SUVs and Trucks Compete at Pacific Northwest Mudfest

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Best Subcompact and Compact Family SUV — 2022 Mazda CX-50 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus
Price as tested: $43,170
The newest crossover from Mazda, the CX-50 is similar in size to the brand’s best-selling CX-5 but has a more rugged look. The CX-50 edged out the competition thanks to its fun driving characteristics that have become a hallmark of Mazda vehicles. On the slalom course, the CX-50 exhibited impressive handling with little body lean, and the turbocharged engine delivered plenty of torque for quick acceleration. In off-road mode, the CX-50 performed surprisingly well on The Ridge’s slick off-road course, able to direct torque to the wheels with the most traction.

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