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Not because i own one, but frankly if the guy in the passenger seat was a Lexus salesman and he tried to sell me on why not to buy the CX50, as he is, it would make me want to go check out the CX50. Rather annoying. In the end after checking out both I would end up with the CX50, as I did. The CX50 is a good looking vehicle the Lexus NX, is well built and comfortable but frankly a not so attractive vehicle that will be out of style soon. The curves of the CX50 never loose their style, like a Macan. I forgot to say the CX50 is also fun to drive. The Lexus is more like a Buick, which are fine. Frankly I dont care that it’s not a humvee…
 

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Should have also mentioned the Outback, altbough maybe a bit more off road capable, a close relative who traded his in after 4 years because of the rattles and noises it made said it doesnt compare to their CX5 Turbo.
 

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Not because i own one, but frankly if the guy in the passenger seat was a Lexus salesman and he tried to sell me on why not to buy the CX50, as he is, it would make me want to go check out the CX50. Rather annoying. In the end after checking out both I would end up with the CX50, as I did. The CX50 is a good looking vehicle the Lexus NX, is well built and comfortable but frankly a not so attractive vehicle that will be out of style soon. The curves of the CX50 never loose their style, like a Macan. I forgot to say the CX50 is also fun to drive. The Lexus is more like a Buick, which are fine. Frankly I dont care that it’s not a humvee…
I do think the one guy calls Mazda’s BS about the CX50 and how they marketed the vehicle. I like my CX50, but there are some strange choices Mazda has made in its execution. Although the guy was pretty snarky in his approach, I agree with a lot that he said.
 

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The biggest issue with this review is that they clearly did not do any research. It is not an off-road version of the CX-5. They are completely different platforms. Sharing an engine and transmission with similar names does not make them "almost the same." It also does have the option for 18's that they claim it does not.

I do agree with them that the CX-50 is much better looking than the CX-5. I also agree that the off-road nature of this car is mostly show. I also agree that they made some weird decisions for something that is supposed to be off-road focused, namely the 20" wheels and stiff suspension. Neither of those are off-road features. I also agree that the suspension tuning is a miss.

At first glance, the CX-50 is a home run. Coming from an Outback, which I agree with the reviewers is the target, I was very attracted to the looks, Mazda reliability and driving dynamics, and great interior for the price. But as you use it and really start to look closer, it actually feels like Mazda may have missed the mark.

At this point, I will likely be getting out of mine within the next year.
 

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The biggest issue with this review is that they clearly did not do any research. It is not an off-road version of the CX-5. They are completely different platforms. Sharing an engine and transmission with similar names does not make them "almost the same." It also does have the option for 18's that they claim it does not.

I do agree with them that the CX-50 is much better looking than the CX-5. I also agree that the off-road nature of this car is mostly show. I also agree that they made some weird decisions for something that is supposed to be off-road focused, namely the 20" wheels and stiff suspension. Neither of those are off-road features. I also agree that the suspension tuning is a miss.

At first glance, the CX-50 is a home run. Coming from an Outback, which I agree with the reviewers is the target, I was very attracted to the looks, Mazda reliability and driving dynamics, and great interior for the price. But as you use it and really start to look closer, it actually feels like Mazda may have missed the mark.

At this point, I will likely be getting out of mine within the next year.
It feels like Mazda is having a brand identity crisis. Are we sporty, or we luxury or are we outdoorsy? When you lose focus, the finished product will suffer. I think there are a lot of pros about the CX50. There are some definite cons as well, but they can be easily fixed. I will love to be a fly on the wall when Mazda leadership is discussing their brand strategic plan.
 
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