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Will the new Mazda CX-50 end the CX-5?

Mazda CX-50 production limitations may keep the CX-5 around for a while yet

  • The CX-30 killed off the CX-3 in the US and Canada.

  • Mazda touts different buyers for the CX-50 and CX-5 but that seems doubtful.

  • The CX-5 is Mazda’s best-selling product in Canada and the US.

But then, based on history, the popular Mazda CX-5 SUV should be phased out. Supporting this suggestion is the fact that the Japanese automaker pulled the plug on the small CX-3 about a year after introducing the CX-30. Now, while the CX-50 might put a dent in CX-5 sales, the math here is very different.

2023 Mazda CX-50 First Drive Review: Almost a luxury SUV

The CX-3 never generated any substantial volume for Mazda. Removing it from the roster in favour of the sportier and more dynamic-looking CX-30 posed few risks. If anything, the only consequence would be a volume increase. Where the CX-5 is concerned, taking it down from Mazda’s product offering is far riskier.

Last year alone, Mazda sold more than 168,500 CX-5s in the US. Production of the new CX-50 is limited to 150,000 units annually from the Mazda-Toyota factory in Huntsville, Ala. Until Mazda can increase CX-50 output, they are unlikely to kill off the CX-5.

“The CX-5 will only stick around for another one to three years after CX-50 sales pick up,” said Ivan Drury, senior manager of insights at Edmunds, as reported by Automotive News.

We tend to agree as the CX-50’s rugged design is far more appealing despite the CX-5’s handsome and refined lines. Anything “outdoorsy” is trendy now and will probably remain for several years. Most likely, buyers will organically migrate to the CX-50, and eventually, we’ll say our goodbyes to the CX-5.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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