2023 Mazda CX-50 Trim Levels, Specifications & Comparisons

  • By: Sean Cooper
  • Date: September 22, 2022
2023 Mazda CX-50

The all-new 2023 Mazda CX-50 is Mazda’s solution to the post-pandemic desire to go outside. There are multiple options for trim levels or packages, as Mazda refers to them, and navigating through the various options could be a bit difficult. We’ve put together this impressive comparison of the 2023 Mazda CX-50 trim levels to assist you in determining the most appropriate model for your lifestyle.

The first step is to look at what is included on CX-50 in all trim levels.

I-Activ All Wheel Drive

The all-new compact SUV is equipped with some amazing standard features. The CX-50 and CX models available from 2022 forward are equipped with Mazda’s I-Activ All Wheel Drive (AWD). This modern all-wheel drive system is prescriptive and doesn’t spin all four wheels simultaneously. Instead, the group of sensors analyzes the road conditions, drivers inputs, and environmental indicators, including the temperature of the air and humidity levels, to deliver power in the required areas.

The complete process takes milliseconds, which results in a seamless and steady ride, regardless of the weather conditions. Moreover, Mazda has done all of this without sacrificing its fuel consumption efficiency. The difference between FWD and AWD platforms is just 1 mpg.

SkyActiv-G 2.5 L 4-Cylinder

Each package comes with Mazda’s fun and effective 2.5L four-cylinder inline. The motor has been an integral part of the Mazda lineup for a long time and has earned its popularity because of its reliability and sporty driving performance.

To get the power on it, the team has utilized the same reliable 6-speed automatic transmission that is used in other CX models.

Variable Drive Modes

It also comes with Mazda’s Intelligent Drive Select technology (Mi-Drive). This feature enables you to toggle between different modes that match the terrain. These Modes are:

Sport Mode: To render an improved responsive and lively driving experience.

Off-Road Mode: Controls engine and brake torque to prioritize the traction.

Normal Mode: A combination of performance and efficiency during the daily commute.

Further, a towing option is also available in the turbocharged options. Towing mode lets you harness the power of low-end torque that can tow loads as high as 3,500 pounds.

Mazda Connected Services

Mazda Connected Services is another standard feature of the CX-50.

The app-based service lets you access:

  • Doors that lock and unlock
  • Start and stop your engine (great for cool mornings and hot afternoons)
  • Make sure to turn on the lighting and flashers (no more losing your car on the lot)
  • Verify the fuel level, oil life, and tire pressure (plan your stops before leaving home or work)
  • Find your car on a map via GPS
  • You’ll receive notifications when doors are left unlocked or not locked.

Additionally, you can make an appointment for your services, call roadside assistance, look up recalls, and access the owner’s manual via your mobile.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

In this world where people depend on their phones to do everything, it makes sense to design interaction between your smartphone and your car. This is what these tools do! Plug into your phone (or connect via Bluetooth or wireless Apple Carplay), and compatible applications will be available on your infotainment device and optimized to minimize distraction when driving.

I-ActivSense Safety Technology

As smartphones become a more important part of our daily lives, driving distractions are becoming more common. Luckily, Mazda’s Iactivesense safety technology was created to limit the risk of distracted driving and protect your passengers from distracted drivers.

The safety tech suite includes:

Lane-Departure Warning and Lane-Keep Assist

The system utilizes a windshield-mounted camera that can detect the lane markings. If you initiate to drift away from your specific lane, the system will warn you by chiming and steering wheel vibration. If you continue to drift out of the lane, the Lane-Keep Assistant will provide gentle steering assistance to bring the vehicle back to the middle of the lanes.

Acceleration Control

The Acceleration Control helps in accidental rapid acceleration by sounding the alarm and curbing engine power when the pedal is pressed unintentionally when any object is just ahead of you.

Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go

The adaptive cruise control enables you to set a fixed speed for driving just like conventional cruise control, but it takes things a step further by using millimeter-wave radar to keep a distance from the vehicle in the front.

The stop-and-go feature means that the same technology could be utilized for bringing your car to the point of a complete stop during traffic. The system will hold the vehicle in place until traffic flow is restored and you tap the gas pedal or press the resume button on the steering wheel.

High Beam Control System

The High Beam Control System will automatically turn your high beams on and off while driving at night.

Monitoring Blind Spot Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Radars visible in the rear and sides of the vehicle give audio and visual signals to alert you to cars within your blindspot.

Smart Brake Support

Put this way, the emergency braking system detects the possibility of collision with the vehicle in front of you and prepares the brakes for quick deceleration. If you don’t brake or take an evasive step, it engages the brakes and shuts off the power supply for the motor.

Smart City Brake Support

SCBS gives the same emergency brake assistance as Smart Brake Support, although it is available at speeds between 2 to 19 miles per hour.

Forwarding Obstruction Warning

FOW emits an alarm and provides visual alerts when it detects the risk of collision with objects ahead of you.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Trim Levels 

2.5 S Package

In addition to the features mentioned above, 2.5 S includes:

  • Daytime running lights
  • P225/65 all-season tires
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheels
  • Power side mirrors
  • 17” alloy wheels
  • LED Headlights that auto-on/off
  • Two USB audio ports on the front
  • 8-speaker audio system
  • Seats made of cloth
  • Push button start
  • A 10.25” full-color display that has a touchscreen

Starts at $26,800

As you can analyze, even at its basic level, the CX-50 comes with premium features, making it an excellent everyday driver and a monster on the backroads.

