The 2023 Mazda CX-50 Priced As a Luxury SUV - Is It Worth It?
Mazda CX-50 is a stylish, luxury SUV that sits between the affordable and the premium in terms of pricingby Dim Angelov, on
By now, it is obvious Mazda has decided to reinvent itself. Its recent models spoil us with a sporty yet elegant design, but more importantly, the whole lineup is moving towards a more upscale segment. But, a more upscale lineup commands a more premium pricing, and we already know the prices for the 2023 Mazda CX-50.
Mazda CX-50 is the third Mazda model, after the CX-30 and MX-30, since the brand decided to completely reinvent itself as a premium brand. Interestingly enough, Mazda will not be discontinuing the similarly-sized CX-5, even after the CX-50 goes on sale, at least for now. The two models are occupying the same segment, although the CX-50 looks sportier and is expected to be a bit wider.
With the Mazda CX-5 as its internal competition, it is interesting to see how the two cars stack up, in terms of pricing. The starting price for the 2023 Mazda CX-50 is $28,025, with a destination charge ($1,225). This makes the base CX-50 $900 more expensive than the base CX-5. Things mellow-out for the S Select and S Preferred trims levels, where the difference in price between the CX-5 and CX-50 is $300 and $340, respectively.
The most expensive non-turbocharged version of the CX-50 - S Premium Plus - will set you back $37,625, with a destination charge, which is $2,450 more than what a similarly equipped CX-5 costs. All non-turbo versions come with the 2.5-liter Skyactiv G inline-four unit that makes 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet (252 Nm). The CX-50 is expected to arrive with the familiarsix-speed automatic, unlike its bigger counterparts that will feature the new eight-speed automatic.
|CX-50 2.5 S||$26,800|
|CX-50 2.5 S Select||$28,200|
|CX-50 2.5 S Preferred||$29,500|
|CX-50 2.5 S Preferred Plus||$31,940|
|CX-50 2.5 S Premium||$34,400|
|CX-50 2.5 S Premium Plus||$36,400|
|CX-50 2.5 Turbo||$36,400|
|CX-50 2.5 Turbo Premium||$39,550|
|CX-50 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus||$41,550|
No inline-six engines for the CX-50
The CX-50 Turbo starts from $37,650, with a destination charge (just like the CX-5 Turbo), but the range-topping CX-50 Turbo Premium Plus will set you back $42,775 (destination charge, included), which is a $2,900 premium over the range-topping CX-5. The CX-50 will not make use of Mazda’s new platform, which means no inline-six engines, here. The CX-50 Turbo will make use of the 2.5-liter Skyactiv G Turbo, which means 250 horsepower and up to 310 pound-feet (420 Nm). All versions of the Mazda CX-50 will feature all-wheel drive as standard.
There will be a more rugged version called the Meridian Edition. That would feature a black protective trim, roof rack, new 18-inch wheels, and a few other goodies, making it ideal for off-road exploration. The CX-50 will have a hybrid version as well, which is expected to be identical to the 219-horsepower powertrain, used in the RAV4 hybrid. As with the Meridian Edition, no official pricing for the CX-50 hybrid has been announced. That said, the competition’s hybrid propositions in the segment, based on the Genesis GV70 and Lexus NX, are in the $40,000 to $42,500 range, so expect similar pricing for the CX-50 hybrid.
Mazda’s future lineup looks and sounds pretty impressive, especially with the introduction of the inline-six engines and new rear-wheel-drive-biased platform. Although like the CX-30, the CX-50 is based on Mazda’s familiar platform and not its latest, both models serve as a solid stepping stone towards the brand’s future.
Moreover, based on Mazda’s 2020 portfolio, the Japanese carmaker has been ranked as the most reliable brand of the year. The CX-50 will be produced in Huntsville, Alabama, alongside the Toyota Corolla Cross, which makes it the first Mazda to be produced in the U.S. since Ford’s partial ownership of Mazda.
Source: Kirk Kreifels