Mazda CX-5 2022
- FUEL TYPEPetrol
- MILEAGE22 MPG City / 27 MPG Highway
- ENGINE2488 cc
- CAR TYPESUV
More than any other mainstream compact crossover, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 makes its driver feel special. With a price tag that's much closer to a Honda CR-V’s than a Porsche Macan’s, the Mazda is accessible to the same demographic group as the former, but it's also able to the impress those who fall into the latter's tax bracket. The CX-5's base four-cylinder engine doesn't highlight its dynamic driving personality as well as the optional turbocharged four, but all models have a ride-and-handling balance that's unrivaled in this segment. There are more practical alternatives, especially when it concerns cargo space, but no competitors can match the Mazda's elegantly styled and richly appointed interior. The 2022 CX-5's transcendent traits simply outpace all of its classmates, so we put it on our 2022 Editors' Choice list.
What's New for 2022?
For 2022, Mazda massages the CX-5's already attractive bodywork with smoother surfaces on the front and rear. Its grille also becomes more distinctive with a new three-dimensional mesh texture and wings that extend outwards toward the reshaped LED headlights. Inside, the seats have been updated to be more supportive. Mazda says it also retuned the transmission to be smoother and more responsive. Likewise, suspension improvements are said to make the CX-5 handle and ride even better than before. All models now come standard with all-wheel drive, and the SUV's driving behavior is more adjustable thanks to new drive-mode settings. The Grand Touring Reserve trim is now called Turbo, and the top-tier Signature trim has body-color cladding instead of the previous dark color. The turbo four's engine horsepower increases by 6 to 256 horses when using premium fuel.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
- Base - $27,125
- Select - $29,125
- Preferred - $30,825
- Carbon Edition - $31,945
- Premium - $33,535
- Premium Plus - $35,175
- Turbo - $37,625
Turbo Signature - $39,875
We think the new Turbo trim best exemplifies the CX-5. With the upgraded 256-hp turbocharged engine, its quickness better corresponds with its athletic handling. Its exterior is elegantly sporty with trim-specific gloss-black accents. Its interior mirrors that sportiness with red accents and stitching.
Features & Options
Overall Safety Rating (NHTSA) ★★★★★
The CX-5 comes standard with a comprehensive suite of driver-assistance technology and some other optional assists. For more information about the CX-5's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control