Photo by David E. Colman

If you’re in the market for an SUV crossover, consider the new 2023 Mazda CX-50.

Th exterior grabs visual attention but the interior is filled with an array of new state-of-the-art technology, combined offers customers an exciting and adventurous driving experience. And this crossover has the room to seat 5 passengers. 

This latest edition is equipped with standard i-Activ AWD® and Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive), the CX-50 is engineered to deliver spirited and engaging performance in nearly any weather, on-road, off road, and even while towing (when equipped). Inside, the cabin there’s a cargo area that’s been thoughtfully engineered specifically for outdoor equipment and gear. 

Mazda CX-50 2.5 Turbo models feature a turbocharged engine delivering up to 256 hp, 320 lb-ft of torque, boosting overall towing capacity to 3500 pounds. The twin-scroll turbo engine will get you wherever the journey leads you.

The CX-50’s Mi-Drive allows you to select options when it comes to more adventurous driving. There’s Off-road, Sport or available Towing modes instantly, to continue the same responsive and intuitive driving dynamics across a variety of driving scenarios. This technology works in tandem with Mazda’s newest i-Activ AWD® to help enhance driving performance regardless of road or weather condition. 

The i-Activsense® suite of safety features. This is customized technology that works in concert with the driver, not only for safety but also for just an overall exciting drive.  Smart Brake Support (Front Drive Detection) warns you of slower or stopped vehicles in your lane ahead and will even brake for you should you not respond. Driver Attention Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which are all standard, are designed to help drivers avoid collisions plus, with High Beam Control, you can increase your visibility. 

The CX-50 offers wide stance, high ground clearance, flared fenders and low roof line are fused with artful composition and meticulous detailing. 

The space above the CX-50 for added storage of large items. By adding available accessories such as crossbars and the new roof platform can hold necessary outdoor fun gear. The CX-50’s high strength roof rails provide more support for gear and the low roofline makes it easier to access gear or climb up top of the vehicle. And the wide opening doors facilitate greater reach and better leverage for securing rooftop items. 

The seats are shaped to maintain a comfortable and relaxed posture, symmetrically balanced with the steering wheel and pedals. The intuitive instrument panel places gauges and displays to help keep drivers stay focused, without interruption.

THE NUMBERS:  MSRP/about $43,170  — MPG:  City/23  –Hwy/29