2023 Mazda CX-50 vs. Its Competition

2023 Mazda CX-50
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

Larger than the CX-5, the CX-50 looks to cash in on the slew of more adventure-oriented off-road upgrades proliferating through the compact crossover segment.

Electrified powertrain options are a couple years away, which means it has a considerable gap to close between the segment-leading Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

A new CR-V bows next year, and Toyota sells the RAV4 in Adventure and TRD Off-Road grades that meet the need targeted by the CX-50.

The Escape-based Ford Bronco Sport runs boxier and smaller, and offers two engine options and multiple all-wheel-drive modes.

The Jeep Cherokee can be had in Trailhawk editions for off-roading, or it can look the part while still looking classy on road in tamer versions.

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Quick Specs
Sold simultaneously with the smaller CX-5, the 2023 CX-50 nudges Mazda off-road for the first time.
7.0
The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport artfully blends the SUV past and the crossover present into one smartly executed all-terrain vehicle.
6.5
A perennial bestseller, the 2022 Honda CR-V charms with its roominess, comfort, efficiency, and safety ratings.
6.7
The 2022 Toyota RAV4 lives up to its meat-and-potatoes hype, but the Prime serves up green-car red meat.
5.7
The 2021 Jeep Cherokee prioritizes off-road capability beyond all else.
6.7
The 2021 Mazda CX-5 crossover has some priorities out of order; it doles out fine handling while it delivers a skimpy back seat.
MSRP From     
Coming Soon$27,265$25,750Coming Soon$27,890$25,370
Gas Mileage     
Coming Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG HwyComing Soon MPG City / Coming Soon MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4N/ARegular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
N/AN/ASmall SUV 2WDN/ASmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
N/ABase 4x4LX 2WDN/AFreedom FWDSport FWD
Drivetrain     
N/AFour Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A55N/A55
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/ASport UtilitySport UtilityN/ASport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
N/AAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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