For the past week, I have been behind the wheel of the 2023 Mazda CX-50 Turbo Premium Plus. As I usually like to do, I want to get straight to the point and give you the information you need on the shining characteristics of this crossover from Mazda and some things they should work on. Here are the PROS and CONS of the 2022 Mazda CX-50 Turbo Premium Plus.
PRO: Simple Infotainment
I am a big fan of a simple infotainment system. Everyone uses Android Auto or Apple Carplay now anyway, so if I use your system because I haven’t connected my phone to the vehicle I want everything to be like an early 2000s video game system menu.
The 2023 Mazda CX-50s is straight and to the point. Only 5 options to cycle through.
PRO: Quality Interior for the Cost
There are certainly other higher-quality interior vehicles on the road, but for the cost of the 2023 Mazda CX-50 its quality interior makes you think it is in a different cost bracket.
PRO: Driving Experience
The 2023 Mazda CX-50 provides one of the best driving experiences you can ask for. The seats are comfortable and every button is ergonomically where you expect it should be. The driver’s seat is a great place to be.
CON: MPG Could Be Better
Much like the Mazda CX-5 I recently tested, the standard CX-50’s miles per gallon are 24/30/27 mpg city/highway/combined, but for the Turbo model as tested numbers drop to 23/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined.
It isn’t horrible, but some performance cars get better than that.
CON: Mi-Drive Modes Barely Change Anything
The Mazda CX-50 features Mazda’s Mi-Drive system. The system is basically a drive mode system allowing you to switch between Normal, Sport, and Off-Road.
The modes don’t really change much with the expectation of throttle mapping and the Off-Road mode should really be named Snow mode or traction mode.