The Mazda CX-50 2023 is designed to be slightly tougher than similar SUVs in its class. Its AWD technology and improved motion control make it a great car for any outdoor adventure. It’s also nearly as affordable as the Mazda CX-5, starting at $27,550.
One of the Mazda CX-50’s most popular rivals is the 2022 Ford Bronco Sport. Thanks to numerous production delays, many would-be drivers haven’t even had the chance to test it out yet. That’s why we’re here to tell you three reasons why the Ford Bronco Sport is an excellent off-road compact SUV.
1. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport has more standard torque
According to Ford, the Bronco Sport’s entry-level turbo-three engine produces 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard 4WD.
The Mazda CX-50’s base engine lacks turbo power, though it still makes 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. AWD is standard, but comes with a shorter six-speed automatic gearbox.
However, it’s worth noting that the Mazda CX-50’s optional four-turbo engine produces 256 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. Cars and Drivers prefer this powertrain for its fresh 0 to 60 mph time of 6.6 seconds. Meanwhile, a Ford Bronco Sport turbo-four is available, exclusive to the Badlands model, producing 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque.
It’s also cheaper to get access to the CX-50’s turbo engine compared to the Bronco Sport. According to Mazda, you’d be paying at least $37,150 for the 2.5 Turbo trim. The Ford Bronco Sport Badlands has an estimated price of $41,505.
Of course, the Badlands trim includes a lot of trail-focused gear that the CX-50 doesn’t offer. Ford says this model comes with off-road suspension, two extra terrain settings for the GOAT function, and off-road cooking control.
Mazda has announced the Mazda CX-50 Meridian Edition with some other adventurous gear, but it hasn’t been released yet. When available, it will have an MSRP of $39,950.
2. Mazda CX-50 2023 has a smaller cargo capacity
According to Edmunds, the Mazda CX-50 can hold more than 56 cubic feet of cargo in the cargo area. If every seat is upright, that number shrinks to close to 31 cubic feet.
When every Ford Bronco Sport seat is used, you’ll have over 32 cubic feet of storage area. In total, the Bronco Sport has over 65 cubic feet of cargo space. You can also use the space more effectively because of the Bronco Sport’s square body structure.
The Bronco Sport is a winner in terms of front seat headroom, legroom and shoulder area. The seats in both rows also have more customization options. However, the Mazda CX-50 gives passengers a little more wiggle room in the rear seats.
According to Car and Driver, the Bronco Sport’s cargo area also serves a variety of uses. Each model has a 400 watt inverter, bottle opener and sliding work surface.
3. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport has better braking distance
According to Consumer Reports, the Ford Bronco Sport can brake from 60 to 0 mph in 126 feet on a dry surface. It takes 135 feet to achieve the same feat on wet pavement, but it’s still very convincing. Despite some obvious understeering, the CR is satisfied overall with the Bronco Sport’s handling.
In comparison, the Mazda CX-50 requires 131 feet of stopping distance on dry pavement. Consumer Reports warns that the CX-50 may take at least 142 feet to brake on slippery surfaces. While still one of the most confident SUVs in its segment, the Ford Bronco Sport offers a bit more utility.
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