2023 Mazda CX-50 Trim Comparison

A blue Mazda CX-50 at sunset in the desert

LET'S SIMPLIFY YOUR CX-50 SEARCH!

The all-new, 2023 Mazda CX-50 is Mazda’s answer to the post-pandemic urge to get outside and There are several trim levels to choose from (or packages, as Mazda calls them) and sorting through the differences can be a bit overwhelming. So, we created this in-depth trim comparison and model overview to help you find the best fit for your adventurous lifestyle.

First, let’s review what comes standard on all CX-50 trim levels.

i-ACTIV ALL WHEEL DRIVE


This all-new compact SUV comes loaded with some impressive standard equipment. For starters, the CX-50, and all CX models from 2022 forward, come equipped with Mazda's i-Activ AWD. 

This advanced all-wheel drive system is predictive, meaning that it doesn't spin all four wheels all the time. Instead, a collection of sensors read road conditions, driver inputs, environmental metrics (like air temperature and humidity level) to transfer power where it's needed. 

All of this processing is done in milliseconds and the result is a smooth, stable ride in all weather conditions. Plus, Mazda has done all of this without sacrificing fuel efficiency. The difference between the FWD and AWD platforms is only about one mpg.

Soul Red Crystal Metallic Mazda CX-50 sitting in parking lot

SKYACTIV-G 2.5L 4-CYLINDER


All packages come equipped with Mazda's fun and efficient 2.5L inline 4-cylinder. This motor has been a staple in the Mazda lineup for years and has gained a reputation for its reliability and sporty driving dynamic. 

To get that power to the ground, they've employed the same trusted 6 speed automatic transmission found in the other CX models.

Exterior profile image of a red, 2023 Mazda CX-50 Premium

VARIABLE DRIVE MODES


Also standard is Mazda's Intelligent Drive Select technology (Mi-Drive). This function lets you toggle between various modes to match your terrain. Modes include:

  • Normal Mode: For a blend of performance and fuel economy on your daily commute.
  • Sport Mode: For a more responsive, dynamic driving experience.
  • Off-Road Mode: Coordinates brakes and engine torque to prioritize traction.

There is also the optional towing mode available with the turbocharged packages. Towing mode helps you tap into powerful low-end torque for towing loads up to 3,500 pounds.

Mazda CX-50 variable drive modes in guage cluster

MAZDA CONNECTED SERVICES


Another standard feature in the CX-50 is Mazda Connected Services. This app-based service allows you to:

  • Stop and start your engine (great for cold mornings or hot afternoons)
  • Lock and unlock doors
  • Activate lights and flashers (no more losing your car in the parking lot)
  • Check fuel levels, oil life, and tire pressure (plan your stops before leaving your home or office)
  • Locate your vehicle on a map via GPS
  • And receive alerts when doors are left open or unlocked

Plus, you can schedule your service appointments, contact roadside assistance, search for recalls, and access your owner's manual - all from your smartphone!

Mazda Connected Services interface for the 2023 Mazda CX-50

APPLE CARPLAY AND ANDROID AUTO


In a world where we rely on our smartphones for just about everything, it only makes sense to create an interface between your phone and your car-and that's precisely how these tools work! 

You simply plug in your phone (or connect to Bluetooth in the case of wireless Apple Carplay) and any compatible apps are available through your infotainment system and optimized for minimal distraction while driving. 

Dark leather interior of Mazda CX-50 Premium Plus

i-ACTIVSENSE SAFETY TECHNOLOGY


As smartphones become a more integral part of our daily lives, distracted driving is on the rise. Fortunately, Mazda’s i-Activsense safety technologies are designed to minimize distracted driving AND protect you from distracted drivers.

This suite of safety tech includes:

  • Blind spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Radar on the sides and rear of the vehicle provide visual and audible cues to alert you to vehicles in your blindspot.
  • Lane-Departure Warning and Lane-Keep Assist
  • This system uses a windshield-mounted camera to recognize lane markings. If you begin to veer outside of your lane, the system can warn you with a chime and steering wheel vibration. If you continue outside of your lane, Lane-Keep Assist will provide gentle steering assistance to bring the vehicle back to the center of the lane.
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
  • This adaptive cruise control system lets you set a constant driving speed like traditional cruise control, but takes things a step further by incorporating millimeter wave radar to maintain a relative distance from the vehicle in front of you. The Stop-and-Go functionality means that this same technology can be used to bring your vehicle to a complete stop in traffic. The system will then hold your vehicle in place automatically until traffic flow resumes and you tap the gas or push the resume button on the steering wheel.
  • High Beam Control
  • High beam control automatically turns your high beams on and off as needed when driving at night.
  • Acceleration Control
  • This feature prevents accidental rapid acceleration by sounding an alarm and curbing engine power when the gas pedal is pressed unintentionally while an object is in front of you.
  • Forward Obstruction Warning
  • FOW sounds an alarm and provides visual warnings when it senses a risk of collision with an object ahead of you.
  • Smart Brake Support
  • Simply put, this emergency braking system senses the risk of a collision with the vehicle in front of you and prepares the brakes for rapid deceleration. If you fail to brake or take evasive action, the system simultaneously applies the brakes and cuts power to the engine.
  • Smart City Brake Support
  • SCBS provides the same emergency braking assistance as SBS, but if only functions at speeds between 2 and 19 miles per hour.

