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How is the ride quality of CX50? I have heard that It is little firm and stiff going over bumps and rough surface, but still good. is torsion beam suspension really considered less good than other suspension types? Can anyone comment on this please?
 

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How is the ride quality of CX50? I have heard that It is little firm and stiff going over bumps and rough surface, but still good. is torsion beam suspension really considered less good than other suspension types? Can anyone comment on this please?
It is firm compared to your run of the mill SUV, but not as bad as a sporty sedan or coupe. I think the 20” wheels transfer some noise to the cabin and can contribute to the firmer ride. In regards to the torsion beam, most people will know no different. Mazda has done a good job of eliminating most of the negative attributes of a torsion beam set up. The CX50 doesn’t get sloppy on rough roads in turns. It doesn’t kick sideways when one wheels goes over a rough patch. I’m not a fan of torsion beam suspensions, but it is barely noticeable on this vehicle.
 

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Are these 20 inch tires considered low profile? I know they are High Performance which translates to $$$
I would consider them a low profile tire, but they are far from a performance tire. Actually, I think they are one of the worst things on the car. A total compromise, but that is the case for most all season tires.
 

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My two cents that the ride is firm, but I wouldn't call it stiff. I think firm as in sporty. It handles abrupt changes in road well and the steering and driving experience is very good. No rattle, nothing loose feeling. It's not soft so it will handle bumps more abruptly, but it does so very well for an SUV this size with 20" wheels.
 

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My two cents that the ride is firm, but I wouldn't call it stiff. I think firm as in sporty. It handles abrupt changes in road well and the steering and driving experience is very good. No rattle, nothing loose feeling. It's not soft so it will handle bumps more abruptly, but it does so very well for an SUV this size with 20" wheels.
I have the Premium Plus with a few options. I wanted to buy the new 5, but my wife wanted the 50. She won. (always, always keep your wife happy!😀) Compared to the 5, the 50 ride is very, very bumpy and stiff. Why I wanted the 5; much smoother ride quality. I do have the 20 inch wheels and if you know anything about wheel size, the bigger the tire, the rougher the ride, usually. And yes, the Goodyear tires are just total junk. I may have mentioned in a previous response that I call them, "Badyear" tires. I have been thinking about trying to swap the 20's for 17 inch or replace with Michelin. Ride quality is one of the few negatives, and believe the tire size and suspension contributes to the bouncy ride. BUT-I LOVE THIS 50!!!!
 

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All Mazdas of the past 20 years have a slightly firm ride.
Why?, well do you want a car with no feel and a soft sponge ride.
I go with the firm ride with feel. Mazdas have great handling and ride firmness is all part of it.
 

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I have owned my 50 Turbo for 1.5 months now. The ride is firm, no doubt, but not rough, and will say with no doubt it is an absolute joy to drive. It handles somewhere between a sports car and a higher end suv. If you are looking for a suspension that floats over every bump this may not be your car, you might try a Buick or Cadillac but if you want a car that you really enjoy driving because of the handling, appearance, fit and finish I believe you will be quite happy. Mazda did a great job.
 

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I have owned my 50 Turbo for 1.5 months now. The ride is firm, no doubt, but not rough, and will say with no doubt it is an absolute joy to drive. It handles somewhere between a sports car and a higher end suv. If you are looking for a suspension that floats over every bump this may not be your car, you might try a Buick or Cadillac but if you want a car that you really enjoy driving because of the handling, appearance, fit and finish I believe you will be quite happy. Mazda did a great job.
It's definitely on the firmer side but I agree it's not punishing you either. How does your CX-50's ride compare to other cars/SUVs you've owned @Pitts Pilot?
 

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I'm taking delivery this Friday and replaced the stock wheels/tires with 20" black semi-gloss wheels and Conti ExtremeContact DWS06 PLUS tires - which I have on another vehicles and tires are 👍. That and a light tint will hopefully complete the look I'm going for w/ Zircon Sand.
 

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I'm taking delivery this Friday and replaced the stock wheels/tires with 20" black semi-gloss wheels and Conti ExtremeContact DWS06 PLUS tires - which I have on another vehicles and tires are 👍. That and a light tint will hopefully complete the look I'm going for w/ Zircon Sand.
Welcome to the forum @DaveGH. Do you have a picture of the wheels you will be replacing the factory set with? What are you driving at the moment?
 

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I'm taking delivery this Friday and replaced the stock wheels/tires with 20" black semi-gloss wheels and Conti ExtremeContact DWS06 PLUS tires - which I have on another vehicles and tires are 👍. That and a light tint will hopefully complete the look I'm going for w/ Zircon Sand.
That's great news @DaveGH congratulations! Keep us updated on how things go when you pick up your CX-50!
 

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Just picked my PPT today, had a short ride on highway, back roads. In comparison to my 2018 Camry XSE, the ride is plush, it's also better than the 2015 Rav 4 I had. Yes, it's firm, but certainly not rigid or stiff. The steering does not bother me either, but it does feel different (better).
 

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Just picked my PPT today, had a short ride on highway, back roads. In comparison to my 2018 Camry XSE, the ride is plush, it's also better than the 2015 Rav 4 I had. Yes, it's firm, but certainly not rigid or stiff. The steering does not bother me either, but it does feel different (better).
Only real issue I have is ride quality but love the zoom-zoom, great leather interior, Bose sound system and I could go on. I agree with Consumer Reports. This is what Consumer Reports has to say:

"What We Don't Like

Ride quality: “There’s no excuse for how harsh the ride is over bumps.” That quote from one of our testers pretty much sums up the experience. The CX-50’s 20-inch wheels and 45-aspect-ratio tires make for a terrible ride—the levels at which some bumps crash through is shocking. It’s a mystery as to why Mazda has huge 20-inch wheels on top trims and small-ish 17-inch wheels on lower trims, without any in-between option.
Most bumps, such as over manhole covers, come through as noticeable punches, and larger road imperfections like highway expansion joints and pavement heaves strike through noticeably. It’s stiff to the point that most drivers did their best to actively steer around minor potholes and even manhole covers".
 

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Btw, the dealer (very good friend of ours) has been so good re: locating the vehicle for us and managing the tire/wheel upgrades etc. that I didn't have the heart to send him this...yet 😉
 

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