After spending time behind both wheels, it’s time to break down the differences between the Mazda CX-50 and the Mazda CX-5. The 2023 Mazda CX-50 and 2022 Mazda CX-5 both have off-road modes, but the CX-50 takes adventure to the next level.
Mazda CX-50 2023 vs Mazda CX-5 2022
The new Mazda CX-50 2023 is received in the city. It is very similar to the Mazda CX-5 but has some better upgrades for off-road driving. Both SUVs offer an off-road mode and have all-wheel drive as standard, but the CX-50 has a smarter one.
For starters, the Mazda CX-50 rides on Mazda’s latest small platform like the CX-30 and Mazda3, but it’s wider and taller than those vehicles. Therefore, Mazda developed the suspension system to be strong enough to handle rough terrain while accommodating the extra weight.
Uniquely tuned to handle the most critical driving inputs that off-road driving requires. Additionally, the CX-50 features more torque than the Mazda CX-5 to support its improved off-road capabilities.
What are the advantages of the CX-50?
With the 2023 Mazda CX-50, the Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (MI-Drive) and G-Vectoring Control Systems respond to different driving modes and situations to provide the optimal settings for each obstacle.
More torque is sent to the front wheels on slippery surfaces to bite off more. The wheels are set to travel at the same speeds to dampen yaw, which prevents tail slippage.
Torque slips slightly when climbing up slopes to delay lock-up of the torque converter for smoother power delivery.
During mud, slits or a slop where the tire is off the road, SUVs tend to drop to place the opposite tire on the surface. The brake force is sent to the turning tire while more torque goes to the tires on the ground.
Will the CX-50 and CX-5 look different?
Yes, the 2023 Mazda CX-50 and 2022 CX-5 look different on the pavement and in the wilderness. However, we didn’t hit the CX-5 as hard on the trails. On the gravel, the CX-5 feels lighter and less controlled.
The Mazda CX-5 2022 is just as good for driving to camp sites, and well suited for severe weather. But we won’t take it across streams or rippled areas.
The CX-50 feels heavier and more confident around sharp bends and slopes and slippery surfaces. It seems less likely to roll around curves or spin. Even with the traction control turned off, you can feel the suspension adjustment to prevent slip and slide.
As a result, the Mazda CX-50 isn’t as smooth on pavement. The steering is heavier and the ride more bumpy. It also has a little more wind noise than the Mazda CX-5. In Sport mode, this SUV is much faster.
However, in Sport mode, the CX-5 feels more solid with more road contact than the CX-50. You can feel the lack, which is good for assessing the stability of the tire. When the CX-50 is in Sport mode, it feels bouncy by comparison.
Both SUVs are very agile and easy to park. However, the CX-5 is slightly smaller, making it easier to navigate through tight city areas. They get the same fuel economy, but the CX-50 gets about about less mpg than the CX-5.
The CX-50 and CX-5 currently have the same engines and could become hybrids. The CX-50 has a ground clearance of 8.6 inches, while the CX-5 has a height of 7.5 inches.
The Mazda CX-50 feels more like a sportier version of the Mazda CX-5, and we love the extra cargo space. The Mazda CX-5 has an all-wheel drive (AWD) system and provides a smoother ride and sportier performance.
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