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2025 Mazda CX-50 Debuts As Updated Ford Escape Rival

Mazda – a brand that Ford CEO Jim Farley admittedly has a soft spot for – has launched a bevy of new products in recent months, including the 2024 CX-90 and the 2025 CX-70. The smaller CX-50 debuted back in 2021 for the 2023 model year as a direct Ford Escape rival as well, adding yet another choice for consumers in the compact crossover space. Now, the 2025 Mazda CX-50 ushers in some updates for the relatively new model, too.

The most notable update for the 2025 Mazda CX-50 is the addition of a hybrid powertrain option to the lineup, which is available in Preferred, Premium, and Premium Plus trims. It pairs a naturally-aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder gas engine with three electric motors to generate a combined 219 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque, as well as an EPA combined fuel economy rating of 38 miles-per-gallon. The hybrid powertrain is mated to a CVT gearbox and a standard eAWD system, too. Hybrid CX-50 models feature unique wheel designs, a different lower front bumper, and an availability red leather interior option, to boot.

2025 Mazda CX-50 Hybrid - Exterior 002 - Side

Outside of this big addition, the 2025 Mazda CX-50 lineup gets a few other minor updates, including exterior and interior styling revisions, standard Alexa Built-In, a rear seat reminder function, improved automatic emergency braking and collision mitigation features, all while the new Meridian Edition has taken the place of the outgoing Preferred trim.

In terms of pricing, the base 2.5 S Select starts out at $30,300 not including $1,420 for destination and handling, while the Hybrid Preferred costs a bit more at $33,970. Given its big boost in fuel economy, that should make the 2025 Mazda CX-50 Hybrid pretty attractive for shoppers in the compact crossover space, though the Ford Escape is available not only in hybrid form, but also, as a plug-in hybrid with limited all-electric driving range.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. SCEcoBoost

    I’ve still yet to see a single one of these on the roads.

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    1. MJ

      Living in Florida , I rarely see any Ford or Lincoln products except the F150. Ford must had a market share of 1-2 % in the third largest state , pathetic . Ford has no real full product line anymore, and all vehicle basically come in white, red, black, silver and gray. No new colors at all

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      1. Papa Shoe

        Could not agree with you more. A total lost cause. The F150 has been plagued with recalls since 2021.

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      2. ArtG

        That’s like yogi Berra saying, “It’s so crowded, nobody goes there anymore.” The F-150 is the 4th best-selling vehicle in FL behind Corolla, RAV4, and Camry. Silverado is 5th. I’m sure Ford is crying all the way to the bank over their market share in FL.

        If you don’t own one of those, then your car isn’t even on the list.

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