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2023 Mazda CX-50 Review: A Future Ready Car

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# Review of the 2023 Mazda CX-50: An SUV Ready for the Future

The 2023 Mazda CX-50 is making strides towards a more rugged future while maintaining its agility. This compact crossover SUV can comfortably seat five passengers. Compared to the CX-5, the CX-50 is longer, wider, and lower. It aligns itself with the growing trend of adventure lifestyle vehicles in the segment, similar to the Ford Bronco Sport, Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, and Toyota RAV4 Adventure. Although it shares a platform with the Mazda CX-30, it is built alongside the Toyota Corolla Cross, adding an interesting dimension to Mazda’s lineup.

The design of the CX-50 deviates from the usual fluidity of Mazdas. It boasts new edges and corners, departing from the traditional grace of Mazda’s older SUV lineup. The front end features a wider grille, complemented by thin headlights for a cohesive look. The rear end is characterized by heavy fenders, squared-off over the rear wheels, while the roofline adds a crisp and angular look compared to the more rounded CX-5. Mock air outlets and squared-off taillights contribute to the SUV’s distinct appearance.

In terms of performance, the CX-50 leans more towards agility than outright entertainment. It offers two powertrain options, with the base model featuring a 187-hp, 2.5-liter inline-4 engine. The turbo-4 engine in higher trims delivers 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, providing a more spirited driving experience. The CX-50’s steering and ride quality stand out, offering a composed and comfortable driving experience, especially on highways and through winding roads.

The CX-50 introduces Off-road and Towing drive modes, allowing it to tow up to 3,500 lb. With ample ground clearance and all-wheel drive, the CX-50 can handle moderate off-road challenges with ease. However, it falls short in terms of fuel economy when compared to some of its competitors.

Inside, the CX-50 features a minimalist cabin design with an 8.8-inch or 10.3-inch touchscreen display. Materials used in the interior are of high quality, showcasing Mazda’s attention to detail. The rear seats provide enough space for two adults to travel comfortably, although a third passenger might find it tight. Cargo space is reasonable, with more room than the CX-5 with the seats up but slightly less when folded down.

Mazda offers the CX-50 in various trims, with the 2.5S Premium trim being the best value proposition. This trim includes a larger touchscreen, leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and other premium features. Mazda plans to introduce additional trims to cater to different preferences and needs.

Overall, the 2023 Mazda CX-50 stays true to Mazda’s reputation for producing great handling SUVs with appealing looks and reliability. Its expanded size allows it to compete effectively with its rivals, making it an attractive option for daily driving. Whether you prioritize fuel economy or power, the CX-50 offers a choice that suits your needs in the midsize SUV segment.

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