The 2023 Mazda CX-50 Is a CX-5 That Stands Out More

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    Mazda CX-50 review! The 2023 Mazda CX-50 is a lot like Mazda's popular CX-5 -- but it stands out even more. Today I'm reviewing the CX-50, and I'll show you all the quirks and features of this Mazda crossover. I'm also going to drive the CX-50 and review the driving experience.

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FTIR 14
FTIR 14

I think we can all agree that if Mazda has "declared war on touchscreens" that bodes well for keeping climate controls as physical buttons, at least in Mazdas

LV4EVR
LV4EVR

Mazda is right on the touch screen. Once you get used to the wheel, it's far more intuitive and you can do most everything without even looking at the screen. Kudos to Mazda for standing their (correct) ground.

rock
rock

I always love when Doug reviews car people can actually afford

weirdshibainu
weirdshibainu

I just rented a CX-9 for a week. I was surprised by the premium feel of the interior and the use of a knob vs. a touchscreen was a non-issue. After one day, it was easy to use and I knew f I had owned the car vs. rent and personalized the experience, it would be my preference for a UI. I agree with Mazda.

Kashish Nagpal
Kashish Nagpal

Doug never mentioned the added things Mazda did like this is the first Mazda SUV with a panoramic sunroof and the fact that they strengthened the pillars to be able strap heavy loads to the roof such as roof tents. Adds to the whole ruggedness and I think that's pretty cool. I also agree with Mazda. Have a Mazda 3 and don't miss the touchscreen one bit. I sit in other cars and automatically reach for a non existent knob

Biffmin
Biffmin

Not having a touch screen is a HUGE plus in my opinion. In fact, I love how small the whole setup is.

CL34
CL34

I’ve found Mazdas user interface with the knob is quick and easy to use. I actually prefer it better than the touch screen. Honestly it’s a non issue and won’t impact your enjoyment of the car.

Megatronus Orion Pax
Megatronus Orion Pax

Mazdas pretty right though about touchscreen infotainments in a car. It's the reason we're not supposed to be on our phones while driving after all it's definitely something I think we should commend them for since they're really thinking about the safety of the driver

Neil Rajput
Neil Rajput

I’m glad Mazda is going against the grain on the infotainment system. There are many who prefer this type of set up to a touch screen

Jarle Tronerud
Jarle Tronerud

Mazda might be right with the non- touchscreen interface. It is starting to be a big thing in Europe. Accidents are happening more often (Up 50 percent in Norway) and experts are questioning touchscreens and lack of buttons.

Tyler Alexander
Tyler Alexander

My parents, who are in their 60s, can use the Mazda knob with no problems (including with CarPlay). I don't see it as being a big flaw. Compared to my car, I really do appreciate having the screen in the field of view when I drive their CX-5.

Jon Hughes
Jon Hughes

As the happy owner of a CX-5 - Mazda is right about the touchscreen. Yes, I had to get familiar with the knob, but my eyes stay on the road, I now know the system and can everything I need with the knob better than the touchscreen. The controls on the center console are right where my hand is. For a car reviewer who doesn't spend enough time with the car to really learn this stuff and have it become routine I can understand how Doug wouldn't like it. When the car is your daily driver for an extended period? It's the best system I've ever used.

Kevin ryan
Kevin ryan

Mazda's lineup has always felt strange to me. They keep their offerings relatively slim compared to other manufacturers, but then come out with models like this that are barely differentiated from similar models while having huge gaps in their overall offerings

Winston
Winston

I still disagree with the touch screen argument. With a dedicated controller, you can use it from memory without looking at the screen once you have learned it. Car reviewers always say how much easier the touch screens are because they are constantly reviewing a new car every week but the customer is going to own the vehicle for years.

John Mckay
John Mckay

Mazda are the Nintendo of cars lol, just off doing their own thing.

DK
DK

I was shocked at how good the CX-5 was when I bought mine after years of RAV-4s and CR-Vs. Also the control knob does not bother me at all.

Dmitry Plohish
Dmitry Plohish

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slyons
slyons

The 20" wheels are absurd. It looks great on the 17" wheels. If I bought the turbo I would consider selling the 20"s and downsizing to the lower-model's 17"s. I think the smaller wheels look better, they probably ride more comfortably, definitely would be better for anything "off-roady", have better protection against road hazards, and have many more tire options and better tire prices.

NovoNL
NovoNL

I drove a Mazda3 from 2017 and 2020 and I can't disagree more with you in regards of the infotainment screen. I guess the learning curve is steeper then a "conventional" touchscreen but once you are used to it you don't want to go back. Furthermore, there are physical buttons for everything (air conditioning, seat warmer, windshield whispers) and with Android auto and Carplay you barely need to play with the infotainment system anyway. I whish more manufacturers adopted Mazda's philosophy.

Andrew Langellier
Andrew Langellier

Considering that a lot of the vehicles Doug has reviewed has had the dial infotainment control, you would think he’d be used to it

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