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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Crossover
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay icon Apple CarPlay   Android Auto icon Android Auto  

Mazda introduced a new model in its lineup at the 2021 LA Auto Show.

It wasn't a shrunk version of the larger CX-5 or an extended version of another model from its stable.

With the CX-50, the Japanese carmaker tried to get more attention and more market share, especially in the mid-size crossover segment. It was the first vehicle built by Mazda on the MTM (Mazda Toyota Manufacturing) plant from Huntsville, Alabama.

The car's design was more aggressive than on the CX-5, and its styling was closer to its smaller sibling, the CX-30. Its front fascia looked more rugged like it was ready to tackle some serious off-road trails, not just regular roads and parking lots. In addition, the carmaker added black, unpainted plastic moldings around the wheel arches. At the back, the taillights' design resembled the one from the 3 Hatchback version, with clear U-shaped lines for the parking lights. On the lower side of the bumper, Mazda installed an aluminum-looking plastic shield flanked by two exhausts.

Inside, Mazda made a surprising move by stepping up the game with an up-scaled design. Its clean, minimalist lines and materials offered a premium feel. Despite the general trend of replacing analog dials with full TFT displays, Mazda kept a mix of both, with a screen that looked like floating in the middle of the speedometer. The driver, or the side passenger, could have accessed the infotainment unit via a center-console mounted rotary knob. Since the car was slightly smaller than the CX-5, it featured five-seat options exclusively, with a split-folding bench in the rear.

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MAZDA CX-50 2021 - Present
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.5L Skyactiv-G Turbo 6AT AWD (227 HP)
  • S 2.5L i-ACTIV Skyactiv-G 6AT AWD (187 HP)

MAZDA CX-50 2.5L Skyactiv-G Turbo 6AT AWD (227 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L Skyactiv-G Turbo 6AT AWD (227 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2488 cm3
Power
167 KW @ 5000 RPM
227 HP @ 5000 RPM
224 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
310 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
420 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-automatic speed SKYACTIV-Drive
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/45 R20
DIMENSIONS
Length
185.8 in (4719 mm)
Width
72.9 in (1852 mm)
Height
63.9 in (1623 mm)
Wheelbase
110.8 in (2814 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.6 in (218 mm)
Cargo Volume
31 cuFT (878 L)
Turning circle
36.1 ft (11.0 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3907 lbs (1772 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.1 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
Highway
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Combined
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)

MAZDA CX-50 S 2.5L i-ACTIV Skyactiv-G 6AT AWD (187 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  S 2.5L i-ACTIV Skyactiv-G 6AT AWD (187 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2488 cm3
Power
137.5 KW @ 6000 RPM
187 HP @ 6000 RPM
184 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
186 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
252 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-automatic speed SKYACTIV-Drive
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/65 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
164.5 in (4178 mm)
Width
72.9 in (1852 mm)
Height
63.5 in (1613 mm)
Wheelbase
110.8 in (2814 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.3 in (211 mm)
Cargo Volume
31 cuFT (878 L)
Turning circle
36.1 ft (11.0 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3706 lbs (1681 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Highway
30.2 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
Combined
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
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