Mazda CX-50 Blends the Brand’s Signature On-Road Driving Dynamics With Off-Road Capability

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The Mazda CX-50. Photo Mazda

Mazda Canada recently announced pricing for the 2024 Mazda CX-50.

This rugged and capable crossover SUV is purpose built for the active lifestyles of North Americans, and empowers drivers to explore the great outdoors and venture off with confidence and ease. It combines superior on-road driving dynamics and sophisticated design, a signature of any Mazda vehicle. The CX-50 will be available at Mazda retailers across the country with a starting MSRP of $39,300, and a turbocharged model is available at $46,750.

The CX-50 is available in four models with two efficient powertrain choices—a Skyactiv-G 2.5L naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with Cylinder Deactivation producing 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, or a Skyactiv-G 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with Mazda’s i-stop technology, producing 256 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque on premium 93 octane gas, or 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque on regular 87 octane gas. Both engines are mated to a quick-shifting Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. The CX-50 comes standard with i-Activ All-Wheel Drive (AWD) technology and Mazda Intelligent Drive Select, or Mi-Drive. Standard drive modes, including Sport and Off-road, can be selected with the Mi-Drive control and will help the crossover SUV perform naturally and confidently in a wide variety of driving conditions, such as off-road terrain or in snowy conditions, while the new available Tow Mode assists with towing up to 1,588 kg (3,500 lbs) on select models.

CX-50 GS-L

The entry-level CX-50 GS-L offers customers an impressive array of standard premium safety, convenience, and technology amenities, such as dual-zone automatic climate control with rear heater ducts, LED interior lighting, a 10.25-inch centre console display, Mazda Harmonic Acoustics audio system with 8-speakers, touch screen centre display for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Mazda Connect infotainment system, four USB ports (two front, two rear), a 7-inch TFT LCD display, power rear liftgate, and Mazda Connected Services, among many other standard features. The CX-50 also comes standard with a power-sliding panoramic moonroof with one-touch open and close feature that helps occupants feel more connected with nature, whether under a canopy of trees or feeling the fresh air flow seamlessly through the open cabin.

Comfort for the driver and all passengers on board is enhanced with leatherette-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, a heated steering wheel, and remote fold down rear seats.

Moving to the exterior of the CX-50, standard features include unique 17-inch black metallic alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear roof spoiler, body-coloured power side-view mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, and dual exhaust outlets. All CX-50 GS-L models come exclusively with a Skyactiv-G 2.5L naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with Cylinder Deactivation, Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission, and standard i-Activ AWD system with Mi-Drive with a 907 kg (2,000 lb) towing capacity.

As with any Mazda vehicle, safety is a priority whether on the road or venturing out into nature, and the CX-50 delivers it in spades. i-Activsense active and passive safety features are standard on all CX-50 models and include Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support Front, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Pedestrian Detection (forward sensing), Lane-keep Assist System, High Beam Control, and more.

CX-50 GT

The CX-50 GT distinguishes itself visually by offering 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with machine-cut polished finish and dark painted pockets as well as automatic power folding side-view mirrors. Opting for the CX-50 elevates the interior amenities by offering a Bose 12-speaker premium audio system with Centerpoint and AudioPilot, SiriusXM satellite radio with three-month trial subscription, SiriusXM Traffic Plus and Travel Link services with 5-year subscription, frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink wireless control system, Mazda Navigation, and wireless phone charging (Qi). Occupants benefit from six-way power adjustable front passenger seat, leather seating surfaces in black or a unique terracotta colour inspired by nature, two-position driver seat memory linked with exterior mirrors, ventilated front seats, premium trim inserts with camel stitching on black interior, and orange stitching on the terracotta interior.

Additional safety technology upgrades include a windshield-projected Active Driving Display, 360° View Monitor, Emergency Lane Keeping with Blind Spot Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, front and rear parking sensors, Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) Rear and SCBS Rear Crossing, and Adaptive Front-lighting System.

CX-50 GT Turbo

Taking the step to the CX-50 GT Turbo offers an entirely new level of performance while keeping true to the CX-50’s adventurous spirit. CX-50 GT Turbo models receive Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with i-stop, Mazda’s idle-stop technology, paired with a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Like all CX-50s, turbo models also come standard with the i-Activ AWD system with Mi-Drive with Sport and Off-road modes, and a new Towing mode. Towing capacity increases to 1,588 kg (3,500 lbs) with the turbo engine, up from 907 kg (2,000 lbs) on naturally aspirated models.

In addition to the boost in engine output, the CX-50 2.5 Turbo comes standard with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to enhance the Mazda performance experience from the driver’s seat. Exclusive exterior design elements include unique Turbo badging, larger exhaust outlets, and silver accents in the front and rear bumper.

CX-50 Turbo Meridian Edition

Mazda believes that we are more human in nature. The Meridian Edition embodies the outdoor, adventurous nature of the CX-50 2.5 Turbo by offering exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires, side rocker garnish and distinctive hood graphics, and a host of outdoor-specific accessories to allow customers to take CX-50 confidently and conveniently where it belongs—in the wild.

CX-50 Turbo Meridian Edition – Apex Package

Meridian Edition customers looking for the ultimate piece of adventure equipment can opt for the Apex Package upgrade. The package includes roof-mounted black crossbars, a roof platform and both front and rear splash guards. The roof platform allows customers to secure even more outdoor equipment or add the available rooftop tent from Mazda’s accessories offerings.



CX-50 GS-L


CX-50 GT


CX-50 GT Turbo


CX-50 Meridian Edition


CX-50 Meridian Edition (Apex Package)




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