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.
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.
|Mazda CX-50 Trims||2.5 Turbo Meridian Edition||2.5 S||2.5 S Select||2.5 S Preferred||2.5 S Preferred Plus||2.5 S Premium||2.5 Turbo||2.5 S Premium Plus||2.5 Turbo Premium||2.5 Turbo Premium Plus|
|Max Width||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.||75.6 in.|
|Length||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.||185.8 in.|
|Height||63.9 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.|
|Wheelbase||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.||110.8 in.|
|Mazda CX-50 Trims||Curb Weight|
|2.5 Turbo Meridian Edition||3,907 lbs.|
|2.5 S||3,706 lbs.|
|2.5 S Select||3,706 lbs.|
|2.5 S Preferred||3,706 lbs.|
|2.5 S Preferred Plus||3,706 lbs.|
|2.5 S Premium||3,706 lbs.|
|2.5 Turbo||3,907 lbs.|
|2.5 S Premium Plus||3,706 lbs.|
|2.5 Turbo Premium||3,907 lbs.|
|2.5 Turbo Premium Plus||3,907 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||17" x 7"|
|Rear Wheel Size||17" x 7"|
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.