Talking Cars 359: Driving the CX-50, Mazda’s Answer to the Subaru Outback

Plus, what does it mean when you say you “rent” cars from an automaker?

Main theme: Mazda is taking on the popular Subaru Outback with its new CX-50 compact SUV. It’s a companion—not a replacement—for the CX-5, and it’s built at a new factory that Mazda opened with Toyota. Is there room for this in-betweener to fit into a crowded SUV market? We’ll share our impressions from the time we spent in a top-of-the-line CX-50 that we rented from Mazda. We also just bought our own midrange model for our test program

Audience question: When CR says it rents cars from manufacturers, what does that mean? Some of the cars you’ve rented aren’t even on sale yet! What gives?

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.