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2025 Mazda CX-50 Hybrid debuts, gets 38 mpg and standard AWD

2025 Mazda CX-50 Hybrid debuts, gets 38 mpg and standard AWD



Mazda rolled out an updated CX-50 for the 2025 model year Tuesday, announcing that for the first time since the electrified Tribute departed the lineup, its compact CUV will be offered with a hybrid powertrain. Joining the standard and turbocharged variants of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder will be a new, three-motor "eAWD" system lifted from the Toyota RAV4.

The new Hybrid will be offered in three trims: Preferred, Premium and Premium Plus. The entry-level "Select" trim remains relegated to the naturally aspirated, 2.5-liter base car. That engine returns with 187 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. The Hybrid will occupy the middle of the lineup, and while Mazda didn't offer specs for the powertrain, it says the electrified variant will offer 38 mpg combined. That's one mpg shy of the 2024 Toyota RAV4 hybrid, which utilizes the same powertrain. Toyota squeezes 219 horsepower from its version; we suspect Mazda's numbers will be similar, if not identical, and Mazda says its version will tow 1,500 pounds — 250 less than Toyota's.