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Many modern vehicles are now expected to have standard infotainment features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Does the 2023 Mazda CX-50 also follow this trend? Here’s a look at if the new CX-50 is compatible with Apple CarPlay!

2023 Mazda CX-50 specs and pricing

A view of the 2023 Mazda CX-50 cabin interior front seating and dashboard

The compact CX-50 SUV will come with a 187-hp. 2.5-liter, four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine or a turbocharged version that increases its 256 hp when using premium fuel. Mazda USA explains that all trims will come with a six-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive drivetrain. 

We expect the automaker to release a hybrid option later, which will borrow a drivetrain from Toyota. Car and Driver expects the drivetrain to be sourced from the RAV4 Hybrid.

Additionally, the vehicle will offer athletic handling like the Mazda3. It is similar in size to the CX-5 but has more rugged styling. This will differ from the usual upscale, refined designs standard in the Mazda lineup. The Mazda CX-50’s starting MSRP is $27,550 for the S trim and $28,950 for the S Select. Its top trim, the Turbo Premium Plus, goes for $42,300.

Does the 2023 Mazda CX-50 have Apple CarPlay?

Yes, the 2023 Mazda CX-50 comes with wireless Apple CarPlay. Therefore, if you own an iPhone, you can enjoy various features of your smartphone on the car’s touchscreen. The CX-50 has an advantage over earlier models because it has a touchscreen, allowing easy navigation when your eyes are on the road. The vehicle will also join several other new models that are adding Apple CarPlay.

The 2023 Mazda CX-50’s addition of wireless Apple CarPlay means you do not need to use a cable to connect your device to the vehicle’s infotainment system. This feature offers more flexibility and versatility for drivers who would like to use an Apple app on the go.

Apple CarPlay is also making upgrades to improve its functionality. You will soon be able to configure the vehicle’s climate and control the radio using your Apple device. This will also allow you to check the weather and engine performance, such as the car’s speed. You will have the ability to display CarPlay on all the screens in the vehicle, including the gauge cluster, too.

What other standard tech will you find in the Mazda CX-50?


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According to Mazda USA, the base model of the Mazda CX-50 will come with an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. However, higher trims will come with a larger one measuring 10.3 inches. All trims will run the latest Mazda Connect interface and will also have wireless Android Auto. Drivers can control the infotainment feature using a wheel mounted at the center console.

Mazda Connected Services will be complimentary for three years and offer such services as Roadside Assistance, automatic 911 dialing, a vehicle health status report, and remote engine start, among other features. You can access these features through the MyMazda app on your device.

As for sound, the standard configuration will be an eight-speaker stereo. However, the Premium and Premium Plus models will come with a 12-speaker Bose stereo and will be loaded with SiriusXM satellite radio. There will be a wireless phone charger pad in the Turbo Premium Plus trim. Other features that will be available with the model include Bluetooth and in-cabin Wi-Fi. New car owners get a complimentary package of up to 2 GB of Wi-Fi data.