TRIM LEVEL BREAKDOWN

Mazda CX-50 2.5 S Trim Package in Polymetal Gray

2.5 S PACKAGE


In addition to all of features listed above, the 2.5 S includes:

  • 17" alloy wheels
  • P225/65 R17 all-season tires
  • LED Headlights with auto on/off
  • Daytime running lights
  • Automatic Rain Sensing wipers
  • Power side mirrors
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • A 10.25" full color display with touchscreen functionality
  • Dual front USB audio inputs
  • Apple Carplay and android auto
  • 8-speaker sound system
  • Cloth seats
  • Keyless entry
  • Push button start

STARTS AT $26,800

As you can see, even at its introductory level, the CX-50 is loaded with high-value features that make it a fantastic daily driver and a beast on the backroads.

Mazda CX-50 S Select Trim Package in Jet Black

2.5 S SELECT PACKAGE


This next step up includes all of the aforementioned features, but adds a few key creature comforts. Keep in mind, the powertrain (engine, transmission, driveshaft, axles, and differentials) remains the same.

  • Rear privacy glass
  • Additional exterior color options
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter
  • Rear seat center armrest with tray and covered storage bin
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Half leatherette-trimmed seats
  • Dual rear USB charging ports
  • HD Radio™

STARTS AT $28,200

CX-50 S Preferred Trim Package in Machine Gray

2.5 S PREFERRED PACKAGE


The preferred package introduces more creature comforts and features to make your daily commute more enjoyable!

  • Heated front seats
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Dual heated side mirrors
  • Rear Power Lift-gate with programmable height adjustment

STARTS AT $29,500

CX-50 S Preferred Plus Trim Package in Wind Chill Pearl White

2.5 S PREFERRED PLUS PACKAGE


In a Mazda first, the 2.5 Preferred Plus trims and above come equipped with a panoramic sunroof. This addition spans nearly the full length of the vehicle provides natural light and a great view of the world outside!

  • Power sliding-glass panoramic moonroof

STARTS AT $31,940

CX-50 S Premium Trim Package in Soul Red Crystal Metallic

2.5 S PREMIUM PACKAGE


  • Roof-mounted shark fin antenna
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink®
  • Power lumbar support and 2-position memory
  • 6-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat
  • Bose® 12-speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription
  • Black Leather seats with Brown accents

STARTS AT $34,400

CX-50 S Premium Plus Trim Package in Ingot Blue

2.5 S PREMIUM PLUS PACKAGE


  • 20" Aluminum alloy wheels
  • P245/45 R20 all-season tires
  • Automatic power folding side mirrors
  • Windshield-projected Active Driving Display
  • Ventilated front seats with 3 level adjustment

STARTS AT $36,400

This wraps up the naturally aspirated trim levels. Now, let's take a look at the turbocharged engine options.

CX-50 2.5 Turbo in Wind Chill Pearl White

2.5 TURBO PACKAGE


The most obvious addition to this package is the Twin-scroll turbo. This turbocharger boosts the power from 187 horsepower to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque with regular fuel and 256 hp and 320 pound-feet of torque with 91 octane and above.

The boost in torque also increases the CX-50's towing capacity from 2,000 lbs to 3,500 lbs so you can take more gear into the wilderness with you.

In addition, you get:

  • LED combination tail lights with signature lighting
  • Adaptive Front-lighting System
  • Turbo and AWD badges
  • Optional Zircon Sand Metallic (a brand new color shown in the image opposite)
  • Paddle shifters
  • Leather-wrapped gear selector with red stitching
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching
  • Optional Terracotta Leather

IMPORTANT NOTE: This package does depart from the pattern just a bit in that it excludes some of the premium features offered in the Premium and Premium Plus packages. Those features include:

  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Roof-mounted shark fin antenna
  • Ventilated seats
  • Bose audio system
  • Sirius XM with 3-month trial
  • Windshield-projected Active Driving Display

STARTS AT $36,400

However, if you want all those bells and whistles, PLUS the turbo and more… This next package is the perfect fit for you!

CX-50 2.5 Turbo Premium in Jet Black

2.5 TURBO PREMIUM PACKAGE


  • Automatic power folding side mirrors
  • 2-position memory function
  • Roof-mounted shark fin antenna
  • Ventilated front seats with 3 level adjustment
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Bose® 12-speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription
  • Windshield-projected Active Driving Display

STARTS AT $39,550

CX-50 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus in Zircon Sand

2.5 TURBO PREMIUM PLUS


  • Wireless phone charger
  • Mazda Navigation System
  • Traffic Sign Recognition System
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 360º View Monitor
  • Smart City Brake Support-Rear
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Auto-dimming driver's side mirror
  • Heated rear seats with 3 level adjustment

STARTS AT $41,550

SPECIAL EDITIONS


In addition to these packages, Mazda has two special editions planned for late fall of 2022. The Meridian Edition comes with the turbo engine and features 18" black metallic alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, some snazzy garnishes to the side rockers and headlights, and CX-50 hood graphics. The Apex edition amplifies the adventure vibe with crossbars, roof platform, and front and rear splash guards.

CX-50 2.5 Turbo Apex Edition in Polymetal Gray
CX-50 2.5 Turbo Meridian Edition in Zircon Sand

THE BOTTOM LINE


The CX-50 is purpose built for adventure. While it does have all of the hallmarks of a Mazda—beautiful design, thoughtful interior, sporty driving dynamic—it is not a CX-5, CX-30, or CX-9 and that should be taken into account. All of the features that make this a great option for the backroads also create a driving experience that's different from any other Mazda. We recommend that you test-drive the CX-50 in a few different driving conditions to get a true sense of its capability.

And if you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are conveniently located in Central Florida, close to the theme parks and some of Florida's best attractions. If you live in or around Orlando, Kissimmee, Clermont, or Winter Park, we are just a short drive away.

You can view our current inventory of 2023 CX-50s here.

We can’t wait to welcome you to the Sport Mazda family!