2023 Mazda CX-50: A Stylish Car for Outdoor Experience – Even though Mazda is keeping many details regarding the 2023 CX-50, its most tough SUV, under secret, Mazda engineer Dave Coleman released enough information to give us a much clearer sense of the vehicle’s dimensions and what it’s built on. In general, it is larger and more capable than the current CX-5.
The Mazda3 and CX-30 share the same fundamental platform as the CX-50. That includes the front suspension, which uses MacPherson struts, and the rear suspension, which uses a torsion beam. According to Coleman and Mazda, this is because the torsion beam was explicitly built for this platform. This suspension design was employed to keep car motions simple & natural-feeling.
Differences With Its Predecessor
The CX-50 is bigger in practically every measurement than the small CX-5, even though the CX-30 contributes to its platform as a subcompact SUV. It’s longer, broader, and has better ground clearance, although it’s a little shorter overall.
Inside, the CX-50’s size pays off, with more legroom than the CX-5, though Coleman couldn’t provide thorough interior or exterior numbers. He also stated that the CX-50 is broader than the CX-9.
As a result, it would be too wide to be built in Mazda’s Hiroshima plant, which is why it would be made at the new Mazda-Toyota joint factory in Alabama. Mazda was also allowed to go with these dimensions since CX-50 was built for North America. Therefore it wasn’t a priority for Mazda to make sure it could fit through tight Japanese and European streets.
2023 Mazda CX-50 Design
With loads of black plastic cladding all around wheel wells, front and rear bumpers trim that looks like skid plates, plus black and silver alloys, the CX-50’s design plays up this rough angle. It also comes in a stylish tan exterior color dubbed Zircon Sand.
The vehicles shown above come with extras like a roof rack, hood graphics, and all-terrain tires. Apart from these features, we enjoy the beautiful, squared-off design and the modern-looking headlights and taillights and think the CX-50 is even more stylish than the CX-5.
Despite the CX-50’s more off-road mission, the rooftop remains low enough to be easily accessible, making stacking stuff on the roof rails a breeze. The rear seats recline flat, and the lowered rear headrests run flush with the main cargo floor, producing a continuous surface that can be moved across for more extended objects that can’t be stored on the roof.
Your connection to nature is even more vital because of the CX-50’s adaptability and strength. Outdoor equipment such as kayaks, rooftop storage units, and rooftop tents can be carried on the roof rails. The spacious cargo floor and liftgate entrance are designed to make loading and unloading all of your outdoor gear a breeze.
To put it another way, the Mazda CX-50 is meant to be more rugged and less street-oriented than Mazda’s previous small crossover. It has a broader stance and more ground clearance than the CX-5. In addition, the top of the 1950s has been strengthened, and the suspension has been beefed up to better “handle outside terrain.”
2023 Mazda CX-50 Interior and Cabin
The CX-50’s mission is just less road-focused than some other Mazdas, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have Mazda’s signature driver-focused interior design. The cockpit strives for “Jinba Ittai,” a Mazda philosophy that seeks oneness between the vehicle and its driver.
“All of the main features, including the vertical vents, are symmetrically arranged around the driver’s axis, generating a sense of connection and engagement that pushes you to drive this vehicle,” explains Tsuchida.
The models wore a fresh terracotta color for the interior during the reveal. It’s a deep, almost tanned-leather tone that contrasts beautifully with the rest of the inside, which is primarily black.
The stitching on the dash, the seating, the front center armrest, and the stitching & armrests on the door panels all have the same flash of brown. There’s also a panoramic moonroof to choose from.
2023 Mazda CX-50 Engine
Under the hood will be the classic 2.5-liter inline-four, which will be available in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions, and will likely produce roughly the same 187 hp and 250 hp as the CX-5. All-wheel drive will be standard, and both engines will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
A hybrid vehicle will be added later, but Mazda hasn’t revealed any details about it other than using a Toyota hybrid system. Otherwise, Mazda argues that the CX-50 and the small Toyota Corolla Cross, made at the same plant, share no parts.