It’s always exciting when a popular auto manufacturer adds a new model to its line-up. For 2023, Mazda is delivering just that kind of excitement, with the introduction of its latest SUV crossover, the CX-50. Rugged styling, extra ground clearance, active AWD and a turbo charged engine will inspire the adventure-seeker in us all to tackle the trails less traveled with confidence.
For starters, there’s a turbocharger. Though a non-turbo option exists, the extra power is a temptation few will be able to resist. With the bolted on forced induction, your power output will be an impressive 256 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. Controlling it is a smart i-Active AWD system. Engineered to optimize traction and performance, no matter what the driving conditions. Secondary to this system is Mazdas G-Vectoring Control Plus. Responding to steering inputs with subtle helpings of torque and braking. Everything working in tandem with the different drive modes.
Speaking of drive modes, there are four to play around with. Sport mode will prioritize power delivery and responsiveness to deliver the most dynamic driving experience possible. Off-road mode coordinates braking and torque to maximize traction. Normal mode will balance the two. Finally, a Tow mode exists, compensating for the additional weight and giving you the ability to tow a load of up to 3,500 pounds.
It’s perfectly clear at the onset, that the new Mazda CX-50 was designed to be less sleek and sporty, and more rugged and brawny tough. Its reflective curves and masculine features does a good job of communicating utility and strength. On the inside, the aesthetic feels more familiar to other Mazda models. This is a good thing, as Mazda has developed a reputation for building sharply styled, edited down, luxurious feeling and polished interiors. With a quality that far exceeds the price tag. Rivaling European luxury brands instead of Japanese bargain builders. Every control is within reach. Intuitively designed around your line of sight to minimize distraction and keep your focus where it should be. On the tarmac or the trail ahead.
The newly available Terracotta leather trim comes in warm earth tones, drawing inspiration from the natural world the Mazda CX-50 will better enable you to freely explore. This inspiration continues throughout the cabin. Mazda used sturdy nylon in its seats. Similar to what you’d find on a climbers backpack. The center gauge cluster is nestled in a deep housing, reminiscent of a telephoto lens on a DSLR camera. Even the stitching throughout the cabin was inspired by tightly laced up hiking boots.
The 2023 Mazda CX-50 is a welcome addition to the pack. Bringing enough power and performance to engage the driver on the road, while offering the ground clearance, AWD drivetrain and more rugged styling to let you play in the dirt too. All with a clean, upscale interior and price tag that can’t be beat.
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