Let’s take a look inside the 2022 Mazda CX-5

  • Mazda CX-5 2022 gets cosmetic and mechanical updates
  • All-wheel drive is now standard on the CX-5
  • The top two models are now called Turbo and Turbo Signature
  • New front grille design
  • Pricing starts at $26,250 | Price it your way
  • On sale now | See Mazda CX-5 models for sale near you

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV with two rows of seats, room for five, and is known for driving fun you won’t find in the competition.

The excitement of driving a practical, family-friendly SUV?

That’s right, the updated 2022 CX-5 has gotten a round of cosmetic and mechanical improvements making it a more attractive and recreational option among competitors that include the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue and Chevrolet Equinox.

Credit Mazda Re-tuned the suspension and stiffened the chassis to help make the CX-5 more agile when the road ahead is full of twists and turns. All-wheel drive is now standard on all CX-5 trim levels, too.

The front and rear end of the CX-5 have been slightly modified for a smoother, cleaner look. Meanwhile, the front seats inside the Mazda have been redesigned to offer better support, while the optional under-hood turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 6 more horsepower than it once did (256 vs. 250 hp, when running on premium fuel).

The CX-5 is available in a total of eight trim levels, all but the top two being powered by a 187-hp four-cylinder paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine is more powerful than its power numbers suggest, although the 256-hp four-cylinder turbo has a clear advantage in terms of acceleration and highway power.

Passenger room and comfort

2022 Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 has always been honored with an interior that feels like it belongs in luxury brand SUVs. For 2022, Mazda didn’t reinvent the wheel when it came time to update the CX-5’s cabin, though the front seats have arrived redesigned for more comfort and support. And really, who doesn’t love more comfort and support?

However, in terms of overall space, the CX-5 is solidly mid-size among compact SUVs. Back legroom is good for adults, and no one will feel claustrophobic after a long road trip. Expanding to the higher trims offers leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, and real wood trim on the top Turbo Signature models.

With the updated suspension, Mazda promises the CX-5 has crisper steering responses and a more consistent ride on all types of surfaces.

Features and technology

2022 Mazda CX-5

Every Mazda CX-5 is equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two front USB ports, voice commands, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. The Base S is also equipped with keyless entry, cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic high-beam headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.

Active safety features are plentiful, even in the base Model S. Not only do you get common features like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, the CX-5 also comes standard with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist.

Fortunately, you don’t need to measure the heights of the eight trims available on the Mazda CX-5 to add more comfort, convenience, technology and safety touches. Starting at $28,250, excluding Mazda’s $1,225 destination fee, the Select is only $2,000 more expensive than the base model.

However, for that extra spend, you get faux leather seating surfaces, automatic climate control, power-adjustable driver’s seat, rear air conditioning vents, heated front seats, and two rear USB ports.

Of course, you can continue to climb higher up the CX-5 family tree for extras like a head-up display, wireless device charging, an electric tailgate, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, and of course, the most powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Accessing the upgraded powertrain means spending $36,750 on a Turbo model, excluding options or destination fees.

Material and design

2022 Mazda CX-5

The dashboard on the Mazda CX-5 has a clean and uncluttered look, and all the major controls are within easy reach of the driver. The upgraded leather seats and wood-grain of the range-topping Turbo Signature create a true luxury interior, albeit minus the price of a luxury SUV. You could easily fool yourself into thinking this was a BMW or Audi cabin if the Mazda decals were fully covered.

Cargo room and flexibility

One area where the Mazda CX-5 tracks a number of other compact SUVs is in overall cargo capacity. You’ll find 29 cubic feet of space behind the second row, and it expands to 58 cubic feet with the rear seat folded (and you won’t get a perfectly flat, flat cargo area in this configuration). Those numbers are less than the room available on the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Toyota RAV4, for example.

That’s still plenty of luggage for most routine driving requirements, and it’s roughly equal to what you get in the all-new Mazda 2023 CX-50 compact SUV. The two SUVs are priced and sized roughly the same, although the CX-50 has a slightly more solid look and can tow 3,500 pounds (with the optional 4-cylinder turbo), versus 2,000 pounds in the CX-5.

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