2023 Mazda CX-50: A Rugged, Off-Road Machine

Mazda has earned a great deal of success with its lineup of crossover SUVs, with models like the CX-3, CX-30, and CX-5. The Japanese automaker added another crossover SUV to the mix with the first-ever 2023 Mazda CX-50. It’s similar in size to the CX-5 but has more rugged styling and greater off-road prowess. Read more to find out the release date, price, features, and specs of the 2023 Mazda CX-50.

Will there be a 2023 Mazda CX-50? 

Front view of Zircon Sand 2023 Mazda CX-50, with info on the release date, price, and specs
2023 Mazda CX-50 | Mazda

Built in the United States at the same plant that makes the Toyota Corolla Cross, the CX-50 is available at dealerships nationwide. Its availability was set for Spring 2022.

How much is the 2023 Mazda CX-50?

The 2023 Mazda CX-50 ranges from $26,800 MSRP for the 2.5 S trim up to $41,550 MSRP for the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus Package trim.

Off-road capabilities and rugged styling of the 2023 CX-50

The CX-50 deviates from the CX-5 with its off-road capabilities. Like the CX-5, the CX-50 has standard all-wheel drive but has a higher ground clearance for handling the rigors of off-road use. Also, the CX-50 has a drive mode selector feature, with settings for off-road and towing. This is in addition to the Sport mode that’s in the CX-5 and other Mazda models.

Furthermore, the CX-50 has a more rugged design than the CX-5. It has black cladding on the wheel wells, along with bumper trim that looks similar to skid plates. Also, the new crossover SUV offers available all-terrain tires, as well as accessories like hood graphics and a roof rack. Additionally, a stylish Zircon Sand exterior paint color option is available. 

2023 Mazda CX-50: Engine options and performance specs

Blue 2023 Mazda CX-50 driving near a river
2023 Mazda CX-50 | Mazda

The 2023 Mazda CX-50 offers the same engine options as the CX-5. Its base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, while the available 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. Also, a hybrid powertrain may be offered for the CX-50 at a later date. 

2023 Mazda CX-50 interior features and technologies

Panoramic sunroof in 2023 Mazda CX-50
2023 Mazda CX-50 | Mazda

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The CX-50 has a five-passenger seating capacity. It has a similar dashboard design as other Mazda models, along with a touchscreen that can be controlled via a knob on the center console. Higher trims of the CX-50 offer premium features like leather upholstery and a panoramic sunroof. Overall, the Mazda CX-50 may be more luxurious than competitors, such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Hyundai Tucson. 

With the 2023 Mazda CX-50 being made available in the spring of 2022, you can test drive the crossover SUV. If you’re drawn to the Mazda CX-5 but want a more rugged and off-road capable crossover, then the CX-50 could be a great choice for you.

This article was updated on 7/28/2022 with the release date and price information. Updated the headline for clarity.

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