2023 Mazda CX-50 Review

The all-new Mazda CX-50 is a competent — if uninspiring — compact SUV that does most things well.

Mazda CX-50 

$29,000

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We drove a range-topping Premium Plus CX-50 with the 2.5-liter turbo both off- and on-road to see if it could stand out in its extremely crowded and competitive segment.

Mazda  CX-50

Design & comfort

CX-50 drives a lot like its CX-5 sibling. One thing usually present in Mazda vehicles is communicative steering, and that’s still the case in the CX-50.

Mazda CX-50

Exterior

The clever Porsche Dynamic Light System is standard on all 718 Boxster models. It includes bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, and bi-xenon taillights.

Interior

The larger 10.25-inch display in our test vehicle (an 8.8-inch screen is standard) is technically a touchscreen, but it doesn’t function as such in most situations.

Performance

The CX-50’s more aggressive roofline and Mazda’s first power-sliding panoramic moonroof cut into headroom a bit, but there’s not an uncomfortable seat in the car

Safety

The CX-50 has a number of standard active safety features, including Mazda’s low-speed City Brake Support automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection

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