital gauge display.
Standard safety kit includes radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision mitigation, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, and driver attention alert.
GT adds 20-inch wheels, power-folding side mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, 12-speaker audio, navigation, wireless phone charging, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a power passenger seat, and heated rear seats. Also included are a head-up display, 360-degree cameras, front and rear parking sensors, emergency lane keeping, adaptive headlights, rear collision avoidance, traffic sign recognition, and traffic jam assist.
Mazda’s fuel consumption estimates for the CX-50 are 9.7/7.9 L/100 km (city/highway) for the standard 2.5L engine, and 10.4/8.1 L/100 km for the CX-50 GT Turbo.
The CX-50 jumps into the light-off-road ring with the Subaru Forester Wilderness and the Toyota RAV4 Trail.