The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

2023 CX-50 is mid-size Mazda commuter fun

- By Marc D Grasso Grasso’s Garage is here for you! Are you in the market for a new car? I would be happy to provide my honest input. All you have to do is email me: marc.grasso@bostonhera­ld. com.

Welcome Back Mazda, it’s been too long!

In Grasso’s Garage this week, we enjoyed Mazda’s recent release the 2023 CX-50. Born in the SUV class, the CX class is commuter engaged fun while limiting the frills and thrills. The 5 seater CX-50 is specifical­ly designed for that every day commuter or driver back and forth to work who need transporta­tion. Thrills and Frills not included but with the standard Mazda offerings, the CX-50 certainly has a place in today’s consumer market.

Wrapped in Machine Gray Metallic, the CX-50 is specious for the driver and passengers alike. Its lack-luster infotainme­nt system is typical of Mazda as they try to keep the technology out of it and stick to basics; good idea! On the interior we notice a small protruding infotainme­nt system in the center dash, which is just small enough to see, and not too large that it obscures your view. Powering the 10.25 inch infotainme­nt operation is a center console dial, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road while operating. The volume knob is in the center console, which we really enjoy as well.

Our 2.5L Turbo charged Premium Plus AWD tester was flawless. It had tons of get up and go, excellent ride quality and nice styling. With 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, the CX-50 means business. We liked that the 6-speed automatic transmissi­on still had a shifter as well as option manual when pushed over like past vehicle models. 20 inch wheels, leather seats, sunroof, ventilated and heated seats, Siriusxm, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, were also a few items that came standard in our tester. On our week-long test, we enjoyed both highway, city and long distance driving. The CX-50 did great on all terrains and gas mileage was commendabl­e as well coming in at 25.7 for our test. I would like to see some more legroom width in the front seats, but I am not complainin­g at all.

We are really excited to see Mazda back in the Grasso’s Garage fleet again and for good reason. They manufactur­e realistic automobile­s for realistic consumers. Rightly priced, reightly designed is why Mazda always has a place in Grasso’s Garage and the CX50 is no different.

MSRP: $42,350

MPG: 23city / 29highway / 25.7 as tested

As Tested: $44,750


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