2.5 S Select Package

This new model features all of the previously mentioned features but includes certain essential amenities for the driver. Remember, the powertrain driveshaft, engine axles, and differentials, (engine transmission) don’t change for either of these first two 2023 Mazda CX-50 trim levels.

  • HD Radio (TM)
  • Dual rear USB charging ports
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear seat armrest center with tray and storage bin
  • Two-zone climate controlled automatic with pollen filter
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Other exterior colors choices
  • Half leatherette-trimmed seats

Start at $28,200

2.5 S Preferred Package

The premium package adds amenities and comforts to make your journey more enjoyable!

  • Mirrors on both sides are heated
  • Rear Power Lift-gate that can be programmable for height adjustment
  • Front seats with heated heating
  • Windshield wiper de-icer

Starts at $29,500

2.5 S Preferred Plus Package

The course of the Mazda first model, the 2.5 Preferred Plus trims and above, are equipped with the panoramic sunroof. The features extend nearly the entire car length and offer plenty of sunlight and a stunning perspective of the outside world!

  • Panoramic moonroof with power sliding glass.

Starts at $31,940

2.5 S Premium Package

  • Black leather seating with Brown accents
  • SiriusXM  Satellite Radio with 3 months trial subscription
  • Bose  Surround Sound System with 12 Speakers that contains AudioPilor  2
  • Support for lumber power and memory with two positions
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirrors with HomeLink
  • Shark fin antenna mounted on the roof
  • 2 Position memory and Power lumber support

Starts at $34,400

2.5 S Premium Plus Package

  • P245/45 R20 all-season tires
  • Side mirrors that fold automatically
  • 20” Aluminum alloy wheels
  • The front seats are ventilated and have three levels of adjustment
  • Windshield-projected Active Driving Display

Starts at $36,400

This concludes naturally aspirated trim level. Let’s examine the turbocharged options available to you.

2.5 Turbo Package

The most noticeable addition to this model is the twin-scroll turbo. The turbocharger increases the engine’s power from 187 hp to 227 hp and 311 pounds of torque utilizing regular fuel and 256 hp and 320 lb-feet of torque when using the 91 octanes or higher.

The increase in torque boosts the CX-50’s capacity to tow from 2,000 lbs to 3,500 lbs, so you’ll have more gear to take to the open spaces.

Additionally, you also get:

  • Optional Terracotta Leather
  • Steering wheel wrapped in leather with red stitching
  • LED combination tail lights with distinctive lighting
  • Paddle shifters
  • Options for Zicron Sand Metallic  (a brand new color)
  • The Turbo badge and the AWD badges
  • Adaptive front-lighting system
  • The gear selector is wrapped in leather and has red stitching

Important note: The package is slightly different from the standard because it doesn’t include certain features in Premium and Premium Plus packages. The features that are excluded include:

  • Sirius XM with a 3-month trial
  • Power-folding side mirrors on the sides
  • Seats that are ventilated
  • Bose audio system
  • Windshield-projected Active Driving Display
  • Shark fin antenna mounted on the roof

Starts at $36,400

2023 Mazda CX-50 in Zircon Sand

Suppose you’re looking for all the bells, whistles, turbo, and much more. The package is perfect for you!

2.5 Turbo Premium Package

  • SiriusXM(r) Satellite Radio with 3 months trial subscription
  • Power folding side mirrors with automatic power.
  • Shark fin antenna mounted on the roof
  • The front seats are ventilated and have 3 levels of adjustment
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 2-position memory system
  • Windshield-projected Active Driving Display
  • Bose  12 speaker surround system featuring AudioPilot  2 and Centerpoint  2 

Starts at $39,550

2.5 Turbo Premium Plus

  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Traffic Sign Recognition System
  • Parking sensors for the front and rear
  • 360o View Monitor
  • Smart City Brake Support-Rear
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Mazda Navigation System
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Mirrors that auto-dimming for the driver’s side.
  • Rear-facing heated seats have 3 levels of adjustment.

Starts at $41,550

Special Editions

Additionally to these options, Mazda has two special versions planned for the fall of 2022. This Meridian Edition comes with a turbo engine, an 18″ wheel with black metal alloy, all-terrain tires, various snazzy accessories to the headlights and side rockers, and CX-50 Hood graphics. The Apex edition enhances the excitement by adding crossbars, a roof platform, and front and rear splash guards.

What 2023 Mazda CX-50 trim levels should you buy?

With so many options, there should be something for everyone looking at a family hauler-come-adventure vehicle. Its naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine is sufficient for most, especially when driving in moderate and fair weather and only hitting moderately traveled and maintained dirt tracks to camping trails, biking, and hiking places.

The families with the most adventurous lifestyles are likely to need the Off-road mode and Hill control features, although these are available on the entry-level model. So, the base model should provide you with the majority of places you would like to go if things become slippery under the tires. From there, it’s about considering the value and price of higher-end features.

For those who are especially adventurous and those who view it as an activity and do the miles, the 2.5 Turbo models are the most sought after. It’s best for those who tow trailers frequently, but moving up the trim levels is a matter of cost and the features you’d like to have. If you want a CX-50, 2.5 Turbo models are the 2023 Mazda CX-50 trim levels to go for.

We are a bit hesitant with the price tag for 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus, but if you’re thinking about family hauling and putting in the miles, you can find more efficient options to invest your money than the Mazda’s comfort and design.

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