2023 CX-50 Zircon Sand/Terracotta PPT
Howdy, everyone. The CX-50 is the 6th Mazda I've purchased. Moved from a 2019 CX-5 Signature primarily for the greater towing capacity as I'm looking to purchase a small teardrop camper in the next year. Early impressions: while same engine as CX-5, different programming results in what seems to be a more smooth but still powerful acceleration in regular mode. Road noise is higher than the CX-5 as the 50 to my understanding doesn't have double paned glass, but it isn't terrible. The small amount of extra interior space over the CX-5 seems bigger than it is both visually and physically in the front, rear and cargo areas. Panoramic roof really makes the back seat feel more open and comfortable. Better forward visibility with the wider windshield/lower hoodline. Seats are firm but for me comfortably so. Wireless CarPlay works flawlessly for me. Had to switch to a more narrow case for my iPhone 12 Pro Max as the existing bulkier one prevented proper alignment with the wireless charging pad--it now works perfectly. Minor personal quibbles: center console storage is just a big open space without any tray. Hopefully aftermarket comes up with a drop in tray solution, as there are no rails or inner edges for one to sit on, just the top edge. While the move of the rear USB and seat heater controls to the back of the center console is great, I'm not a fan of the horizontal pull strap design on the rear center cupholder arm. It looks like it is meant to slip something into it. Having something is better than my CX-5 which had nothing to pull on, but would much prefer a simple pull tab at the top. I also miss having front & rear footwell lighting that was present in my 2019 CX-5. Favorite design element: the front end, both from straight on but in particular from a slightly back angled side view. Looks amazingly aggressive.