2023 Mazda CX-50 Exterior and Dimensions

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2023 CX-50 Exterior

Whereas you wouldn't want to get splashes of mud on the classy CX-5, the CX-50's more rugged design hints at its greater capability. Compared with the CX-5, the CX-50 has a broader stance, prominent black cladding around the wheels, and bold fender flares. But despite the rugged add-ons, it still comes across as a sophisticated product that fits right in on the road too.

Lower trims ride on 17-inch wheels, but pricier models have 20-inch alloys. All-season tires are standard across the lineup, and there's a temporary spare tire if you're stuck far from home. LED headlights, a rear roof spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, and roof rails are standard features. On upper trims, the manual-folding side mirrors can be folded automatically, and all turbocharged models have signature LED taillights. A power-sliding panoramic moonroof is a first for a Mazda and is equipped from the Preferred Plus Package and above.

2023 CX-50 Exterior Photos

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Dimensions

The Mazda CX-50's dimensions make for a generally larger vehicle than the CX-5. The newcomer is 6.7 inches longer than the CX-5, and its body - excluding the mirrors - is three inches wider. Interestingly, the CX-5 is taller despite the CX-50 having more ground clearance. The Mazda CX-50's length works out to 185.8 inches, it has a width of 75.6 inches without the mirrors, a 110.8-inch wheelbase, and a height of 63.5 inches with the shark fin antenna. Upper trims are marginally taller at 63.9 inches.

The Mazda CX-50's off-road specs won't intimidate Jeep Wrangler drivers, but it's good relative to other Mazda SUVs. Ground clearance is between 8.3 and 8.6 inches, comfortably more than the CX-5's maximum of 7.9 inches. For shoppers who will be using the CX-50 as intended, its approach/departure/breakover angles are as much as 18/25/18.4 degrees, respectively. Lower trims have a slightly reduced departure angle of 24 degrees.

When equipped with the naturally-aspirated engine, the new Mazda CX-50 has a curb weight of 3,706 pounds, increasing to 3,907 lbs with the turbocharged engine.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Exterior Dimensions:

Mazda CX-50 Trims2.5 Turbo Meridian Edition2.5 S2.5 S Select2.5 S Preferred2.5 S Preferred Plus2.5 S Premium2.5 Turbo2.5 S Premium Plus2.5 Turbo Premium2.5 Turbo Premium Plus
Max Width75.6 in.75.6 in.75.6 in.75.6 in.75.6 in.75.6 in.75.6 in.75.6 in.75.6 in.75.6 in.
Length185.8 in.185.8 in.185.8 in.185.8 in.185.8 in.185.8 in.185.8 in.185.8 in.185.8 in.185.8 in.
Height63.9 in.63.5 in.63.5 in.63.5 in.63.5 in.63.5 in.63.9 in.63.9 in.63.9 in.63.9 in.
Wheelbase110.8 in.110.8 in.110.8 in.110.8 in.110.8 in.110.8 in.110.8 in.110.8 in.110.8 in.110.8 in.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Weight Information:

Mazda CX-50 TrimsCurb Weight
2.5 Turbo Meridian Edition3,907 lbs.
2.5 S3,706 lbs.
2.5 S Select3,706 lbs.
2.5 S Preferred3,706 lbs.
2.5 S Preferred Plus3,706 lbs.
2.5 S Premium3,706 lbs.
2.5 Turbo3,907 lbs.
2.5 S Premium Plus3,706 lbs.
2.5 Turbo Premium3,907 lbs.
2.5 Turbo Premium Plus3,907 lbs.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Tires:

Front TireP225/65HR17
Rear TireP225/65HR17
Spare TireCompact

2023 Mazda CX-50 Wheels:

Wheels TypeAluminum Wheels
Front Wheel Size17" x 7"
Rear Wheel Size17" x 7"

Exterior Colors

Across the lineup, the handsome Mazda CX-50's color choices are a good blend of subtle and some spicier options. However, these colors are restricted in availability depending on the trim or interior color. The base 2.5 S comes in only Polymetal Gray Metallic, Jet Black Mica, and Ingot Blue Mica, with only the gray adding $395 to the bill. The remaining naturally-aspirated models have access to all these colors plus Wind Chill Pearl ($395), Machine Gray Metallic ($595), and Soul Red Crystal Metallic ($595).

The Soul Red has become something of a signature color for the Mazda brand and looks as good here as it does on the CX-5. However, the most unique color is Zircon Sand Metallic at $395, which we had on our tester. Available only on turbocharged variants, this is a new color and looks like something you'd expect to find on a Subaru SUV; it suits the off-road intentions of the CX-50 perfectly.

  • Jet Black Mica
  • Ingot Blue Mica
  • Polymetal Gray Metallic
  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Machine Gray Metallic
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Zircon Sand Metallic

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