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Which SUV is Best For You: The Mazda CX-50 vs. Mazda CX-5

Comparing the Mazda CX-50 vs Mazda CX-5

The world of premium SUVs offers you the choice of Mazda CX-50 vs. Mazda CX-5. With the adventure-ready Mazda CX-50 new on the scene and the well-known Mazda CX-5 refreshed and ready to please, there’s no wrong choice here — only the one that fits your lifestyle the best.

Read on to see how the Mazda CX-50 And Mazda CX-5 compare and visit Greenway Mazda Houston for a test drive.

Mazda CX-5 vs. Mazda CX-50
Specs & Performance

Choosing the Mazda CX-5 or Mazda CX-50 provides the same powertrain options. Namely, the standard SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 187 horsepower in the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-50. Both SUVs provide a standard all-wheel-drive layout and a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.

You’ll also find the available SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine offered in the Mazda CX-50 and the Mazda CX-5. It makes 227 horsepower with 87 octane unleaded gasoline, or 256 horsepower when using 93 octane premium unleaded gasoline.

However, a key difference when comparing the Mazda CX-50 vs. Mazda CX-5 is that the Mazda CX-50 can be slightly more efficient. Specifically, the Mazda CX-50 delivers an EPA-estimated 24 MPG city / 30 MPG highway1 with its standard engine and an EPA-estimated 23 MPG city / 29 MPG highway1 with the optional turbo engine.

The Mazda CX-5 delivers an EPA-estimated 24 MPG city / 30 MPG highway1 with its standard engine but an EPA-estimated rating of 22 MPG city / 27 MPG highway1 when you select the turbo engine.

When properly equipped, the Mazda CX-50 Turbo can tow up to 3,500 pounds2, making it one of the strongest choices when searching for a new Mazda for sale; meanwhile, the Mazda CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 pounds.2

Specs & Performance

Dimensions & Capacities

Compare Mazda CX-50 vs. Mazda CX-5
Dimensions & Capacities

Mazda CX-5 or Mazda CX-50: which is the larger model? In this case, the larger number means a larger size.

Indeed, the Mazda CX-50 has an overall length of 185.8-inches, a width of 72.9-inches, and a height of 63.9-inches.

The Mazda CX-5 is more agile with its 180.1-inches of overall length, 72.6-inches of width, and 65.4-inches of height.

The Mazda CX-50 has an all-terrain-ready ground clearance of up to 8.6-inches; the Mazda CX-5 offers up to 7.9-inches of ground clearance.

But, the Mazda CX-5 is a longtime favorite member of our new vehicle specials for its competitive maximum cargo volume of 59.3 cubic feet; the Mazda CX-50 is also competitive but has a maximum cargo volume of 56.4 cubic feet.

Their interior measurements are similar:

Mazda CX-50:

  • Legroom (front/rear): 41.7-inches/39.8-inches
  • Headroom (front/rear): 39.1-inches/38.6-inches
  • Shoulder room (front/rear): 55.9-inches/53.6-inches

Mazda CX-5:

  • Legroom (front/rear): 41-inches/39.6-inches
  • Headroom (front/rear): 39.7-inches/39-inches
  • Shoulder room (front/rear): 57.1-inches/54.8-inches

These SUV siblings are designed to let you enjoy the ride with ample room, wherever that ride may take you.

Compare the Mazda CX-50 vs. Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-50 Mazda CX-5
Horsepower 256 @ 5000 rpm 256 @ 5000 rpm
Tow Capacity2 Up to 3,500 pounds Up to 2,000 pounds
Torque 320 lb-ft at 2,500 rpm 320 @ 2500 rpm
EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy (Highway) 29 27
Maximum Cargo Capacity 56.4 cu. ft. 59.3 cu. ft.
Seating Capacity1 5 5

Mazda CX-50 or Mazda CX-5:
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Mazda CX-50 vs. Mazda CX-5 features include a 10.3-inch touchscreen Mazda Connect™ infotainment system, radar cruise control, and more. They’re both exceptional choices; the differences boil down to slightly more efficiency, towing power, and off-road optimizations in the Mazda CX-50 and more cargo room, headroom, and city-ready agility in the Mazda CX-5.

Visit our Mazda dealership for a test drive and discover our competitively-priced new or pre-owned inventory today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the towing capacity of a Mazda CX-50 and Mazda CX-5?

When properly equipped, the standard Mazda CX-50 can tow up to 2,000 pounds2, or up to 3,500 pounds2 with the available turbo engine. The Mazda CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 pounds2 when properly equipped.

What is the gas mileage for a Mazda CX-5?

The standard Mazda CX-5 delivers an EPA-estimated 24 MPG city / 30 MPG highway1 or an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city / 27 MPG highway1 with its available turbo engine.

Is a Mazda CX-50 bigger than a Mazda CX-5?

Mazda CX-50 vs. Mazda CX-5 dimensions show that the Mazda CX-50 is 5.7-inches longer and 0.3-inches wider than the Mazda CX-5.


1EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.

2Towing capacities shown are maximums and must be reduced by the weight of any passenger, cargo hitch or optional equipment in the towing vehicle. Please refer to vehicle Owner’s Manual for details regarding towing capacities and other valuable information. Towing a trailer will have an effect on the vehicle’s handling, braking, durability, performance and driving economy. For specific information on recommended or required equipment, see your Mazda Dealer. Hitches are available through manufacturers other than Mazda.

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