2023 Mazda CX-50 consumer reviews

$27,550 starting MSRP
side view of 2023 CX-50 Mazda
83% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.5
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Great SUV for some people...

I purchased the Preferred Plus trim and overall I am happy with it. I also test drove mid-trim of the CX-30, Toyota Rav4 (Gasoline Motor), Toyota Cross, and Honda CR-V (2022 gasoline model.) The interior of Honda and Toyota were fairly disappointing and Honda/Toyota dealers are asking for similar or higher prices as CX-50. I ended up with the CX-50. Things I like about the CX-50. The exterior styling is the most stunting among all the competitions. The feel of driving is better than what I test drove. There were much less body roll when I was twisting and turning in city streets. The panoramic sun roof is a very nice touch during clear evening sky or sunny drive with my family. The base engine is more than enough in city and highway driving. I have not had any issues passing in highway or zipping around the city. The car goes when I press on the gas with no lag. The interior layout and feel are elegant, functional and simple. A note on the steering wheel, it feels fantastic. Things I dislike about the CX-50. The panoramic sun roof is a plus and a minus, the minus is it only opens up to 9 inches. The MPG is an issue. I only get 19 in the city and 25 on highway. I do have a heavy foot, and when I ease up on the gas, I can get it up to 35 in the highway. The seats are less comfortable than CX-5 Preferred trim, as I also own one. Overall, the CX-50 is a stylish in/out, fun to drive SUV with most things I look for. If you are someone looking for a stylish, fun to drive family SUV, then you should give a test drive. If you are hauling large cargo, or looking for a high MPG SUV like a hybrid, you may have to look elsewhere.


Luxury for less

Best punch for the buck. This is as close as you can get to bmw without the cost. I love the handling and power of the turbo engine. The interior is beautiful and the outside styling is much cooler than the cx5.


So Disappointed

I would anyone in the market for a small semi luxury SUV do an extended test drive with the CX50. If we had we wouldn't have purchased. Very noisy at highway speeds with the 20" wheels/tires. Ergonomics just don't work for long drives, door handles are in an awkward position and even with a tremendous amount of seating positions I could not get comfortable on a 180 mile trip. Bose system is ok but clarity and sound not great at low volumes. Gas mileage (Measured by fill up) was 23.5 miles per gallon on a 360 mile round trip and the trip computer showed 27.6 mpg's Build quality seems okay but you don't get that solid sound when you close the doors. I could go on but it's better to jus take an extended test drive to make sure this is the SUV for you.


Great looking but not worth the money

Beautifully looking from a distance but not worth its asking price. BMW X2 is cheaper, Lexus NX is slightly more expensive BUT both cars provide build quality several classes above the Mazda CX50. Terrible AC system that can't keep up with 80F weather! All outer panels do not line up and are loose. Weather sealing gaskets around all windows, stick out. Cheap and uneven paint dents easily and all doors make a super cheap hollow sound upon closing. Rear seat lifts up when grabbed with fingers. Interior does not have enough insulation which makes car interior super hot during summer. I have all windows tinted with 15% ceramic film and panoramic roof with 5% - that does not do absolutely anything for heat rejection. Front molding right above the grill literally moves up and down when pressed with fingers. Turbo mounted in the back - behind a motor, makes future service a headache and it makes engine bay super hot. Not sure if that car will last 10 years in that configuration. Really bad gas milage in a city driving due to transmission tuning - it does not let gears shift to low RPMs while "gliding" in a city. If you switching from Kia,Hunday, or Subaru - you might like what CX50 has to offer BUT if you look at Acura, Lexus, BMW build quality - CX50 is truly FAR behind! Go to a dealer and look for yourself. I will be trading mine soon....we have 2021 Lexus NX and most likely we will get another NX or GX460. CX50 while beautiful - disappoints in quality department big time! I think it would improve dramatically if built in Japan...


I love this car

I mean, this car is awesome. I have very few complaints except for the sound system. I have the preferred plus trim (mid trim non turbo). The engine is perfectly adequate. I drove it a few hours up i70 (windy roads with some steep incline) and it drove like a dream. Connected to the road. Way too easy to accidentally go too fast because the pedal is very responsive and the car has good pick up. I have enough room for all of my outdoor activity things now. Don't love the audio and that's about it. Luckily that is easily upgradable. Gas mileage has been okay. I love android auto and the user interface which might be an unpopular opinion, but I came from a very basic vehicle... so the upgrade has been phenomenal. Handles corners at high speed well. Smooth ride compared to my last car. Minimal cabin noise. I'm very happy with it!


Mazda CX-50

Excellent Car. Well put together at a plant shared with Toyota; responsive throttle, precise, heavy steering, practical interior layout with physical buttons and excellent tactile feel, quality materials and thick leather, beautiful, low, wide stance, it’s an amazing car to drive. incredibly practical, incredibly affordable, incredibly pleasant.


Solid vehicle with good handling & luxury for less

I have the white Mazda CX-50 turbo premium package with terracotta interior. It is a nice looking vehicle inside and out with many safety features to supplement the driving experience. The car is not perfect, but here is what I love about it. The turbo engine makes accelerating smooth, and before you know it, you are going 90, and it feels like 60. Passing on the highway is a breeze. It handles the curves like a champ. Even at high speeds, this little truck eats up the curves like a more expensive luxury vehicle. I haven’t taken it to the mountains yet, but I’ve taken it to Daytona Beach, where you can drive and park on the sand. The sand was unusually thick, so cars without AWD or 4 wheel drive we’re not able to enter the beach. My little Mazda truck was allowed to enter, but I was given a sand tow contact in case I got stuck. I put it in off road mode and gunned it. Not only did I not get stuck, but I was getting back and forth on the lumpy sand with no problem! I was the smallest truck on the beach next to pick up trucks and Jeep Wranglers! It was so much fun, and I was so proud of my little Mazda! I also love my ventilated seats on hot summer days and the panoramic roof. I had been dying for a Mazda with this option, and finally, the cx-50 answered the call. What I don’t like about the vehicle: You can feel the bumps more than I’m used to. This can make for a bumpy ride. The fuel efficiency is not as advertised. I average 18 in the city and 25 highway, 26 at most, which was disappointing considering the price of gas has skyrocketed. I wish the trunk space was bigger, but it helps that I can pull the rear seats down for extra cargo space. I wish the panoramic sunroof opened more than just halfway in the front, but I still prefer it to the tiny sunroof offered on the cx-5 I previously owned. I wish o could unlock all of the doors at once when I touch the front driver handle from the outside. Instead, I have to touch the handle and unlock the other doors from the inside. All in all, I am very pleased with my purchase. It is a solid ride with good handling that is fun to drive due to the turbo engine and offers luxury features for a fraction of the cost. I would not get this in the standard engine, as I made that mistake when I had the CX-5, and I could get hit by a car trying to accelerate; there is just not enough power in the standard in my opinion, but it it works for you, then go for it.


Nice addition to Mazda family

Top trim. Acceleration ok at best given engine size. Heavy vehicle. Excellent interior. Ok gas mileage. Outdated navigation and interactive system. Just connect your phone.