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Hey guys,

It's been raining here in the east coast for the past two days and I discovered a leak above the rearview mirror area this morning. I brought the car to the dealership to take a look and they confirmed the leak with an exterior water test. They did mention that they're not entirely sure whether or not it's the windshield or moonroof yet as they would need to take apart the entire headliner to confirm. While they are working on my car, I was loaned the CX-50 Premium Plus and I noticed a few observations.

Items2023 CX-50 Turbo Premium2023 CX-50 Premium Plus
Engine noiseFake engine noiseNo fake engine noise
Interior Chrome Trim piecesMatte finishShiny finish
Seat bolsteringCenter stitching protrudes a lot/butt feels tired on long ridesCenter stitching is flush/seems more comfortable
Steering Wheel FeelFeels plush/pliable/softFeels stiff/solid
Steering Wheel ResistanceHigh resistance/requires more effort to turnLow resistance/much easier to turn
Suspension StiffnessVery stiff/bumpyMedium stiffness/more forgiving over bumps

Overall, I would say that the 2023 CX-50 Premium Plus (non-turbo) feels like the 2016 CX-5 Touring in terms of overall vehicle dynamics and the steering wheel is very easy to turn compared to the 2023 CX-50 Turbo Premium. The non-turbo steering wheel feels like it has about 10 lbs. resistance and the turbo steering wheel feels like it has 25 lbs. of resistance and requires a lot effort to turn the wheel which gets fatiguing on long trips. If you were to ask me to choose between the light steering wheel or the turbo, I would rather pick the light steering wheel since it makes driving much more pleasurable and it definitely makes reacting to situations much easier. If there's a way to modify the electronic steering wheel assist somehow, that would honestly make this car much better.

Also, for whatever reason, the CX-50 Premium Plus seems much more forgiving over bumps than the CX-50 Turbo Premium even though both are 20 inch wheels. I did not check the PSI of the CX-50 Premium Plus yet but my Turbo Premium is set to 35 psi for all tires. I am thinking that it has something to do with the overall weight of the vehicles as the Premium Plus is 3,706 pounds vs the Turbo Premium which is 3,907 pounds or maybe I am going crazy :p

Savagegeese did mention the same thing about the heavy steering wheel as well.

2023 Mazda CX-50 | Trying the RAV4 Formula

Pics of headliner leak
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