2025 Mazda CX-50 Gains Hybrid Powertrain, Starts at $35K 1

The Mazda CX-50 is gaining a new hybrid powertrain for the 2025 model year, slated to go on sale by late 2024.

This new variant of the compact utility, simply named the CX-50 Hybrid, looks to save a little bit of green earth with an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating of 38 mpg, while saving buyers a little bit of green paper, starting at $35,390. This is, naturally, for the entry-level CX-50 Hybrid Preferred, the first of three Hybrid models, costing a couple grand more than the gas-only 2.5 S Preferred grade it’s based on, which starts at $33,070.

The CX-50 Hybrid still uses the same 2.5-liter engine, opting for the NA version over the turbocharged flavor, incorporating three electric motors to bring total system output to 219 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque when that four-cylinder is sipping regular 87 fuel. Just like the previous CX-50, all-wheel drive is standard; however, the Hybrid uses an electric all-wheel drive system, along with an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission.

The Hybrid Preferred is moderately equipped with heated front seats, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen and wireless phone charging. Those looking for a few more amenities can step up to the Hybrid Premium; along with black roof rails and exhaust pipes, the Premium gains leather seating (black or a Hybrid-unique red), a power moonroof, 12-speaker Bose sound system, and additional driver assistance features. Buyers can expect to pay at $38,820 starting, or $41,470 for the Hybrid Premium Plus, adding unique 19-inch wheels and various exterior marks, as well as ventilated front seats, a head-up display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a few other amenities.

Beyond that, you can expect a mostly returning trim structure for the 2025 CX-50, divided by turbocharged and non-turbocharged powertrains. An entry-level 2.5 S Select starts at $31,720 with delivery; the Meridian Edition, the new entry-point for the Turbo as the “Turbo” trim has been axed, starts at $42,220.

We’re no strangers to Mazda’s CX-50 compact utility, having first driven one back in 2022, and having since put it through our Road Test and Long Term trials. This compact utility was purpose-built for the active North American buyer, and this new Hybrid trim should make venturing into the great outdoors a little more eco-friendly.