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2024 Mazda CX-50 Turbo Premium Plus: Full Review and Test Drive



As an auto journalist, I’ve had the pleasure of spending some quality time with the 2024 Mazda CX-50 2.5L Turbo Premium Plus, and I’m eager to share my experience. This machine, dressed in a sophisticated Machine Gray Metallic exterior and a rich Terracotta interior, is a feast for the senses and a testament to Mazda’s commitment to driving pleasure.

Under the hood, the CX-50 boasts a turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5L engine that delivers a robust 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque on regular gas. This powertrain is paired with Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive, ensuring confident handling in various driving conditions. The addition of MI-DRIVE with Sport/Off-Road/Towing modes further enhances the vehicle’s versatility, whether you’re cruising on the highway or venturing off the beaten path. Despite its sporty ride, the CX-50’s fuel economy, at 23 mpg city, 29 highway, and 25 combined, isn’t the class leader, but it’s a trade-off for the spirited performance.

Comfort and Interior
Inside, the CX-50 doesn’t disappoint. The leather-trimmed seats are both heated and ventilated, providing year-round comfort. The power driver’s seat with memory function ensures you’ll always find your perfect driving position with ease. The heated steering wheel and leather-wrapped paddle shifters add a touch of luxury and control, making every drive an engaging experience. The spacious cabin comfortably accommodates five passengers, all secured with 3-point safety belts.

Safety and Technology
Mazda has packed the CX-50 with an impressive array of safety features. The suite includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist, and a Lane Departure Warning System, providing peace of mind for both driver and passengers. The 360-degree View Monitor and Traffic Jam Assist are part of the Turbo Premium Plus package, enhancing safety and convenience in tight spots and heavy traffic.

The technological offerings are equally impressive. The Mazda Connect system, along with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, ensures seamless connectivity. The 10.25-inch color center display is crisp and clear, while the Bose 12-speaker audio system delivers an immersive sound experience. The Active Driving Display projects vital information onto the windshield, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road.

Exterior Features
The CX-50’s exterior is as functional as it is stylish. The power panoramic moonroof and adaptive front lighting system add to the vehicle’s allure, while practical features like the rear power liftgate and power-folding side mirrors enhance everyday usability. The 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires provide a commanding presence on the road.

With a total MSRP of $45,270, the CX-50 sits in a competitive spot in the market. It’s not the cheapest option, but considering the extensive list of features and the overall driving experience, it feels like good value.

Pros and Cons
The CX-50 handles exceptionally well, offering a sporty and engaging ride.
The design is distinctive, setting it apart from competitors like the Honda CR-V, VW Tiguan, and Kia Sportage Hybrid.
Seats are both comfortable and supportive, suitable for long journeys.

Fuel economy isn’t the best in its class.
There’s a noticeable rattle in the sunroof area, which could detract from the otherwise premium feel.
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Roosevelt Gist, President

Roosevelt sold cars, leased autos and wrote numerous articles on buying, leasing and financing autos for several African American Newspapers. began in 1986 as a car buying service for credit unions in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. evolved over the years to the largest and most focused website for video of car company new product introductions, live weekly auto talk show and detailed video walk arounds of new cars.  Roosevelt conducted last interview of JFK, Jr. on camera before his untimely death. 

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