New 2023 Mazda CX-50 ( Overview ). HIGHS
– Zesty turbo engine, high-class cabin, pleasing to drive.
– Just-average warranty coverage, wireless smartphone charging only offered on top trim, less headroom than in a CX-5.
– The CX-50 brings refinement and driving joy to the compact SUV class in a way that only a Mazda can.
The Mazda CX-50 is comfortable, spacious and well appointed, with an interior that looks and feels a cut above anything else in this class. It’s quick and fun to drive, too, though somewhat heavy steering and a firmer ride than some rivals are the price you pay for the engaging handling. The CX-50 commands a bit of a premium, too, but if you’re looking for a small utility vehicle, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Quick acceleration from optional turbocharged engine
Upscale interior design
Decent off-road capability for a small crossover SUV
Ride quality is bit stiff
Slightly more expensive than rivals
Middling cargo capacity
– What’s new
Kicks off the first CX-50 generation
The 2023 Mazda CX-50 is an all-new small SUV that is sold alongside the existing CX-5. It’s an odd situation having two similar SUVs competing in the same class, but there are enough differences to justify each. You’ll notice it on the outside, as the CX-50 has a slightly more rugged look by way of its more pronounced fenders and slimmer grille. Pleasingly, it’s not all for show — the CX-50 offers improved off-road and towing capabilities compared to the CX-5 and many other rival SUVs as well.