Mazda CX-50
2023 Mazda CX-50 GT (Canada)
Overview
ManufacturerMazda
Model codeVA[1]
ProductionJanuary 2022 – present
Model years2023–present
Assembly
Designer
List
  • Eiji Kimoto,[2] Takeshi Shinohara, Kouhei Kawakami, Young-Joon Suh, Ryousuke Nozaki, Yutaka Sukegawa, Heitetsu Takemoto, and Yasuyuki Murata[3]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, all-wheel-drive
PlatformSmall Product Group
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Power output
  • 153 hp (114 kW; 155 PS) (PE-VPS)
  • 187 hp (139 kW; 190 PS) (PY-VPS)
  • 227–256 hp (169–191 kW; 230–260 PS) (PY-VPTS)
  • 176 hp (131 kW; 178 PS) (HEV)
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase110.8 in (2,814 mm)
Length
  • 185.8 in (4,719 mm)
  • 188.4 in (4,785 mm) (China)
Width75.6 in (1,920 mm)
Height63.5–63.9 in (1,613–1,623 mm)
Curb weight3,706–3,907 lb (1,681–1,772 kg)

The Mazda CX-50 is a compact crossover SUV produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Mazda since 2022 for the North American and Chinese market.[4] Based on the same transverse, front-wheel-drive platform as the fourth-generation Mazda3 and the CX-30, the vehicle is sold alongside the slightly smaller CX-5 and will be positioned below the larger, rear-wheel-drive based CX-70.[5]

Overview

The CX-50 was officially revealed on November 15, 2021. Compared to the smaller CX-5, the vehicle is designed with emphasis in "active and outdoor lifestyles", by introducing squarer styling and larger body cladding.[6] A more rugged off-road-styled variant named the Meridian Edition is also available.[7] Mazda's i-Activ all-wheel drive technology and Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) are standard in the CX-50.[7]

Compared to the CX-5, Mazda designed a lower roof for the CX-50 to grant easier access to the roof racks, despite the increased ground clearance.[8] It is also the first Mazda ever to feature a panoramic sunroof as an option.[9]

The CX-50 began production at the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA plant in Huntsville, Alabama, United States alongside the unrelated Toyota Corolla Cross on January 26, 2022, marking Mazda's return to production in the United States after 10 years when American assembly of the Mazda6 sedan ceased in 2012.[10]

In international markets, the CX-50 is also marketed in Colombia since December 2022 and Mexico since March 2023.[11][12] It is also produced and marketed in China by Changan Mazda, where production started since March 2023.[13][14] The Chinese model is slightly modified with a longer rear bumper, and a 55 mm (2.2 in) larger rear legroom.[15]

Powertrain

The CX-50 is powered by the 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G inline-four engine offered in its standard naturally-aspirated (PY-VPS) form, which produces 187 hp (139 kW; 190 PS) and 186 lb⋅ft (252 N⋅m; 26 kg⋅m) of torque, and a turbocharged (PY-VPTS) variant that outputs 227 hp (169 kW; 230 PS) (with 87 AKI octane fuel) or 256 hp (191 kW; 260 PS) (with 93 AKI octane fuel) and 320 lb⋅ft (434 N⋅m; 44 kg⋅m) of torque.[7][16]

In November 2023, the CX-50 HEV went on sale in China. It is powered by a 2.5-litre A25D-FXS engine and the Toyota Hybrid System, paired with an eCVT gearbox.[17]

Trim levels

The CX-50 in the United States is available in Base, Select, Preferred, Preferred Plus, Premium, and Premium Plus trims. The turbocharged engine option is reserved for Base (Turbo), Premium, and Premium Plus trims. In addition, Mazda also offers a more rugged "Meridian Edition" trim for the turbocharged model, which adds 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, side rocker garnish, model-specific front hood graphics, and other outdoor-oriented accessories.[18]

Safety

The 2023 CX-50 was awarded the "Top Safety Pick +" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received overall Good and Superior ratings on all categories except the non-turbo models, which received an Acceptable rating on headlights, as only the turbo models are offered with adaptive headlights.[19]

IIHS scores
Small overlap front (Driver) Good
Small overlap front (Passenger) Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side (original test) Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints and seats Good
Headlights (all turbo trims) Good
Headlights (all non-turbo trims) Acceptable
Front crash prevention (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) Superior
Front crash prevention (Vehicle-to-Pedestrian, day) Superior
Child seat anchors (LATCH) ease of use Good+

Sales

Year U.S. Canada Mexico China
2022 21,329[20] 2,365[21]
2023 44,595[22] 5,711[23] 1,901[24] 10,265[25]

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  3. ^ US D950415, Kimoto, Eiji; Shinohara, Takeshi & Kawakami, Kouhei et al., "Motor vehicle", published 2022-05-03, assigned to Mazda Motor Corp. 
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