Mazda Revealing a new interior design language with Mazda3 redesigned several years ago, and it was so well received that each next vehicle reworked (or made entirely new) will receive a variation of that interior. The trend continues for New Mazda CX-50 2023.
Luxurious appearance, a large number of comfortable buttons/buttons, and an attractive combination of color and styling CX-50’s cabin one of the best – if not the best – in its segment. My tester is Turbo Premium Plus, which is the highest possible equipment level of CX-50. It starts at $42,775, which is pricey on the outside, but step inside, and the interior is sure to feel its price tag.
Specify the Terracotta leather option, and you’ll have a tan interior that pops with orange in bright light. The seats have an eye-catching black centerline with contrast stitching. Mazda upgrades the doors in a two-tone look and you get faux (but convincing) leather pads on both the dashboard and doors. They’re also accented with contrasting stitching that just feels cute when you run your hand over them. There’s no wood or aluminum trim here, but the way Mazda has styled the interior makes such flashy things feel unnecessary.
All controls are well laid out and ergonomic. You get a traditional gearshift lever that also serves as a great arm rest on long trips. The infotainment system is pushed quite deep into the dashboard to help keep your head from spinning out of the way for use. It’s close enough for you to touch it (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are controllable via the touchscreen), but we don’t recommend doing so. You’re better off using the swivel, tilt, and press tactile knob to control the infotainment. Quick knob-by-turn toggles for navigation and music make it easy to swap between the two (they even work to swap between the navigation and music apps in CarPlay and Android Auto), and the button The dedicated “home” and “back” are also very much appreciated.
The combination of digital and analog continues in the instrument cluster. Analog gauges located next to a digital display can be mistaken for an all-analog setup until you notice the information displayed can change. You can choose to set the display to look like a traditional speedometer, swap to a driver assist display, and more. This is easily one of the most readable and easy to use meter setups available.
The volume and temperature control knobs both have a knurled design that makes them easy to hold and satisfying to the touch. The Mazda’s push-button dampers are also striking, in that they emphasize a sense of luxury, and despite a serious effort was made to turn them into really cool knobs. Everything you touch and feel in this interior feels car price much higher, and it’s the little things that make everyday ownership so much better.
On the bad side, Mazda seems to insist on using black plastic piano in terrible places. For example, that is what is used as a wraparound gearbox. Within a few days to a week, it was full of dust and stains, and simply looked rough – to illustrate this, we limited wiping it down for a week under normal use. and the photos right below are the results. If you want your car’s interior to look neat and orderly, you’ll need to carry a cloth to regularly wipe down the piano’s black surfaces. And even if you do this, the shiny surface is prone to scratches over time.
The back seat is as useful as CX-5’s back seat, a bit disappointing as the CX-50 is both longer and wider CX-5. On the surface it may be a large SUV, but others like it Honda CR-VA and Hyundai Tucson still beats it for rear seat space. Finally, we noticed that the wireless phone charger is also too small and will show a charging error code when we test it for some larger phones.
You won’t find a compact machine intersection at this size and price bracket with a premium interior as the CX-50 offers in its top-level trims. If that’s what you value most, it will treat you well. Competitors may offer hybrid powertrainFlashier tech and more space, but Mazda is the only one that is ahead and behind the entry-level luxury SUV alternatives when it comes to quality and design.